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Twelfth Night Scenes


Scene 1

Olivia’s garden.

(Viola; Clown; Sir Toby; Andrew; Olivia; Gentlewoman)


Viola, returning to Olivia’s on Orsino’s business, runs into Feste, who converses with her until she gives him a coin. As Feste goes to fetch Olivia, Sir Toby and Sir Andrew enter. When Olivia arrives, Sir Andrew takes notes on what “Cesario” says. Olivia asks to be left alone with the messenger, who begins to press Orsino’s suit, but Olivia dismisses the Duke from her mind and begins courting “Cesario” herself. Viola tries to escape the subject, but cannot. She can only offer Olivia her pity, and insists that she loves no woman. Olivia begs “him” to come back anyway, in the hopes that she may soften “his” heart. ( line)

Enter Viola, and Clown with a tabor.

VIO.

’Save thee, friend, and thy music! Dost thou live by thy tabor?

CLO.

No, sir, I live by the church.

VIO.

Art thou a churchman?

CLO.

No such matter, sir. I do live by the church; for I do live at my house, and my house doth stand by the church.

VIO.

So thou mayst say the king lies by a beggar, if a beggar dwells near him; or the church stands by thy tabor, if thy tabor stand by the church.

CLO.

You have said, sir. To see this age! A sentence is but a chev’ril glove to a good wit. How quickly the wrong side may be turn’d outward!

VIO.

Nay, that’s certain. They that dally nicely with words may quickly make them wanton.

CLO.

I would therefore my sister had had no name, sir.

VIO.

Why, man?

CLO.

Why, sir, her name’s a word, and to dally with that word might make my sister wanton. But indeed, words are very rascals since bonds disgrac’d them.

VIO.

Thy reason, man?

CLO.

Troth, sir, I can yield you none without words, and words are grown so false, I am loath to prove reason with them.

VIO.

I warrant thou art a merry fellow, and car’st for nothing.

CLO.

Not so, sir, I do care for something; but in my conscience, sir, I do not care for you. If that be to care for nothing, sir, I would it would make you invisible.

VIO.

Art not thou the Lady Olivia’s fool?

CLO.

No, indeed, sir, the Lady Olivia has no folly. She will keep no fool, sir, till she be married, and fools are as like husbands as pilchers are to herrings, the husband’s the bigger. I am indeed not her fool, but her corrupter of words.

VIO.

I saw thee late at the Count Orsino’s.

CLO.

Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines every where. I would be sorry, sir, but the fool should be as oft with your master as with my mistress. I think I saw your wisdom there.

VIO.

Nay, and thou pass upon me, I’ll no more with thee. Hold, there’s expenses for thee.

CLO.

Now Jove, in his next commodity of hair, send thee a beard!

VIO.

By my troth, I’ll tell thee, I am almost sick for one—

Aside.VIO.

though I would not have it grow on my chin. Is thy lady within?

CLO.

Would not a pair of these have bred, sir?

VIO.

Yes, being kept together, and put to use.

CLO.

I would play Lord Pandarus of Phrygia, sir, to bring a Cressida to this Troilus.

VIO.

I understand you, sir. ’Tis well begg’d.

CLO.

The matter, I hope, is not great, sir—begging but a beggar: Cressida was a beggar. My lady is within, sir. I will conster to them whence you come; who you are, and what you would, are out of my welkin—I might say “element,” but the word is overworn.

Exit.CLO.

VIO.

This fellow is wise enough to play the fool,

And to do that well craves a kind of wit.

He must observe their mood on whom he jests,

The quality of persons, and the time;

And like the haggard, check at every feather

That comes before his eye. This is a practice

As full of labor as a wise man’s art;

For folly that he wisely shows is fit,

But wise men, folly-fall’n, quite taint their wit.

Enter Sir Toby and Andrew.

SIR TO.

’Save you, gentleman.

VIO.

And you, sir.

SIR AND.

Dieu vous garde, monsieur.

VIO.

Et vous aussi; votre serviteur.

SIR AND.

I hope, sir, you are, and I am yours.

