As You Like It

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Orlando and Adam


As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion

bequeathed me by will, but poor a thousand crowns, and,

as thou sayest, charged my brother on his blessing to
charge (v.) 1 order, command, enjoin

breed me well; and there begins my sadness. My
breed (v.), past form bred 1 raise, bring up, support

brother Jaques he keeps at school, and report speaks
report (n.) 4 rumour, gossip, hearsay
school (n.) 1 university

goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keeps me rustically
goldenly (adv.) excellently, splendidly
profit (n.) 1 progress, proficiency, improvement
rustically (adv.) like a rustic, in a countrified way

at home, or, to speak more properly, stays me here at
stay (v.) 7 detain, confine, keep

home unkept – for call you that ‘ keeping ’ for a gentleman

of my birth, that differs not from the stalling of an
stalling (n.) stall accommodation, living quarters

ox? His horses are bred better, for, besides that they

are fair with their feeding, they are taught their manage,
fair (adj.) 11 healthy, sound, fit
manage (n.) 1 management, handling, control [especially of a horse, as a result of training]

and to that end riders dearly hired; but I, his brother,

gain nothing under him but growth, for the which his

animals on his dunghills are as much bound to him as I.

Besides this nothing that he so plentifully gives me, the

something that nature gave me his countenance seems
countenance (n.) 1 demeanour, bearing, manner

to take from me: he lets me feed with his hinds, bars me
hind (n.) 2 servant, domestic, worker

the place of a brother, and, as much as in him lies, mines
mine (v.) undermine, sap, subvert
place (n.) 2 precedence, proper place

my gentility with my education. This is it, Adam, that
gentility (n.) 1 nobility, good birth

grieves me, and the spirit of my father, which I think is

within me, begins to mutiny against this servitude. I will

no longer endure it, though yet I know no wise remedy

how to avoid it.

Enter Oliver


Yonder comes my master, your brother.
yonder (adv.) there See Topics: yon words


Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear how he

will shake me up.
shake up (v.) abuse violently, scold, lambaste

Adam stands aside


Now, sir, what make you here?
make (v.) 1 do, have to do


Nothing: I am not taught to make anything.


What mar you then, sir?
mar (v.) ruin, harm, injure, damage


Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar that which
mar (v.) ruin, harm, injure, damage
marry (int.) by Mary See Topics: Swearing

God made, a poor unworthy brother of yours, with



Marry, sir, be better employed, and be naught a



Shall I keep your hogs and eat husks with them?

What prodigal portion have I spent, that I should come
prodigal (adj.) 1 wastefully lavish, foolishly extravagant

to such penury?


Know you where your are, sir?


O, sir, very well: here in your orchard.


Know you before whom, sir?


Ay, better than him I am before knows me: I

know you are my eldest brother, and in the gentle

condition of blood you should so know me. The courtesy
blood (n.) 6 blood relationship, kinship
courtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.) 4 usage, custom, convention
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

of nations allows you my better, in that you are the first

born, but the same tradition takes not away my blood,
blood (n.) 6 blood relationship, kinship

were there twenty brothers betwixt us: I have as much

of my father in me as you, albeit I confess your coming

before me is nearer to his reverence.
reverence (n.) 2 profound respect, esteem


(threatening him)

What, boy!


(seizing him by the throat)

Come, come, elder

brother, you are too young in this.
young (adj.) 1 immature, inexperienced, raw


Wilt thou lay hands on me, villain?


I am no villain: I am the youngest son of Sir
villain (n.) 1 serf, servant, bondman

Rowland de Boys; he was my father, and he is thrice a
thrice (adj.) three times See Topics: Numbers

villain that says such a father begot villains. Wert thou
beget (v.), past form begot 1 give birth to, father, conceive

not my brother, I would not take this hand from thy

throat till this other had pulled out thy tongue for saying

so; thou hast railed on thyself.
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about] See Topics: Frequency count


(coming forward)

Sweet masters, be patient; for

your father's remembrance, be at accord.
accord (n.) 1 harmony, agreement
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count


Let me go, I say.


I will not till I please: you shall hear me. My

father charged you in his will to give me good education:

you have trained me like a peasant, obscuring and hiding

from me all gentleman-like qualities. The spirit of my
quality (n.) 2 accomplishment, capacity, ability

father grows strong in me, and I will no longer endure it.

Therefore allow me such exercises as may become a
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count
exercise (n.) 1 habitual activity, usual occupation, employment

gentleman, or give me the poor allottery my father left
allottery (n.) share, portion, allocation

me by testament; with that I will go buy my fortunes.
testament (n.) will, last will and testament


And what wilt thou do, beg when that is spent?

Well, sir, get you in. I will not long be troubled with

you: you shall have some part of your will. I pray you,

leave me.


I will no further offend you than becomes me
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

for my good.


Get you with him, you old dog.


Is ‘ old dog ’ my reward? Most true, I have lost my

teeth in your service. God be with my old master! He

would not have spoke such a word.

