Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 2

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FOOL

(disguising his voice) What ho, I say! Peace in this prison!

FOOL

(disguising his voice) Quiet down in this prison!

SIR TOBY BELCH

The knave counterfeits well. A good knave.

SIR TOBY BELCH

The fool’s a good actor. A good fool.

MALVOLIO

(from within) Who calls there?

MALVOLIO

(offstage) Who’s shouting?

FOOL

20Sir Topas the curate, who comes to visit Malvolio the lunatic.

FOOL

I’m Sir Topas the priest. I’ve come to visit Malvolio the lunatic.

MALVOLIO

Sir Topas, Sir Topas, good Sir Topas, go to my lady—

MALVOLIO

Sir Topas, Sir Topas, good Sir Topas, please go find my lady Olivia—

FOOL

Out, hyperbolical fiend! How vexest thou this man! Talkest thou nothing but of ladies?

FOOL

Get out, demon! Why are you bothering this poor man! Can’t you talk about anything besides ladies?

SIR TOBY BELCH

25(aside) Well said, Master Parson.

SIR TOBY BELCH

(to himself) Well said, Mr. Priest.

MALVOLIO

Sir Topas, never was man thus wronged. Good Sir Topas, do not think I am mad. They have laid me here in hideous darkness.

MALVOLIO

Sir Topas, nobody’s ever been as badly treated as I’ve been. Good Sir Topas, don’t believe I’m insane, They’ve shut me up here in horrible darkness.

FOOL

Fie, thou dishonest Satan! I call thee by the most modest terms, for I am one of those gentle ones that will use the devil himself with courtesy. Sayest thou that house is dark?

FOOL

You should be ashamed of yourself, Satan, you liar! I’m being gentle with you, because I’m one of those good-hearted people who are polite to the devil himself. You call this house dark?

MALVOLIO

As hell, Sir Topas.

MALVOLIO

Dark as hell, Sir Topas.

FOOL

Why, it hath bay windows transparent as barricadoes, and the clerestories toward the south-north are as lustrous as ebony. And yet complainest thou of obstruction?

FOOL

But it has bay windows that are as transparent as stone walls, and the upper windows facing south-north are as clear as coal. But you’re still complaining of darkness and a bad view?

MALVOLIO

I am not mad, Sir Topas. I say to you this house is dark.

MALVOLIO

I’m not insane, Sir Topas. I’m telling you, this house is dark.