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Indira Ghose

grips of self-delusion in varying degrees is paraded before the audience. The ruler of Illyria appears as a melancholy poseur, gratifying an epicurean desire for a surfeit of pleasures. He is in the throes of a narcissistic love-affair that masks itself as love for Olivia: his dreams of the woman he loves consist in how she will love him, not how he might console her in her bereavement or give her

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