Twelfth Night


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Sebastian


SEBASTIAN

This is the air; that is the glorious sun;

This pearl she gave me, I do feel't and see't;

And though 'tis wonder that enwraps me thus,
enwrap (v.) absorb, engross, enfold
wonder (n.) 1 feeling of wonder, astonishment, marvelling

Yet 'tis not madness. Where's Antonio, then?

I could not find him at the Elephant.

Yet there he was; and there I found this credit
credit (n.) 4 report, news, story

That he did range the town to seek me out.
range (v.) 1 wander freely, roam, rove

His counsel now might do me golden service.

For though my soul disputes well with my sense

That this may be some error, but no madness,

Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune
accident (n.) 1 occurrence, event, happening

So far exceed all instance, all discourse,
discourse (n.) 2 rationality, faculty of understanding
instance (n.) 2 illustration, example, case

That I am ready to distrust mine eyes,

And wrangle with my reason that persuades me

To any other trust but that I am mad –

Or else the lady's mad; yet if 'twere so,

She could not sway her house, command her followers,
sway (v.) 1 control, rule, direct, govern

Take and give back affairs and their dispatch,
dispatch, despatch (n.) 6 management, direction, supervision

With such a smooth, discreet, and stable bearing
stable (adj.) 2 steady, poised, self-possessed

As I perceive she does. There's something in't

That is deceivable. But here the lady comes.
deceivable (adj.) 1 deceptive, illusory

Enter Olivia and a Priest


OLIVIA

Blame not this haste of mine. If you mean well,

Now go with me and with this holy man

Into the chantry by; there before him
by (adv.) 1 near by, close at hand
chantry (n.) small private chapel

And underneath that consecrated roof

Plight me the full assurance of your faith,
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee

That my most jealous and too doubtful soul
doubtful (adj.) 1 fearful, worried, apprehensive
jealous (adj.) 3 anxious, uneasy, worried [about]

May live at peace. He shall conceal it

Whiles you are willing it shall come to note;

What time we will our celebration keep

According to my birth. What do you say?
birth (n.) 1 royal birth, noble ancestry


SEBASTIAN

I'll follow this good man, and go with you;

And having sworn truth, ever will be true.


OLIVIA

Then lead the way, good father, and heavens so shine

That they may fairly note this act of mine!
note (v.) 1 observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]

Exeunt

 
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