Twelfth Night - Act 4, scene 3
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Act 4, scene 3
While Sebastian is sure that neither he nor Olivia is insane, he is amazed by the wonder of his new situation. When Olivia asks him to enter into a formal betrothal with her, he readily agrees.Enter Sebastian.
2167 This is the air; that is the glorious sun.
2168 This pearl she gave me, I do feel ’t and see ’t.
2169 And though ’tis wonder that enwraps me thus,
2170 Yet ’tis not madness. Where’s Antonio, then?
2171 5 I could not find him at the Elephant.
2172 Yet there he was; and there I found this credit,
2173 That he did range the town to seek me out.
2174 His counsel now might do me golden service.
2175 For though my soul disputes well with my sense
2176 10 That this may be some error, but no madness,
2177 Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune
2178 So far exceed all instance, all discourse,
2179 That I am ready to distrust mine eyes
2180 And wrangle with my reason that persuades me
2181 15 To any other trust but that I am mad—
2182 Or else the lady’s mad. Yet if ’twere so,
2183 She could not sway her house, command her
2185 Take and give back affairs and their dispatch
2186 20 With such a smooth, discreet, and stable bearing
2187 As I perceive she does. There’s something in ’t
2188 That is deceivable. But here the lady comes.
Enter Olivia, and ⌜a⌝ Priest.
OLIVIA, ⌜to Sebastian⌝
2189 Blame not this haste of mine. If you mean well,
2190 Now go with me and with this holy man
2191 25 Into the chantry by. There, before him
2192 And underneath that consecrated roof,
2193 Plight me the full assurance of your faith,
2194 That my most jealous and too doubtful soul
2195 May live at peace. He shall conceal it
2197 What time we will our celebration keep
2198 According to my birth. What do you say?
2199 I’ll follow this good man and go with you,
2200 And, having sworn truth, ever will be true.
2201 35 Then lead the way, good father, and heavens so
2203 That they may fairly note this act of mine.