Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

Act 3 Scene 4

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Enter OLIVIA and MARIA
OLIVIA and MARIA enter.

OLIVIA

I have sent after him. He says he’ll come.
How shall I feast him? What bestow of him?
For youth is bought more oft than begged or borrow’d.
I speak too loud.—
5Where’s Malvolio? He is sad and civil
And suits well for a servant with my fortunes.
Where is Malvolio?

OLIVIA

I’ve sent for him. He says he’ll come. What kind of food should I serve him? What presents should I give him? It’s easier to buy young people than to beg or borrow them. Oh, I’m talking too loud.—Where’s Malvolio? He’s very serious, which is right for someone in mourning like me. Where is Malvolio?

MARIA

He’s coming, madam; but in very strange manner. He is sure possessed, madam.

MARIA

He’s coming, madam; but he’s acting very strangely. He must be possessed by the devil.

OLIVIA

10Why, what’s the matter? Does he rave?

OLIVIA

Why, what’s the matter with him? Is he talking nonsense?

MARIA

No, madam, he does nothing but smile. Your ladyship were best to have some guard about you if he come, for sure the man is tainted in ’s wits.

MARIA

No, he just smiles. You should have a guard nearby if he comes in here, because he’s clearly disturbed.

OLIVIA

Go call him hither.

OLIVIA

Ask him in here.
Exit MARIA
MARIA exits.
   I am as mad as he,
15If sad and merry madness equal be.
I’m as crazy as he is, if sad craziness and happy craziness are equivalent.
Enter MARIA, with MALVOLIO
MARIA enters with MALVOLIO.
How now, Malvolio?
What’s going on, Malvolio?

MALVOLIO

Sweet lady, ho, ho.

MALVOLIO

Hello, sweet lady.