Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
by William Shakespeare
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Twelfth Night, or What You Will Act 3, Scene 1 Summary

  • In Olivia's garden, "Cesario" and Feste shoot the breeze.
  • Feste claims that he is not a fool, but a "corrupter of words." "Cesario" gives him some spare change and, when Feste implies "Cesario" should give him some more money to fetch Olivia, "Cesario" obliges.
  • "Cesario" tells us how brilliant Feste is and notes that being a Fool takes a lot of talent and an ability to read people. Feste is a "wise" guy.
  • Sir Toby and Sir Andrew enter the garden and say "hey" to "Cesario" before Olivia enters.
  • Alone in the garden, Olivia holds "Cesario's" hand and flirts it up. "Cesario" tries to give Olivia the brush off, but Olivia confesses her lust for "Cesario."
  • "Cesario" says that he feels sorry for Olivia. Then Olivia says fine, I won't force you, but some day, when you're older and have gone through puberty, some girl is going to be very lucky to have you.
  • Olivia asks "Cesario" to tell her what "he" thinks of her. "Cesario" gets all cryptic and says stuff like "I am not what I am." Olivia throws herself at "Cesario" and begs "him" to love her.
  • "Cesario" says "his" heart belongs to "no woman" and never will. The audience gets it but Olivia doesn't.
  • When it's time for "Cesario" to go, Olivia says feel free to come back and see me any time.

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