תמונות בעמוד
PDF
ePub

But this my masculine usurp'd attire,
Do not embrace me, till each circumstance
Of place, time, fortune, do cohere, and jump,
That I am Viola: which to confirm,
I'll bring you to a captain in this town,
Where lie my maiden weeds; by whose gentle help
I was presery'd, to serve this noble count:
All the occurrence of my fortune since i
Hath been between this lady, and this lord.
Seb. So comes it, lady, you have been mistook :

[To OLIVIA.
But nature to her bias drew in that.
You would have been contracted to a maid ;
Nor are you therein, by my life, deceiv'd,
You are betroth'd both to a maid and man.

Duke. Be not amaz’d; right noble is his blood.. If this be so, as yet the glass seems true, I shall have share in this most happy wreck: Boy, thou hast said to me a thousand times,

[To Viola. Thou never should'st love woman like to me.

Vio. And all those sayings will I over-swear;
And all those swearings keep as true in soul,
As doth that orbed continent the fire
That severs day from night.
Duke.

Give me thy hand;
And let me see thee in thy woman's weeds.

Vio. The captain, that did bring me first on shore, Hath my maid's garments: he, upon some action, . Is now in durance; at Malvolio's suit, A gentleman, and follower of my lady's.

Oli. Heshallenlarge him:--Fetch Malvolio hither :

And yet, alas, now I remember me,
They say, poor gentleman, he's much distract.

. Re-enter Clown, with a letter.
A most extracting frenzy of mine own
From my remembrance clearly banish'd his. .
How does he, sirrah?

Clo. Truly, madam, he holds Belzebub at the stave's end, as well as a man in his case may do : he has here writ a letter to you, I should have given it you ! to-day morning; but as a madman's epistles are no gospels, so it skills not much, when they are delivered.

Oli. Open it, and read it.

Clo. Look then to be well edified, when the fool delivers the madman :-By the lord, madam,

Oli. How now! art thou mad?

Clo. No, madam, I do but read madness: an your ladyship will have it as it ought to be, you must allow vox. 7

Oli. Pr’ythee, read i'thy right wits.

Clo. So I do, madonna; but to read his right wits, is to read thus: therefore perpend, 8 my princess, and give ear.

Oli. Read it you, sirrah. . [To Fabian.

Fab. [reads.] By the Lord, madam, you wrong me, and the world shall know it: though you have put me into darkness, and given your drunken cousin rule over me, yet have I the benefit of my senses as well as your ladyship. I have your own letter that induced me to the semblance I put on; with the which I doubt not

7 Voice Attendo

[ocr errors]

but to do myself much right, or you much shame. Think of me as you please. I leave my duty a little unthought of, and speak out of my injury.

The madly-used Malvolio. Oli. Did he write this ? Clo. Ay, madam.

Duke. This savours not much of distraction. · Oli. See him deliver'd, Fabian; bring him hither.

: [Exit FABIAN. My lord, so please you, these things further thought

- on, To think me as well a sister as a wife, One day shall crown the alliance on't, so please you, Here at my house, and at my proper cost. Duke. Madam, I am most apt to embrace your

: offer. . Your master quits you; [To Viola.] and, for your

service done him,
So much against the mettle of your sex, -
So far beneath your soft and tender breeding,
And since you call'd me master for so long,
Here is my hand; you shall from this time be
Your master's mistress,
Oli.

A sister?--you are she.
Re-enter FABIAN, with Malvol10.
. Duke. Is this the madman?. ,:.
: Oli.

· Ay, my lord, this same : How now, Malvolio? Mal.

Madam, you have done me wrong, Notorious wrong.

[ocr errors]

9 Frame and constitution.

Oli.

Have I, Malvolio? no. Mal. Lady, you have. Pray you, peruse that

letter : You must not now deny it is your hand, Write from it, if you can, in hand, or phrase; Or say, 'tis not your seal, nor your invention : You can say none of this : Well, grant it then, And tell me, in the modesty of honour, Why you have given me such clear lights of favour; Bade me come smiling, and cross-garter'd to you, To put on yellow stockings, and to frown Upon sir Toby, and the lighter' people : And, acting this in an obedient hope, . Why have you suffer'd me to be imprison'd, . Kept in a dark house, visited by the priest, And made the most notorious geck, 2 and gull, That e'er invention play'd on? tell me why.

Oli. Alas, Malvolio, this is not my writing, Though, I confess, much like the character : But, out of question, 'tis Maria's hand. And now I do bethink me, it was she First told me, thou wast mad; then cam'st in · smiling, And in such forms which here were presuppos'd Upon thee in the letter. Pr’ythee, be content: This practice hath most shrewdly pass’d upon thee; But, when we know the grounds and authors of it, Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge Of thine own cause. Fab,

Good madam, hear me speak; And let no quarrel, nor no brawl to come, .

1 Inferior 2 Fool.

Taint the condition of this present hour,
Which I have wonder'd at. In hope it shall nct,
Most freely I confess, myself, and Toby,
Set this device against Malvolio here,
Upon some stubborn and uncourteous parts
We had conceiv'd against him : Maria writ
The letter, at sir Toby's great importance; 3
In recompense whereof, he hath married her.
How with a sportful malice it was follow'd,
May rather pluck on laughter than revenge ;
If that the injuries be justly weigh’d,
That have on both sides past.
Oli. Alas, poor fool! how have they baffled 4 thee!

Clo. Why, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them. I was one, sir, in this interlude; one sir Topas, sir; but that's all one :- By the Lord, fool, I am not mad ;-—But do you remember? Madam, why laugh you at such a barren rascal ? an you smile not, he's gaggd: And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges. Mal. I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you.

[Eait. Oli. He hath been most notoriously abus'd.

Duke. Pursue him, and entreat him to a peace : He hath not told us of the captain yet; When that is known and golden time convents, s A solenın combination shall be made Of our dear souls-Mean time, sweet sister, We will not part from hence.-Cesario, come ,

3 Importunacy.

4 Cheated.

5 Shall serve.

« הקודםהמשך »