Exeunt Orlando and Adam


Is it even so? Begin you to grow upon me? I will
even, e'en (adv.) 1 just, exactly See Topics: Discourse markers
grow upon (v.) take liberties with, trouble; also: grow up [too fast]

physic your rankness, and yet give no thousand crowns
physic (v.) 1 cure, correct, dose with medicine
rankness (n.) 2 excessive growth, rebelliousness

neither. Holla, Dennis!

Enter Dennis


Calls your worship?


Was not Charles, the Duke's wrestler, here to

speak with me?


So please you, he is here at the door, and
importune (v.) 2 beg [for], ask persistently [for]

importunes access to you.


Call him in.

Exit Dennis

'Twill be a good way – and tomorrow the wrestling is.

Enter Charles
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


Good morrow to your worship.


Good Monsieur Charles, what's the new news at

the new court?


There's no news at the court, sir, but the old

news: that is, the old Duke is banished by his younger

brother the new Duke, and three or four loving lords

have put themselves into voluntary exile with him,

whose lands and revenues enrich the new Duke; therefore
revenue (n.) 1 income, yield, profit

he gives them good leave to wander.


Can you tell if Rosalind, the Duke's daughter, be

banished with her father?


O, no; for the Duke's daughter, her cousin, so

loves her, being ever from their cradles bred together,

that she would have followed her exile, or have died to

stay behind her; she is at the court, and no less beloved

of her uncle than his own daughter, and never two ladies

loved as they do.


Where will the old Duke live?


They say he is already in the Forest of Arden,

and a many merry men with him; and there they live

like the old Robin Hood of England: they say many

young gentlemen flock to him every day, and fleet the
fleet (v.) 3 idle away, while away

time carelessly as they did in the golden world.
carelessly (adv.) 1 in a carefree way, without concern


What, you wrestle tomorrow before the new



Marry do I, sir; and I came to acquaint you

with a matter. I am given, sir, secretly to understand

that your younger brother, Orlando, hath a disposition

to come in disguised against me to try a fall. Tomorrow,
fall (n.) 5 wrestling bout
try (v.) 3 contest, decide, fight out

sir, I wrestle for my credit, and he that escapes me
credit (n.) 3 reputation, name, standing, honour

without some broken limb shall acquit him well. Your
acquit (v.) 3 play one's part, discharge one's responsibility

brother is but young and tender, and for your love I
tender (adj.) 2 immature, undeveloped, inexperienced

would be loath to foil him, as I must for my own honour
foil (v.) 1 defeat, overcome; throw [in wrestling]

if he come in. Therefore, out of my love to you, I came

hither to acquaint you withal, that either you might

stay him from his intendment, or brook such disgrace
brook (v.) 1 endure, tolerate, put up with
intendment (n.) intent, intention, purpose
stay (v.) 10 dissuade, stop, prevent

well as he shall run into, in that it is a thing of his own

search, and altogether against my will.


Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me, which

thou shalt find I will most kindly requite. I had myself

notice of my brother's purpose herein, and have by
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

underhand means laboured to dissuade him from it;
underhand (adj.) secret, unobtrusive, inconspicuous

but he is resolute. I'll tell thee, Charles, it is the stubbornest

young fellow of France, full of ambition, an

envious emulator of every man's good parts, a secret and
emulator (n.) disparager, denigrator, belittler
envious (adj.) malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity See Topics: Frequency count
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]

villanous contriver against me his natural brother.
natural (adj.) 4 related by blood

Therefore use thy discretion; I had as lief thou didst
discretion (n.) 1 prudence, sound judgement, good sense
lief, had as should like just as much See Topics: Frequency count

break his neck as his finger. And thou wert best look

to't; for if thou dost him any slight disgrace, or if he

do not mightily grace himself on thee, he will practise
grace (v.) 2 gain honour, get credit
practise (v.) 1 plot, scheme, conspire

against thee by poison, entrap thee by some treacherous

device, and never leave thee till he hath ta'en thy life
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick

by some indirect means or other: for, I assure thee –

and almost with tears I speak it – there is not one so

young and so villainous this day living. I speak but

brotherly of him, but should I anatomize him to thee
anatomize, annothanize (v.) dissect, reveal, lay open

as he is, I must blush and weep, and thou must look

pale and wonder.


I am heartily glad I came hither to you. If he

come tomorrow, I'll give him his payment: if ever he go

alone again, I'll never wrestle for prize more. And so

God keep your worship!



Farewell, good Charles. Now will I stir this

gamester. I hope I shall see an end of him, for my soul –
gamester (n.) 4 athlete [contemptuous], fun-lover

yet I know not why – hates nothing more than he. Yet

he's gentle, never schooled and yet learned, full of
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

noble device, of all sorts enchantingly beloved, and
device (n.) 8 resourcefulness, aspiration, cast of mind
enchantingly (adv.) as if put under a spell
sort (n.) 1 class, level, social rank

indeed so much in the heart of the world, and especially

of my own people, who best know him, that I am

altogether misprized. But it shall not be so long; this
misprize (v.) despise, undervalue, scorn

wrestler shall clear all. Nothing remains but that I
clear all solve all problems

kindle the boy thither, which now I'll go about.
kindle (v.) 1 stir up, incite, provoke


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