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MARIA : If you want a big laugh, follow me. That idiot Malvolio is wearing yellow stockings! He obeys every point in the letter that I wrote. He smiles until his face cracks. You’ve never seen such a sight! I can hardly resist hurling things at him. I know my lady 53 Twelfth Night 09/26/06 9:10 AM Page 54 TWELFTH NIGHT SIR will strike him. If she does, he’ll smile and take it as a great favor. TOBY : Come on, take us to him! ) Scene 3 A street. Antonio and Sebastian enter. SEBASTIAN : I didn’t mean to trouble you, But since you enjoy putting yourself out, I won’t scold you anymore.
VIOLA : I ask you, sir, who is he? SIR TOBY : He is a knight, dubbed with a ceremonial sword as he knelt on a carpet. But he is a devil in a private brawl. He’s killed three people, and now is so angry that only a death and burial will satisfy him. “Strike first” is his motto, take it or leave it.
Don’t refuse it. It has no tongue to annoy you. And, I beg you, come again tomorrow. What could you ask of me that I would deny, As long as it’s honorable? VIOLA : Nothing but this, your true love for my master. OLIVIA : How could I honorably give him that When I have already given it to you? VIOLA : I will release you. 63 Twelfth Night 09/26/06 9:10 AM Page 64 TWELFTH NIGHT OLIVIA : Well, come again tomorrow. Farewell for now. (Olivia exits. ) SIR TOBY : Gentleman, God save you. VIOLA : And you, sir.