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Twelfth Night: Act 1, Scene 4

Twelfth Night
Act 1, Scene 4

A room in Duke Orsino’s palace.

  1. Enter Valentine, and Viola in man’s attire.

Valentine

2 - 4
  1. If the Duke continue these favors towards you, Cesario, you
  2. are like to be much advanc’d; he hath known you but three
  3. days, and already you are no stranger.

Viola

5 - 7
  1. You either fear his humor or my negligence, that you call in
  2. question the continuance of his love. Is he inconstant, sir,
  3. in his favors?

Valentine

8
  1. No, believe me.
  1. Enter Duke, Curio, and Attendants.

Viola

10
  1. I thank you. Here comes the Count.

Orsino

11
  1. Who saw Cesario, ho?

Viola

12
  1. On your attendance, my lord, here.

Orsino

13 - 19
  1. Stand you awhile aloof. Cesario,
  2. Thou know’st no less but all. I have unclasp’d
  3. To thee the book even of my secret soul.
  4. Therefore, good youth, address thy gait unto her,
  5. Be not denied access, stand at her doors,
  6. And tell them, there thy fixed foot shall grow
  7. Till thou have audience.

Viola

20 - 22
  1.                          Sure, my noble lord,
  2. If she be so abandon’d to her sorrow
  3. As it is spoke, she never will admit me.

Orsino

23 - 24
  1. Be clamorous, and leap all civil bounds,
  2. Rather than make unprofited return.

Viola

25
  1. Say I do speak with her, my lord, what then?

Orsino

26 - 30
  1. O then, unfold the passion of my love,
  2. Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith;
  3. It shall become thee well to act my woes:
  4. She will attend it better in thy youth
  5. Than in a nuntio’s of more grave aspect.

Viola

31
  1. I think not so, my lord.

Orsino

32 - 43
  1.                          Dear lad, believe it;
  2. For they shall yet belie thy happy years,
  3. That say thou art a man. Diana’s lip
  4. Is not more smooth and rubious; thy small pipe
  5. Is as the maiden’s organ, shrill and sound,
  6. And all is semblative a woman’s part.
  7. I know thy constellation is right apt
  8. For this affair. Some four or five attend him
  9. All, if you will; for I myself am best
  10. When least in company. Prosper well in this,
  11. And thou shalt live as freely as thy lord,
  12. To call his fortunes thine.

Viola

44 - 48
  1.                             I’ll do my best
  2. To woo your lady.
  3. Aside.
  4.                   Yet a barful strife!
  5. Whoe’er I woo, myself would be his wife.
  1. Exeunt.
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