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Twelfth Night

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MALVOLIO
“M”—Malvolio. “M”—why, that begins my name.
MALVOLIO
“M”—Malvolio. “M”—why, that’s the first letter in my name.

FABIAN
(aside) Did not I say he would work it out? The cur is excellent at faults.
FABIAN
(whispering) Didn’t I tell you he’d figure it out? This dog’s excellent at following false leads.

MALVOLIO
“M.” But then there is no consonancy in the sequel that suffers under probation “A” should follow but “O” does.
MALVOLIO
“M.” But then the next letter isn’t the same. “A” should be next, but instead “O” comes next.

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FABIAN
(aside) And “O” shall end, I hope.
FABIAN
(whispering) And an “O” like a noose will end this, I hope.

SIR TOBY BELCH
(aside) Ay, or I’ll cudgel him and make him cry “O!”
SIR TOBY BELCH
(whispering)Yeah, or I’ll beat him up and make him yell “Oh!”

MALVOLIO
And then “I” comes behind.
MALVOLIO
And then the “I” comes next.

FABIAN
(aside) Ay, an you had any eye behind you, you might see more detraction at your heels than fortunes before you.
FABIAN
(whispering) If you had an I in the back of your head, you’d see trouble behind you.

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MALVOLIO
“M.O.A.I.” This simulation is not as the former, and yet to crush this a little, it would bow to me, for every one of these letters are in my name. Soft, here follows prose.
MALVOLIO
M.O.A.I. This code’s not as easy to crack as the other one. But if I shake it up a little it’ll work, because every one of those letters is in my name. But wait, there’s some prose after her poem.

(reads)
“If this fall into thy hand, revolve. In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em. Thy Fates open their hands. Let thy blood and spirit embrace them. And, to inure thyself to what thou art like to be, cast thy humble slough and appear fresh. Be opposite with a kinsman, surly with servants.
(he reads)
“If this letter falls into your hands, think carefully about what it says. By my birth I rank above you, but don’t be afraid of my greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Your fate awaits you. Accept it in body and spirit. To get used to the life you’ll most likely be leading soon, get rid of your low-class trappings. Show some eagerness for the new upscale lifestyle that’s waiting

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