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Clo. What is the opinion of Pythagoras, concern. ing wild-fowl?
Mal. That the soul of our grandam might haply inhabit a bird.
Clo. What thinkest thou of his opinion ?
Mal. I think nobly of the soul, and no way ap. prove his opinion.
Clo. Fare thee well : remain thou still in darkness: thou shalt hold the opinion of Pythagoras, ere I will allow of thy wits; and fear to kill a woodcock, lest thou dispossess the soul of thy grandam. Fare thee well.
Mal. Sir Topas, sir Topas,
Mal. Thou might'st have done this without thy beard, and gown; he sees thee not.
Sir To. To him in thine own voice, and bring me word how thou findest him: I would we were well rid of this knavery. If he may be conveniently delivered, I would he were; for I am now so far in offence with my niece, that I cannot pursue with any safety this sport to the upshot. Come by and by to my chamber.
[Ereunt Sir Toby and Maria. Clo. Hey, Robin, jolly Robin,
Tell me how thy lady does. (Singing. Mal. Fool, Clo. My lady is unkind, perdy. Mal. Fool, Clo. Alas, why is she so? Mal. Fool, I say ;Clo. She loves another. Who calls, ha?
Mal. Good fool, as ever thou wilt deserve well at my hand, help me to a candle, and pen, and ink, and paper; as I am a gentleman, I will live to be thankful to thee for't.
Clo. Master Malvolio!
Mal. Ay, good fool..
Mal. Fool, there was never man so notoriously abused: I am as well in my wits, fool, as thou art.
Clo. But as well? then you are mad, indeed, if you be no better in your wits than a fool.
Mal. They have here propertied met; keep me in darkness, send ministers to me, asses, and do all they can to face me out of my wits.
Clo. Advise you what you say; the minister is here,Malvolio, Malvolio, thy wits the heavens restore! endeavour thyself to sleep, and leave thy vain bibble babble,
Mal. Sir Topas,
Clo. Maintaiu no words with him, good fellow.-Who, I, sir? not I, sir. God b'wi'you, good sir Topas.-Marry, amen.-I will, sir, I will.
Mal. Fool, fool, fool, I say,
Clo. Alas, sir, be patient. What say you, sir? I am shents for speaking to you.
Mal. Good fool, help me to some light, and some paper; I tell thee, I am as well in my wils, as any man in Illyria.
. Clo. Well-a-day,—that you were, sir!
Mal. By this hand, I am : good fool, some ink, paper, and light, and convey what I will set down to my lady; it shall advantage thee more than ever the bearing of letter did.
Clo. I will help you to't. But tell me true, are you not mad, indeed? or do you but counterfeit?
Mal. Believe me, I am not; I tell thee true.
Clo. Nay, I'll ne'er believe a madman, till I see his brains. I will fetch you light, and paper, and ink.
Mal. Fool, I'll requite it in the highest degrec: I pr'ythee, be gone.
· * Senses. + Taken possession of.
Scolded, reprimanded, VOL. I.
I am gone, sir,
In a trice;
Like to the old vice*,
Cries, ah, ha! to the devil:
Adieu, goodman drioel.
Enter Sebastian. Seb. This is the air; that is the glorious sun; This pearl she gave me, I do feel't, and see't: And though 'tis wonder that enwraps me thus, Yet 'tis not madness. Where's Antonio then ? I could not find hini at the Elephant: Yet there he was; and there I found this creditt. That he did range the town to seek me out. His coupsel pow might do me golden service: For though my soul disputes well with my sense, That this may be some error, but no madness, Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune, So far exceed all ivstance, all discourset, That I am ready to distrust mine eyes, And wrangle with my reason, that persuades me To any other trusts, but that I am mad, Or else the lady's mad; yet, if 'twere so,
* A buffoon character in the old plays, and father of the modern harlequin.
+ Account. Reason. Belief.
She could not sway her house, command her follow
ers, Take, and give back, affairs, and their despatch, With such a smooth, discreet, and stable bearing, As, I perceive, she does : there's something in't, That is deceivable. But here comes the lady.
Enter Olivia and a Priest.
Seb. I'll follow this good man, and go with you;
vens so shine, That they may fairly note this act of mine !
SCENE I. The street before Olivia's house.
Enter Clown and Fabian. Fab. Now, as thou lovest me, let me see his let. ter.
clo Good master Fabian, grant me another request. Fab. Ady thing, • Servants. + Little chapel. Until.
Clo. Do not desire to see this letter.
Fab. That is, to give a dog, and, in recompense, desire my dog again,
Enter Duke, Viola, and attendants. Duke. Belong you to the lady Olivia, frieuds ! Clo. Ay, sir; we are some of her trappings.
Duke. I know thee well; How dost thou, my good fellow?
Clo. Truly, sir, the better for my foes, and the worse for my friends.
Duke. Just the contrary; the better for thy friends.
Clo. Marry, sir, they praise me, and make an ass of me; now my foes tell me plainly I am an ass: só that by my foes, sir, I profit in the knowledge of myself; and by my friends I am abused : so that, conclusions to be as kisses, if your four negatives make your two affirmatives, why, then the worse for my friends, and the better for ny foes.
Duke. Why, this is excellent.
Clo. By my troth, sir, no; though it please you to be one of my friends."
Duke. Thou shalt not be the worse for me; there's gold.
Clo. But that it would be double dealing, sir, I would you could make it another.
Duke. O, you give me ill counsel.
Clo. Put your grace in your pockct, sir, for this once, and let your flesh and blood obey it.
Duke. Well, I will be so much a sinner to be a double dealer; there's another.
Clo. Primo, secundo, tertio, is a good play; and the old saying is, the third pays for all: the tripler, sir, is a good tripping measure; or the bells of St. Bennet, sir, may put you in mind; One, two, three.
Duke. You can fool no more money out of me at this throw: if you will let your lady know, I am