Twelfth Night: Act 1, Scene 4
Enter VALENTINE and VIOLA in man's attire.
1If the duke continue these favours towards you,
2Cesario, you are like to be much advanced: he
2. advanced: promoted.
3hath known you but three days, and already you
4are no stranger
5You either fear his humour or my negligence, that
5. humour: changeableness. negligence: neglect of duty.
6you call in question the continuance of his love:
7is he inconstant, sir, in his favours?
8No, believe me.
9I thank you. Here comes the count.
Enter DUKE ORSINO, CURIO,
10Who saw Cesario, ho?
11On your attendance, my lord; here.
11. On your attendance: ready to attend on you.
12Stand you a while aloof, Cesario,
12. you: i.e.,everyone except Viola / Cesario. aloof: out of earshot.
13Thou know'st no less but all; I have unclasp'd
14To thee the book even of my secret soul:
15Therefore, good youth, address thy gait unto her;
15. address thy gait: direct your steps; go.
16Be not denied access, stand at her doors,
17And tell them, there thy fixed foot shall grow
17. them: Olivia's servants. fixed: immovable. grow: take root. 18. audience: a hearing (for Orsino's tale of love).
18Till thou have audience.
18Sure, my noble lord,
19If she be so abandon'd to her sorrow
20As it is spoke, she never will admit me.
21Be clamorous and leap all civil bounds
21. civil bounds: limits of civility.
22Rather than make unprofited return.
22. make unprofited return: i.e., come back empty-handed.
23Say I do speak with her, my lord, what then?
24O, then unfold the passion of my love,
25Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith:
25. surprise: overpower. dear faith: heartfelt love.
26It shall become thee well to act my woes;
26. become thee well: look well in you.
27She will attend it better in thy youth
27. attend it: pay attention to it.
28Than in a nuncio's of more grave aspect.
28. nuncio's: messenger's.
29I think not so, my lord.
29Dear lad, believe it;
30For they shall yet belie thy happy years,
30. yet: as yet. 30-31. belie thy happy years That say thou art a man: 31. Diana: Virgin goddess.
31That say thou art a man: Diana's lip
32Is not more smooth and rubious; thy small pipe
32. rubious: ruby-red. pipe: throat, voice.
33Is as the maiden's organ, shrill and sound,
33. shrill and sound: high and clear.
34And all is semblative a woman's part.
34. semblative: like. woman's part: role, demeanor.
35I know thy constellation is right apt
35. constellation: nature (as determined by the stars).
36For this affair. Some four or five attend him;
37All, if you will; for I myself am best
38When least in company. Prosper well in this,
39And thou shalt live as freely as thy lord,
40To call his fortunes thine.
40I'll do my best
41To woo your lady:
41. barful strife: inner conflict.
41yet, a barful strife!
42Whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife.