Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

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VIOLA

60He did me kindness, sir, drew on my side,
But in conclusion put strange speech upon me.
I know not what ’twas but distraction.

VIOLA

He was kind to me and took my side in the fight. But then he said strange things to me. He might be insane. I don’t know what else it could be.

ORSINO

Notable pirate! Thou saltwater thief,
What foolish boldness brought thee to their mercies,
65Whom thou, in terms so bloody and so dear,
Hast made thine enemies?

ORSINO

But you’re a famous pirate! A master thief of the seas! What made you stupid and careless enough to come visit the people you robbed and slaughtered?

ANTONIO

   Orsino, noble sir,
Be pleased that I shake off these names you give me.
Antonio never yet was thief or pirate,
Though, I confess, on base and ground enough,
70Orsino’s enemy. A witchcraft drew me hither.
That most ingrateful boy there by your side
From the rude sea’s enraged and foamy mouth
Did I redeem. A wreck past hope he was.
His life I gave him and did thereto add
75My love, without retention or restraint,
All his in dedication. For his sake
Did I expose myself, pure for his love,
Into the danger of this adverse town,
Drew to defend him when he was beset,
80Where being apprehended, his false cunning,
(Not meaning to partake with me in danger)
Taught him to face me out of his acquaintance,
And grew a twenty-years-removed thing
While one would wink, denied me mine own purse,
85Which I had recommended to his use
Not half an hour before.

ANTONIO

Orsino, sir, please don’t call me those names. I was never a thief or a pirate, though I admit I was your enemy for good reasons. I came here because someone put a spell on me. I rescued that ungrateful boy next to you from drowning. He was a wreck, almost past hope. I saved his life and gave him my love, without reservation. I dedicated myself to him. For his sake I ran the risk of revisiting this unfriendly town, and I drew my sword to defend him when he was in trouble. But when the police caught us, he was clever and treacherous enough to pretend he’d never met me before. He acted like someone who barely knew me. He refused to give me my own wallet, which I had lent him only half an hour before.

VIOLA

How can this be?

VIOLA

How is that possible?

ORSINO

(to ANTONIO) When came he to this town?

ORSINO

(to ANTONIO) When did he come to town?