From Twelfth Night Or What You Will. Ed. Kenneth Deighton. London: Macmillan.
1. by my will, of my own accord.
2. since ... pains, since you find pleasure in the trouble you
take; cp. Macb. ii. 3. 65, "The labour we delight in physics
6-9. And not ... parts, and not merely my love of seeing you,
though that love was great enough to have led me to make a
longer journey than I have undertaken in your behalf, but the
dread of what might happen to you in your wanderings, you
knowing nothing of this country; jealousy, = anxious doubt
about; cp, Marlowe, Dido, Queen of Carthage, ii. 1. 222, "My mother Venus, Jealous of my health."
11-3. my willing ... pursuit, my love eager to serve you (i.e. I
in my love being eager to, etc.), spurred on the more by these
promptings of fear, set out to follow you.
15, 6. How oft ... pay! How often the payment of kindnesses
is escaped by the tender of such worthless coin as mere thanks.
I have adopted Abbott's conjecture ("Thanks. How") as seeming the most probable of the many made to supply the hiatus
after and ever.
17, 8. But were ... dealing. But, in my case, if my substance,
resources, had as solid a foundation as my consciousness of what
is due to you, you should receive other payment than mere
barren thanks; for worth, cp. Lear, iv. 4. 10, "He that helps
him take all my outward worth"; R. J. ii. 6. 32, "They are but
beggars who can count their worth." What's to do? What is
there to be done? How can we employ our time? For the act.
inf. where we generally use the pass., see Abb. § 359.
19. reliques, the antiquities, the "memorials and things of
fame" of 1. 23.
20. best first go, it would be better for you to go first.
21. 'tis long to night. There is plenty of time between now
24. That do renown .. city. For which this city is famous;
cp. H. V. i. 2. 118, "The blood and courage that renowned
them." Would ... me, I should be glad if you would excuse me.
25. I do not, almost = I cannot; if I walk these streets it is
not without danger that I do so.
26. the count his, on his, used for 's, the sign of the possessive
case, see Abb. § 217.
27. of such ... indeed, of so notable a character.
28. it would ... answer'd, I should hardly be able to make any
defence that would be accepted.
29. Belike, probably; lit. by like, i.e. likelihood: great number, for the omission of the article, see Abb. § 84.
31, 2. Albeit ... argument, although the circumstances of the
time and the nature of the quarrel might have been a pretext for
the shedding of blood; for argument, = cause, reason cp. M. W.
ii. 2. 256, "My desires had instance and argument to commend
themselves": albeit, made up of all-be-it, i.e. all though it be
33, 4. It might ... them, requital might since have been made
by our restoring what we took from them; cp. K. J. iv. 2. 89,
"This must be answered either here or hence": for traffic's sake,
in order that commerce between the two countries might not be
interrupted; see a similar argument in M. V. 3. 30. 1.
35. stood out, strongly objected to restitution being made; cp. Cor, i. 1. 245, "What, art thou stiff? Stands't out? i.e. do
you hold aloof from the enterprise?
36. if I be lapsed, if I should be taken unawares.
37. too open, too much at large, i.e. do not be seen in frequented
parts of the town.
38. It doth ... me, it is not well for me to do so.
39. the Elephant, the sign of the inn. "If it were not an
anachronism, I should like to suggest that Shakespeare might be thinking of the Elephant and Castle, which is in the 'south suburbs'; but I have been unable to trace that inn further back
than the middle of the seventeenth century" (Wright).
40. I will ... diet, I will give orders for our dinner to be prepared for us: is best, it is best; see Abb. § 404.
41, 2. Whiles ... town, while you make the time pass quickly
and pleasantly, and add to your knowledge by seeing the
different sights of the town: cp. M. N. D. v. 1. 40, "How shall
we beguile the lazy time?": whiles, the gen. of 'while,' time,
used adverbially, as 'needs,' 'twice' (twies), etc. For viewing
of, see Abb. § 93: have me, find me.
43. Why I your purse? Why should I take your purse?
45, 6. and your ... markets, and your supply of money is not
sufficiently well filled for a visit to shops abounding in all kinds
of pretty trifles; the epithet idle more properly belongs to the
trinkets, toys, gauds, that would be bought in such shops.
How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night Or What You Will. Ed. Kenneth Deighton. London: Macmillan, 1889. Shakespeare Online. 20 Dec. 2010. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/twn_3_3.html >
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