List iconTwelfth Night:
Act 1, scene 4
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Twelfth Night
Act 1, scene 4



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Twelfth Night—an allusion to the night of festivity preceding the Christian celebration of the Epiphany—combines love, confusion, mistaken identities, and…

Act 1, scene 1

At his court, Orsino, sick with love for the Lady Olivia, learns from his messenger that she is grieving for…

Act 1, scene 2

On the Adriatic seacoast, Viola, who has been saved from a shipwreck in which her brother may have drowned, hears…

Act 1, scene 3

At the estate of Lady Olivia, Sir Toby Belch, Olivia’s kinsman, has brought in Sir Andrew Aguecheek to be her…

Act 1, scene 4

At Orsino’s court, Viola, disguised as a page and calling herself Cesario, has gained the trust of Orsino, who decides…

Act 1, scene 5

Viola, in her disguise as Cesario, appears at Olivia’s estate. Olivia allows Cesario to speak with her privately about Orsino’s…

Act 2, scene 1

A young gentleman named Sebastian, who has recently been saved from a shipwreck in which his sister has been lost,…

Act 2, scene 2

Malvolio finds the disguised Viola and “returns” the ring. Viola, alone, realizes that Olivia has fallen in love with Cesario…

Act 2, scene 3

At Olivia’s estate, Toby, Andrew, and the Fool hold a late night party. Maria comes in to quiet them, followed…

Act 2, scene 4

Orsino asks for a song to relieve his love-longing. In conversation about the capacities for love in men and in…

Act 2, scene 5

Maria lays her trap for Malvolio by placing her forged letter in his path. From their hiding place, Toby, Andrew,…

Act 3, scene 1

Viola (as Cesario), on her way to see Olivia, encounters first the Fool and then Sir Toby and Sir Andrew….

Act 3, scene 2

Sir Andrew, convinced that Olivia will never love him, threatens to leave. Sir Toby persuades him that he can win…

Act 3, scene 3

Antonio, having followed Sebastian, explains the incident in his past that keeps him from safely venturing into the streets of…

Act 3, scene 4

Malvolio, dressed ridiculously and smiling grotesquely, appears before an astonished Olivia. Thinking him insane, she puts him in the care…

Act 4, scene 1

The Fool encounters Sebastian, whom he mistakes for Cesario. When Sir Andrew and Sir Toby attack Sebastian, the Fool fetches…

Act 4, scene 2

Under directions from Sir Toby, the Fool disguises himself as a parish priest and visits the imprisoned Malvolio. In his…

Act 4, scene 3

While Sebastian is sure that neither he nor Olivia is insane, he is amazed by the wonder of his new…

Act 5, scene 1

Orsino, at Olivia’s estate, sends the Fool to bring Olivia to him. Antonio is brought in by officers and he…

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Scene 4
Enter Valentine, and Viola in man’s attire as Cesario.

VALENTINE If the Duke continue these favors towards
 you, Cesario, you are like to be much advanced. He
 hath known you but three days, and already you
 are no stranger.
VIOLA 5You either fear his humor or my negligence, that
 you call in question the continuance of his love. Is
 he inconstant, sir, in his favors?
VALENTINE No, believe me.
VIOLA I thank you.

Enter Orsino, Curio, and Attendants.

10 Here comes the Count.
ORSINO  Who saw Cesario, ho?
VIOLA On your attendance, my lord, here.
ORSINO, to Curio and Attendants 
 Stand you awhile aloof.—Cesario,
 Thou know’st no less but all. I have unclasped
15 To thee the book even of my secret soul.
 Therefore, good youth, address thy gait unto her.
 Be not denied access. Stand at her doors
 And tell them, there thy fixèd foot shall grow
 Till thou have audience.
VIOLA 20 Sure, my noble lord,
 If she be so abandoned to her sorrow
 As it is spoke, she never will admit me.

Twelfth Night
ACT 1. SC. 5

 Be clamorous and leap all civil bounds
 Rather than make unprofited return.
25 Say I do speak with her, my lord, what then?
 O, then unfold the passion of my love.
 Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith.
 It shall become thee well to act my woes.
 She will attend it better in thy youth
30 Than in a nuncio’s of more grave aspect.
 I think not so, my lord.
ORSINO  Dear lad, believe it;
 For they shall yet belie thy happy years
 That say thou art a man. Diana’s lip
35 Is not more smooth and rubious, thy small pipe
 Is as the maiden’s organ, shrill and sound,
 And all is semblative a womans part.
 I know thy constellation is right apt
 For this affair.—Some four or five attend him,
40 All, if you will, for I myself am best
 When least in company.—Prosper well in this
 And thou shalt live as freely as thy lord,
 To call his fortunes thine.
VIOLA  I’ll do my best
45 To woo your lady. Aside. Yet a barful strife!
 Whoe’er I woo, myself would be his wife.
They exit.