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In the kingdom of Illyria a nobleman named Orsino lies around listening to music pining away for the love of Lady Olivia He cannot have her because she is in mourning for her dead brother and refuses to entertain any proposals of marriage Meanwhile off the coast a storm has caused a terrible shipwreck A young aristocratic-born woman named Viola is swept onto the Illyrian shore Finding herself alone in a strange land she assumes that her twin brother Sebastian has been drowned in the wreck and tries to figure out what sort of work she can do A friendly sea captain tells her about Orsinos courtship of Olivia and Viola says that she wishes she could go to work in Olivias home But since Lady Olivia refuses to talk with any strangers Viola decides that she cannot look for work with her Instead she decides to disguise herself as a man taking on the name of Cesario and goes to work in the household of Duke Orsino Viola disguised as Cesario quickly becomes a favorite of Orsino who makes Cesario his page Viola finds herself falling in love with Orsino--a difficult love to pursue as Orsino believes her to be a man But when Orsino sends Cesario to deliver Orsinos love messages to the disdainful Olivia Olivia herself falls for the beautiful young Cesario believing her to be a man The love triangle is complete Viola loves Orsino Orsino loves Olivia and Olivia loves Cesario--and everyone is miserable Meanwhile we meet the other members of Olivias household her rowdy drunkard of an uncle Sir Toby his foolish friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek who is trying in his hopeless way to court Olivia Olivias witty and pretty waiting-gentlewoman Maria Feste the clever clown of the house and Malvolio the dour prudish steward of Olivias household When Sir Toby and the others take offense at Malvolios constant efforts to spoil their fun Maria engineers a practical joke
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