[Enter VIOLA, and...

Twelfth Night

Act 3 Scene 1



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  • Young Adult
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Time/Place
Illyria, sixteenth-century
Act/Scene
Act 3 Scene 1

Scene Context

Viola (disguised as the male Cesario) has returned to see the Lady Olivia. She has

Scene Text

[Enter VIOLA, and CLOWN with a tabor.]

VIOLA.

Save thee, friend, and thy music. Dost thou live by thy tabor?

CLOWN.

No, sir, I live by the church.

VIOLA.

Art thou a churchman?

CLOWN.

No such matter, sir: I do live by the church; for I do live at my house, and my house doth

stand by the church.

VIOLA.

So thou mayst say the king lies by a beggar, if a beggar dwell near him; or the church stands

by thy tabor, if thy tabor stand by the church.

CLOWN.

You have said, sir.—To see this age!—A sentence is but a cheveril glove to a good wit. How

quickly the wrong side may be turned outward!

VIOLA.

Nay, that's certain; they that dally nicely with words may quickly make them wanton.

CLOWN.

I would, therefore, my sister had had no name, sir.

VIOLA.

Why, man?

CLOWN.

Why, sir, her name's a word;