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ACT III. SCENE IV. 


OLIVIA'S garden

Enter OLIVIA and MARIA

 OLIVIA.

I have sent after him; he says he'll come.
How shall I feast him? What bestow of him?
For youth is bought more oft than begg'd or borrow'd.
I speak too loud.
Where's Malvolio? He is sad and civil,
And suits well for a servant with my fortunes.
Where is Malvolio?

 MARIA.

He's coming, madam; but in very strange manner.
He is sure possess'd, madam.

 OLIVIA.

Why, what's the matter? Does he rave?

 MARIA.

No, madam, he does nothing but smile. Your ladyship were
best to have some guard about you if he come; for sure the man is
tainted in's wits.

 OLIVIA.

Go call him hither

Exit MARIA

 

I am as mad as he,
If sad and merry madness equal be.

Re-enter MARIA with MALVOLIO

 

How now, Malvolio!

 MALVOLIO.

Sweet lady, ho, ho.

 OLIVIA.

Smil'st thou?
I sent for thee upon a sad occasion.

 MALVOLIO.

Sad, lady? I could be sad. This does make some
obstruction in the blood, this cross-gartering; but what of that?
If it please the eye of one, it is with me as the very true
sonnet is: 'Please one and please all.'

 OLIVIA.

Why, how dost thou, man? What is the matter with thee?

 MALVOLIO.

Not black in my mind, though yellow in my legs.
It did come to his hands, and commands shall be executed.
I think we do know the sweet Roman hand.

 OLIVIA.

Wilt thou go to bed, Malvolio?

 MALVOLIO.

To bed? Ay, sweetheart, and I'll come to thee.

 OLIVIA.

God comfort thee! Why dost thou smile so, and kiss thy hand
so oft?

 MARIA.

How do you, Malvolio?

 MALVOLIO.

At your request? Yes, nightingales answer daws!

 MARIA.

Why appear you with this ridiculous boldness before my lady?

 MALVOLIO.

'Be not afraid of greatness.' 'Twas well writ.

 OLIVIA.

What mean'st thou by that, Malvolio?

 AIALVOLIO.

'Some are born great,'-

 OLIVIA.

Ha?

 MALVOLIO.

'Some achieve greatness,'-

 OLIVIA.

What say'st thou?

 MALVOLIO.

'And some have greatness thrust upon them.'

 OLIVIA.

Heaven restore thee!

 MALVOLIO.

'Remember who commended thy yellow stockings,'-

 OLIVIA.

'Thy yellow stockings?'

 MALVOLIO.

'And wish'd to see thee cross-garterd.'

 OLIVIA.

'Cross-garter'd?'

 MALVOLIO.

'Go to, thou an made, if thou desir'st to be so';-

 OLIVIA.

Am I made?

 MALVOLIO.

'If not, let me see thee a servant still.'

 OLIVIA.

Why, this is very midsummer madness.

Enter SERVANT

 SERVANT.

Madam, the young gentleman of the Count Orsino's is
return'd; I could hardly entreat him back; he attends your
ladyship's pleasure.

 OLIVIA.

I'll come to him. [Exit SERVANT] Good Maria, let this
fellow be look'd to. Where's my cousin Toby? Let some of my
people have a special care of him; I would not have him miscarry
for the half of my dowry.

Exeunt OLIVIA and MARIA

 MALVOLIO.

O, ho! do you come near me now? No worse man than Sir
Toby to look to me! This concurs directly with the letter: she
sends him on purpose, that I may appear stubborn to him; for she
incites me to that in the letter. 'Cast thy humble slough,' says
she. 'Be opposite with kinsman, surly with servants; let thy
tongue tang with arguments of state; put thyself into the trick
of singularity' and consequently sets down the manner how, as: a
sad face, a reverend carriage, a slow tongue, in the habit of
some sir of note, and so forth. I have lim'd her; but it is
Jove's doing, and Jove make me thankful! And when she went away
now- 'Let this fellow be look'd to.' 'Fellow,' not 'Malvolio' nor
after my degree, but 'fellow.' Why, everything adheres together,
that no dram of a scruple, no scruple of a scruple, no obstacle,
no incredulous or unsafe circumstance- What can be said? Nothing
that can be can come between me and the full prospect of my
hopes. Well, Jove, not I, is the doer of this, and he is to be
thanked.

