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Twelfth Night

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Enter FOOL and FABIAN
The FOOL and FABIAN enter.

FABIAN
Now, as thou lovest me, let me see his letter.
FABIAN
If you’re my friend, you’ll let me see his letter.

FOOL
Good Master Fabian, grant me another request.
FOOL
Dear Mr. Fabian, do me another favor first.

FABIAN
Anything.
FABIAN
Anything.

FOOL
Do not desire to see this letter.
FOOL
Don’t ask to see this letter.

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FABIAN
This is, to give a dog and in recompense desire my dog again.
FABIAN
That’s like giving someone a dog as a present, and then asking for the dog back in return.
Enter ORSINO, VIOLA, CURIO, and lords
ORSINO, VIOLA, CURIO, and lords enter.

ORSINO
Belong you to the Lady Olivia, friends?
ORSINO
My friends, are you all Lady Olivia’s servants?

FOOL
Ay, sir, we are some of her trappings.
FOOL
Yes, sir, we’re part of her entourage.

ORSINO
I know thee well. How dost thou, my good fellow?
ORSINO
I know you. How are you, my friend?

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FOOL
Truly, sir, the better for my foes and the worse for my friends.
FOOL
I’m better off because of my enemies, and worse off because of my friends.

ORSINO
Just the contrary. The better for thy friends.
ORSINO
You mean it the other way around. You’re better off because of your friends.

FOOL
No, sir, the worse.
FOOL
No, sir, worse off.

ORSINO
How can that be?
ORSINO
How can that be?

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