Twelfth Night Act III, Scene 4 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 4 Summary and Analysis

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Servant: the one who informs Olivia of Cesario’s return

First Officer: one of the Duke’s officials who comes to arrest Antonio

Second Officer: accompanies the First Officer to carry out the arrest

Olivia, longing for Cesario and out of sorts, wonders where Malvolio is. Here, she commends his nature as agreeable to her. Maria alerts her to his agitated state: “He is sure possessed.” In accordance with the letter, Malvolio is smiling about the place. Nonetheless, Olivia wants to see him because she feels as disturbed as he.

Malvolio speaks to Olivia as though she knew about the letter. His smiling doesn’t fit the mood Olivia is...

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