Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

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FABIAN

Here he comes with your niece. Give them way till he take leave, and presently after him.

FABIAN

Here comes the messenger with your niece. Leave them alone until he sets off home, and then follow him.

SIR TOBY BELCH

175I will meditate the while upon some horrid message for a challenge.

SIR TOBY BELCH

Meanwhile, I’ll think of some horrible way to phrase the challenge.
Exeunt SIR TOBY BELCH, FABIAN, and MARIA
SIR TOBY BELCH, FABIAN, and MARIA exit.

OLIVIA

I have said too much unto a heart of stone
And laid mine honor too unchary on ’t.
There’s something in me that reproves my fault,
180But such a headstrong potent fault it is
That it but mocks reproof.

OLIVIA

I’ve said too much to someone with a heart of stone. I’ve foolishly jeopardized my honor and reputation. I hate myself for behaving that way, but I just had to, and no criticism could have stopped me.

VIOLA

With the same 'havior that your passion bears
Goes on my master’s grief.

VIOLA

My lord acts just as crazy with love as you do.

OLIVIA

Here, wear this jewel for me. 'Tis my picture.
185Refuse it not. It hath no tongue to vex you.
And I beseech you come again tomorrow.
What shall you ask of me that I’ll deny,
That honor, saved, may upon asking give?

OLIVIA

Here, take this piece of jewelry. There’s a picture of me inside. Don’t refuse it. It won’t annoy you like me, because it doesn’t have a voice. And I beg you, please come here again tomorrow. What could you possibly ask of me that I wouldn’t give you, as long as it didn’t damage my honor and self-respect?

VIOLA

Nothing but this: your true love for my master.

VIOLA

Nothing, except your true love for my lord.

OLIVIA

190How with mine honor may I give him that
Which I have given to you?

OLIVIA

How could I honorably give him what I’ve already given you?

VIOLA

I will acquit you.

VIOLA

I’ll give it back to you.

OLIVIA

Well, come again tomorrow. Fare thee well.
A fiend like thee might bear my soul to hell.

OLIVIA

Just come again tomorrow. Good-bye. A devil like you could lead me to hell.
Exit
OLIVIA exits.