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Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 3

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SIR ANDREW

I’ll stay a month longer. I am a fellow o' th' strangest mind i' th' world. I delight in masques and revels sometimes altogether.

SIR ANDREW

All right, I’ll stay another month. Ah, I’m an odd kind of guy. Sometimes all I want to do is see plays and go out dancing.

SIR TOBY BELCH

Art thou good at these kickshawses, knight?

SIR TOBY BELCH

Are you good at those kinds of things?

SIR ANDREW

100As any man in Illyria, whatsoever he be, under the degree of my betters. And yet I will not compare with an old man.

SIR ANDREW

Yes, as good as any man in Illyria, except for the ones who are better at it than I am. I’m not as good as someone who’s been dancing for years.

SIR TOBY BELCH

What is thy excellence in a galliard, knight?

SIR TOBY BELCH

How good are you at those fast dances?

SIR ANDREW

Faith, I can cut a caper.

SIR ANDREW

SIR TOBY BELCH

And I can cut the mutton to ’t.

SIR TOBY BELCH

And I can cut some meat to go with your

capers

caper = a condiment

capers
.

SIR ANDREW

105And I think I have the back-trick simply as strong as any man in Illyria.

SIR ANDREW

And I can do that fancy backward step as well as any man in Illyria.

SIR TOBY BELCH

Wherefore are these things hid? Wherefore have these gifts a curtain before 'em? Are they like to take dust, like Mistress Mall’s picture? Why dost thou not go to church in a galliard and come home in a coranto? My very walk should be a jig. I would not so much as make water but in a sink-a-pace. What dost thou mean? Is it a world to hide virtues in? I did think, by the excellent constitution of thy leg, it was formed under the star of a galliard.

SIR TOBY BELCH

Why do you hide these things? Why do you keep these talents behind a curtain? Are they likely to get dusty? Why don’t you go off to church dancing one way, and come home dancing another way? If I had your talents, I’d be dancing a jig every time I walked down the street. I wouldn’t even pee without dancing a waltz. What are you thinking? Is this the kind of world where we hide our accomplishments? You’re a born dancer. Look how shapely your legs are.

SIR ANDREW

115Ay, ’tis strong, and it does indifferent well in a dun-colored stock. Shall we set about some revels?

SIR ANDREW

That’s true. They’re strong, and they look pretty good in brown tights. Should we throw a little dance party?

SIR TOBY BELCH

What shall we do else? Were we not born under Taurus?

SIR TOBY BELCH

Why not? Weren’t we both born under Taurus?