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|ACT III SCENE III ||A street.|| |
| ||[Enter SEBASTIAN and ANTONIO]|| |
|SEBASTIAN ||I would not by my will have troubled you;|| |
| ||But, since you make your pleasure of your pains,|| |
| ||I will no further chide you.|| |
|ANTONIO ||I could not stay behind you: my desire,|
| ||More sharp than filed steel, did spur me forth;|| |
| ||And not all love to see you, though so much|| |
| ||As might have drawn one to a longer voyage,|| |
| ||But jealousy what might befall your travel,|| |
| ||Being skilless in these parts; which to a stranger,|
| ||Unguided and unfriended, often prove|| 10|
| ||Rough and unhospitable: my willing love,|| |
| ||The rather by these arguments of fear,|| |
| ||Set forth in your pursuit.|| |
|SEBASTIAN ||My kind Antonio,|
| ||I can no other answer make but thanks,|| |
| ||And thanks; and ever thanks. How oft good turns|| |
| ||Are shuffled off with such uncurrent pay:|| |
| ||But, were my worth as is my conscience firm,|| |
| ||You should find better dealing. What's to do?|
| ||Shall we go see the reliques of this town?|| |
|ANTONIO ||To-morrow, sir: best first go see your lodging.|| 20|| |
|SEBASTIAN ||I am not weary, and 'tis long to night:|| |
| ||I pray you, let us satisfy our eyes|| |
| ||With the memorials and the things of fame|
| ||That do renown this city.|| |
|ANTONIO ||Would you'ld pardon me;|| |
| ||I do not without danger walk these streets:|| |
| ||Once, in a sea-fight, 'gainst the count his galleys|| |
| ||I did some service; of such note indeed,|
| ||That were I ta'en here it would scarce be answer'd.|| |
|SEBASTIAN ||Belike you slew great number of his people.|| |
|ANTONIO ||The offence is not of such a bloody nature;|| 30|
| ||Albeit the quality of the time and quarrel|| |
| ||Might well have given us bloody argument.|
| ||It might have since been answer'd in repaying|| |
| ||What we took from them; which, for traffic's sake,|| |
| ||Most of our city did: only myself stood out;|| |
| ||For which, if I be lapsed in this place,|| |
| ||I shall pay dear.|
|SEBASTIAN ||Do not then walk too open.|| |
|ANTONIO ||It doth not fit me. Hold, sir, here's my purse.|| |
| ||In the south suburbs, at the Elephant,|| |
| ||Is best to lodge: I will bespeak our diet,|| 40|
| ||Whiles you beguile the time and feed your knowledge|
| ||With viewing of the town: there shall you have me.|| |
|SEBASTIAN ||Why I your purse?|| |
|ANTONIO ||Haply your eye shall light upon some toy|| |
| ||You have desire to purchase; and your store,|| |
| ||I think, is not for idle markets, sir.|
|SEBASTIAN ||I'll be your purse-bearer and leave you|| |
| ||For an hour.|| |
|ANTONIO ||To the Elephant.|| |
|SEBASTIAN ||I do remember.|| 49|
| ||[Exeunt]|| |
Next: Twelfth Night, Act 3, Scene 4
Explanatory Notes for Act 3, Scene 3
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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