Twelfth Night Act I, Scene 3 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act I, Scene 3 Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Sir Toby Belch: Olivia’s uncle, who drinks a lot

Maria: Olivia’s lady-in-waiting

Sir Andrew Aguecheek: Sir Toby’s friend, who thinks he is a potential suitor for Olivia

Summary
This scene is set in Olivia’s house, but we do not as yet meet Olivia. She is in extended mourning. Sir Toby, her uncle, opens with a question about Olivia. He is talking to Maria, Olivia’s lady-in-waiting, who responds with a complaint about Toby’s late carousing.

Maria refers to Sir Toby’s friend, Sir Andrew, as a fool. She heard that Sir Toby had brought him to the house to woo Olivia. Sir Toby, on the other hand, praises the many virtues his friend...

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