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Come what may Introduction

I'm Antonio. I rescued Sebastian from the sea when his ship sank. I risked my life for him, for Pete's sake, but he just brushes me off. And you know what I think?

The gentleness of all the gods go with thee!
I have many enemies in Orsino's court,
Else would I very shortly see thee there.
But, come what may, I do adore thee so,
That danger shall seem sport, and I will go. (2.1.39-43)

Who Said It and Where

On a seacoast near Illyria, Antonio asks Sebastian why-oh-why he's leaving. We sort of stumble upon these two in mid-conversation in this scene, but we quickly figure out that Sebastian's trying to get the heck outta Dodge and needs to untangle himself from a very clingy Antonio.

In order to ditch his sidekick, Sebastian goes for the tried and true, "It's not you, it's me" method. He basically says, "Sorry dude, I'm in a really bad mood and I don't want to bum you out, so I think it's best for both of us if we go our separate ways. I would be a total jerk if I explained why I'm acting this way and unloaded all my problems on you, and you don't deserve that so…" Yeah. It's awkward.

Poor Antonio of course cuts in and begs Sebastian to tell him where and why he's going away. (If you're thinking that this sounds a little like a messy break-up, you're totally right.) Antonio begs Sebastian to let him be his servant, but Sebastian dismisses him and tells Antonio to forget he ever existed. Ouch.

But what's a guy to do? Antonio shrugs and says he doesn't want to cry like his mother always does, so he needs to be on his way into town. He figures he'll just wait and see what happens.

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