Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

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OLIVIA

Tell him he shall not speak with me.

OLIVIA

Tell him he’s not going to speak with me.

MALVOLIO

Has been told so, and he says he’ll stand at your door like a sheriff’s post, and be the supporter to a bench, but he’ll speak with you.

MALVOLIO

I told him that. He says he’ll stand at your door like a signpost or a bench until he speaks with you.

OLIVIA

What kind o' man is he?

OLIVIA

What kind of man is he?

MALVOLIO

Why, of mankind.

MALVOLIO

Just a man, like any other.

OLIVIA

What manner of man?

OLIVIA

But what’s he like?

MALVOLIO

140Of very ill manner. He’ll speak with you, will you or no.

MALVOLIO

He’s very rude. He insists he’ll speak with you whether you want him to or not.

OLIVIA

Of what personage and years is he?

OLIVIA

What does he look like? How old is he?

MALVOLIO

Not yet old enough for a man, nor young enough for a boy, as a squash is before ’tis a peascod, or a codling when ’tis almost an apple. 'Tis with him in standing water, between boy and man. He is very well-favored, and he speaks very shrewishly. One would think his mother’s milk were scarce out of him.

MALVOLIO

Not old enough to be a man, but not young enough to be a boy. He’s like a bud before it becomes a pea pod, or like a little green apple before it gets big and ripe. He’s somewhere between boy and man. He’s very handsome and speaks well, but he’s very young. He looks like he just recently stopped breastfeeding.

OLIVIA

Let him approach. Call in my gentlewoman.

OLIVIA

Show him in. Call in my maid.

MALVOLIO

Gentlewoman, my lady calls.

MALVOLIO

Maria, our lady wants you.
Exit
MALVOLIO exits.
Enter MARIA
MARIA enters.

OLIVIA

150Give me my veil. Come, throw it o'er my face. (OLIVIA puts on a veil) We’ll once more hear Orsino’s embassy.

OLIVIA

Give me my veil. Come, put it over my face. (OLIVIA puts on her veil) We’re going to hear Orsino’s pleas again.
Enter VIOLA, with attendants
VIOLA enters, dressed as CESARIO, with attendants.