• Enter FOOL and FABIAN

    FABIAN

    Now, as thou lovest me, let me see his letter.

    FOOL

    Good Master Fabian, grant me another request.

    FABIAN

    Anything.

    FOOL

    Do not desire to see this letter.

    FABIAN

    5This is, to give a dog and in recompense desire my dog again.
    Enter ORSINO, VIOLA, CURIO, and lords

    ORSINO

    Belong you to the Lady Olivia, friends?

    FOOL

    Ay, sir, we are some of her trappings.

    ORSINO

    I know thee well. How dost thou, my good fellow?

    FOOL

    10Truly, sir, the better for my foes and the worse for my friends.

    ORSINO

    Just the contrary. The better for thy friends.

    FOOL

    No, sir, the worse.

    ORSINO

    How can that be?
  • The FOOL and FABIAN enter.

    FABIAN

    If you’re my friend, you’ll let me see his letter.

    FOOL

    Dear Mr. Fabian, do me another favor first.

    FABIAN

    Anything.

    FOOL

    Don’t ask to see this letter.

    FABIAN

    That’s like giving someone a dog as a present, and then asking for the dog back in return.
    ORSINO, VIOLA, CURIO, and lords enter.

    ORSINO

    My friends, are you all Lady Olivia’s servants?

    FOOL

    Yes, sir, we’re part of her entourage.

    ORSINO

    I know you. How are you, my friend?

    FOOL

    I’m better off because of my enemies, and worse off because of my friends.

    ORSINO

    You mean it the other way around. You’re better off because of your friends.

    FOOL

    No, sir, worse off.

    ORSINO

    How can that be?