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Twelfth Night – Act Three Scene Four

Olivia is nervously waiting for Cesario to arrive

OLIVIA

I have sent after him: he says he’ll come;
How shall I feast him? what bestow of him?
For youth is bought more oft than begg’d or borrow’d.

Malvolio

Malvolio enters in yellow stockings and cross gartered. Olivia is horrified

MALVOLIO

Sweet lady, ho, ho.

OLIVIA

Smilest thou?
I sent for thee upon a sad occasion.

MALVOLIO

Sad, lady! I could be sad: this does make some
obstruction in the blood, this cross-gartering; but
what of that?

Malvolio is acting strangely to Olivia and smiling and talking “greatness”

OLIVIA

Why, this is very midsummer madness.

Mavolio is left in the “care” of Sir Toby and Maria. They pretend he is possessed by the devil.

SIR TOBY BELCH

…. How do you, Malvolio? how
is’t with you? What, man! defy the devil:
consider, he’s an enemy to mankind.

MALVOLIO

Do you know what you say?

MARIA

La you, an you speak ill of the devil, how he takes
it at heart! Pray God, he be not bewitched!

They taunt him and Malvolio, still under the spell of the letter leaves them

MARIA

Get him to say his prayers, good Sir Toby, get him to pray.

MALVOLIO

My prayers, minx!

MARIA

No, I warrant you, he will not hear of godliness.

MALVOLIO

Go, hang yourselves all! you are idle shallow
things: I am not of your element: you shall know
more hereafter.

Alone they congratulate themselves on the joke they have played

FABIAN

If this were played upon a stage now, I could
condemn it as an improbable fiction.

They decide to continue and escalate the “joke”

MARIA

Nay, pursue him now, lest the device take air and taint.

FABIAN

Why, we shall make him mad indeed.

MARIA

The house will be the quieter.

SIR TOBY BELCH

Come, we’ll have him in a dark room and bound. My
niece is already in the belief that he’s mad: we
may carry it thus, for our pleasure and his penance,
till our very pastime, tired out of breath, prompt
us to have mercy on him

Enter Sir Andrew

FABIAN

More matter for a May morning.

He has written the challenge to Cesario. Sir Toby and Fabian stir up Sir Andrew and Viola to fight each other. Praising the opponent and enjoying watching them squirm.

They draw and fight

Enter Antonio

ANTONIO

Put up your sword. If this young gentleman
Have done offence, I take the fault on me:
If you offend him, I for him defy you.

SIR TOBY BELCH

You, sir! why, what are you?

ANTONIO

One, sir, that for his love dares yet do more
Than you have heard him brag to you he will.

Antonio is arrested and he pleads to Viola for the money he gave her

ANTONIO

This comes with seeking you:
But there’s no remedy; I shall answer it.
What will you do, now my necessity
Makes me to ask you for my purse? It grieves me
Much more for what I cannot do for you
Than what befalls myself. You stand amazed;
But be of comfort.

He has mistaken Viola for her twin brother Sebastian and she denies having any money of Antonio’s

Antonio is led off believing that Sebastian has been betrayed him, Viola now knows that her brother may be alive.

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Twelfth Night – Act Three Scene Three

Antonio has followed Sebastian

ANTONIO

I could not stay behind you: my desire,
More sharp than filed 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 skilless in these parts; which to a stranger,
Unguided and unfriended, often prove
Rough and unhospitable: my willing love,
The rather by these arguments of fear,
Set forth in your pursuit.

It is not safe for Antonio to walk abroad and wishes to go straight to lodgings

ANTONIO

Would you’ld 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,
That were I ta’en here it would scarce be answer’d.

He gives Sebastian his purse to go see the town while he goes to safety

ANTONIO

. Hold, sir, here’s my purse.
In the south suburbs, at the Elephant,
Is best to lodge:

They separate and agree to meet later. Remember that Sebastian’s twin sister is also in the town. What could possibly go wrong?

 

 

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Twelfth Night – Act Three Scene Two

Sir Andrew is upset because Olivia is showing more attention to Cesario than him. He is leaving for home

Sir Toby and Fabian persuade him to stay

FABIAN

She did show favour to the youth in your sight only
to exasperate you, to awake your dormouse valour, to
put fire in your heart and brimstone in 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 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 valour or policy.

Sir Toby suggests writing a challenge to Cesario to prove his valour

SIR TOBY BELCH

Go, write it in a martial hand; be curst and brief;
it is no matter how witty, so it be eloquent and fun
of invention: taunt him with the licence of ink:
if thou thou’st him some thrice, it shall not 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.

When Sir Andrew leaves to write this letter we see the real Sir Toby. He means to continue this jest to it’s conclusion, as he will with Malvolio

SIR TOBY BELCH

. For Andrew, if he were
opened, and you find so much blood in his liver as
will clog the foot of a flea, I’ll eat the rest of
the anatomy.

Maria enters in haste as Malvolio is coming dressed in yellow stockings. They go to laugh at him

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