Viola has been washed up the shore with the captain, she is sad because her brother died and as a woman, it's going to be hard and challenging to survive in a foreign country. So she decides to disguise as a man and work for Orsino (who she loves).
be you his eunuch, and your mute I'll be; When my tongue blabs, then let mine eyes not see.
O, my poor brother! and so perchance may he be
Conceal me what I am, and be my aid for such disguise as haply shall become the form of my intent. Only shape thou thy silence to my wit.
Orsino! I have heard my father name him; He was a bachelor then.
Sir Toby and Sir Andrews came back to Olivia's house drunk in the night. They are singing and dancing with Feste. Malvolio comes in the room criticizing them. He warned Sir Toby about his behavior and told him he will be asked to leave by Olivia if he continues to be like that. But Sir Toby, Sir Andrew and Feste respond by making jokes.
My masters, are you mad, or what are you?
we did keep time, sir, in our catches. Sneck up!
Olivia is sad for his brother who passed away. She determines to mourn for 7 years for him. The fool comes to her room and makes jokes to make her happy. He was not successful.
Take the fool away.
Do you not hear, fellows? Take away the lady.
The more fool, Madonna, to mourn for your brother's soul being in heaven. Take away the fool, gentlement.
Voila (Cesario) goes to Olivia's house to finish his mission sent by the Duke. He confessed the duke's love for him to her. Olivia rejected Duke's love but started to gain feelings for Voila (Cesario).
My lord and master loves you; O! such love could be recompensed, though you were crowned the nonpareil of beauty
In Orsino's bosom.
Even so quickly may one catch the plague? me thinks I feel this youth's perfections, with an invisible and subtle stealth to creep in at my eyes.
Viola (Cesario) goes back to the Duke and tells him that he has been rejected by Olivia. The duke didn't give up and wants him to go back and try again.
But if she cannot love you, sir?
My love can give no place, bide no denay.
get thee to yond same sovereign cruelty; tell her, my love, more noble than the world
Maria, Sir Toby and Sir andrews decide to pull a prank on Malvolio by writing a love letter pretending its from Olivia. Febian joins in the prank and helps them to prank Malvolio.
excellent! I smell a device.
I will drop in his way some obscure epistles of love.
Jove, I thank thee. I will smile; I will do everything thou wilt have me.