Twelfth Night

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Twelfth Night Act 3, scene 3 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Antonio and Sebastian arrive in Illyria. Sebastian says that Antonio didn't have to come, but Antonio insists that he has come out of "willing love" (3.3.11).
Antonio's persistence strengthens the impression of his love for Sebastian.
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Sebastian then suggests that they take in the sights of the city, but Antonio explains that he once fought at sea against Orsino. If discovered in Illyria, he will be in danger. He gives his purse to Sebastian, telling him to feel free to buy anything that he desires. Antonio himself will wait at a local inn, The Elephant. They makes plans to meet at the inn in an hour.
Antonio gives his purse freely, in contrast to the gifts with the gifts Orsino and Olivia gave earlier, which were intended to manipulate their objects of desire. This contrast reaffirms the strength of Antonio's devotion.
Themes
Desire and Love Theme Icon
Class, Masters, and Servants Theme Icon