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Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Twelfth Night, or What You Will


by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night, or What You Will Rules and Order Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to the Norton edition.

Quote #10

One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons!
A natural perspective, that is and is not! (5.1.226-227)

It's easy to forget that Shakespeare's play is named after a religious holiday, but in this passage – Duke Orsino's response to the moment just before Viola reveals her identity – we are reminded that Twelfth Night, or the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrates the birth and "revelation" of the Christ child. Critics often point to the connection between the play's many unveilings (Olivia's removal of her mourning veil, Malvolio's realization of the truth about the forged letter, the twins' discovery that their siblings are alive, and Viola's revelation that "Cesario" is a woman) echo revelations.

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