Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

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Enter FOOL and FABIAN
The FOOL and FABIAN enter.

FABIAN

Now, as thou lovest me, let me see his letter.

FABIAN

If you’re my friend, you’ll let me see his letter.

FOOL

Good Master Fabian, grant me another request.

FOOL

Dear Mr. Fabian, do me another favor first.

FABIAN

Anything.

FABIAN

Anything.

FOOL

Do not desire to see this letter.

FOOL

Don’t ask to see this letter.

FABIAN

5This is, to give a dog and in recompense desire my dog again.

FABIAN

That’s like giving someone a dog as a present, and then asking for the dog back in return.
Enter ORSINO, VIOLA, CURIO, and lords
ORSINO, VIOLA, CURIO, and lords enter.

ORSINO

Belong you to the Lady Olivia, friends?

ORSINO

My friends, are you all Lady Olivia’s servants?

FOOL

Ay, sir, we are some of her trappings.

FOOL

Yes, sir, we’re part of her entourage.

ORSINO

I know thee well. How dost thou, my good fellow?

ORSINO

I know you. How are you, my friend?

FOOL

10Truly, sir, the better for my foes and the worse for my friends.

FOOL

I’m better off because of my enemies, and worse off because of my friends.

ORSINO

Just the contrary. The better for thy friends.

ORSINO

You mean it the other way around. You’re better off because of your friends.

FOOL

No, sir, the worse.

FOOL

No, sir, worse off.

ORSINO

How can that be?

ORSINO

How can that be?