SCENE IIIOLIVIA'S garden.
Enter OLIVIA and MARIA.
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 is Malvolio? he is sad and civil,
And suits well for a servant with my fortunes:
Where is Malvolio?
He's coming, madam; but in very
strange manner. He is, sure, possessed,
Why, what's the matter? does he rave?
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.
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!
Sweet lady, ho, ho.
Smilest thou? (20)
I sent for thee upon a sad occasion.
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.'
Why, how dost thou, man? what is
the matter with thee?
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 (31)
the sweet Roman hand.
Wilt thou go to bed, Malvolio?
To bed! ay, sweet-heart, and I'll
come to thee.
God comfort thee! Why dost thou
smile so and kiss thy hand so oft?
How do you, Malvolio?
At your request! yes; nightingales
Why appear you with this ridiculous (41)
boldness before my lady?
'Be not afraid of greatness:' 'twas
What meanest thou by that, Malvolio?
'Some are born great,'—
'Some achieve greatness,'—
What sayest thou?
'And some have greatness thrust (50)
Heaven restore thee!
'Remember who commended thy yellow
Thy yellow stockings!
'And wished to see thee crossgartered.'
'Go to, thou art made, if thou desirest
to be so;'— (59)
Am I made?
'If not, let me see thee a servant still.'
Why, this is very midsummer madness. Enter Servant.
Madam, the young gentleman of the
Count Orsino's is returned: I could hardly
entreat him back: he attends your ladyship's
I'll come to him. [Exit Servant.] Good
Maria, let this fellow be looked to. Where's my
cousin Toby? Let some of my people have a
special care of him: I would not have him (70)
miscarry for the half of my dowry. [Exeunt Olivia and Maria.
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 a 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 limed her; but it is Jove's doing, and
Jove make me thankful! And when she went
away now, 'Let this fellow be looked to:'
fellow! not Malvolio, nor after my degree,
but fellow. Why, every thing 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.
Which way is he, in the name of
sanctity? If all the devils of hell be drawn in
little, and Legion himself possessed him, yet
I'll speak to him.
Here he is, here he is. How is't with
you, sir? how is't with you, man?
Go off; I discard you: let me enjoy (100)
my private: go off.
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.
Ah, ha! does she so?
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. (110)
Do you know what you say?
La you, an you speak ill of the devil,
how he takes it at heart! Pray God, he be not
Carry his water to the wise woman.
Marry, and it shall be done to-morrow
morning, if I live. My lady would not lose
him for more than I'll say.
How now, mistress! (119)
Prithee, hold thy peace; this is not
the way: do you not see you move him? let (122)
me alone with him.
No way but gentleness; gently, gently:
the fiend is rough, and will not be roughly
Why, how now, my bawcock! how
dost thou, chuck?
Ay, Biddy, come with me. What,
man! 'tis not for gravity to play at cherry-pit (130)
with Satan: hang him, foul collier!
Get him to say his prayers, good Sir
Toby, get him to pray.
My prayers, minx!
No, I warrant you, he will not hear
Go, hang yourselves all! you are idle
shallow things: I am not of your element:
you shall know more hereafter. [Exit. (139)
If this were played upon a stage now,
I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.
His very genius hath taken the infection
of the device, man.
Nay, pursue him now, lest the device
take air and taint.
Why, we shall make him mad indeed.
The house will be the quieter.
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.
More matter for a May morning.
Here's the challenge, read it: I
warrant there's vinegar and pepper in't.
Is't so saucy?
Ay, is't, I warrant him: do but (161)
Give me. [Reads] 'Youth, whatsoever
thou art, thou art but a scurvy fellow.'
Good, and valiant.
'Wonder not, nor admire
not in thy mind, why I do call thee so, for I
will show thee no reason for't.'
A good note; that keeps you from (169)
the blow of the law. Sir To.
'Thou comest 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.'
Very brief, and to exceeding good
sense—less. Sir To.
'I will waylay thee going
home; where if it be thy chance to kill me,'—
Good. Sir To.
'Thou killest me like a (180)
rogue and a villain.'
Still you keep o' the windy side of the
law: good. Sir To.
If this letter move him not, his legs cannot:
I'll give't him.
You may have very fit occasion
for't: he is now in some commerce with my
lady, and will by and by depart.
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 drawest, swear horrible; for it comes to
pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering
accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood
more approbation than ever proof itself would (200)
have earned him. Away!
Nay, let me alone for swearing. [Exit.
Now will not I deliver his letter:
for the behavior 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 coldpole.
But, sir, I will deliver his challenge by
word of mouth; set upon Aguecheek a notable
report of valor; and drive the gentleman, as
I 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.
