Twelfth Night

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 5

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VIOLA

I am no fee’d post, lady. Keep your purse.
My master, not myself, lacks recompense.
260Love make his heart of flint that you shall love,
And let your fervor, like my master’s, be
Placed in contempt. Farewell, fair cruelty.

VIOLA

I’m not a paid messenger, my lady. Keep your money. It’s my master who’s not getting the reward he deserves, not me. I hope you fall in love with a man whose heart is hard as a rock and who treats your love like a big joke, just like you’ve done. Goodbye, you beautiful, cruel woman.
Exit
VIOLA exits.

OLIVIA

“What is your parentage?”
“Above my fortunes, yet my state is well.
265I am a gentleman.” I’ll be sworn thou art;
Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions, and spirit,
Do give thee fivefold blazon. Not too fast! Soft, soft!
Unless the master were the man. How now?
Even so quickly may one catch the plague?
270Methinks I feel this youth’s perfections
With an invisible and subtle stealth
To creep in at mine eyes. Well, let it be.—
What ho, Malvolio!

OLIVIA

“Who are your parents?” “I was born to a higher position than I’ve got now. But I’m still fairly high-ranking. I’m a gentleman.” Yes, I’m sure you are. Your way of talking, your face, your body, your behavior, and your sensitive soul all prove you’re a gentleman. Ah, no. Calm down, calm down. If only his lord were more like him. How strange I’m feeling! Can someone fall in love this quickly? I can feel this young man’s perfection creeping in through my eyes like some kind of disease, slowly and invisibly. Oh, well.—Malvolio! Come here!
Enter MALVOLIO
MALVOLIO enters.

MALVOLIO

   Here, madam, at your service.

MALVOLIO

At your service, madam.

OLIVIA

Run after that same peevish messenger,
275The county’s man. He left this ring behind him,
Would I or not. Tell him I’ll none of it.
OLIVIA hands him a ring
Desire him not to flatter with his lord,
Nor hold him up with hopes. I am not for him.
280If that the youth will come this way tomorrow,
I’ll give him reasons for ’t. Hie thee, Malvolio.

OLIVIA

Run after that obnoxious messenger, the duke’s servant. He insisted on leaving this ring with me whether I wanted it or not. Tell him I want nothing to do with it. (she hands him a ring) Ask him not to encourage Orsino or to get his hopes up. I’m not for him. If that young man comes here again tomorrow, I’ll tell him why. Hurry, Malvolio.