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Diary entries from Olivia and Viola/Cesario after their initialmeeting (Act 1 Scene 5) Olivia's Diary.

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Helen Hayes Diary entries from Olivia and Viola/Cesario after their initial meeting (Act 1 Scene 5) Olivia's Diary Dear Diary, Today I met such a fine gentleman who was sent from the court of Orsino. He was youthful and had a wonderful character. In all my years, I have never and doubt I will ever, meet a finer man. Upon his arrival, I must admit that I did not give him the necessary chance for his character to blossom and shine. To me he was just another messenger from Orsino's court. Yet after he spoke from his heart and not from a pre-prepared speech, I was captivated by his every word because they were filled with passion. I now know "I cannot love" another man but him. I had better explain how it is possible for me to fall in love with someone below my station and of how quickly I caught "the plague". I asked him to "speak [his] office", which only "concern[d] [my] ear" as he rightly pointed out, so I thought it best for Maria to "give us the place alone". He intrigued me and I was more interested in Cesario the messenger, than Orsino. Cesario even said my face was "excellently done", so clearly he found me attractive, perhaps even beautiful. When he was due to depart, I thanked him "for [his] pains" and offered him money but he would not accept it. ...read more.


When I first arrived at Olivia's home, I had to play a ridiculous game with her, which she had set up in advance by having her servant in the room. I did not know who was "the lady of the house, for I never saw her." Even though I stood firm, Olivia just said, "Speak to me, I shall answer for her." This did not give me "modest assurance [that she was] the lady of the house" until I finally persuaded Olivia to ask her lady servant to leave and "give us the place alone". I finally had the opportunity to tell her about my masters "groans [of] thunder love". In my heart I wish that his words of love were directed at me. Olivia thought herself so beautiful, speaking of herself as a "present". If it were down to me, she would be an unwanted gift! I do not believe God did all the beauty that was there and I am almost sure she must have had layers of make-up on her face. The height of her vanity was really demonstrated when she spoke of distributing her beauty, as if I was to be fascinated by her "indifferent red" lips. She is "too proud"! I had to confess that "my lord and master" loved her. I felt such pain when uttering these words, for I love Orsino. ...read more.


Events are remembered and written in the wrong order. Feelings can sometimes distort the truth. In Olivia's diary, I twisted her use of quotes to support her belief that Viola (Cesario) did love, by selecting just a short sample of the quote. If the whole quote was written it would not have had the same effect, as in real life only fragments of conversations can be remembered. It is interesting to see how a few well chosen words can turn something positive to negative. For example, when Viola states that Olivia's face was "excellently done" I left out the second half of the quote, which was "if God did all". This is the kind of comment that a woman would make because she would be more aware of the affects of make-up. I wrote the second part of the quote in Viola's diary, therefore balancing the arguments. I wrote these diaries using bias and one-sided arguments to show each character's point of view. By putting the diary entries of Olivia and Viola along side each other, I feel it shows a much more accurate account of events. It is not normally possible to see both sides of a story or two different points of view. For this reason, the diary entries for each character show how they have heard only part of the conversation and have therefore only chosen to select the words and memories that support their feelings. Helen Hayes. ...read more.

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