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Mal. Fool, there was never man so notoriously abused: I am as well in my wits, fool, as thou art.
Clo. But as well ? then you are mad, indeed, if you be no better in your wits than a fool.
Mal. They have here propertied me ;8 keep me in darkness, send ministers to me, asses, and do all they can to face me out of my wits.
Clo. Advise you what you say; the minister is here.—Malvolio, Malvolio, thy wits the heavens restore! endeavour thyself to sleep, and leave thy vain bibble babble.
Mal. Sir Topas,
Clo. Maintain no words with him, good fellow.Who, I, sir ? not I, sir. God b'wi’you, good sir Topas.—Marry, amen.-I will, sir, I will.
Mal. Fool, fool, fool, I say,
Clo. Alas, sir, be patient. What say you, sir? I am shent for speaking to you.
Mal. Good fool, help me to some light, and some paper; I tell thee, I am as well in my wits as any man in Illyria.
Clo. Well-a-day,—that you were, sir !
Nal. By this hand, I am: Good fool, some ink, paper, and light, and convey what I will set down to my lady ; it shall advantage thee more than ever the bearing of letter did.
Clo. I will help you to't. But tell me true, are you not mad indeed? or do you but counterfeit ?
Mal. Believe ine, I am not; I tell thee true.
Clo. Nay, I'll ne'er believe a madman, till I see his brains. I will fetch you light, and paper, and ink.
Nal. Fool, I'll requite it in the highest degree: I pr’ythee, be gone.
6 — propertied me;] They have taken possession of me, as of a man unable to look to himself.
9 I am shent, &c.] i.e. scolded, reproved.
I am gone, sir,
And anon, sir,
In a trice,
Like to the old vice,
Cries, ah, ha! to the devil:
Adieu, goodman drivel. Tu [Exit.
Who weith deco
? Like to the old vice,] The vice was the fool of the old moralities.
Yet there he was; and there I found this credit,] i.e. account, information.
3 — all instance, all discourse,] Discourse, for reason. Instance is example.
That I am ready to distrust mine eyes,
Enter OLIVIA and a Priest.
Seb. I'll follow this good man, and go with you ;
heavens so shine, That they may fairly note this act of mine!
- deceivable.] For deceptious. s Whiles -] is until, and still so used in the northern countries.
ACT V. SCENE I. The Street before Olivia's House.
Enter Clown and FABIAN. Fab. Now, as thou lovest me, let me see his letter.
Clo. Good master Fabian, grant me another request.
Fab. Any thing.
Fab. That is, to give a dog, and, in recompense, desire my dog again.
Enter Duke, Viola, and Attendants. Duke. Belong you to the lady Olivia, friends ? Clo. Ay, sir; we are some of her trappings.
Duke. I know thee well; How dost thou, my good fellow?.
Clo. Truly, sir, the better for my foes, and the worse for my friends.
Duke. Just the contrary; the better for thy friends.
Clo. No, sir, the worse.
Clo. Marry, sir, they praise me, and make an ass of me; now my foes tell me plainly I am an ass : so that by my foes, sir, I profit in the knowledge of myself; and by my friends I am abused : so that, conclusions to be as kisses, if your four negatives make your two affirmatives, why, then the worse for my friends, and the better for my foes.
Duke. Why, this is excellent.