Re-enter MARIA, with SIR TOBY and FABIAN

 SIR TOBY.

Which way is he, in the name of sanctity? If all the
devils of hell be drawn in little, and Legion himself possess'd
him, yet I'll speak to him.

 FABIAN.

Here he is, here he is. How is't with you, sir?

 SIR TOBY.

How is't with you, man?

 MALVOLIO.

Go off; I discard you. Let me enjoy my private; go off.

 MARIA.

Lo, how hollow the fiend speaks within him! Did not I tell
you? Sir Toby, my lady prays you to have a care of him.

 MALVOLIO.

Ah, ha! does she so?

 SIR TOBY.

Go to, go to; peace, peace; we must deal gently with him.
Let me alone. How do you, Malvolio? How is't with you? What, man,
defy the devil; consider, he's an enemy to mankind.

 MALVOLIO.

Do you know what you say?

 MARIA.

La you, an you speak ill of the devil, how he takes it at
heart! Pray God he be not bewitched.

 FABIAN.

Carry his water to th' wise woman.

 MARIA.

Marry, and it shall be done to-morrow morning, if I live. My
lady would not lose him for more than I'll say.

 MALVOLIO.

How now, mistress!

 MARIA.

O Lord!

 SIR TOBY.

Prithee hold thy peace; this is not the way. Do you not
see you move him? Let me alone with him.

 FABIAN.

No way but gentleness- gently, gently. The fiend is rough,
and will not be roughly us'd.

 SIR TOBY.

Why, how now, my bawcock!
How dost thou, chuck?

 MALVOLIO.

Sir!

 SIR TOBY.

Ay, Biddy, come with me. What, man, 'tis not for gravity
to play at cherrypit with Satan. Hang him, foul collier!

 MARIA.

Get him to say his prayers, good Sir Toby, get him to pray.

 MALVOLIO.

My prayers, minx!

 MARIA.

No, I warrant you, he will not hear of godliness.

 MALVOLIO.

Go, hang yourselves all! You are idle shallow things; I
am not of your element; you shall know more hereafter.

Exit

 SIR TOBY.

Is't possible?

 FABIAN.

If this were play'd upon a stage now, I could condemn it as
an improbable fiction.

 SIR TOBY.

His very genius hath taken the infection of the device,
man.

 MARIA.

Nay, pursue him now, lest the device take air and taint.

 FABIAN.

Why, we shall make him mad indeed.

 MARIA.

The house will be the quieter.

 SIR TOBY.

Come, we'll have him in a dark room and bound. My niece
is already in the belief that he's mad. We may carry it thus, for
our pleasure and his penance, till our very pastime, tired out of
breath, prompt us to have mercy on him; at which time we will
bring the device to the bar and crown thee for a finder of
madmen. But see, but see.

Enter SIR ANDREW

 FABIAN.

More matter for a May morning.

 AGUECHEEK.

Here's the challenge; read it. I warrant there's vinegar
and pepper in't.

 FABIAN.

Is't so saucy?

 AGUECHEEK.

Ay, is't, I warrant him; do but read.

 SIR TOBY.

Give me. [Reads] 'Youth, whatsoever thou art, thou art
but a scurvy fellow.'

 FABIAN.

Good and valiant.

 SIR TOBY.

[Reads] 'Wonder not, nor admire not in thy mind, why I do
call thee so, for I will show thee no reason for't.'

 FABIAN.

A good note; that keeps you from the blow of the law.

 SIR TOBY.

[Reads] 'Thou com'st to the Lady Olivia, and in my sight
she uses thee kindly; but thou liest in thy throat; that is not
the matter I challenge thee for.'

