Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

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OLIVIA

Ha?

OLIVIA

What?

MALVOLIO

“Some achieve greatness—”

MALVOLIO

“Some achieve greatness—”

OLIVIA

40What sayest thou?

OLIVIA

What are you saying?

MALVOLIO

“And some have greatness thrust upon them.”

MALVOLIO

“And some have greatness thrust upon them.”

OLIVIA

Heaven restore thee!

OLIVIA

Heaven help you!

MALVOLIO

“Remember who commended thy yellow stockings—”

MALVOLIO

“Remember who liked your yellow stockings—”

OLIVIA

Thy yellow stockings?

OLIVIA

Your yellow stockings?

MALVOLIO

45“And wished to see thee cross-gartered.”

MALVOLIO

“And wanted to see you with laces crisscrossed over your legs.”

OLIVIA

Cross-gartered?

OLIVIA

Crisscrossed?

MALVOLIO

“Go to, thou art made, if thou desirest to be so—”

MALVOLIO

“Go ahead. A happy new life is there if you want it—”

OLIVIA

Am I made?

OLIVIA

Am I a new life?

MALVOLIO

“If not, let me see thee a servant still.”

MALVOLIO

“If you don’t want it, just keep acting like a lowly servant.”

OLIVIA

50Why, this is very midsummer madness.

OLIVIA

This is completely insane.
Enter SERVANT
SERVANT enters.

SERVANT

Madam, the young gentleman of the Count Orsino’s is returned. I could hardly entreat him back. He attends your ladyship’s pleasure.

SERVANT

Madam, Count Orsino’s young messenger has returned. It was hard to get him to come back, but he’s here now, waiting for you.