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Twelfth Night Summaries
This scene introduces us to the Duke, who is in love with a girl called
Olivia. His servant goes to ask her wether or not she would like to go out with
the Duke. The message back from her servant is that Olivia will not be seen in
public for seven years because of the death of her brother.
After a shipwreck, Viola finds herself of Illyria, a coastal town. She
believes that her brother has been killed in the shipwreck, and that she will
never get off this island. After learning about the Duke, she arranges with the
captain of the ship to disguise herself and to serve the Duke. He may then fall in
love with her.
Sir Toby and Maria are talking to each other about Olivia’s decision to
morn for seven years. They are also talking about Sir Toby’s drinking and
friend, Sir Andrew, a foolish knight that has been brought to the castle as a
suitor to Olivia. Sir Andrew says he is going to leave, but Sir Toby persuades
him not to, as Olivia is not interested in the Duke. Maria leaves, and Andrew
and Toby dance.
Viola, already disguised as Cesario (she is referred to as Cesario instead
of Viola throughout the play), has already became a servant to the Duke. Her
first job is to try and persuade Olivia to go out with the Duke. Viola has fallen
in love with the Duke.
Maria and Feste the clown are talking when Olivia enters with Malvolio.
She has a conversation with Feste, and he gets the better of her. Maria
announces that a young ‘man’ (Cesario) is here to see Olivia. She says that if he
is from the Duke, she will not see him. Maria returns and says the young man
will not take no for an answer, so Olivia meets him with Maria at her side.
Cesario is very convincing about the Duke’s love, but Olivia is not unstuck. She
dismisses Cesario, and when by her self, shows that she is in love with ‘him’.
She sends Malvolio with a ring Cesario apparently left behind, and said he
should return tomorrow.
Sebastian, Violia’s identical twin brother comes to shore after the
shipwreck, saved by Antonio. He wants to be Sebastian’s servant, but he says
that he will make it to the Duke’s court by himself.
Malvolio runs after Cesario to give him the ring. He denies that he gave
it to her, and so Malvolio puts it on the ground in front of him. He (Viola) think
that Olivia is in love with ‘him’.
Sir Toby and Sir Andrew are talking loudly. Feste joins them and sings a
romantic song for them. The other two then join in. Maria comes down and tells
them that they are making to much noise. Malvolio then enters and tells Sir
Toby that if he doesn’t stop his drinking, he will be banned from the house by
Olivia, his niece. He then leaves, as does Feste. Maria makes up a plan that she
will leave a note that talks of Olivia’s love for Malvolio.
The Duke, still lovesick calls for some music. Feste arrives and sings a
lovesick song back to him. He leaves, and Cesario and the Duke talk. Cesario is
told to go back and try to woo Olivia.
In this scene, the note is set for Malvolio. Sirs Toby and Andrew and
Fabian who hates Malvolio, watch him behind a tree. As Malvolio walks into
the scene he is thinking what it would be like to be married to Olivia. He finds
the note, and goes to do what the note says, which is to dress in yellow cross
In this scene, Cesario again goes to Olivia. She talks to Feste and Sirs
Toby and Andrew. Olivia then comes out and confesses her love for Cesario.
‘He’ then runs away as Olivia continues to pledge her love.
In this scene, Sir Andrew is attempting to leave the castle, as he believes
that Cesario has made more progress towards the love of Olivia. Sir Toby and
Fabian persuade him to stay, and convince sir Andrew to challenge Cesario to a
fight. Maria then enters and tells them all about Malvolio.
Antonio and Sebastian go to an Inn and Antonio gives Sebastian his
purse in case he wants to buy something. Antonio reveals that he is in trouble
with the Duke.
Olivia is pondering
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