Act 3 Scene 4
Olivia is planning for 'Cesario’ to visit again. She calls for Malvolio because ‘He is sad and civil’ but Maria warns her that Malvolio comes ‘in very strange manner’. Malvolio appears smiling and wearing cross-gartered yellow stockings. Olivia thinks he is unwell and says ‘Wilt thou go to bed, Malvolio?’ but Malvolio thinks she wants him to join her in bed.
When a servant brings news that 'Cesario' has arrived, Olivia tells Maria to fetch Sir Toby and others to take care of Malvolio. Malvolio believes everything is working out and that ‘nothing that can be can come between me and the full prospect of my hopes’.
Sir Toby and Fabian arrive and proceed to treat Malvolio as if he is possessed by devils. Malvolio thinks they are unworthy of his attention, and leaves calling them ‘idle, shallow things’. As Sir Toby, Maria and Fabian laugh and plan to lock Malvolio ‘in a dark room and bound’, Sir Andrew arrives with his challenge to 'Cesario'. Sir Toby reads it aloud and it is clear that the letter ‘being so excellently ignorant will breed no terror in the youth’. Sir Toby tells Fabian that instead he ‘will deliver his challenge by word of mouth’ and scare ‘the young gentleman’ with stories of Sir Andrew’s ‘rage, skill, fury, and impetuosity’. At that moment Olivia enters with 'Cesario' still trying to persuade ‘him’ to love her.
As soon as Olivia leaves, Sir Toby and Fabian tell 'Cesario' that Sir Andrew, ‘a devil in private brawl’ who has killed three men, is waiting to fight him. Fabian offers to go with 'Cesario' and help make peace. 'Cesario' is grateful saying ‘I am one that had rather go with sir priest than sir knight’.
Meanwhile, Sir Toby tells Sir Andrew of 'Cesario’s' fighting skills. Sir Andrew now wants to ‘let the matter slip’ and tells Sir Toby to offer his horse to 'Cesario' not to fight. Sir Toby instead tells 'Cesario' that Sir Andrew insists on fighting ‘for oath’s sake’ but ‘protests he will not hurt you’. Sir Toby then returns to Sir Andrew and tells him 'Cesario' insists on fighting ‘but he has promised me, as he is a gentleman and a soldier, he will not hurt you.’
Sir Andrew and 'Cesario' both reluctantly face each other to fight, but Antonio enters and stops them. He defends 'Cesario', who he thinks is Sebastian. Just then, officers of the law arrive and arrest Antonio ‘at the suit of Count Orsino’. Antonio asks the gentleman he thinks is Sebastian for the purse of money he gave him earlier. Confused, 'Cesario' offers half 'his' money ‘for the fair kindness’ Antonio has shown in defending 'him'. Antonio is shocked, believing Sebastian is pretending not to know him, ‘Thou hast, Sebastian, done good feature shame’. As Antonio is taken away, Viola is left wondering if her brother is alive.