Onto this scene arrive the twins Viola and Sebastian; caught in a shipwreck, each thinks the other has drowned. Viola disguises herself as a male page and enters OrsinoG++-----++++s service. Orsino sends her as his envoy to OliviaG++-----++----+only to have Olivia fall in love with the messenger. The play complicates, then wonderfully untangles, these relationships.
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Essay by Catherine Belsey
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