Act IV - Scene I

Before Olivia's house.

[Enter Sebastian and Feste.]

FESTE:
Will you make me believe that I am not sent for you?
SEBASTIAN:
Go to, go to, thou art a foolish fellow;
Let me be clear of thee.
FESTE:
Well held out, i' faith! No, I do not know you; nor I am
not sent to you by my lady, to bid you come speak with her;(5)
nor your name is not Master Cesario; nor this is not my nose
neither. Nothing that is so is so.
SEBASTIAN:
I prithee, vent thy folly somewhere else: Thou know'st
not me.
FESTE:
Vent my folly! he has heard that word of some great man(10)
and now applies it to a fool. Vent my folly! I am afraid this
great lubber, the world, will prove a cockney. I prithee now,
ungird thy strangeness and tell me what I shall vent to my
lady: shall I vent to her that thou art coming?
SEBASTIAN:
I prithee, foolish Greek, depart from me:(15)
There's money for thee: if you tarry longer,
I shall give worse payment.
FESTE:
By my troth, thou hast an open hand. These wise men
that give fools money get themselves a good report—after
fourteen years' purchase.(20)

[Enter Sir Andrew, Sir Toby, and Fabian.]

SIR ANDREW:
Now, sir, have I met you again?
there's for you. [strikes Sebastian]
SEBASTIAN:
Why, there's for thee, and there, and there. [strikes Sir Andrew] Are all the
people mad? [draws his dagger]
SIR TOBY:
Hold, sir, or I'll throw your dagger o'er the house. (25)
[seizes Sebastian's arm]
FESTE:
This will I tell my lady straight. I would not be in
some of your coats for two pence.

[Exit Feste.]

SIR TOBY:
Come on, sir; hold.
SIR ANDREW:
Nay, let him alone: I'll go another way to work
with him; I'll have an action of battery against him, if(30)
there be any law in Illyria: though I struck him first, yet
it's no matter for that.
SEBASTIAN:
Let go thy hand.
SIR TOBY:
Come, sir, I will not let you go. Come, my young
soldier, put up your iron: you are well fleshed; come(35)
on.
SEBASTIAN:
I will be free from thee. [breaks away and draws sword] What wouldst thou now?
If thou dar'st tempt me further, draw thy sword.
SIR TOBY:
What, what? Nay, then I must have an ounce or two
of this malapert blood from you. [draws] (40)

[Enter Olivia.]

OLIVIA:
Hold, Toby; on thy life, I charge thee hold.
SIR TOBY:
Madam!
OLIVIA:
Will it be ever thus? Ungracious wretch,
Fit for the mountains and the barbarous caves,
Where manners ne'er were preach'd! Out of my sight!(45)
Be not offended, dear Cesario.
Rudesby, be gone!

[Exeunt Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Fabian.]

I pr'ythee, gentle friend,
Let thy fair wisdom, not thy passion, sway
In this uncivil and unjust extent(50)
Against thy peace. Go with me to my house,
And hear thou there how many fruitless pranks
This ruffian hath botch'd up, that thou thereby
Mayst smile at this: thou shalt not choose but go;
Do not deny. Beshrew his soul for me,(55)
He started one poor heart of mine in thee.
SEBASTIAN:
What relish is in this? how runs the stream?
Or I am mad, or else this is a dream:
Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep;(60)
If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!
OLIVIA:
Nay, come, I prithee; would thou'dst be ruled by
me!
SEBASTIAN:
Madam, I will.
OLIVIA:
O, say so, and so be!


[Exeunt.]