In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, why is Sir Andrew determinded to leave Olivia's house?

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In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Sir Andrew is the "foolish knight" who has come to woo Olivia at her kinsman Sir Toby's suggestion. Sir Andrew is wealthy, and Toby wants to set himself up so he can stay on at Olivia's house indefinitely. Unfortunately, Olivia has been quite taken with the young page Cesario, who is actually Viola in disguise. She is completely ignoring Sir Andrew and his pursuit of her hand in marriage. In disgust and despair, Sir Andrew decides to give up and return home. This does not suit Toby's plans, so he talks Andrew into staying and fighting for Olivia's hand in marriage.

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