In Twelfth Night, Act 1, scene 2, what is happening?I need to rewrite the passage in modern day text.

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The scene is the introduction to the audience of one of the main characters in the play, Viola.  It is worth noting that Viola appears in this scene dressed as a woman, but then, for the remainder of the play, is disguised as a boy.

This scene involves Viola and a Captain, both of whom (they think) are the sole survivors of a shipwreck.  Luckily, the Captain recognizes the place that they have landed, so he spends much of his time in the scene describing the place and its inhabitants, especially Olivia and Duke Orsino.  Viola is sad to have lost her brother Sebastian (she thinks) in the shipwreck, but the Captain tells her to have faith that he might be alive, since he saw Sebastian "hold acquaintance with the waves/So long as [he] could see."

Viola feels a strong connection to Olivia (who is also mourning a dead brother), but decides to dress in some of Sebastain's clothes and serve Orsino.  She decides that "what else may hap, to time [she] will commit."

And, just so you are aware, Twelfth Night is written in Modern English.  Your assignment is probably to paraphrase the verse, so that you might simplify the language.