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Twelfth Night
Act 3, scene 3

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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 3
Enter Sebastian and Antonio.

SEBASTIAN 
 I would not by my will have troubled you,
 But, since you make your pleasure of your pains,
 I will no further chide you.
ANTONIO 
 I could not stay behind you. My desire,
5 More sharp than filèd steel, did spur me forth;
 And not all love to see you, though so much
 As might have drawn one to a longer voyage,
 But jealousy what might befall your travel,
 Being skill-less in these parts, which to a stranger,
10 Unguided and unfriended, often prove
 Rough and unhospitable. My willing love,
 The rather by these arguments of fear,
 Set forth in your pursuit.

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SEBASTIAN  My kind Antonio,
15 I can no other answer make but thanks,
 And thanks, and ever thanks; and oft good turns
 Are shuffled off with such uncurrent pay.
 But were my worth, as is my conscience, firm,
 You should find better dealing. What’s to do?
20 Shall we go see the relics of this town?
ANTONIO 
 Tomorrow, sir. Best first go see your lodging.
SEBASTIAN 
 I am not weary, and ’tis long to night.
 I pray you, let us satisfy our eyes
 With the memorials and the things of fame
25 That do renown this city.
ANTONIO Would you’d pardon me.
 I do not without danger walk these streets.
 Once in a sea fight ’gainst the Count his galleys
 I did some service, of such note indeed
30 That were I ta’en here it would scarce be answered.
SEBASTIAN 
 Belike you slew great number of his people?
ANTONIO 
 Th’ offense is not of such a bloody nature,
 Albeit the quality of the time and quarrel
 Might well have given us bloody argument.
35 It might have since been answered in repaying
 What we took from them, which, for traffic’s sake,
 Most of our city did. Only myself stood out,
 For which, if I be lapsèd in this place,
 I shall pay dear.
SEBASTIAN 40 Do not then walk too open.
ANTONIO 
 It doth not fit me. Hold, sir, here’s my purse.
Giving him money.
 In the south suburbs, at the Elephant,
 Is best to lodge. I will bespeak our diet

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 Whiles you beguile the time and feed your
45 knowledge
 With viewing of the town. There shall you have me.
SEBASTIAN Why I your purse?
ANTONIO 
 Haply your eye shall light upon some toy
 You have desire to purchase, and your store,
50 I think, is not for idle markets, sir.
SEBASTIAN 
 I’ll be your purse-bearer and leave you
 For an hour.
ANTONIO  To th’ Elephant.
SEBASTIAN  I do remember.
They exit in different directions.