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Orsino

If music be the food of love, play on

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Also called

  • Noble Duke (1.2.25),
  • Noble lord (1.4.23),
  • This noble count (5.1.248)

Relationship Status

Loves Olivia

Character biography

The most important thing in my life is my love for Countess Olivia - more important even than ruling Illyria. Olivia is the most beautiful woman in the world, and her image haunts my every waking thought. I know that she is in mourning for her brother, who died recently, but I am sure that if I can only make her see how very much I care for her, she will eventually accept my offer of marriage and let me bring great happiness into her sadness. I’m sure if I keep sending her tokens of my love and esteem through great people like Valentine and Curio, I will succeed. My greatest consolation is listening to music - it soothes my unhappiness.

Hires…

Viola

Dear agony aunt

I'm in love with a girl who doesn't love me back. I've sent her jewels and lots of other presents, but she keeps rebuffing me. How do I get her to like me?

You should show her who you really are; if she doesn't love you then she is not the right one for you.

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 19:07

You don't win a girl by sending them gifts and all that sort of things. She has to love you for you and if she keep rejecting you it's time to stop.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 13:14

I say go to her yourself and prove that you truly love her. Stop sending other people.

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 14:12

If she doesn't love you, don't make her. All you will do is make her dislike you even more.
Then again, if you truly love her, go to her, and tell her how much you love her. If she still rejects you, it's time to stop.

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 13:50

All you need to do is go to her home YOURSELF and actually show your love by telling her yourself. I'm sure she'll like you for who you are if you talk to her, instead of sending others to talk to her for you!

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 17:13

Don't try to make her love you because she will just reject you more but instead perhaps try to leave her alone and if she is missing you then ask her out again, otherwise she isn't the one and just let her go!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 21:19

Sounds like you're coming on a bit strong! Play it cool!

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 13:03

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Who's Who in Illyria

The Essential Guide to all our Influential Citizens

His Family:
The leading family in Illyria

Who is he?:
His grace the Duke Orsino is our most noble and distinguished ruler here in Illyria. For some time Orsino seems to have been sad and melancholy, and this is affecting his whole demeanour. Friends reported he is listening to melancholy music that seems to reinforce his feelings of sadness. Many people seem to put this sadness down to his unrequited love for the gracious Lady Olivia.

Family background:
The family is noble and has a high reputation here in Illyria. Like his forebears, Orsino is a calm and effective ruler and our loyal citizens admire and respect him. As well as providing strong leadership, Orsino follows his family’s tradition as a renowned patron of the arts, especially music.

Relationships:
Sadly for us all, Orsino remains single. He has long wooed the Countess Olivia but it seems that his suits to her have gone unrewarded. Orsino has employed many different messengers to carry his proposals to Olivia but all have returned empty-handed.

Orsino has two trusted servants, Valentine and Curio. They have often acted as a go-between for Orsino’s messages of love to Olivia. Curio is a friend of Olivia’s fool Feste and is able to ensure that Feste can be brought to sing for Orsino when required.