 FABIAN.

Very brief, and to exceeding good sense- less.

 SIR TOBY.

[Reads] 'I will waylay thee going home; where if it be
thy chance to kill me'-

 FABIAN.

Good.

 SIR TOBY.

'Thou kill'st me like a rogue and a villain.'

 FABIAN.

Still you keep o' th' windy side of the law. Good!

 SIR TOBY.

[Reads] 'Fare thee well; and God have mercy upon one of
our souls! He may have mercy upon mine; but my hope is better,
and so look to thyself. Thy friend, as thou usest him, and thy
sworn enemy, ANDREW AGUECHEEK.'
If this letter move him not, his legs cannot. I'll give't him.

 MARIA.

You may have very fit occasion for't; he is now in some
commerce with my lady, and will by and by depart.

 SIR TOBY.

Go, Sir Andrew; scout me for him at the corner of the
orchard, like a bum-baily; so soon as ever thou seest him, draw;
and as thou draw'st, swear horrible; for it comes to pass oft
that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twang'd
off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would
have earn'd him. Away.

 AGUECHEEK.

Nay, let me alone for swearing

Exit

 SIR TOBY.

Now will not I deliver his letter; for the behaviour of
the young gentleman gives him out to be of good capacity and
breeding; his employment between his lord and my niece confirms
no less. Therefore this letter, being so excellently ignorant,
will breed no terror in the youth: he will find it comes from a
clodpole. But, sir, I will deliver his challenge by word of
mouth, set upon Aguecheek notable report of valour, and drive the
gentleman- as know his youth will aptly receive it- into a most
hideous opinion of his rage, skill, fury, and impetuosity. This
will so fright them both that they will kill one another by the
look, like cockatrices.

Re-enter OLIVIA. With VIOLA

 FABIAN.

Here he comes with your niece; give them way till he take
leave, and presently after him.

 SIR TOBY.

I will meditate the while upon some horrid message for a
challenge.

Exeunt SIR TOBY, FABIAN, and MARIA

 OLIVIA.

I have said too much unto a heart of stone,
And laid mine honour too unchary out;
There's something in me that reproves my fault;
But such a headstrong potent fault it is
That it but mocks reproof.

 VIOLA.

With the same haviour that your passion bears
Goes on my master's griefs.

 OLIVIA.

Here, wear this jewel for me; 'tis my picture.
Refuse it not; it hath no tongue to vex you.
And I beseech you come again to-morrow.
What shall you ask of me that I'll deny,
That honour sav'd may upon asking give?

 VIOLA.

Nothing but this- your true love for my master.

 OLIVIA.

How with mine honour may I give him that
Which I have given to you?

 VIOLA.

I will acquit you.

 OLIVIA.

Well, come again to-morrow. Fare thee well;
A fiend like thee might bear my soul to hell

Exit

Re-enter SIR TOBY and SIR FABIAN

 SIR TOBY.

Gentleman, God save thee.

 VIOLA.

And you, sir.

 SIR TOBY.

That defence thou hast, betake thee tot. Of what nature
the wrongs are thou hast done him, I know not; but thy
intercepter, full of despite, bloody as the hunter, attends
thee at the orchard end. Dismount thy tuck, be yare in thy
preparation, for thy assailant is quick, skilful, and deadly.

 VIOLA.

You mistake, sir; I am sure no man hath any quarrel to me;
my remembrance is very free and clear from any image of offence
done to any man.

 SIR TOBY.

You'll find it otherwise, I assure you; therefore, if you
hold your life at any price, betake you to your guard; for your
opposite hath in him what youth, strength, skill, and wrath, can
furnish man withal.

 VIOLA.

I pray you, sir, what is he?

 SIR TOBY.

He is knight, dubb'd with unhatch'd rapier and on carpet
consideration; but he is a devil in private brawl. Souls and
bodies hath he divorc'd three; and his incensement at this moment
is so implacable that satisfaction can be none but by pangs of
death and sepulchre. Hob-nob is his word- give't or take't.

