Twelfth Night - Stuff That Happens in the Play
If music be the food of love, play on.
- Orsino, Duke of Illyria, expresses his love for the mourning Lady Olivia, who is not admitting the Duke’s men sent to woo for him.
- Viola arrives in Illyria after a shipwreck, which seems to have killed her twin brother. She decides to disguise herself as a man and serve the Duke.
- Olivia’s gentlewoman, Maria, chides Olivia’s kinsman, Sir Toby Belch, for staying out too late, for drinking too much, and for bringing in a foolish knight, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, to woo Olivia.
- The Duke sends his new servant, Cesario (the disguised Viola), to woo Olivia for him. Cesario/Viola confesses “whoe’er I woo, myself would be his wife.”
- Maria, Olivia, and Malvolio all chide Feste, Olivia’s clown, for being absent from Olivia’s household. Feste regains the favor of Olivia while earning the scorn of Malvolio.
- Cesario arrives to woo Olivia for the Duke; Olivia says she cannot love the Duke; when Cesario leaves, Olivia confesses affection for Cesario.
- Olivia then pretends that Cesario gave her a ring from the Duke and sends Malvolio to run after Cesario and return the ring.
- Malvolio “returns” the ring and Cesario/Viola realizes Olivia is in love with him/her.
- Viola’s twin brother, Sebastian, is still alive and tells the man who saved him, Antonio, that his sister is drowned and that he must leave Antonio and go to Orsino’s court.
- After Sebastian departs, Antonio confesses he has enemies in Orsino’s court, but he will follow Sebastian anyway.
- Toby, Andrew, and Feste stay up late singing and drinking. Maria advises them to be quieter; Malvolio then breaks up the party and threatens to report them all to Olivia.
- Maria devises a plan to put Malvolio in his place.
- Cesario/Viola falls more deeply in love with the Duke, while Olivia falls more deeply in love with Cesario/Viola.
- Sebastian arrives in Illyria.
- Yellow stockings, dark rooms, challenges, and marriage proposals ensue.