Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

page Act 5 Scene 1 Page 15

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ORSINO

Madam, I am most apt to embrace your offer.
(to VIOLA)
Your master quits you, and for your service done him,
So much against the mettle of your sex,
315So far beneath your soft and tender breeding,
And since you called me “master” for so long,
Here is my hand. You shall from this time be
Your master’s mistress.

ORSINO

I accept that offer happily, madam. (to VIOLA) So you’re free now. I’m offering you my hand in marriage because of your loyal service to me, which was far from what any woman should be expected to do, especially a noble woman. You’ve called me “master” for so long. And now you’ll be your master’s mistress.

OLIVIA

(to VIOLA)     A sister! You are she.

OLIVIA

(to VIOLA) You’ll be my sister-in-law!
Enter FABIAN, with MALVOLIO
FABIAN enters with MALVOLIO

ORSINO

320Is this the madman?

ORSINO

Is this the madman?

OLIVIA

   Ay, my lord, this same.
How now, Malvolio!

OLIVIA

Yes, my lord. How are you, Malvolio?

MALVOLIO

   Madam, you have done me wrong,
Notorious wrong.

MALVOLIO

Madam, you’ve treated me badly, very badly.

OLIVIA

Have I, Malvolio? No.

OLIVIA

I did, Malvolio? No.

MALVOLIO

(handing a paper)
    Lady, you have. Pray you, peruse that letter.
325You must not now deny it is your hand.
Write from it if you can, in hand or phrase;
Or say ’tis not your seal, not your invention:
You can say none of this. Well, grant it then
And tell me, in the modesty of honor,
330Why you have given me such clear lights of favor,
Bade me come smiling and cross-gartered to you,
To put on yellow stockings, and to frown
Upon Sir Toby and the lighter people?

MALVOLIO

(he hands OLIVIA a paper) You did. Please have a look at this letter. You can’t deny that it’s your handwriting. Go ahead and try to write differently, and try to pretend that’s not your seal with your design on it. You can’t. So just admit it. And tell me honestly, why did you show me such fondness and asked me to smile at you, wear yellow stockings and crisscrossed laces for you, and be rude to Sir Toby and the servants?