"'Tis not for gravity to play at cherry-pit with Satan." Act III, scene iv
Synopsis: Twin brother and sister go down in a shipwreck. Viola, the sister, believing her brother dead, dresses as a man and enters the court of Orsino, duke of Illyria (enemy to her native country). She falls in love with Orsino, who is in love with Olivia (a woman also grieving for her dead brother) who vows never to marry ... until she meets Cesario (Viola's identity as a man). Olivia pursues Cesario/Olivia who is aghast. Enter into this farce, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Malvolio who pursue Olivia, Feste the clown, and Sebastian, Viola's presumed drowned brother. When Sebastian and Olivia meet, the triangle becomes even more tangled.
Viola, our trousers-wearing heroine
Sebastian, her twin
Orsino, Duke of Illyria
Olivia, bereaved Unattainable
Sir Toby Belch, uncle to Olivia
Sir Andrew Aguecheek,
Malvolio, cross-gartered and alarmed!
Feste, a clown
Musings: Cross-dressing was popular even then!
Translation: Was Ihr Wollt (German), Onikinci Gece (Turkish), La Dodicesima Notte (Italian), La Douzième nuit (French), Na tri kralija ili kako hocete (Croatian), Komedie masopustu (Czech)
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