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Twelfth Night

Written:1600-1601; Text: First Folio 1623 (Comedy), no quarto editions
Source: Barnabe Riche (c.1540-1617). Farewell to Militarie Profession (1581) the story of Apolonius and Silla; Bandello, Matteo (1485-1561) Novelle (1554-73)
Characters: Viola, Olivia, Orsino, Sir Toby Belch, Feste, Malvolio, Antonio, Sebastian, Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Setting: Illyria
Time: Time of Shakespeare

You and Thee

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In Henry IV Part 1, in the exchange between Hotspur and Owen Glendower, about calling up devils from the vasty deep, Hotspur deliberately shifts from the word you to thee when he addresses Glendower. You was often used to convey respect while thee was used when speaking to someone of inferior rank,
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If music be the food of love

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If music be the food of love, play on.
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken and so die.
That strain again! It had a dying fall.
O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odor. Enough; no more.
‘Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
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On your attendance, my lord, here

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Viola
On your attendance, my lord, here.
Orsino, to Curio and Attendants
Stand you awhile aloof.—Cesario,
Thou know’st no less but all. I have unclasped
To thee the book even of my secret soul.
Therefore, good youth, address thy gait unto her.
Be not denied access. Stand at her doors
And tell them,
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Nay, either tell me where thou hast been

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Maria
Nay, either tell me where thou hast been, or I
will not open my lips so wide as a bristle may enter
in way of thy excuse. My lady will hang thee for thy
absence.
Feste
Let her hang me. He that is well hanged in this
world needs to fear no colors.
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God bless thee, lady!

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Feste
—God bless thee, lady!
Olivia
Take the Fool away.
Feste
Do you not hear, fellows? Take away the Lady.
Olivia
Go to, you’re a dry Fool. I’ll no more of you.
Besides, you grow dishonest.
Feste
Two faults, madonna, that drink and good counsel
will amend.
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What is love? ‘Tis not hereafter

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What is love? ‘Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What’s to come is still unsure.
In delay there lies no plenty,
Then come kiss me sweet and twenty;
Youth’s a stuff will not endure.

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Excellent! Why, this is the best fooling when all is done

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Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Excellent! Why, this is the best fooling when
all is done. Now, a song!
Sir Toby Belch, giving money to the Fool
Come on, there is
sixpence for you. Let’s have a song.
Sir Andrew Aguecheek, giving money to the Fool
There’s a testril of
me, too. If one knight give a—
Fool
Would you have a love song or a song of good
life?
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My masters, are you mad?

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Malvolio
My masters, are you mad? Or what are you?
Have you no wit, manners, nor honesty but to
gabble like tinkers at this time of night? Do you
make an ale-house of my lady’s house, that you
squeak out your coziers’ catches without any mitigation
or remorse of voice? Is there no respect of
place, persons, nor time in you?
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O, fellow, come, the song we had last night

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Orsino
O, fellow, come, the song we had last night.—
Mark it, Cesario. It is old and plain;
The spinsters and the knitters in the sun
And the free maids that weave their thread with
bones
Do use to chant it. It is silly sooth,
And dallies with the innocence of love
Like the old age.
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Stay. I prithee, tell me what thou think’st of me

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Olivia
Stay. I prithee, tell me what thou think’st of me.
Viola
That you do think you are not what you are.
Olivia
If I think so, I think the same of you.
Viola
Then think you right. I am not what I am.
Olivia
I would you were as I would have you be.
Viola
Would it be better,
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No, faith, I’ll not stay a jot longer

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Sir Andrew Aguecheek
No, faith, I’ll not stay a jot longer.
Sir Toby Belch
Thy reason, dear venom, give thy reason.
Fabian
You must needs yield your reason, Sir Andrew.
Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Marry, I saw your niece do more favors to the
Count’s servingman than ever she bestowed upon
me.
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