• Enter SIR TOBY BELCH and MARIA

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    What a plague means my niece, to take the death of her brother thus? I am sure care’s an enemy to life.

    MARIA

    By my troth, Sir Toby, you must come in earlier o' nights. Your cousin, my lady, takes great exceptions to your ill hours.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Why, let her except, before excepted.

    MARIA

    Ay, but you must confine yourself within the modest limits of order.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Confine? I’ll confine myself no finer than I am. These clothes are good enough to drink in, and so be these boots too. An they be not, let them hang themselves in their own straps.

    MARIA

    That quaffing and drinking will undo you: I heard my lady talk of it yesterday, and of a foolish knight that you brought in one night here to be her wooer.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Who, Sir Andrew Aguecheek?

    MARIA

    Ay, he.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    He’s as tall a man as any ’s in Illyria.
  • SIR TOBY BELCH and MARIA enter.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    What’s wrong with my niece? Why is she reacting so strangely to her brother’s death? Grief is bad for people’s health.

    MARIA

    For God’s sake, Sir Toby, you’ve got to come home earlier at night. My lady Olivia, your niece, disapproves of your late-night partying.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Well, she can get used to it.

    MARIA

    Yes, but you need to keep yourself within the limits of order and decency.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Keep myself? The only thing I’m keeping myself in is the clothes I’m wearing. They’re good enough to drink in, and so are these boots. If they aren’t, they can go hang themselves by their own laces!

    MARIA

    You’re going to destroy yourself with all this drinking. Lady Olivia said so yesterday. She also mentioned some stupid knight you brought in one night as a possible husband for her.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Who, Sir Andrew Aguecheek?

    MARIA

    Yes, that’s the one.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    He’s as tall as a man in Illyria.

    tall

    “Tall” could be used as slang for “brave.”