Twelfth Night

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Enter Viola and Maluolio, at seuerall doores.Enter Viola and Malvolio at several doorsseveral (adj.)

old form: seuerall
separate, different, distinct
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Were not you eu'n now, with the Countesse Were not you even now with the Countess TN II.ii.1
Oliuia?Olivia? TN II.ii.2
Euen now sir, on a moderate pace, I haue since Even now, sir; on a moderate pace I have since TN II.ii.3
ariu'd but hither.arrived but hither. TN II.ii.4
She returnes this Ring to you (sir) you mightShe returns this ring to you, sir. You might TN II.ii.5
haue saued mee my paines, to haue taken it away your selfe. have saved me my pains, to have taken it away yourself. TN II.ii.6
She adds moreouer, that you should put your Lord into She adds, moreover, that you should put your lord into TN II.ii.7
a desperate assurance, she will none of him. And onea desperate assurance she will none of him; and onedesperate (adj.)
despairing, hopeless, without hope
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assurance (n.)
security, certainty, confidence
thing more, that you be neuer so hardie to come againe in thing more, that you be never so hardy to come again inhardy (adj.)

old form: hardie
bold, daring, forward
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his affaires, vnlesse it bee to report your Lords taking of his affairs – unless it be to report your lord's taking of TN II.ii.10
this: receiue it so.this. Receive it so. TN II.ii.11
She tooke the Ring of me, Ile none of it.She took the ring of me, I'll none of it. TN II.ii.12
Come sir, you peeuishly threw it to her: andCome, sir, you peevishly threw it to her, and TN II.ii.13
her will is, it should be so return'd: If it bee worth stooping her will is it should be so returned. If it be worth stooping TN II.ii.14
for, there it lies, in your eye: if not, bee it his that findes for, there it lies in your eye; if not, be it his that findseye (n.)
sight, view, presence
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it. it. TN II.ii.16
Exit.Exit TN II.ii.16
I left no Ring with her: what meanes this Lady?I left no ring with her; what means this lady? TN II.ii.17
Fortune forbid my out-side haue not charm'd her:Fortune forbid my outside have not charmed her!charm (v.)

old form: charm'd
work magic [on], bewitch, enchant
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outside (n.)

old form: out-side
appearance, look, outward show
She made good view of me, indeed so much,She made good view of me, indeed so muchview (n.)
inspection, examination
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That me thought her eyes had lost her tongue,That – methought – her eyes had lost her tongue,methinks(t), methought(s) (v.)

old form: me thought
it seems / seemed to me
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lose (v.)
lose sight of, forget
For she did speake in starts distractedly.For she did speak in starts, distractedly.distractedly (adv.)
disjointedly, erratically, with agitation
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starts, by / in
in fits and starts
She loues me sure, the cunning of her passionShe loves me, sure, the cunning of her passioncunning (n.)
deviousness, deceit, craftiness, artfulness
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Inuites me in this churlish messenger:Invites me in this churlish messenger. TN II.ii.23
None of my Lords Ring? Why he sent her none;None of my lord's ring? Why, he sent her none. TN II.ii.24
I am the man, if it be so, as tis,I am the man! If it be so – as 'tis –  TN II.ii.25
Poore Lady, she were better loue a dreame:Poor lady, she were better love a dream. TN II.ii.26
Disguise, I see thou art a wickednesse,Disguise, I see thou art a wickedness TN II.ii.27
Wherein the pregnant enemie does much.Wherein the pregnant enemy does much.pregnant (adj.)
resourceful, wily
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How easie is it, for the proper falseHow easy is it for the proper falseproper (adj.)
good-looking, handsome, comely
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false (n.)
false person, deceiver
In womens waxen hearts to set their formes:In women's waxen hearts to set their forms.form (n.)

old form: formes
imprinted shape, impressed image
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Alas, O frailtie is the cause, not wee,Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we, TN II.ii.31
For such as we are made, if such we bee:For such as we are made, if such we be. TN II.ii.32
How will this fadge? My master loues her deerely,How will this fadge? My master loves her dearly;fadge (v.)
turn out, end up, come off
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And I (poore monster) fond asmuch on him:And I, poor monster, fond as much on him;fond (v.)
dote, be infatuated
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And she (mistaken) seemes to dote on me:And she, mistaken, seems to dote on me. TN II.ii.35
What will become of this? As I am man,What will become of this? As I am man, TN II.ii.36
My state is desperate for my maisters loue:My state is desperate for my master's love. TN II.ii.37
As I am woman (now alas the day)As I am woman – now, alas the day, TN II.ii.38
What thriftlesse sighes shall poore Oliuia breath?What thriftless sighs shall poor Olivia breathe!thriftless (adj.)

old form: thriftlesse
useless, worthless, unprofitable
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O time, thou must vntangle this, not I,O time, thou must untangle this, not I! TN II.ii.40
It is too hard a knot for me t'vnty.It is too hard a knot for me t' untie. TN II.ii.41
Exit TN II.ii.41
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