SIR TO.

Will you encounter the house? My niece is desirous you should enter, if your trade be to her.

VIO.

I am bound to your niece, sir; I mean she is the list of my voyage.

SIR TO.

Taste your legs, sir, put them to motion.

VIO.

My legs do better understand me, sir, than I understand what you mean by bidding me taste my legs.

SIR TO.

I mean, to go, sir, to enter.

VIO.

I will answer you with gait and entrance—but we are prevented.

Enter Olivia and Gentlewoman.

Most excellent accomplish’d lady, the heavens rain odors on you!

SIR AND.

That youth’s a rare courtier—“rain odors,” well.

VIO.

My matter hath no voice, lady, but to your own most pregnant and vouchsafed ear.

SIR AND.

“Odors,” “pregnant,” and “vouchsafed”; I’ll get ’em all three all ready.

OLI.

Let the garden door be shut, and leave me to my hearing.

Exeunt all but Olivia and Viola.

Give me your hand, sir.

VIO.

My duty, madam, and most humble service.

OLI.

What is your name?

VIO.

Cesario is your servant’s name, fair princess.

OLI.

My servant, sir? ’Twas never merry world

Since lowly feigning was call’d compliment.

Y’ are servant to the Count Orsino, youth.

VIO.

And he is yours, and his must needs be yours:

Your servant’s servant is your servant, madam.

OLI.

For him, I think not on him. For his thoughts,

Would they were blanks, rather than fill’d with me.

VIO.

Madam, I come to whet your gentle thoughts

On his behalf.

OLI.

O, by your leave, I pray you:

I bade you never speak again of him;

But would you undertake another suit,

I had rather hear you to solicit that

Than music from the spheres.

VIO.

Dear lady—

OLI.

Give me leave, beseech you. I did send,

After the last enchantment you did here,

A ring in chase of you; so did I abuse

Myself, my servant, and I fear me you.

Under your hard construction must I sit,

To force that on you in a shameful cunning

Which you knew none of yours. What might you think?

Have you not set mine honor at the stake,

And baited it with all th’ unmuzzled thoughts

That tyrannous heart can think? To one of your receiving

Enough is shown; a cypress, not a bosom,

Hides my heart. So let me hear you speak.

VIO.

I pity you.

OLI.

That’s a degree to love.

VIO.

No, not a grize; for ’tis a vulgar proof

That very oft we pity enemies.

OLI.

Why then methinks ’tis time to smile again.

O world, how apt the poor are to be proud!

If one should be a prey, how much the better

To fall before the lion than the wolf!

Clock strikes.

The clock upbraids me with the waste of time.

Be not afraid, good youth, I will not have you,

And yet when wit and youth is come to harvest,

Your wife is like to reap a proper man.

There lies your way, due west.

VIO.

Then westward-ho!

Grace and good disposition attend your ladyship!

You’ll nothing, madam, to my lord by me?

OLI.

Stay!

I prithee tell me what thou think’st of me.

VIO.

That you do think you are not what you are.

OLI.

If I think so, I think the same of you.

VIO.

Then think you right: I am not what I am.

OLI.

I would you were as I would have you be.

VIO.

Would it be better, madam, than I am?

I wish it might, for now I am your fool.

OLI.

Aside.OLI.

O, what a deal of scorn looks beautiful

In the contempt and anger of his lip!

A murd’rous guilt shows not itself more soon

Than love that would seem hid: love’s night is noon.—

Cesario, by the roses of the spring,

By maidhood, honor, truth, and every thing,

I love thee so, that maugre all thy pride,

Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide.

Do not extort thy reasons from this clause,

For that I woo, thou therefore hast no cause;

But rather reason thus with reason fetter:

Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

VIO.

By innocence I swear, and by my youth,

I have one heart, one bosom, and one truth,

And that no woman has, nor never none

Shall mistress be of it, save I alone.

And so adieu, good madam, never more

Will I my master’s tears to you deplore.

OLI.

Yet come again; for thou perhaps mayst move

That heart which now abhors, to like his love.

Exeunt.

 
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