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"most wonderful"--Twelfth Night
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2576  Friday, 9 November 2001

From:           Jessica Stevenson <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 Nov 2001 19:01:11 -0400
Subject:        "most wonderful"--Twelfth Night

When Twelfth Night's cast discovers that Sebastian is a twin (5.1.192)
Antonio reacts with suspicion to the double appearance of his beloved
(205-209) but Olivia exclaims only "most wonderful!" (210).  What is
expressed in Olivia's remark? Is it delight, and delight at what? Or is
it more of confusion and consternation that Antonio seems to express?
Although I've seen a couple of productions of Twelfth Night, it wasn't
recently, and upon my last reading of the play I noticed that there are
no other lines or directions for Antonio after his reaction to
Sebastian's double appearance, although the scene goes on for another
two hundred lines.  How is this dealt with in productions of the play?

Jessica Stevenson

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