Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1 Page 5

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VIOLA

My legs do better understand me, sir, than I understand what you mean by bidding me taste my legs.

VIOLA

Taste my legs? My legs stand under me, but I don’t understand what “taste your legs” means.

SIR TOBY BELCH

I mean, to go, sir, to enter.

SIR TOBY BELCH

I mean please go into the house, sir.

VIOLA

75I will answer you with gait and entrance. But we are prevented.

VIOLA

I will. But now we don’t have to!
Enter OLIVIA and MARIA
OLIVIA and MARIA enter.
Most excellent accomplished lady, the heavens rain odors on you!
Oh, beautiful and accomplished lady, may the heavens rain odors upon you!

SIR ANDREW

(aside) That youth’s a rare courtier. “Rain odors.” Well.

SIR ANDREW

(to himself) That young man’s classy. “Rain odors.” That’s good.

VIOLA

80My matter hath no voice, lady, but to your own most pregnant and vouchsafed ear.

VIOLA

My message is not for anyone else to hear, my lady. It’s only for your willing and receptive ear.

SIR ANDREW

(aside) “Odors,” “pregnant,” and “vouchsafed.” I’ll get
'em all three all ready.

SIR ANDREW

(to himself) “Odors,” “willing,” and “deserving.” I’ll have to remember those words so I can use them later myself.

OLIVIA

Let the garden door be shut, and leave me to my hearing.

OLIVIA

Close the garden door and leave me alone to hear his message.
Exeunt SIR TOBY BELCH, SIR ANDREW, and MARIA
SIR TOBY BELCH, SIR ANDREW, and MARIA exit.
85Give me your hand, sir.
Give me your hand, sir.

VIOLA

My duty, madam, and most humble service.

VIOLA

I give you my obedience and my humble service, madam.

OLIVIA

What is your name?

OLIVIA

What’s your name?