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ACT II - SCENE I. The sea-coast.
Enter ANTONIO and SEBASTIAN

ANTONIO
1    Will you stay no longer? nor will you not that I go with you?
SEBASTIAN
2    By your patience, no. My stars shine darkly over
3    me: the malignancy of my fate might perhaps
4    distemper yours; therefore I shall crave of you your
5    leave that I may bear my evils alone: it were a bad
6    recompense for your love, to lay any of them on you.
ANTONIO
7    Let me yet know of you whither you are bound.
SEBASTIAN
8    No, sooth, sir: my determinate voyage is mere
9    extravagancy. But I perceive in you so excellent a
10   touch of modesty, that you will not extort from me
11   what I am willing to keep in; therefore it charges
12   me in manners the rather to express myself. You
13   must know of me then, Antonio, my name is Sebastian,
14   which I called Roderigo. My father was that
15   Sebastian of Messaline, whom I know you have heard
16   of. He left behind him myself and a sister, both
17   born in an hour: if the heavens had been pleased,
18   would we had so ended! but you, sir, altered that;
19   for some hour before you took me from the breach of
20   the sea was my sister drowned.
ANTONIO
21   Alas the day!
SEBASTIAN
22   A lady, sir, though it was said she much resembled
23   me, was yet of many accounted beautiful: but,
24   though I could not with such estimable wonder
25   overfar believe that, yet thus far I will boldly
26   publish her; she bore a mind that envy could not but
27   call fair. She is drowned already, sir, with salt
28   water, though I seem to drown her remembrance again with more.
ANTONIO
29   Pardon me, sir, your bad entertainment.
SEBASTIAN
30   O good Antonio, forgive me your trouble.
ANTONIO
31   If you will not murder me for my love, let me be
32   your servant.
SEBASTIAN
33   If you will not undo what you have done, that is,
34   kill him whom you have recovered, desire it not.
35   Fare ye well at once: my bosom is full of kindness,
36   and I am yet so near the manners of my mother, that
37   upon the least occasion more mine eyes will tell
38   tales of me. I am bound to the Count Orsino's court: farewell.
Exit

ANTONIO
39   The gentleness of all the gods go with thee!
40   I have many enemies in Orsino's court,
41   Else would I very shortly see thee there.
42   But, come what may, I do adore thee so,
43   That danger shall seem sport, and I will go.
Exit

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I

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