Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 1

page Act 5 Scene 1 Page 17

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FOOL

Why, “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them.” I was one, sir, in this interlude, one Sir Topas, sir, but that’s all one. (imitates MALVOLIO) “By the Lord, fool, I am not mad.”—But do you remember? “Madam, why laugh you at such a barren rascal; an you smile not, he’s gagged?” and thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.

FOOL

Well, you know, “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Anyway, I was part of the trick, sir. I pretended to be a priest named Sir Topas. But what does it matter? (he imitates MALVOLIO) “I swear, fool, I’m not crazy.”—But do you remember what he said about me before? “I’m surprised you enjoy the company of this stupid troublemaker—unless he’s got somebody laughing at him, he can’t think of anything to say.” What goes around comes around.

MALVOLIO

I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you.

MALVOLIO

I’ll get my revenge on every last one of you.
Exit
MALVOLIO exits.

OLIVIA

He hath been most notoriously abused.

OLIVIA

He really was tricked horribly.

ORSINO

Pursue him and entreat him to a peace.

ORSINO

Go after him and try to calm him down a little.
Some exit
Some exit.
He hath not told us of the captain yet.
375When that is known and golden time convents,
A solemn combination shall be made
Of our dear souls.—Meantime, sweet sister,
We will not part from hence. Cesario, come,
For so you shall be, while you are a man.
380But when in other habits you are seen,
Orsino’s mistress and his fancy’s queen.
He still hasn’t told us about the captain. When that’s been taken care of and the time is right, we’ll all get married. Until then, we’ll stay here, my dear sister-in-law. Cesario, come here. I’ll keep calling you Cesario while you’re still a man, but when we see you in women’s clothes you’ll be the queen of my dreams, Orsino’s true love.
Exeunt all, except FOOL
Everyone exits except the FOOL