Twelfth Night

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Enter Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Fabian.Enter Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Fabian TN III.ii.1
No faith, Ile not stay a iot longer:No, faith, I'll not stay a jot longer. TN III.ii.1
Thy reason deere venom, giue thy reason.Thy reason, dear venom, give thy reason. TN III.ii.2
You must needes yeelde your reason, Sir Andrew?You must needs yield your reason, Sir Andrew.yield (v.)

old form: yeelde
communicate, deliver, represent
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Marry I saw your Neece do more fauours to Marry, I saw your niece do more favours tomarry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
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the Counts Seruing-man, then euer she bestow'd vpon the Count's servingman than ever she bestowed upon TN III.ii.5
mee: I saw't i'th I saw't i'the orchard.orchard (n.)
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Did she see the while, old boy, tell me Did she see thee the while, old boy, tell me TN III.ii.7
that.that? TN III.ii.8
As plaine as I see you now.As plain as I see you now. TN III.ii.9
This was a great argument of loue in her towardThis was a great argument of love in her towardargument (n.)
proof, evidence, demonstration
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S'light; will you make an Asse o'me.'Slight! Will you make an ass o' me?'slight (int.)
[oath] God's light
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I will proue it legitimate sir, vpon the Oathes ofI will prove it legitimate, sir, upon the oaths of TN III.ii.13
iudgement, and reason.judgement and reason. TN III.ii.14
And they haue beene grand Iurie men, since beforeAnd they have been grand-jury men since before TN III.ii.15
Noah was a Saylor.Noah was a sailor. TN III.ii.16
Shee did shew fauour to the youth in your sight,She did show favour to the youth in your sight TN III.ii.17
onely to exasperate you, to awake your dormouse valour,only to exasperate you, to awake your dormouse valour,dormouse (adj.)
sleepy, dozing, slumbering
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to put fire in your Heart, and brimstone in your Liuer: you to put fire in your heart and brimstone in your liver. You TN III.ii.19
should then haue accosted her, and with some excellent should then have accosted her, and with some excellent TN III.ii.20
iests, fire-new from the mint, you should haue bangdjests fire-new from the mint, you should have banged TN III.ii.21
the youth into dumbenesse: this was look'd for at yourthe youth into dumbness. This was looked for at your TN III.ii.22
hand, and this was baulkt: the double gilt of this hand, and this was balked. The double gilt of thisbalk, baulk (v.)

old form: baulkt
refuse, ignore, shirk, let slip
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opportunitie you let time wash off, and you are now opportunity you let time wash off, and you are now TN III.ii.24
sayld into the North of my Ladies opinion, where you sailed into the north of my lady's opinion; where you TN III.ii.25
will hang like an ysickle on a Dutchmans beard, vnlesse you will hang like an icicle on a Dutchman's beard, unless you TN III.ii.26
do redeeme it, by some laudable attempt, either of valour do redeem it by some laudable attempt either of valour TN III.ii.27
or policie.or policy.policy (n.)

old form: policie
statecraft, statesmanship, diplomacy
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And't be any way, it must be with Valour, forAn't be any way, it must be with valour, for TN III.ii.29
policie I hate: I had as liefe be a Brownist, as a Politician.policy I hate. I had as lief be a Brownist as a politician.politician (n.)
schemer, intriguer, plotter
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lief, had as

old form: liefe
should like just as much
Brownist (n.)
follower of Robert Browne, founder of a 16th-c religious sect advocating a new form of church government
Why then build me thy fortunes vpon the basis Why then, build me thy fortunes upon the basis TN III.ii.31
of valour. Challenge me the Counts youth to fight with of valour. Challenge me the Count's youth to fight with TN III.ii.32
him / hurt him in eleuen places, my Neece shall take note him; hurt him in eleven places; my niece shall take note TN III.ii.33
of it, and assure thy selfe, there is no loue-Broker in the of it – and, assure thyself, there is no love-broker in the TN III.ii.34
world, can more preuaile in mans commendation with world can more prevail in man's commendation with TN III.ii.35
woman, then report of valour.woman than report of valour. TN III.ii.36
There is no way but this sir Andrew.There is no way but this, Sir Andrew. TN III.ii.37
Will either of you beare me a challenge to Will either of you bear me a challenge to TN III.ii.38
him?him? TN III.ii.39
Go, write it in a martial hand, be curst and Go, write it in a martial hand. Be curst andcurst (adj.)
bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
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briefe: it is no matter how wittie, so it bee eloquent, and brief. It is no matter how witty, so it be eloquent and TN III.ii.41
full of inuention: taunt him with the license of Inke: if full of invention. Taunt him with the licence of ink. Ifinvention (n.)

old form: inuention
novelty, fresh creation, innovation
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thou thou'st him some thrice, it shall not be amisse, and thou ‘ thou’-est him some thrice it shall not be amiss, andthou (v.)

