Twelfth Night ACT 1. SC. 2 Methought she purged the air of pestilence. That instant was I turned into a hart, And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E’er since pursue me. Enter Valentine. 25 How now, what news from her? VALENTINE So please my lord, I might not be admitted, But from her handmaid do return this answer:
Named for the twelfth night after Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, Twelfth Night plays with love and power. The Countess Olivia, a woman with her own household, attracts Duke (or Count) Orsino. Two other would-be suitors are her pretentious steward, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Onto this scene arrive the twins Viola and Sebastian; caught in a shipwreck, each thinks the other has drowned.
- SCENE I. DUKE ORSINO's palace. Enter DUKE ORSINO, CURIO, and other Lords; Musicians attending. DUKE ORSINO. If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
- SCENE I. The sea-coast. Enter ANTONIO and SEBASTIAN. ANTONIO. Will you stay no longer? nor will you not that I go with you? SEBASTIAN. By your patience, no. My stars shine darkly over.
- SCENE I. OLIVIA's garden. Enter VIOLA, and Clown with a tabour. VIOLA. Save thee, friend, and thy music: dost thou live by. thy tabour? Clown. No, sir, I live by the church.
- SCENE I. Before OLIVIA's house. Enter SEBASTIAN and Clown. Clown. Will you make me believe that I am not sent for you? SEBASTIAN. Go to, go to, thou art a foolish fellow
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An Introduction to this Text: Twelfth Night By Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine Editors of the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions Twelfth Night, or, What You Will was first printed in the 1623 collection of Shakespeare’s plays now known as the First Folio. The present edition is based directly upon the First Folio version.
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