Enter VIOLA, MALVOLIO following
Were not you even now with the Countess Olivia?
Even now, sir. On a moderate pace I have since arrived but
She returns this ring to you, sir. You might have saved me
my pains to have taken it away yourself. She adds,
moreover, that you should put your lord into a desperate
assurance she will none of him. And one thing more, that
you be never so hardy to come again in his affairs, unless it
be to report your lord’s taking of this. Receive it so.
10She took the ring of me. I’ll none of it.
Come, sir, you peevishly threw it to her, and her will is it
should be so returned. (he throws down the ring) If it be
worth stooping for, there it lies in your eye. If not, be it his
that finds it.
15I left no ring with her. What means this lady?
Fortune forbid my outside have not charmed her!
She made good view of me, indeed so much
That sure methought her eyes had lost her tongue,
For she did speak in starts distractedly.
20She loves me, sure! The cunning of her passion
Invites me in this churlish messenger.