Give an example of a pun and a malapropism from Twelfth Night and explain it, providing line numbers.
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Here is an example of a pun from Act I, Scene 5 of the play. Maria and Feste, the fool, are talking to each other. They say:
- Maria. You are resolute, then?
- Feste. Not so, neither; but I am resolved on two points.
- Maria. That if one break, the other will hold; or, if both 315
break, your gaskins fall.
The pun here is on the word "points." Feste is using it to mean a point like some idea that he has decided on. But Maria is using it to refer to the points of his suspenders -- the place where they are attached to the buttons on his pants.
You can find a malapropism in Act I, Scene 3. In this case, it is Sir Toby Belch talking. He says
The malapropism is "subtractors," which ought to be "detractors."
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