Maria plants the letter meant for Malvolio, and Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and their friend Fabian wait hidden to see him find it. Malvolio comes along praising himself aloud when he finds the letter. He reads it, sure that the writer meant for him. The letter gives him certain directions to follow to win his lady's love. It tells him to be mean to Sir Toby and the servants, wear yellow stocking cross-gartered, and walk around constantly smiling. Malvolio, delighted by the fact, goes to prepare himself, and the others prepare to watch his downfall as he tries to woo Lady Olivia.