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Scene One


[The Forest of Arden]

Enter Touchstone and Audrey. Touch. We shall find a time, Audrey: patience, gentle Audrey.

Aud. Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the old gentleman's saying.

Touch. A most wicked Sir Oliver, Audrey; a most vile Martext. But, Audrey, there is a youth here in the forest lays claim to you.

Aud. Ay, I know who 'tis: he hath no interest in me in the world. Here comes the man you

10 Enter William. Touch. It is meat and drink to me to see a clown. By my troth, we that have good wits have much to answer for: we shall be flouting; we cannot hold.

Will. Good even, Audrey.
Aud. God ye good even, William.

16 Will. And good even to you, sir.

Touch. Good even, gentle friend. Cover thy head, cover thy head; nay, prithee, be covered. How old are you, friend?

20 Will. Five-and-twenty, sir. . Touch. A ripe age. Is thy name William? Will. William, sir.

Touch. A fair name. Wast born i' the forest here?


13 we

flouting: i.e., we must have something to mock at 14 hold: i.e., our peace

16 God ye: God give you 49 ipse is he; cf. n.

Will. Ay, sir, I thank God.

Touch. “Thank God'; a good answer. Art rich!

28 Will. Faith, sir, so so.

Touch. So so,' is good, very good, very excellent good: and yet it is not; it is but so so. Art thou wise?

32 Will. Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit. Touch. Why, thou sayest well. I do now re

. member a saying, 'The fool' doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.' The heathen philosopher, when he had a desire to eat a grape, would open his lips when he put it into his mouth; meaning thereby that grapes were made to eat and lips to open. You do love this maid?

41 Will. I do, sir. Touch. Give me your hand. Art thou learned? Will. No, sir.

44 Touch. Then learn this of me: to have, is to have; for it is a figure in rhetoric, that drink, being poured out of a cup into a glass, by filling the one doth empty the other; for all your writers do consent that ipse is he: now, you are not ipse, for I am he.

Will. Which he, sir?

Touch, He, sir, that must marry this woman. Therefore, you clown, abandon,—which is in the vulgar, leave,—the society,—which in the boorish is, company,—of this female,—which in the common is, woman; which together is, abandon the society of this female, or, clown, thou perishest; or, to thy better understanding, diest; or, to wit,


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I kill thee, make thee away, translate thy life 59
into death, thy liberty into bondage. I will deal
in poison with thee, or in bastinado, or in steel;
I will bandy with thee in faction; I will o'errun
thee with policy; I will kill thee a hundred and
fifty ways: therefore tremble, and depart. 64

Aud. Do, good William.
Will. God rest you merry, sir.

Enter Corin.
Cor. Our master and mistress seek you:
come, away, away!

68 Touch. Trip, Audrey ! trip, Audrey! I attend, I attend.


Scene Two

[Another Part of the Forest]

Enter Orlando and Oliver. · Orl. Is 't possible that on so little acquaintance you should like her? that, but seeing, you should love her? and, loving, woo? and, wooing, she should grant? and will you persever to enjoy her?

Oli. Neither call the giddiness of it in question, the poverty of her, the small acquaintance, my sudden wooing, nor her sudden consenting; but say with me, I love Aliena; say with her, that she loves me; consent with both, that we may enjoy each other: it shall be to your good; for my

father's house and all the revenue that

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59 translate: transform

61 bastinado: beating with a stick 62 bandy: strive faction: dissension o'errun: overwhelm 63 policy: craft 6 call . . . in question: scrutinize, inquire into 13 estate: bestow; cf. n.

was old Sir Rowland's will I estate upon you, and here live and die a shepherd.

14 Enter Rosalind. Orl. You have my consent. Let your wedding be to-morrow: thither will I invite the duke and all's contented followers. Go


and prepare Aliena; for, look you, here comes my Rosalind.

Ros. God save you, brother.
Oli. And you, fair sister.

[Exit.] Ros. O! my dear Orlando, how it grieves me to see thee wear thy heart in a scarf. Orl. It is my arm.

24 Ros. I thought thy heart had been wounded with the claws of a lion.

Orl. Wounded it is, but with the eyes of a lady.

28 Ros. Did your brother tell you how I counterfeited to swound when he showed me your handkercher?

Orl. Ay, and greater wonders than that.
Ros. O! I know where you are.

Nay, 'tis true: there was never anything so sudden but the fight of two rams, and Cæsar's thrasonical brag of 'I came, saw, and overcame': for your brother and my sister no sooner met, but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved; no sooner loved but they sighed; no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason; no 40 sooner knew the reason but they sought the

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15-19 Cf. n. 21 fair sister; cf. n.

23 heart in a scarf; cf. n. 33 where you are: i.e., what you are driving at 35 thrasonical: boastful; cf. n. 36 'I... overcame'; cf. n.

remedy: and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage which they will climb incontinent, or else be incontinent before marriage. They are in the very wrath of love, and they will together: clubs cannot part them. 46

Orl. They shall be married to-morrow, and I will bid the duke to the nuptial. But, O! how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes. By so much the more shall I to-morrow be at the height of heart-heaviness, by how much I shall think my brother happy in having what he wishes for. 53

Ros. Why then, to-morrow I cannot serve your turn for Rosalind?

Orl. I can live no longer by thinking.

Ros. I will weary you then no longer with idle talking. Know of me then,--for now I speak to some purpose,—that I know you are a gentleman of good conceit. I speak not this that 60 you should bear a good opinion of my knowledge, insomuch I say I know you are; neither do I labour for a greater esteem than may in some little measure draw a belief from you, to do yourself good, and not to grace me. Believe 65 then, if you please, that I can do strange things. I have, since I was three year old, conversed with a magician, most profound in his art and yet not damnable. If you do love Rosalind so near the heart as your gesture cries it out, when 70 your brother marries Aliena, shall you marry her.

I know into what straits of fortune she is driven; 42 degrees: pun on two meanings: 'successive gradations' and 'stepse 44 incontinent: forthwith; cf. n. 46 clubs; cf. n.

60 conceit: understanding 62-65 neither good; cf. n. 65 grace me: do honor to myself 69 damnable; cf. n.

70 gesture: bearing

45 wrath: ardor

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