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Twelfth Night
Act 4, 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.

SEBASTIAN 
 This is the air; that is the glorious sun.
 This pearl she gave me, I do feel ’t and see ’t.
 And though ’tis wonder that enwraps me thus,
 Yet ’tis not madness. Where’s Antonio, then?
5 I could not find him at the Elephant.
 Yet there he was; and there I found this credit,
 That he did range the town to seek me out.
 His counsel now might do me golden service.
 For though my soul disputes well with my sense
10 That this may be some error, but no madness,
 Yet doth this accident and flood of fortune
 So far exceed all instance, all discourse,
 That I am ready to distrust mine eyes
 And wrangle with my reason that persuades me
15 To any other trust but that I am mad—
 Or else the lady’s mad. Yet if ’twere so,
 She could not sway her house, command her
 followers,
 Take and give back affairs and their dispatch
20 With such a smooth, discreet, and stable bearing
 As I perceive she does. There’s something in ’t
 That is deceivable. But here the lady comes.

Enter Olivia, and a Priest.

OLIVIA, to Sebastian 
 Blame not this haste of mine. If you mean well,
 Now go with me and with this holy man
25 Into the chantry by. There, before him
 And underneath that consecrated roof,
 Plight me the full assurance of your faith,
 That my most jealous and too doubtful soul
 May live at peace. He shall conceal it

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30 Whiles you are willing it shall come to note,
 What time we will our celebration keep
 According to my birth. What do you say?
SEBASTIAN 
 I’ll follow this good man and go with you,
 And, having sworn truth, ever will be true.
OLIVIA 
35 Then lead the way, good father, and heavens so
 shine
 That they may fairly note this act of mine.
They exit.