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Which I have given to you?
I will acquit you.
Re-enter Sir Toby Belch, and FABIAN.
Sir To. That defence thou hast, betake thee to't: of what nature the wrongs are thou hast done him, I know not; but thy intercepter, full of despight, bloody as the hunter, attends thee at the orchard end : dismount thy tuck, 3 be yare 4 in thy preparation, for thy assailant is quick, skilful, and deadly.
Vio. You mistake, sir; I am sure, no man hath any quarrel to me; my remembrance is very free and clear from any image of offence done to any man.
Sir To. You'll find it otherwise, I assure you : therefore, if you hold your life at any price, betake you to your guard; for your opposite bath in him what youth, strength, skill, and wrath, can furnish man withal.
Vio. I pray you, sir, what is he?
Sir To. He is knight, dubbed with unhacked rapier, and on carpet consideration; but he is a devil in private brawl: souls and bodies hath he divorced three; and his incensement at this moment is so implacable, that satisfaction can be none but by pangs of death and sepulchre : hob, nob, is his word; give't, or take't. Vio, I will return again into the house, and desire
3 Rapier. 4 Ready.
some conduct of the lady. I am no fighter. I have heard of some kind of men, that put: quarrels purposely on others, to taste their valour: belike, this is a man of that quirk.s
Sir To. Sir, no; his indignation derives itself out of a very competent injury; therefore, get you on, and give him his desire. Back you shall not to the house, unless you undertake that with me, which with as much safety you might answer him: therefore, on, or strip your sword stark naked; for meddle you must, that's certain, or forswear to wear iron about you.
Vio. This is as uncivil, as strange. I beseech you, do me this courteous office, as to know of the knight what my offence to him is; it is something of my negligence, nothing of my purpose.
Sir To. I will do so. Signior Fabian, stay you by this gentleman till my return. [Exit Sir Toby.
Vio. Pray you, sir, do you know of this matter?
Fab. I know, the knight is incensed against you, even to a mortal arbitrement;6. but nothing of the circumstance more.
Vio. I beseech you, what manner of man is he?
Fab. Nothing of that wonderful promise, to read him by his form, as you are like to find him in the proof of his valour. He is, indeed, sir, the most skilful, bloody, and fatal opposite7 that you could possibly have found in any part of Illyria: Will you walk towards him? I will make your peace with him, if I can. Vio. I shall be much bound to you for't: I am one,
Decision. ; 7 Adversary,
that would rather go with sir priest, than sir knight : I care not who knows so much of my mettle.
Re-enter Sir Toby, with Sir ANDREW. Sir To. Why, man, he's a very devil; I have not seen such a virago. I had a pass with him, rapier, scabbard, and all, and he gives me the stuck-in, with such a mortal motion, that it is inevitable; and on the answer, he pays you' as surely as your feet hit the ground they step on : They say, he has been fencer to the Sophy.
Sir And. Pox on't, I'll not meddle with him.
Sir To. Ay, but he will not now be pacified: Fabian can scarce hold him yonder.
Sir And. Plague on't; an I thought he had been valiant, and so cunning in fence, I'd have seen him damned ere I'd have challenged him. Let him let the matter slip, and I'll give him my horse, grey Capilet. '
Sir To. I'll make the motion: Stand here, make a good show on't; this shall end without the perdition of souls: Marry, I'll ride your horse as well as I ride you.
[Aside. Re-enter Fabian and Viola. I have his horse [to FAB.] to take up the quarrel; I have persuaded him, the youth's a devil. . .
Fab. He is as horribly conceited' of him; and pants, and looks pale, as if a bear were at his heels.
8 Stoccata, an Italian term in fencing.
1 Horrid conception.
Does for you.
Sir To. There's no remedy, sir; he will fight with you for his oath sake: marry, he hath better bethought him of his quarrel, and he finds that now scarce to be worth talking of: therefore draw, for the supportance of his vow; he protests, he will not hurt you.
Vio. Pray God defend me! A little thing would make me tell them how much I lack of a man. .
. [Aside. Fab. Give ground, if you see him furious.
Sir To. Come, sir Andrew, there's no remedy; the gentleman will, for his honour's sake, have one bout with you: he cannot by the duello a avoid it: but he has promised me, as he is a gentleman and a soldier, he will not hurt you. Come on; to't.
Sir And. Pray God, he keep his oath! [Draus.
Enter ANTONIO. Vio. I do assure you, 'tis against my will. [Draws. Ant. Put up your sword ; If this young gentle
inan Have done offence, I take the fault on me; If you offend him, I for him defy you. [Drawing.
Sir To. You, sir? why, what are you? • Ant. One, sir, that for his love dares yet do more Than you have heard him brag to you he will.
Sir To. Nay, if you be an undertaker, I am for you.
Enter two Officers. , Fab. O good sir Toby, hold; here come the officers.
a Laws of duel.
Sir To. I'll be with you anon. [TO ANTONIO.
[To Sir ANDREW. Sir And. Marry, will I, sir ;-and, for that I promised you, I'll be as good as my word: He will bear you easily, and reins well.
i Off. This is the man; do thy office. . . 2 Off. Antonio, I arrest thee at the suit Of count Orsino. Ant.
You do mistake me, sir. i Off. No, sir, no jot; I know your favour well, Though now you have no sea-cap on your head. Take him away; he knows, I know him well.
Ant. I must obey.-This comes with seeking you;
2 Off. Come, sir, away.
Vio. What money, sir ?
Will you deny me now? Is’t possible, that my deserts to you Can lack persuasion? Do not tempt my misery,