Twelfth Night – Act 2 Quotes

“I do adore thee so” Antonio
“If you will not murder me for love, let me be your servant” Antonio
“My stars shine darkly over me; the malignancy of my fate might perhaps distemper yours, therefore I shall crave you of your leave that I might bear my evils alone.” Sebastian
ACT 2, SCENE 2 Viola’s soliloquy
“Fortune forbid my outside have not charm’d her!” Viola
“she did speak in starts distractedly.She loves me, sure” ViolaSibilance
“I am the man!” ViolaExclamative
“Poor lady, she were better love a dream.” Viola
“Disguise, I see, thou art a wickedness,Wherein the pregnant enemy does much.How easy is it for the proper-falseIn women’s waxen hearts to set their forms!Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we!Doe such as *we* are made of, such wewesuch as *we* are made of, such *we* be.” ViolaRepetition of “we”Consonance of the letter “w”
“My master loves her dearly;And I, poor monster, fond as much on him;And she mistaken, seems to dote on me.” Viola
“O time! thou must untangle this, not I;It is too hard a knot for me to untie!” Viola
“My masters, are you mad” MalvolioQuestion/interrogativeAlliteration of letter “m” – mimics the foreshadowing that he later becomes mad.(but to what extent is he considered mad? Does he even become mad or is his “madness” something that the prank made him seem mad, but he truly isn’t mad himself which is shown through his letter he writes while trapped in the dark room – which shows that he is sane and not actually mad, and hence we sympathise with him.)
“Dost thou think that because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”
“Go shake your ears.” Imperative – insult
“The devil a Puritan that he is” Reference/context: PuritansShakespeare did not like Puritans (…)
“[Malvolio thinks] that all that look on him love him” Maria
“Excellent! I smell a device.” Sir TobyThe plot is thickening.
“She’s a beagle, true-bred, and one that adores me” Sir Toby BelchDiminutive
“I was adored once too.” Sir Andrew AguecheekAw we sympathise with him haha jk he’s an idiot of a loser.
ACT 2, SCENE 4 We see Viola is practical again, and this time, also an advocate
“For such as I am, all true lovers are”
“Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm… than women’s are”
“But if she cannot love you sir?/ I cannot be so answered.” Viola and Orsino
“No woman’s heart so big, to hold so much” Orsino
“In faith, they are as true of heart as we” Viola/Cesario
“Still we prove much in our vows, but little in our love” Viola/Cesario
“but died thy sister of her love, my boy?” OrsinoQuestion/Interrogative
“We’ll have the bear again, and we will fool him black and blue”
“To be Count Malvolio!” Malvolio Exclamative
“having come from a day-bed, where I have left Olivia sleeping” Malvolio facepalm sorry lmao
“thus makes she her great P’s” Malvolio reading/commenting on the letterTranslation: haha she peesYeah, I don’t get this joke, but it’s apparently low humour, for example: spell aloud I-C-U-P. Yeah, there ya go. Has the same effect, I suppose.
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.” Malvolio reading from letter uh… Repetition of the words “some” and “great” Also when acted on stage, the “thrust” can also be said with a thrusting of the pelvis motion. (awkward…)
“I could marry this wench for this device.” Sir Toby about Maria… and he does.