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But this my masculine usurp'd attire,
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;
Give me thy hand;
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,
. Re-enter Clown, with a letter.
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
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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,
A sister?--you are she.
· Ay, my lord, this same : How now, Malvolio? Mal.
Madam, you have done me wrong, Notorious wrong.
9 Frame and constitution.
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,
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 gagg’d: 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 ,
5 Shall serve.