Twelfth Night Summaries. Scene by scene.

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Act One

scene one

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.

Scene Two

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.

Scene Three

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.

Scene Four

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.

Scene Five

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...