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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Shakespeare, William

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Set in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming Count Malvolio only to receive his come...uppance at the hands of the merrymakers he wishes to suppress. The two plots combine to create a farce touched with melancholy, mixed throughout with seductively beautiful explorations on the themes of love and time, and the play ends, not with laughter, but with a clown's sad song.Duke Orsino's palace.[Enter DUKE ORSINO, CURIO, and other Lords; Musicians attending]DUKE ORSINOIf music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. That strain again! it had a dying fall: O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound, That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more: 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before. O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou, That, notwithstanding thy capacity Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there, Of what validity and pitch soe'er, But falls into abatement and low price, Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy That it alone is high fantastical.CURIOWill you go hunt, my lord?DUKE ORSINOWhat, Curio?CURIOThe hart.DUKE ORSINOWhy, so I do, the noblest that I have: O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, Methought she purged the air of pestilence! That instant was I turn'd into a hart; And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E'er since pursue me.[Enter VALENTINE]How now! what news from her?VALENTINESo please my lord, I might not be admitted; But from her handmaid do return this answer: The element itself, till seven years' heat, Shall not behold her face at ample view; But, like a cloistress, she will veiled walk And water once a day her chamber round With eye-offending brine: all this to season A brother's dead love, which she would keep fresh And lasting in her sad remembrance.DUKE ORSINOO, she that hath a heart of that fine frame To pay this debt of love but to a brother, How will she love, when the rich golden shaft Hath kill'd the flock of all affections else That live in her; when liver, brain and heart, These sovereign thrones, are all supplied, and fill'd Her sweet perfections with one self king! Away before me to sweet beds of flowers: Love-thoughts lie rich when canopied with bowers.[Exeunt]SCENE IIThe sea-coast.[Enter VIOLA, a Captain, and Sailors]VIOLAWhat country, friends, is this?CaptainThis is Illyria, lady.VIOLAAnd what should I do in Illyria? My brother he is in Elysium. Perchance he is not drown'd: what think you, sailors?CaptainIt is perchance that you yourself were saved.VIOLAO my poor brother! and so perchance may he be.CaptainTrue, madam: and, to comfort you with chance, Assure yourself, after our ship did split, When you and those poor number saved with you Hung on our driving boat, I saw your brother, Most provident in peril, bind himself, Courage and hope both teaching him the practise, To a strong mast that lived upon the sea; Where, like Arion on the dolphin's back, I saw him hold acquaintance with the waves So long as I could see.
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ISBN 9798626816402
Released NZ 26 Mar 2020
Publisher Independently Published
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9798626816402
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Independently Published
Imprint Independently Published
Released 26 Mar 2020
Publication Country
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Shakespeare, William
Category Drama Texts, Plays
Number of Pages 168
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 9mm
Dewey Code 822.33
Weight 172g
Interest Age 7-9 years
Reading Age 7-9 years
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text Children/juvenile