• Enter SIR TOBY BELCH and SIR ANDREW

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Approach, Sir Andrew. Not to be abed after midnight is to be up betimes, and diluculo surgere, thou know’st,—

    SIR ANDREW

    Nay, my troth, I know not. But I know to be up late is to be up late.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    5A false conclusion. I hate it as an unfilled can. To be up after midnight and to go to bed then, is early, so that to go to bed after midnight is to go to bed betimes. Does not our life consist of the four elements?

    SIR ANDREW

    Faith, so they say, but I think it rather consists of eating and drinking.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Thou'rt a scholar. Let us therefore eat and drink. Marian,
    I say! A stoup of wine!
    Enter FOOL

    SIR ANDREW

    Here comes the fool, i' faith.

    FOOL

    How now, my hearts! Did you never see the picture of “We
    15Three”?

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Welcome, ass. Now let’s have a catch.
  • SIR TOBY BELCH and SIR ANDREW enter.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Come on, Sir Andrew. If we’re still awake after midnight, then we’re up early in the morning. And the doctors say it’s healthy to get up early—

    SIR ANDREW

    I don’t know what the doctors say. All I know is that staying up late is staying up late.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    A false conclusion. I hate your logic as much as I hate an empty drinking cup. Staying up after midnight means that you go to bed after midnight, in the wee hours of the morning, which is early. So it’s like going to bed early. Isn’t everybody made up of the four elements—earth, water, fire, and air?

    SIR ANDREW

    That’s what they say, but I think life consists of food and booze.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    You’re a smart guy. So we should eat and drink. Maria! Bring us some wine!
    The FOOL enters.

    SIR ANDREW

    Look, here comes the fool.

    FOOL

    Hello, my friends! What a pretty picture, three fools all together.

    SIR TOBY BELCH

    Hello, you idiot. Sing us a song.