Having been three months married to her, sitting in my state…
Calling my officers about me, in my branched velvet gown, having come from a day-bed,
where I have left Olivia sleeping…
Chair for a person of power
Fire and brimstone!
And then to have the humour of state; and after a demure travel of regard –
telling them I know my place, as I would they should do theirs – to ask for my
Enjoying the power of my position (as Count Malvolio), and after solemnly looking at everyone in the room -
Why do you think Malvolio calls him ‘Toby’? not ‘Sir Toby’? How do you think Sir Toby feels about this?
Bolts and shackles!
Seven of my people, with an obedient start, make out for him. I frown the
while, and perchance wind up my watch, or play with my… some rich
jewel. Toby approaches, curtsies there to me…
Seven servants are so keen to please me that they jump up and go to bring Toby to me.
Shall this fellow live?
I extend my hand to him thus – quenching my familiar smile with an austere
regard of control . . .
And does not Toby take you a blow on the lips then?
Saying, ‘Cousin Toby, my fortunes having cast me on your niece give me this
prerogative of speech’ –
What do Malvolio’s description of his fantasy and Sir Toby’s reactions to it suggest about them?
‘You must amend your drunkenness.’
Besides, you waste the treasure of your time with a foolish knight...
That’s me, I warrant you.
I knew ’twas I, for many do call me fool.
(Picking up the letter) What employment have we here?
Now is the woodcock near the gin.
A wading bird thought of as stupid.
(Text edited for rehearsal by Christopher Luscombe)
In the 2017 production of Twelfth Night , Fabian was amended to Fabia