Twelfth Night: Act I, Scene v


Twelfth Night       Act I, Scene v       Viola and Olivia

This speech is used in our conversation with Carl Cofield.

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243.  O, sir, I will not be so hard-hearted! I will give
244.  out divers schedules of my beauty. It shall be
245.  inventoried and every particle and utensil labeled
246.  to my will: as, item, two lips indifferent red; item,
247.  two gray eyes with lids to them; item, one neck, one
248.  chin, and so forth. Were you sent hither to praise
249.  me?

250.  I see you what you are. You are too proud.
251.  But if you were the devil you are fair.
252.  My lord and master loves you. O, such love
253.  Could be but recompensed though you were crowned
254.  The nonpareil of beauty.

                                           How does he love me?

255.  With adorations, fertile tears,
256.  With groans that thunder love, with sighs of fire.

257.  Your lord does know my mind. I cannot love him.
258.  Yet I suppose him virtuous, know him noble,
259.  Of great estate, of fresh and stainless youth;
260.  In voices well divulged, free, learned, and valiant,
261.  And in dimension and the shape of nature
262.  A gracious person. But yet I cannot love him.
263.  He might have took his answer long ago.

264.  If I did love you in my master’s flame,
265.  With such a suff’ring, such a deadly life,
266.  In your denial I would find no sense.
267.  I would not understand it.

                                            Why, what would you?

268.  Make me a willow cabin at your gate
269.  And call upon my soul within the house,
270.  Write loyal cantons of contemnèd love
271.  And sing them loud even in the dead of night,
272.  Hallow your name to the reverberate hills
273.  And make the babbling gossip of the air
274.  Cry out “Olivia!” O, you should not rest
275.  Between the elements of air and earth
276.  But you should pity me.

                                          You might do much.
277.  What is your parentage?

278.  Above my fortunes, yet my state is well.
279.  I am a gentleman.

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