Olivia ab Edmundo Blair Leighton picta est, femina scilicet formosa quae "Isabella" in fabula Gl'ingannati, sed "Olivia" in fabula Shakesperii Twelfth Night appellatur; matrimonium recusat ob memoriam mariti nuper mortui. Pictor eos versus praesentat quos inter se dicunt Olivia et Viola (sed haec virum personat):
- Viola: Good madam, let me see your face.
- Olivia: Have you any commission from your lord to negotiate with my face? You are now out of your text; but we will draw the curtain and show you the picture. Look you, sir, such a one I was this present. [Se revelat.] Is't not well done?
- Viola: Excellently done, if God did all.
- Olivia: Tis in grain, sir; 'twill endure wind and weather.
- Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and white
- Nature's own sweet and cunning hand laid on:
- Lady, you are the cruell'st she alive,
- If you will lead these graces to the grave
- And leave the world no copy.
- O, sir, I will not be so hard-hearted; I will give out divers schedules of my beauty. It shall be inventoried, and every particle and utensil labelled to my will: as, item, two lips, indifferent red; item, two grey eyes, with lids to them; item, one neck, one chin, and so forth (Shakesperius, Twelfth Night 1.5.230-249).
|Haec stipula ad artem spectat. , si potes!|