 VIOLA.

I will return again into the house and desire some conduct
of the lady. I am no fighter. I have heard of some kind of men
that put quarrels purposely on others to taste their valour;
belike this is a man of that quirk.

 SIR TOBY.

Sir, no; his indignation derives itself out of a very
competent injury; therefore, get you on and give him his desire.
Back you shall not to the house, unless you undertake that with
me which with as much safety you might answer him; therefore on,
or strip your sword stark naked; for meddle you must, that's
certain, or forswear to wear iron about you.

 VIOLA.

This is as uncivil as strange. I beseech you do me this
courteous office as to know of the knight what my offence to him
is: it is something of my negligence, nothing of my purpose.

 SIR TOBY.

I Will do so. Signior Fabian, stay you by this gentleman
till my return

Exit SIR TOBY

 VIOLA.

Pray you, sir, do you know of this matter?

 FABIAN.

I know the knight is incens'd against you, even to a mortal
arbitrement; but nothing of the circumstance more.

 VIOLA.

I beseech you, what manner of man is he?

 FABIAN.

Nothing of that wonderful promise, to read him by his form,
as you are like to find him in the proof of his valour. He is
indeed, sir, the most skilful, bloody, and fatal opposite that
you could possibly have found in any part of Illyria. Will you
walk towards him? I will make your peace with him if I can.

 VIOLA.

I shall be much bound to you for't. I am one that would
rather go with sir priest than sir knight. I care not who knows
so much of my mettle

Exeunt

Re-enter SIR TOBY With SIR ANDREW

 SIR TOBY.

Why, man, he's a very devil; I have not seen such a
firago. I had a pass with him, rapier, scabbard, and all, and he
gives me the stuck in with such a mortal motion that it is
inevitable; and on the answer, he pays you as surely as your feet
hit the ground they step on. They say he has been fencer to the
Sophy.

 AGUECHEEK.

Pox on't, I'll not meddle with him.

 SIR TOBY.

Ay, but he will not now be pacified; Fabian can scarce
hold him yonder.

 AGUECHEEK.

Plague on't; an I thought he had been valiant, and so
cunning in fence, I'd have seen him damn'd ere I'd have
challeng'd him. Let him let the matter slip, and I'll give him
my horse, grey Capilet.

 SIR TOBY.

I'll make the motion. Stand here, make a good show on't;
this shall end without the perdition of souls. [Aside] Marry,
I'll ride your horse as well as I ride you.

Re-enter FABIAN and VIOLA

 

[To FABIAN] I have his horse to take up the quarrel; I have
persuaded him the youth's a devil.

 FABIAN.

[To SIR TOBY] He is as horribly conceited of him; and pants
and looks pale, as if a bear were at his heels.

 SIR TOBY.

[To VIOLA] There's no remedy, sir: he will fight with you
for's oath sake. Marry, he hath better bethought him of his
quarrel, and he finds that now scarce to be worth talking of.
Therefore draw for the supportance of his vow; he protests he
will not hurt you.

 VIOLA.

[Aside] Pray God defend me! A little thing would make me
tell them how much I lack of a man.

 FABIAN.

Give ground if you see him furious.

 SIR TOBY.

Come, Sir Andrew, there's no remedy; the gentleman will,
for his honour's sake, have one bout with you; he cannot by the
duello avoid it; but he has promis'd me, as he is a gentleman and
a soldier, he will not hurt you. Come on; to't.

 AGUECHEEK.

Pray God he keep his oath! [They draw]

Enter ANTONIO

 VIOLA.

I do assure you 'tis against my will.

 ANTONIO.

Put up your sword. If this young gentleman
Have done offence, I take the fault on me:
If you offend him, I for him defy you.

 SIR TOBY.

You, sir! Why, what are you?

 ANTONIO.

