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Twelfth Night
Act 3, scene 2

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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 2
Enter Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Fabian.

ANDREW No, faith, I’ll not stay a jot longer.
TOBY Thy reason, dear venom, give thy reason.
FABIAN You must needs yield your reason, Sir Andrew.
ANDREW Marry, I saw your niece do more favors to the
5 Count’s servingman than ever she bestowed upon
 me. I saw ’t i’ th’ orchard.
TOBY Did she see thee the while, old boy? Tell me
 that.
ANDREW As plain as I see you now.
FABIAN 10This was a great argument of love in her toward
 you.
ANDREW ’Slight, will you make an ass o’ me?
FABIAN I will prove it legitimate, sir, upon the oaths of
 judgment and reason.
TOBY 15And they have been grand-jurymen since before
 Noah was a sailor.
FABIAN She did show favor to the youth in your sight
 only to exasperate you, to awake your dormouse
 valor, to put fire in your heart and brimstone in
20 your liver. You should then have accosted her, and
 with some excellent jests, fire-new from the mint,
 you should have banged the youth into dumbness.
 This was looked for at your hand, and this was
 balked. The double gilt of this opportunity you let
25 time wash off, and you are now sailed into the north
 of my lady’s opinion, where you will hang like an
 icicle on a Dutchman’s beard, unless you do redeem
 it by some laudable attempt either of valor or
 policy.
ANDREW 30An ’t be any way, it must be with valor, for
 policy I hate. I had as lief be a Brownist as a
 politician.
TOBY Why, then, build me thy fortunes upon the basis

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 of valor. Challenge me the Count’s youth to fight
35 with him. Hurt him in eleven places. My niece shall
 take note of it, and assure thyself there is no
 love-broker in the world can more prevail in man’s
 commendation with woman than report of valor.
FABIAN There is no way but this, Sir Andrew.
ANDREW 40Will either of you bear me a challenge to him?
TOBY Go, write it in a martial hand. Be curst and
 brief. It is no matter how witty, so it be eloquent
 and full of invention. Taunt him with the license of
 ink. If thou “thou”-est him some thrice, it shall not
45 be amiss, and as many lies as will lie in thy sheet of
 paper, although the sheet were big enough for the
 bed of Ware in England, set ’em down. Go, about it.
 Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou
 write with a goose-pen, no matter. About it.
ANDREW 50Where shall I find you?
TOBY We’ll call thee at the cubiculo. Go.
Sir Andrew exits.
FABIAN This is a dear manikin to you, Sir Toby.
TOBY I have been dear to him, lad, some two thousand
 strong or so.
FABIAN 55We shall have a rare letter from him. But you’ll
 not deliver ’t?
TOBY Never trust me, then. And by all means stir on
 the youth to an answer. I think oxen and wainropes
 cannot hale them together. For Andrew, if he were
60 opened and you find so much blood in his liver as
 will clog the foot of a flea, I’ll eat the rest of th’
 anatomy.
FABIAN And his opposite, the youth, bears in his visage
 no great presage of cruelty.

Enter Maria.

TOBY 65Look where the youngest wren of mine comes.
MARIA If you desire the spleen, and will laugh yourselves

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 into stitches, follow me. Yond gull Malvolio is
 turned heathen, a very renegado; for there is no
 Christian that means to be saved by believing rightly
70 can ever believe such impossible passages of grossness.
 He’s in yellow stockings.
TOBY And cross-gartered?
MARIA Most villainously, like a pedant that keeps a
 school i’ th’ church. I have dogged him like his
75 murderer. He does obey every point of the letter
 that I dropped to betray him. He does smile his face
 into more lines than is in the new map with the
 augmentation of the Indies. You have not seen such
 a thing as ’tis. I can hardly forbear hurling things at
80 him. I know my lady will strike him. If she do, he’ll
 smile and take ’t for a great favor.
TOBY Come, bring us, bring us where he is.
They all exit.