Here he comes with your niece: give
them way till he take leave, and presently after
I will meditate the while upon (220)
some horrid message for a challenge. [Exeunt Sir Toby, Fabian, and Maria.
I have said too much unto a heart of stone
And laid mine honor 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.
With the same 'havior that your passion bears
Goes on my master's grief.
Here, wear this jewel for me, 'tis my picture;
Refuse it not; it hath no tongue to vex you; (230)
And I beseech you come again to-morrow.
What shall you ask of me that I'll deny,
That honor saved may upon asking give?
Nothing but this; your true love for my master.
How with mine honor may I give him that
Which I have given to you?
I will acquit you.
Well, come again to-morrow: fare thee well:
A fiend like thee might bear my soul to hell. [Exit.
Re-enter SIR TOBY and FABIAN.
Gentleman, God save thee. (239)
And you, sir.
That defence thou hast, betake thee
to't: 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.
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 (250)
done to any man.
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.
I pray you, sir, what is he?
He is knight, dubbed with unhatched
rapier and on carpet consideration;
but he is a devil in private brawl: souls and
bodies hath he divorced 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.
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
valor: belike this is a man of that quirk.
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
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.
I will do so. Signior Fabian, stay
you by this gentleman till my return. [Exit.
Pray you, sir, do you know of this matter?
I know the knight is incensed against
you, even to a mortal arbitrement; but nothing
of the circumstance more. (289)
I beseech you, what manner of man is he?
Nothing of that wonderful promise,
to read him by his form, as you are like to find
him in the proof of his valor. 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.
I shall be much bound to you for 't:
I am one that had rather go with sir priest
than sir knight: I care not who knows so (300)
much of my mettle. [Exeunt. Re-enter SIR TOBY, with SIR ANDREW.
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.
Pox on't, I'll not meddle with him.
Ay, but he will not now be pacified:
Fabian can scarce hold him yonder.
Plague on 't, an I thought he had
been valiant and so cunning in fence, I'ld have
seen him damned ere I'ld have challenged him.
Let him let the matter slip, and I'll give him
my horse, grey Capilet.
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 (319)
ride your horse as well as I ride you. Re-enter FABIAN and VIOLA. [To Fab.] I have his horse to take up the
quarrel: I have persuaded him the youth's a
He is as horribly conceited of him;
and pants and looks pale, as if a bear were at
his heels. Sir To.
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 (330)
his vow; he protests he will not hurt you. Vio.
Pray God defend me! A little
thing would make me tell them how much
I lack of a man.
Give ground, if you see him furious.
Come, Sir Andrew, there's no remedy;
the gentleman will, for his honor's sake,
have one bout with you; he cannot by the
duello avoid it: but he has promised me, as
he is a gentleman and a soldier, he will not (340)
hurt you. Come on; to't.
Pray God, he keep his oath!
I do assure you, 'tis against my will. [They draw. Enter 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.
You, sir! why, what are you?
One, sir, that for his love dares yet do more
Than you have heard him brag to you he will.
Nay, if you be an undertaker, I am (350)
for you. [They draw. Enter Officers.
O good Sir Toby, hold! here come
I'll be with you anon.
Pray, sir, put your sword up, if you please.
Marry, will I, sir; and, for that
I promised you, I'll be as good as my word:
he will bear you easily and reins well.
This is the man; do thy office.
Antonio, I arrest thee at the suit (361)
of Count Orsino.
You do mistake me, sir.
No, sir, no jot; I know your favor well,
Though now you have no sea-cap on your head.
Take him away: he knows I know him well.
I must obey. [To Vio.]
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 (370)
Much more for what I cannot do for you
Than what befalls myself. You stand amazed;
But be of comfort.
Come, sir, away.
I must entreat of you some of that money.
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.
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.
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.
O heavens themselves!
Come, sir, I pray you, go.
Let me speak a little. This youth that you see here
I snatch'd one half out of the jaws of death,
Relieved him with such sanctity of love,
And to his image, which methought did promise
Most venerable worth, did I devotion.
What's that to us? The time goes by: away!
But O how vile an idol proves this god (400)
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.
The man grows mad: away with him! Come, come, sir.
Lead me on. [Exit with Officers.
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!
Come hither, knight; come hither,
Fabian: we'll whisper o'er a couplet or two of
most sage saws.
He named Sebastian: I my brother know
Yet living in my glass; even such and so
In favor was my brother, and he went
Still in this fashion, color, ornament,
For him I imitate: O, if it prove,
Tempests are kind and salt waves fresh in love. [Exit.
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
A coward, a most devout coward, religious
'Slid, I'll after him again and beat him.
Do; cuff him soundly, but never
draw thy sword. (430)
An I do not,—[Exit.
Come, let's see the event.
I dare lay any money 'twill be
nothing yet. [Exeunt.