From Twelfth Night Or What You Will. Ed. Kenneth Deighton. London: Macmillan.
1, 2. nor will ... you? and do you not desire that I should go
with you? For will, see Abb. § 316, and, for the double negative, § 306.
3. By your patience, if you will suffer it to be so.
3, 4. My stars ... me, the stars which ruled at my birth are not
favourable to me; see note on i. 3.
4, 5. the malignancy ... yours; the malevolence of my destiny
might perhaps even affect yours injuriously; 'malignant' was an
epithet commonly applied to stars, and is so used by Shakespeare,
i. H. VI. iv. 5. 6, "O malignant and ill-boding stars"; see note
on i. 3. 117: for distemper, cp. V. A. 653, "Jealousy ... Distempering gentle Love in his desire."
5. I shall crave of you, I will ask you.
9. sooth, indeed: my determinate ... extravagancy; my purposed travel is mere vagrancy; I have no fixed goal before me.
determinate, which properly means 'fixed' is used for the sake
of enhancing the contrast with exytavagancy; for which word,
in this literal sense, cp. Haml. i. 1. 154, "the extravagant and erring spirit hies To his confine"; Oth, i. 1. 137, "Tying her
duty, beauty, wit and fortunes In an extravagant and wheeling
stranger Of here and everywhere," and see Abb. p. 13.
10. a touch, a dash, spice; cp. H. V. iv. Chor. 47, "Behold,
as may unworthiness define, A little touch of Harry in the
11. I am willing ... in; I am desirous of keeping to myself.
12, 3. therefore it ... myself, therefore I feel all the more
bound by courtesy to reveal who I am; for manners, = good
manners, cp. Sonn. Lxxxv. 1, "My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still."
13. must know, must learn: of me, concerning me.
14. which I ... Roderigo, though I have hitherto called myself Roderigo.
15. Messaline, Hanmer would read 'Metelin' i.e. Mitylene,
but probably Shakespeare here, as in so many places, invented
16, 7. in an hour, in one and the same hour; for an, = one, see
Abb. § 81.
17, 8. would ... ended, I wish that we had died together; there
is a sort of confusion between 'would that it had pleased the
heavens that we should have so ended,' and 'If the heavens had
been pleased that we should so end, it would have been well'; for
ended, in this sense, cp. Cymb. v. 5. 30, "How ended she?"
18. some hour, for 'some,' qualifying nouns of time, see Abb.
19. breach ... sea, the breaking of the waves; Steevens compares Per. ii. 1. 161, "And spite of all the rupture of the sea."
22. was yet, for the omission of the relative, see Abb. § 244.
22-5. but though ... fair; but though, since she was thought so
like me in person, I should be going too far if with admiration as
appreciative I were to believe what was said in praise of her
beauty, yet I will venture so far to express my opinion of her as
to say that her disposition was such that even the most envious
could not deny its excellence.
23. estimable, here actively; in M. V. i. 3. 67, passively; for
adjectives thus used, see Abb. § 3: publish, cp. W. T, ii. 1. 98,
"How will this grieve you ... that you thus have published me":
envy, abstr. for concr.
25-7. She is ... more. Cp. Haml. iv. 7. 187, 8, where Laertes
is speaking of the drowned Ophelia, "Too much of water hast
thou, poor Ophelia, And therefore I forbid my tears."
28. your ... entertainment, the treatment I have been able to
bestow upon you which is so unworthy of what you are; see
note on i. 5. 119, above.
30. If you ... servant, unless, in return for the love which I bear to you, you wish to kill me, let me be your servant, i.e. I shall
die if you refuse to let me serve you.
34-6. my bosom ... me. I am at this moment so full of womanly tenderness that the slightest further provocation will
cause me to show my weakness by weeping; for the manners of
my mother, cp. H. V. iv. 6. 31, "And all my mother came into
my eyes And gave me up to tears"; Haml. iv. 7. 190, "when
these are gone The woman will be out"; and for the converse,
Beaumont's Philaster, i. 1, "Shrink not worthy sir, But add
your father to you."
38. gentleness, kindness, good will.
40. see thee there, meet you there; cp. Cymb, i. 1. 124,
"when shall we see again?"
42. sport, a mere pastime.
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