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Sir And. Nay, let me alone for swearing. (Exit, R.
Sir To, Now will not I deliver this letter : for the behaviour of the young gentleman gives him out to be of good capacity and breeding ; therefore this letter, being so excellently ignorant, will breed no terror in the youth; he will find it comes from a clod-pole. But, sir, I will deliver his challenge by word of mouth; set upon Aguecheek a notable report of valour; and drive the gentleman, as I know his youth will aptly receive t, into a most hideous opinion of his rage, skill, fury, and impetuosity. This will so fright thein both, that they will kill one another by the look, like cockatrices
Fab. Here he comes with your niece: give them way till he take leave, and presently after him.
Sir To. I will meditate the while upon some horrid message for a challenge.
[Exeunt, Enter VIOLA and OLIVIA, R. Oli. I have said too much unto a heart of stone, And laid mine honour too unchary out: There's something in me, that reproves my fault; But such a headstrong potent fault it is, That it but mocks reproof.
Vio. With the same 'haviour that your passion bears, Go on my master's griefs.
Oli. Here, wear this jewel for me, 'tis my picture; Refuse it not, it hath no tongue to vex you : And, I beseech you, come again to-morrow. What shall you ask of me, that I'll deny, That honour, saved, may, upon asking; give ?
Vio. Nothing but this, your true love for my master.
Oli. How with mine honour may I give him that
Vio. I will acquit you.
Sir To. That defence thou hast, betake thee to't: of what nature the wrongs are thou hast done him, I know not ; but thy intercepter, full of despight, bloody as the hunter, attends thee: dismount thy tuck, be yare in thy preparation, for thy assailant is quick, skilful, and deadly.
Vio. You mistake, sir ; I am sure no man hath any quarrel to me; my remembrance is very free and clear from any image of offence done to any man.
Sir To. You'll find it otherwise, I assure you: therefore, if you hold your life at any price, betake you to your guard ; for your opposite hath in him what youth, strength, skill, and wrath, can furnish man withal.
Vio. I pray you, sir, what is he?
Sir To. He is knight, dubbed with unlacked rapier, and on carpet consideration; but he is a devil in private brawl : souls and bodies hath he divorced three ; and his-incensement at this moment is so implacable, that satisfaction can be none but by pangs of death aud sepulchre ; hob, nob, is his word: give't, or take't.
Vio. I will return, and desire some conduct of the lady. I am no fighter.
Sir To. Back you shall not, unless you undertake that with me, which with as much safety you might answer him: therefore, on; or strip your sword stark naked, for meddle you must, that's certain, or forswear to wear iron about you.
Vio. This is as uncivil as strange. I beseech you, do me this courteous office, as to know of the knight, what my offence to him is ; it is something of my neg. ligence, nothing of my purpose.
Sir To. I will do so, signior Fabian, stay you hy this gentleman till my return.
[Exit, L. Vio. 'Pray you, sir, do you know of this matter ?
Fab. I know the knight is incensed against you, even to a mortal arbitrement; but nothing of the circumstance more.
Vio. I beseech you, what manner of man is he ?
Fab. Nothing of that wonderful promise, to read him by his form, as you are like to find him in the proof of his valour. He is, indeed, sir, the most skilful, bloody, and fatal opposite, that you could possibly have found in any part of Illyria: will you walk towards him ? I will make your peace with him, if I can.
Vio. I shall be much bound to you for’t: I am one, that would rather go with sir priest than sir knight: I care not who knows so much of my mettle.
SCENE II.-Olivia's Garden. Enter Sir TOBY, with Sir ANDREW, in a great
fright, L. Sir To. Why, man, he's a very devil ;Sir And. Oh !
Sir To. I have not seen such a virago. I had a pass with him,-rapier, scabbard, and all,—and he gives me the stuck in,
Sir And. Oh!
Sir To. With such a mortal motion, that it is inevi. table: they say, he has been fencer to the Sophy.
Sir And. Plague on't! I'll not medale with him.
Sir To. Ay, but he will not now be pacified : Fabian can scarce hold him yonder.
Sir And. Plague on't ! an I thought he had been valiant, and so cunning in fence, I'd have seen him damn'd ere I had challenged him. Let him let the matter slip, and I'll give him my horse, gray Capilet.
Sir To. I'll make the motion : stand here, make a good show on't.--[Aside.] Marry, I'll ride your horse as well as I ride you.
Enter FABIAN and V10LA, R. I have his horse [TO FABIAN] to take up the quarrel ; I have persuaded him the youth's a devil.
Fab. [To Sir Toby.] He is as horribly conceited of him, and pants as if a bear were at his heels.
Sir To. [To Viola.] There's no remedy, sir! he will fight with you for his oath sake: marry, he hath better bethought him of his quarrel, and he finds that now scarce to be worth talking of; therefore draw, for the supportance of his vow; he protests, he will not
Vio. [Draws her sword.] Pray Heaven defend me! -[Aside.)-A little thing would make me tell them how much I lack of a man.
Fab. [To Viola.] Give ground, if you see him furious.
Sir To. Come, Sir Andrew, there's no remedy ; the gentleman will, for his honour's sake, have one bout with you: he cannot by the duello avoid it: but he has promised me, as a gentleman and a soldier, he will not hurt you. Come on; to't.
Sir And. [Draws.) Pray Heaven he keep his oath 1
Vio. I do assure you, 'tis against my will.
[They fight.-Sir Toby and FABIAN urge on
SIR ANDREW and Viola.] Enter Antonio, who runs between SIR ANDREW ana
VIOLA, R. S. E.
Sir To. You, sir ? why, what are you?
Sir To. [Draws.] Nay, if you be an undertaker, I am for you.
[Sir Toby and Antonio fight. [SIR ANDREW hides himself behind the trees.
VIOLA retires a little. Fub. [Parts them.] O good Sir Toby, hold; here come the officers.
Sir To. [TO ANTONIO.] I'll be with you anon.[ANTONIO shows great alarm.-Sre Topy sheathes his sword.] Sir knight, Sir Andrew,
Sir And. Here I am.
Sir To. What, man l-Come on.--[Brings Sir An DREW forward.)
Vio. (Advances.] 'Pray, sir, [To $IR ANDREW) put up your sword, if you please.
Sir And. Marry, will I, sir;---and, for that I promised you, I'll be as good as my word : he will bear you easily, and reins well.
Enter Two OFFICERS of Justice, L. Ist Off. This is the man ; do thy office.
2nd Off. Antonio, I arrest thee at the suit Of duke Orsino.
Ant. You do mistake me, sir.
i Off. No, sir, no jot: I know your favour well. Take him away ; he knows, I know him well.
Ant. I must obey.--This comes with seeking you; But there's no remedy. Now my necessity Makes me to ask you for my purse : it grieves me Much more, for what I cannot do for you, Than what befalls myself. You stand amazed; But be of comfort
Ist Off. Come, sir, away.
Vio. What money, sir?
Vio. I know of none;
Ant. O heavens themselves !
[Exeunt ANTONIO and Officers, L. Sir To. Come hither, knight ; come hither, Fabian.
[They retire together.
[Exit, R. Sir To. [They advance.] A very dishonest, paltry boy, and more a coward than a hare : his dishonesty appears, in leaving his friend here in necessity, and denying him; and for his cowardship, ask Fabian.
Fab. A coward, a most devout coward, religious in it.