List iconTwelfth Night:
Act 4, scene 1
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Twelfth Night
Act 4, scene 1



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Twelfth Night—an allusion to the night of festivity preceding the Christian celebration of the Epiphany—combines love, confusion, mistaken identities, and…

Act 1, scene 1

At his court, Orsino, sick with love for the Lady Olivia, learns from his messenger that she is grieving for…

Act 1, scene 2

On the Adriatic seacoast, Viola, who has been saved from a shipwreck in which her brother may have drowned, hears…

Act 1, scene 3

At the estate of Lady Olivia, Sir Toby Belch, Olivia’s kinsman, has brought in Sir Andrew Aguecheek to be her…

Act 1, scene 4

At Orsino’s court, Viola, disguised as a page and calling herself Cesario, has gained the trust of Orsino, who decides…

Act 1, scene 5

Viola, in her disguise as Cesario, appears at Olivia’s estate. Olivia allows Cesario to speak with her privately about Orsino’s…

Act 2, scene 1

A young gentleman named Sebastian, who has recently been saved from a shipwreck in which his sister has been lost,…

Act 2, scene 2

Malvolio finds the disguised Viola and “returns” the ring. Viola, alone, realizes that Olivia has fallen in love with Cesario…

Act 2, scene 3

At Olivia’s estate, Toby, Andrew, and the Fool hold a late night party. Maria comes in to quiet them, followed…

Act 2, scene 4

Orsino asks for a song to relieve his love-longing. In conversation about the capacities for love in men and in…

Act 2, scene 5

Maria lays her trap for Malvolio by placing her forged letter in his path. From their hiding place, Toby, Andrew,…

Act 3, scene 1

Viola (as Cesario), on her way to see Olivia, encounters first the Fool and then Sir Toby and Sir Andrew….

Act 3, scene 2

Sir Andrew, convinced that Olivia will never love him, threatens to leave. Sir Toby persuades him that he can win…

Act 3, scene 3

Antonio, having followed Sebastian, explains the incident in his past that keeps him from safely venturing into the streets of…

Act 3, scene 4

Malvolio, dressed ridiculously and smiling grotesquely, appears before an astonished Olivia. Thinking him insane, she puts him in the care…

Act 4, scene 1

The Fool encounters Sebastian, whom he mistakes for Cesario. When Sir Andrew and Sir Toby attack Sebastian, the Fool fetches…

Act 4, scene 2

Under directions from Sir Toby, the Fool disguises himself as a parish priest and visits the imprisoned Malvolio. In his…

Act 4, scene 3

While Sebastian is sure that neither he nor Olivia is insane, he is amazed by the wonder of his new…

Act 5, scene 1

Orsino, at Olivia’s estate, sends the Fool to bring Olivia to him. Antonio is brought in by officers and he…

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Scene 1
Enter Sebastian and Feste, the Fool.

FOOL Will you make me believe that I am not sent for
SEBASTIAN Go to, go to, thou art a foolish fellow. Let
 me be clear of thee.
FOOL 5Well 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, nor your name is not Master
 Cesario, nor this is not my nose neither. Nothing
 that is so is so.
SEBASTIAN 10I prithee, vent thy folly somewhere else.
 Thou know’st not me.
FOOL Vent my folly? He has heard that word of some
 great man and now applies it to a Fool. Vent my
 folly? I am afraid this great lubber the world will
15 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.
 There’s money for thee. Giving money. If you
20 tarry longer, I shall give worse payment.
FOOL By my troth, thou hast an open hand. These wise
 men that give Fools money get themselves a good
 report—after fourteen years’ purchase.

Twelfth Night
ACT 4. SC. 1

Enter Andrew, Toby, and Fabian.

ANDREW, to Sebastian Now, sir, have I met you again?
25 There’s for you.He strikes Sebastian.
SEBASTIAN, returning the blow Why, there’s for thee,
 and there, and there.—Are all the people mad?
TOBY Hold, sir, or I’ll throw your dagger o’er the
FOOL, aside 30This will I tell my lady straight. I would
 not be in some of your coats for twopence.
He exits.
TOBY, seizing Sebastian Come on, sir, hold!
ANDREW Nay, let him alone. I’ll go another way to
 work with him. I’ll have an action of battery against
35 him, if there be any law in Illyria. Though I struck
 him first, yet it’s no matter for that.
SEBASTIAN, to Toby Let go thy hand!
TOBY Come, sir, I will not let you go. Come, my young
 soldier, put up your iron. You are well fleshed.
40 Come on.
 I will be free from thee.
He pulls free and draws his sword.
 What wouldst thou now?
 If thou dar’st tempt me further, draw thy sword.
TOBY What, what? Nay, then, I must have an ounce or
45 two of this malapert blood from you.
He draws his sword.

Enter Olivia.

 Hold, Toby! On thy life I charge thee, hold!
TOBY Madam.
 Will it be ever thus? Ungracious wretch,
 Fit for the mountains and the barbarous caves,

Twelfth Night
ACT 4. SC. 2

50 Where manners ne’er were preached! Out of my
 Be not offended, dear Cesario.—
 Rudesby, begone!Toby, Andrew, and Fabian exit.
 I prithee, gentle friend,
55 Let thy fair wisdom, not thy passion, sway
 In this uncivil and unjust extent
 Against thy peace. Go with me to my house,
 And hear thou there how many fruitless pranks
 This ruffian hath botched up, that thou thereby
60 Mayst smile at this. Thou shalt not choose but go.
 Do not deny. Beshrew his soul for me!
 He started one poor heart of mine, in thee.
 What relish is in this? How runs the stream?
 Or I am mad, or else this is a dream.
65 Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep;
 If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!
 Nay, come, I prithee. Would thou ’dst be ruled by
 Madam, I will.
OLIVIA 70 O, say so, and so be!
They exit.