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Twelfth Night Scenes

Scene 3

Illyria. A street.

(Sebastian; Antonio)

Antonio has caught up with Sebastian, who cannot help but be grateful. Sebastian suggests that they do the tourist thing and see the sights, but Antonio explains that he is in danger in Illyria due to his having taken part in a sea-battle on the opposite side and doing the Illyrians no little damage. He proposes to arrange for their lodging and to meet up at an inn, the Elephant, later. Antonio gives Sebastian his purse on the off-chance Sebastian sees a trinket he’d like to buy. (53 lines)

Enter Sebastian and Antonio.


I would not by my will have troubled you,

But since you make your pleasure of your pains,

I will no further chide you.


I could not stay behind you. My desire

(More sharp than filed steel) did spur me forth,

And not all love to see you (though so much

As might have drawn one to a longer voyage)

But jealousy what might befall your travel,

Being skilless in these parts; which to a stranger,

Unguided and unfriended, often prove

Rough and unhospitable. My willing love,

The rather by these arguments of fear,

Set forth in your pursuit.


My kind Antonio,

I can no other answer make but thanks,

And thanks; and ever oft good turns

Are shuffled off with such uncurrent pay;

But were my worth as is my conscience firm,

You should find better dealing. What’s to do?

Shall we go see the reliques of this town?


Tomorrow, sir; best first go see your lodging.


I am not weary, and ’tis long to night;

I pray you let us satisfy our eyes

With the memorials and the things of fame

That do renown this city.


Would you’ld pardon me.

I do not without danger walk these streets.

Once in a sea-fight ’gainst the Count his galleys

I did some service, of such note indeed,

That were I ta’en here, it would scarce be answer’d.


Belike you slew great number of his people?


Th’ offense is not of such a bloody nature,

Albeit the quality of the time and quarrel

Might well have given us bloody argument.

It might have since been answer’d in repaying

What we took from them, which for traffic’s sake

Most of our city did. Only myself stood out,

For which if I be lapsed in this place

I shall pay dear.


Do not then walk too open.


It doth not fit me. Hold, sir, here’s my purse.

In the south suburbs at the Elephant

Is best to lodge. I will bespeak our diet,

Whiles you beguile the time, and feed your knowledge

With viewing of the town. There shall you have me.


Why I your purse?


Haply your eye shall light upon some toy

You have desire to purchase; and your store

I think is not for idle markets, sir.


I’ll be your purse-bearer, and leave you

For an hour.


To th’ Elephant.


I do remember.



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