Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

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SIR TOBY BELCH

You, sir? Why, what are you?

SIR TOBY BELCH

You, sir? Who are you?

ANTONIO

285One, sir, that for his love dares yet do more
Than you have heard him brag to you he will.

ANTONIO

I’m just a good friend of his. In fact, I’d do even more to him than what you’ve heard him promise to do.

SIR TOBY BELCH

Nay, if you be an undertaker, I am for you.

SIR TOBY BELCH

If you’re someone who gets into fights, I’ll fight with you.
They draw swords Enter OFFICERS
They draw their swords. OFFICERS enter.

FABIAN

O good Sir Toby, hold! Here come the officers.

FABIAN

Oh, Sir Toby, stop! The police are here.

SIR TOBY BELCH

(to ANTONIO) I’ll be with you anon.

SIR TOBY BELCH

(to ANTONIO) I’ll be back for you soon.

VIOLA

290 (to ANDREW) Pray, sir, put your sword up, if you please.

VIOLA

(to ANDREW) Please, sir, put away your sword. Please.

SIR ANDREW

Marry, will I, sir. And for that I promised you, I’ll be as good as my word. He will bear you easily and reins well.

SIR ANDREW

I certainly will, sir. And as for what I promised to you, I’m as good as my word. You can ride him easily, and he responds well when you pull the reins.

FIRST OFFICER

This is the man. Do thy office.

FIRST OFFICER

This is the man. Do your job.

SECOND OFFICER

Antonio, I arrest thee at the suit of Count Orsino.

SECOND OFFICER

Antonio, you’re under arrest on the orders of Count Orsino.

ANTONIO

295You do mistake me, sir.

ANTONIO

You must be mistaking me for someone else, sir.

FIRST OFFICER

No, sir, no jot. I know your favor well,
Though now you have no sea-cap on your head.—
Take him away. He knows I know him well.

FIRST OFFICER

No, sir, not at all. I recognize your face perfectly, even without a sailor’s cap on your head.—Take him away. He knows I recognize him.

ANTONIO

I must obey. (to VIOLA) This comes with seeking you:
300But there’s no remedy. I shall answer it.

ANTONIO

I have to obey. (to VIOLA) This has happened because I came looking for you, but there’s nothing I can do about it now. I’ll take what’s coming to me. But what’ll you do now that I have to ask you for my purse back?