Malvolio


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Malvolio

Olivia’s grave, self-important steward; “an affectioned ass.” [Br. Lit.: Twelfth Night]
See: Conceit

Malvolio

pompous, conceited steward who aspires to his mistress’s love. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Twelfth Night]
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The position of steward (manager of the estate) which Malvolio holds with Olivia was one of dignity and importance, though the steward was nevertheless only the chief servant.
(The treatment given to Malvolio was the regular one for madmen; it was thought that madness was due to an evil spirit, which must be driven out by cruelty.) Make sure of the story and characters as before.
He smiled on me in quite a superior sort of way, such a smile as would have become the face of Malvolio, as he answered me, "The fly, my dear sir, has one striking feature.
The second Melik-meid's mate was Malvolio, the pied hound," said the Inspector.
Meanwhile, staff and family at Olivia's house play a prank on her spoilsport butler, Malvolio, leading him to believe the lady secretly loves him.
Theatre highlights include I, Malvolio, a one-man show written and performed by Tim Crouch.
The Knotty Ash funnyman even tried his hand at Shakespeare when he played Malvolio in Twelfth Night in 1971.
Christopher Green's Malvolio starts out as an uptight butler who goes on to reveal his Rocky Horror Show alter-ego.
"I received a statement from the 67-year-old actor on Monday withdrawing from the role of Malvolio in a seven-week season of Twelfth Night," The Hollywood Reporter quoted Melbourne Theatre Company artistic director's statement.
The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister.
Adrian Edmondson, in his RSC debut as Malvolio, brings a hilarity beyond The Young Ones but with darker intent too.