Twelfth Night: Act 2, Scene 1
Enter ANTONIO and SEBASTIAN.
1-2. nor will you not that I go with you: are you sure you don't want me to go with you?
1Will you stay no longer? nor will you not
2that I go with you?
3. By your patience: i.e., By your leave, Excuse me, etc.
3By your patience, no. My stars shine darkly
4. malignancy: evil influence of the stars; also, infectious disease. 5. distemper: infect.
4over me: the malignancy of my fate might
5perhaps distemper yours; therefore I shall
6crave of you your leave that I may bear my
7. recompense: repayment.
7evils alone: it were a bad recompense for
8your love, to lay any of them on you.
9Let me yet know of you whither you are
11. sooth: truly. determinate voyage: travel plan. 11-12. mere extravagancy: really just aimless wandering.
11No, sooth, sir: my determinate voyage is mere
12extravagancy. But I perceive in you so excellent a
13. touch of modesty: feeling for the feelings of others.
13touch of modesty, that you will not extort from me
14. what I am willing to keep in: what I want to keep to myself. 12-15. But I perceive in you . . . express myself:.
14what I am willing to keep in; therefore it charges
15me in manners the rather to express myself. You
16must know of me then, Antonio, my name is Sebastian,
17which I called Roderigo. My father was that
18. Messaline: (We don't know what place Shakespeare had in mind.)
18Sebastian of Messaline, whom I know you have heard
19of. He left behind him myself and a sister, both
20. in an hour: within the same hour (He's Viola's twin.)
20born in an hour: if the heavens had been pleased,
21. would we had so ended!: (He wishes he could have died with his sister.)
21would we had so ended! but you, sir, altered that;
22for some hour before you took me from the breach of
22-23. the breach of the sea: the breakers, the high surf.
23the sea was my sister drowned.
24Alas the day!
25A lady, sir, though it was said she much resembled
26me, was yet of many accounted beautiful: but,
27. with such estimable wonder: because of my amazed estimate (of Viola's beauty). 28. overfar: too much.
27though I could not with such estimable wonder
28overfar believe that, yet thus far I will boldly
29. publish her: say to all the world about her. envy could not but: even Envy itself would have to.
29publish her; she bore a mind that envy could not but
30call fair. She is drowned already, sir, with salt
31water, though I seem to drown her remembrance
32. more: i.e., salt water, Sebastian's tears.
32again with more.
33. your bad entertainment: the poor hospitality that I have given you.
33Pardon me, sir, your bad entertainment.
34. forgive me your trouble: i.e., I'm sorry to have put you to so much trouble.
34O good Antonio, forgive me your trouble.
35If you will not murder me for my love, let me be
36. If you will not murder me for my love: Murder him by insisting that they part
37If you will not undo what you have done, that is,
38. recovered: rescued. (It's not clear why it would kill Sebastian to let Antonio be his servant.) 39. kindness: natural feeling (i.e., his grief for his sister'sdeath). 40. manners of my mother: my mother's way of reacting. 41. least occasion: slightest provocation. 41-42. mine eyes will tell tales of me: i.e., I will cry, showing. how womanish I am.
38kill him whom you have recovered, desire it not.
39Fare ye well at once: my bosom is full of kindness,
40and I am yet so near the manners of my mother,
41that upon the least occasion more mine eyes will
42tell tales of me. I am bound to the Count Orsino's
44The gentleness of all the gods go with thee!
45I have many enemies in Orsino's court,
46Else would I very shortly see thee there.
47But, come what may, I do adore thee so,
48. That danger shall seem sport: The danger of running into enemies at court shall seem like fun because of Antonio's adoration.
48That danger shall seem sport, and I will go.