Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

page Act 5 Scene 1 Page 7

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OLIVIA

135Ay me, detested! How am I beguiled!

OLIVIA

Ah, how awful, I feel so used! I’ve been tricked!

VIOLA

Who does beguile you? Who does do you wrong?

VIOLA

Who tricked you? Who treated you badly?

OLIVIA

Hast thou forgot thyself? Is it so long?—
Call forth the holy father.

OLIVIA

Have you completely forgotten? Has it been so long? Call the priest.
Exit an attendant
An attendant exits.

ORSINO

(to VIOLA)
   Come, away!

ORSINO

(to VIOLA) Come on, let’s go!

OLIVIA

140Whither, my lord?—Cesario, husband, stay.

OLIVIA

Go where, my lord?—Cesario, my husband, stay here.

ORSINO

Husband?

ORSINO

Husband?

OLIVIA

  Ay, husband. Can he that deny?

OLIVIA

Yes, husband. Can he deny it?

ORSINO

Her husband, sirrah?

ORSINO

Are you her husband, boy?

VIOLA

   No, my lord, not I.

VIOLA

No, my lord, not me.

OLIVIA

Alas, it is the baseness of thy fear
That makes thee strangle thy propriety.
145Fear not, Cesario. Take thy fortunes up.
Be that thou know’st thou art, and then thou art
As great as that thou fear’st.

OLIVIA

You’re afraid, so you hide your identity. But don’t be afraid, Cesario. Accept the good luck that’s come your way. Be the person you know you are, and you’ll be as powerful as this person you fear.
Enter PRIEST
The PRIEST enters.
   O, welcome, father!
Father, I charge thee, by thy reverence,
Here to unfold (though lately we intended
150To keep in darkness what occasion now
Reveals before ’tis ripe) what thou dost know
Hath newly passed between this youth and me.
Oh, hello, father! Father, could I please ask you to tell these people what happened between me and this young man? (I know we wanted to hide it, but now the situation demands that we reveal everything.)