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"Duke. O fellow, come, the song we had last night
Mark it, Cesario, it is old and plain;
The spinsters and the knitters in the sun,
And the free maids that weave their thread with bones,
Do use to chaunt it: it is silly sooth,
And dallies with the innocence of love,
Like the old age.

Unlike my  pages on Shakespeare, there is no

Obviously, many peopledisliked the Puritans for their "holier-than-thou" mentality and theiragenda to force their "conservative lifestyle" on everyone.


It is a wildly improbable, hugely entertaining fantasy.

In keeping with the theme of "pursuit of happiness", this was my July 4, 2003 holidayproject.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness,and some have greatness thrust upon them." One of the extras comes in toannounce that Cesario is here, and Malvolio is left alone on stageto misinterpret what has just happened.


So people are going to dislike him and try to get back at him.

Crouch is also to be commended for Malvolio’s rant against the absurdity of all the cross-dressing in the play with the resultant unfeasible confusion of identities. This gets almost as much scorn as the audience, and what a relief it is to hear it. The comedies, and Twelfth Night in particular, can be exasperating for someone who prefers the histories and tragedies, and it’s nice to have one’s bias supported by one of Shakespeare’s own comic creations.

Outwardly, he's the effective, devoted employee.

In such a world, it is yourDUTY to find and cherish whatever real happiness you can. -- study guide
-- text from Bartleby
-- text from MIT
The names of Shakespeare's comedies don't really describe their content.

As steward, it is his jobto manage Olivia's household and affairs.

Sometimes the holiday was celebrated by breaking society's conventions,with masters waiting on servants, and people being allowed to playwhatever roles they wanted ("what you will").

Even though he is pompous,he must be good at what he does.

John McKeown is a British writer based in Dublin since 2000. He's contributed arts features and reviews to most of Ireland's major national dailies, and currently reviews theatre for the Irish Independent. His most rewarding berth, despite his armchair leftism, was with the the Irish Daily Mail, as its resident theatre critic, from 2006 to 2008. He also writes poetry and lyrics and his latest collection, Night Walk, is available from Amazon. An album of songs set to music by Irish musician Leo O'Kelly of Tir na nOg, entitled 'Will' is also available from Amazon.

"Malvolio"'s name means "evil-wisher".

(The Duke's name really doesn't matter in the play,which wasn't published until the folio of 1623, and perhaps Shakespeare simplynamed the duke and the play in memory of the event.) You can read about this inLeslie Hotson's "The First Night of Twelfth Night".