Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 2

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3.2Sc. 12Scœna Secunda.

Enter Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Fabian.

And. No faith, Ile not stay a iot longer:


To. Thy reason deere venom, giue thy reason.


Fab. You must needes yeelde your reason, Sir Andrew?


And. Marry I saw your Neece do more fauours to the Counts 5Seruing-man, then euer she bestow'd vpon mee: I saw't i'th Orchard.

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To. Did she see [thee] the while, old boy, tell me that.


And. As plaine as I see you now.


Fab. This was a great argument of loue in her toward you.

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And. S'light; will you make an Asse o'me.


Fab. I will proue it legitimate sir, vpon the Oathes of iudgement, and 11reason.


To. And they haue beene grand Iurie men, since before Noah was 13a Saylor.


Fab. Shee did shew fauour to the youth in your sight, onely to exasperate 15you, to awake your dormouse valour, to put fire in your Heart, and 16brimstone in your Liuer: you should then haue accosted her, and with 17some excellent iests, fire-new from the mint, you should haue bangd the 18youth into dumbenesse: this was look'd for at your hand, and this was pg 219319baulkt: the double gilt of this opportunitie you let time wash off, and you 20are now sayld into the North of my Ladies opinion, where you will hang 21like an ysickle on a Dutchmans beard, vnlesse you do redeeme it, by some 22laudable attempt, either of valour or policie.

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And. And't be any way, it must be with Valour, for policie I hate: I 24had as liefe be a Brownist, as a Politician.


To. Why then build me thy fortunes vpon the basis of valour. 26Challenge me the Counts youth to fight with him hurt him in eleuen 27places, my Neece shall take note of it, and assure thy selfe, there is no 28loue-Broker in the world, can more preuaile in mans commendation 29with woman, then report of valour.


Fab. There is no way but this sir Andrew.


An. Will either of you beare me a challenge to him?


To. Go, write it in a martial hand, be curst and briefe: it is no 33matter how wittie, so it bee eloquent, and full of inuention: taunt him 34with the license of Inke: if thou thou'st him some thrice, it shall not be 35amisse, and as many Lyes, as will lye in thy sheete of paper, although 36the sheete were bigge enough for the bedde of Ware in England, set 'em Critical Apparatus37downe, go about it. Let there bee gaulle enough in thy inke, though thou 38write with a Goose-pen, no matter: about it.


And. Where shall I finde you?

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To. Wee'l call thee at the Cubiculo: Go.

Exit Sir Andrew.

Fa. This is a deere Manakin to you Sir Toby.


To. I haue beene deere to him lad, some two thousand strong, 43or so.


Fa. We shall haue a rare Letter from him; but you'le not deliuer't.


To. Neuer trust me then: and by all meanes stirre on the youth to 46an answer. I thinke Oxen and waine-ropes cannot hale them together. 47For Andrew, if he were open'd and you finde so much blood in his 48Liuer, as will clog the foote of a flea, Ile eate the rest of th'anatomy.


Fab. And his opposit the youth beares in his visage no great presage 50of cruelty.

Enter Maria.
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To. Looke where the youngest Wren of [nine] comes.


Mar. If you desire the spleene, and will laughe your selues into stitches, 53follow me; yond gull Maluolio is turned Heathen, a verie Renegatho; for 54there is no christian that meanes to be saued by beleeuing rightly, 55can euer beleeue such impossible passages of grossenesse. Hee's in yellow 56stockings.


To. And crosse garter'd?


Mar. Most villanously: like a Pedant that keepes a Schoole i'th Church: 59I haue dogg'd him like his murtherer. He does obey euery point of the 60Letter that I dropt, to betray him: He does smile his face into more 61lynes, then is in the new Mappe, with the augmentation of the Indies: 62you haue not seene such a thing as tis: I can hardly forbeare hurling 63things at him, I know my Ladie will strike him: if shee doe, hee'l smile, 64and take't for a great fauour.


To. Come bring vs, bring vs where he is.

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Notes Settings


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3.2.6 thee the allot; the jaggard. Scribal or compositorial haplography, particularly easily committed––either by eye-skip or miscorrection––if 'thee' were spelt 'the'.
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3.2.9 S'light = 'Slight
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3.2.23 And't = An't
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3.2.37 downe, go about it jaggard; down. Go, about it capell
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3.2.40 the jaggard; thy hanmer (Thirlby)
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3.2.51 nine theobald; mine jaggard
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