Olivia was the virtuous daughter of a count.
Olivia’s father died about a year ago, leaving her in the care of her brother. Her brother also died soon after their father. The death of he dearly loved brother made her grief-stricken.
The death of her dearly loved brother was the cause of great grief to Olivia. In sad remembrance of her dead brother, she decided to mourn by keeping her face veiled and to abjure the sight and company of men. She also decided not to marry for seven years. For this reason she did not allow any visitor. As Orsino loved Olivia, he was in great distress due to this prohibition.