• Enter OLIVIA and MARIA

    OLIVIA

    I have sent after him. He says he’ll come.
    How shall I feast him? What bestow of him?
    For youth is bought more oft than begged or borrow’d.
    I speak too loud.—
    5Where’s Malvolio? He is sad and civil
    And suits well for a servant with my fortunes.
    Where is Malvolio?

    MARIA

    He’s coming, madam; but in very strange manner. He is sure possessed, madam.

    OLIVIA

    10Why, what’s the matter? Does he rave?

    MARIA

    No, madam, he does nothing but smile. Your ladyship were best to have some guard about you if he come, for sure the man is tainted in ’s wits.

    OLIVIA

    Go call him hither.
    Exit MARIA
       I am as mad as he,
    15If sad and merry madness equal be.
    Enter MARIA, with MALVOLIO
    How now, Malvolio?

    MALVOLIO

    Sweet lady, ho, ho.
  • OLIVIA and MARIA enter.

    OLIVIA

    I’ve sent for him. He says he’ll come. What kind of food should I serve him? What presents should I give him? It’s easier to buy young people than to beg or borrow them. Oh, I’m talking too loud.—Where’s Malvolio? He’s very serious, which is right for someone in mourning like me. Where is Malvolio?

    MARIA

    He’s coming, madam; but he’s acting very strangely. He must be possessed by the devil.

    OLIVIA

    Why, what’s the matter with him? Is he talking nonsense?

    MARIA

    No, he just smiles. You should have a guard nearby if he comes in here, because he’s clearly disturbed.

    OLIVIA

    Ask him in here.
    MARIA exits.
    I’m as crazy as he is, if sad craziness and happy craziness are equivalent.
    MARIA enters with MALVOLIO.
    What’s going on, Malvolio?

    MALVOLIO

    Hello, sweet lady.