This scene introduces us to the Duke, who is in love with a girl called
Olivia. His servant goes to ask her wether or not she would like to go out with
the Duke. The message back from her servant is that Olivia will not be seen in
public for seven years because of the death of her brother.
After a shipwreck, Viola finds herself of Illyria, a coastal town. She
believes that her brother has been killed in the shipwreck, and that she will
never get off this island. After learning about the Duke, she arranges with the
captain of the ship to disguise herself and to serve the Duke. He may then fall in
love with her.
Sir Toby and Maria are talking to each other about Olivia's decision to
morn for seven years. They are also talking about Sir Toby's drinking and
friend, Sir Andrew, a foolish knight that has been brought to the castle as a
suitor to Olivia. Sir Andrew says he is going to leave, but Sir Toby persuades
him not to, as Olivia is not interested in the Duke. Maria leaves, and Andrew
and Toby dance.
Viola, already disguised as Cesario (she is referred to as Cesario instead
of Viola throughout the play), has already became a servant to the Duke. Her
first job is to try and persuade Olivia to go out with the Duke. Viola has fallen
in love with the Duke.
Maria and Feste the clown are talking when Olivia enters with Malvolio.
She has a conversation with Feste, and he gets the better of her. Maria
announces that a young 'man' (Cesario) is here to see Olivia. She says that if he...