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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night Translation Act 3, Scene 3

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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.

SEBASTIAN

I didn't want to trouble you, but you seem to take pleasure in enduring suffering, so I won't scold you about it anymore.

ANTONIO

I could not stay behind you. My desire, More sharp than filèd 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 Rough and unhospitable. My willing love, The rather by these arguments of fear, Set forth in your pursuit.

ANTONIO

I couldn't stay behind. My desire to go was sharper than a knife, and it spurred me onward. It wasn't just love for you, though that much might have inspired a man to go on an even longer voyage. I was also worried about what might happen to you in your travels, since you don't know this area, and it can be rough and inhospitable to a stranger without a guide or friend. My willing love for you, combined with these fears for your safety, drove me to follow you.

SEBASTIAN

My kind Antonio, I can no other answer make but thanks, And thanks, and ever thanks. And 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 relics of this town?

SEBASTIAN

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ANTONIO

Tomorrow, sir. Best first go see your lodging.

ANTONIO

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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.

SEBASTIAN

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ANTONIO

Would you’d 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 answered.

ANTONIO

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SEBASTIAN

Belike you slew great number of his people?

SEBASTIAN

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ANTONIO

The offence is not of such a bloody nature; Albeit the quality of the time and quarrel Might well have given us bloody argument. It might have since been answered 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 lapsèd in this place, I shall pay dear.

ANTONIO

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SEBASTIAN

Do not then walk too open.

SEBASTIAN

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ANTONIO

It doth not fit me. Hold, sir, here’s my purse. [giving him money] In the south suburbs, at the Elephant, Is best to lodge. I will bespeak our diet, Whiles you beguile the time and feed your knowledge With viewing of the town. There shall you have me.

ANTONIO

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SEBASTIAN

Why I your purse?

SEBASTIAN

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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.

ANTONIO

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SEBASTIAN

I’ll be your purse-bearer and leave youFor an hour.

SEBASTIAN

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ANTONIO

To the Elephant.

ANTONIO

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SEBASTIAN

I do remember.

SEBASTIAN

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Matt Cosby graduated from Amherst College in 2011, and currently works as a writer and editor for LitCharts. He is from Florida but now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also makes art, plays the piano, and goes to dog parks.