Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 2

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SIR TOBY BELCH

To him in thine own voice, and bring me word how thou findest him. I would we were well rid of this knavery. If he may be conveniently delivered, I would he were, for I am now so far in offense with my niece that I cannot pursue with any safety this sport to the upshot. Come by and by to my chamber.

SIR TOBY BELCH

Now talk to him in your own voice, and tell me how he is. I wish this trick would be over. If we can find a convenient way to let him go, I want to do it. I’m in so much trouble with my niece that it wouldn’t be safe to let this prank go to its conclusion. Come to my room later on.
Exeunt SIR TOBY BELCH and MARIA
SIR TOBY BELCH and MARIA exit.

FOOL

(sings in his own voice)
   Hey, Robin, jolly Robin,
65    Tell me how thy lady does.

FOOL

(he sings in his own voice)
   Hey, Robin, jolly Robin,
   Tell me how your lady is.

MALVOLIO

Fool!

MALVOLIO

Fool!

FOOL

(sings) My lady is unkind, perdy.

FOOL

(singing) My lady’s mean, and that’s a fact.

MALVOLIO

Fool!

MALVOLIO

Fool!

FOOL

(sings) Alas, why is she so?

FOOL

(singing) Oh, I’m sorry, why is she mean?

MALVOLIO

70Fool, I say!

MALVOLIO

Fool, I say!

FOOL

(sings) She loves another—Who calls, ha?

FOOL

(singing) She loves someone else—Who’s shouting?

MALVOLIO

Good fool, as ever thou wilt deserve well at my hand, help me to a candle, and pen, ink, and paper. As I am a gentleman, I will live to be thankful to thee for ’t.

MALVOLIO

Good fool, good jester, I’ll make it worth your while if you get me a candle, and a pen, ink and paper. You have my word as a gentleman that I’ll always be grateful to you.

FOOL

75Master Malvolio?

FOOL

Master Malvolio?

MALVOLIO

Ay, good fool.

MALVOLIO

Yes, good fool.