One, sir, that for his love dares yet do more
Than you have heard him brag to you he will.

 SIR TOBY.

Nay, if you be an undertaker, I am for you.

[They draw]

Enter OFFICERS

 FABIAN.

O good Sir Toby, hold! Here come the officers.

 SIR TOBY.

[To ANTONIO] I'll be with you anon.

 VIOLA.

Pray, sir, put your sword up, if you please.

 AGUECHEEK.

Marry, will I, sir; and for that I promis'd you, I'll be
as good as my word. He will bear you easily and reins well.

 FIRST OFFICER.

This is the man; do thy office.

 SECOND OFFICER.

Antonio, I arrest thee at the suit
Of Count Orsino.

 ANTONIO.

You do mistake me, sir.

 FIRST OFFICER.

No, sir, no jot; I know your favour well,
Though now you have no sea-cap on your head.
Take him away; he knows I know him well.

 ANTONIO.

I Must obey. [To VIOLA] This comes with seeking you;
But there's no remedy; I shall answer it.
What will you do, now my necessity
Makes me to ask you for my purse? It grieves me
Much more for what I cannot do for you
Than what befalls myself. You stand amaz'd;
But be of comfort.

 SECOND OFFICER.

Come, sir, away.

 ANTONIO.

I must entreat of you some of that money.

 VIOLA.

What money, sir?
For the fair kindness you have show'd me here,
And part being prompted by your present trouble,
Out of my lean and low ability
I'll lend you something. My having is not much;
I'll make division of my present with you;
Hold, there's half my coffer.

 ANTONIO.

Will you deny me now?
Is't possible that my deserts to you
Can lack persuasion? Do not tempt my misery,
Lest that it make me so unsound a man
As to upbraid you with those kindnesses
That I have done for you.

 VIOLA.

I know of none,
Nor know I you by voice or any feature.
I hate ingratitude more in a man
Than lying, vainness, babbling drunkenness,
Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption
Inhabits our frail blood.

 ANTONIO.

O heavens themselves!

 SECOND OFFICER.

Come, sir, I pray you go.

 ANTONIO.

Let me speak a little. This youth that you see here
I snatch'd one half out of the jaws of death,
Reliev'd him with such sanctity of love,
And to his image, which methought did promise
Most venerable worth, did I devotion.

 FIRST OFFICER.

What's that to us? The time goes by; away.

 ANTONIO.

But, O, how vile an idol proves this god!
Thou hast, Sebastian, done good feature shame.
In nature there's no blemish but the mind:
None can be call'd deform'd but the unkind.
Virtue is beauty; but the beauteous evil
Are empty trunks, o'erflourish'd by the devil.

 FIRST OFFICER.

The man grows mad. Away with him.
Come, come, sir.

 ANTONIO.

Lead me on

Exit with OFFICERS

 VIOLA.

Methinks his words do from such passion fly
That he believes himself; so do not I.
Prove true, imagination, O, prove true,
That I, dear brother, be now ta'en for you!

 SIR TOBY.

Come hither, knight; come hither, Fabian; we'll whisper
o'er a couplet or two of most sage saws.

 VIOLA.

He nam'd Sebastian. I my brother know
Yet living in my glass; even such and so
In favour was my brother; and he went
Still in this fashion, colour, ornament,
For him I imitate. O, if it prove,
Tempests are kind, and salt waves fresh in love! Exit

 SIR TOBY.

A very dishonest paltry boy, and more a coward than a
hare. His dishonesty appears in leaving his friend here in
necessity and denying him; and for his cowardship, ask Fabian.

 FABIAN.

A coward, a most devout coward, religious in it.

 AGUECHEEK.

'Slid, I'll after him again and beat him.

 SIR TOBY.

Do; cuff him soundly, but never draw thy sword.

 AGUECHEEK.

And I do not- Exit

 FABIAN.

Come, let's see the event.

 SIR TOBY.

I dare lay any money 'twill be nothing yet.

Exeunt

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