old form: thou'st
use ‘thou’ to someone as an insult
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as many Lyes, as will lye in thy sheete of paper, although as many lies as will lie in thy sheet of paper – although TN III.ii.44
the sheete were bigge enough for the bedde of Ware in England, the sheet were big enough for the bed of Ware in England,Ware (n.)
[pron: wair] town in Hertfordshire
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set 'em downe, go about it. Let there bee gaulle enough set 'em down, go about it. Let there be gall enoughgall (n.)

old form: gaulle
spirit of anger, venom, ability to be angry
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in thy inke, though thou write with a Goose-pen, no in thy ink, though thou write with a goose pen, nogoose pen (n.)

old form: Goose-pen
goose-quill, quill-pen
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matter: about it.matter. About it! TN III.ii.48
Where shall I finde you?Where shall I find you? TN III.ii.49
Wee'l call thee at the Cubiculo: Go.We'll call thee at thy cubiculo. Go!cubiculo (n.)
bedroom, bedchamber
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Exit Sir Andrew.Exit Sir Andrew TN III.ii.50
This is a deere Manakin to you Sir Toby.This is a dear manikin to you, Sir Toby.manikin (n.)

old form: Manakin
little man, puppet
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I haue beene deere to him lad, some two thousandI have been dear to him, lad, some two thousand TN III.ii.52
strong, or so.strong or so. TN III.ii.53
We shall haue a rare Letter from him; but you'leWe shall have a rare letter from him. But you'llrare (adj.)
marvellous, splendid, excellent
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not deliuer't.not deliver it? TN III.ii.55
Neuer trust me then: and by all meanes stirre onNever trust me then – and by all means stir on TN III.ii.56
the youth to an answer. I thinke Oxen and waine-ropesthe youth to an answer. I think oxen and wain-ropeswain-rope (n.)

old form: waine-ropes
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cannot hale them together. For Andrew, if he were cannot hale them together. For Andrew, if he werehale (v.)
drag, pull, haul
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open'd and you finde so much blood in his Liuer, as will opened and you find so much blood in his liver as will TN III.ii.59
clog the foote of a flea, Ile eate the rest of th'anatomy.clog the foot of a flea, I'll eat the rest of the anatomy.anatomy (n.)
body, cadaver, corpse
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And his opposit the youth beares in his visage noAnd his opposite the youth bears in his visage novisage (n.)
face, countenance
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visage (n.)
outward appearance, aspect, air
great presage of cruelty.great presage of cruelty.presage (n.)
sign, indication, portent
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Enter Maria.Enter Maria TN III.ii.63
Looke where the youngest Wren of mine comes.Look where the youngest wren of nine comes. TN III.ii.63
If you desire the spleene, and will laughe your selues If you desire the spleen, and will laugh yourselvesspleen (n.)

old form: spleene
amusement, delight, merriment
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into stitches, follow me; yond gull Maluolio is turned into stitches, follow me. Yond gull Malvolio is turnedgull (n.)
dupe, fool, simpleton
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Heathen, a verie Renegatho; for there is no christian that heathen, a very renegado; for there is no Christian, thatrenegado (n.)

old form: Renegatho
renegade, turncoat, deserter
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meanes to be saued by beleeuing rightly, can euer beleeue means to be saved by believing rightly, can ever believe TN III.ii.67
such impossible passages of grossenesse. Hee's in yellow such impossible passages of grossness. He's in yellowpassage (n.)
incident, occurrence, event, happening
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grossness (n.)

old form: grossenesse
flagrant nature, obviousness, enormity
stockings.stockings! TN III.ii.69
And crosse garter'd?And cross-gartered? TN III.ii.70
Most villanously: like a Pedant that keepes aMost villainously; like a pedant that keeps apedant (n.)
teacher, schoolmaster
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Schoole i'th Church: I haue dogg'd him like his murtherer. school i'the church. I have dogged him like his murderer. TN III.ii.72
He does obey euery point of the Letter that I He does obey every point of the letter that I TN III.ii.73
dropt, to betray him: He does smile his face into more dropped to betray him. He does smile his face into moresmile (v.)
make something happen by smiling
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lynes, then is in the new Mappe, with the augmentation of lines than is in the new map with the augmentation ofaugmentation (n.)
additional detail, fuller account
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the Indies: you haue not seene such a thing as tis: I can the Indies. You have not seen such a thing as 'tis. I canIndies (n.)
the East Indies, thought of as a region of great wealth
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hardly forbeare hurling things at him, I know my Ladie hardly forbear hurling things at him; I know my ladyforbear (v.)

old form: forbeare
leave alone, avoid, stay away [from]
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will strike him: if shee doe, hee'l smile, and take't for a will strike him. If she do, he'll smile, and take it for a TN III.ii.78
great fauour.great favour. TN III.ii.79
Come bring vs, bring vs where he is.Come, bring us, bring us where he is. TN III.ii.80
Exeunt Omnes.Exeunt TN III.ii.80
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