List iconTwelfth Night:
Act 2, scene 1
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Twelfth Night
Act 2, scene 1



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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 1
Enter Antonio and Sebastian.

ANTONIO Will you stay no longer? Nor will you not that
 I go with you?
SEBASTIAN By your patience, no. My stars shine darkly
 over me. The malignancy of my fate might perhaps
5 distemper yours. Therefore I shall crave of you your
 leave that I may bear my evils alone. It were a bad
 recompense for your love to lay any of them on you.
ANTONIO Let me yet know of you whither you are
SEBASTIAN 10No, sooth, sir. My determinate voyage is
 mere extravagancy. But I perceive in you so excellent
 a touch of modesty that you will not extort
 from me what I am willing to keep in. Therefore it
 charges me in manners the rather to express myself.
15 You must know of me, then, Antonio, my name
 is Sebastian, which I called Roderigo. My father was
 that Sebastian of Messaline whom I know you have
 heard of. He left behind him myself and a sister,
 both born in an hour. If the heavens had been
20 pleased, would we had so ended! But you, sir,
 altered that, for some hour before you took me
 from the breach of the sea was my sister drowned.
ANTONIO Alas the day!

Twelfth Night
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SEBASTIAN A lady, sir, though it was said she much
25 resembled me, was yet of many accounted beautiful.
 But though I could not with such estimable
 wonder overfar believe that, yet thus far I will boldly
 publish her: she bore a mind that envy could not but
 call fair. She is drowned already, sir, with salt water,
30 though I seem to drown her remembrance again
 with more.
ANTONIO Pardon me, sir, your bad entertainment.
SEBASTIAN O good Antonio, forgive me your trouble.
ANTONIO If you will not murder me for my love, let me
35 be your servant.
SEBASTIAN If you will not undo what you have done—
 that is, kill him whom you have recovered—desire
 it not. Fare you well at once. My bosom is full of
 kindness, and I am yet so near the manners of my
40 mother that, upon the least occasion more, mine
 eyes will tell tales of me. I am bound to the Count
 Orsino’s court. Farewell.He exits.
 The gentleness of all the gods go with thee!
 I have many enemies in Orsino’s court,
45 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.
He exits.