Twelfth Night: Summary

Act One

scene one

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.

Scene Two

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.

Scene Three

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.


Scene Four

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.

Scene Five

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.

Act Two

Scene One

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.

Scene Two

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\'.

Scene Three

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.

Scene Four

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.

Scene Five

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
garter stockings.

Act Three

Scene One

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.

Scene Two

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.

Scene Three

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.

Scene Four

Olivia is pondering how she will invite Cesario