As You Like It

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Rosalind and Celia


Never talk to me, I will weep.


Do, I prithee, but yet have the grace to consider

that tears do not become a man.
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count


But have I not cause to weep?


As good cause as one would desire; therefore weep.


His very hair is of the dissembling colour.
dissembling (adj.) deceitful, hypocritical, false


Something browner than Judas's. Marry, his
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather See Topics: Frequency count

kisses are Judas's own children.


I'faith, his hair is of a good colour.


An excellent colour: your chestnut was ever the

only colour.


And his kissing is as full of sanctity as the

touch of holy bread.


He hath bought a pair of cast lips of Diana. A nun
cast (adj.) made by casting [i.e. as for a statue]

of winter's sisterhood kisses not more religiously; the

very ice of chastity is in them.


But why did he swear he would come this

morning, and comes not?


Nay, certainly, there is no truth in him.


Do you think so?


Yes, I think he is not a pick-purse nor a horse-stealer,
pickpurse, pick-purse (n.) pickpocket, purse-stealer

but for his verity in love I do think him as
verity (n.) 1 truth, truthfulness, veracity

concave as a covered goblet or a worm-eaten nut.
concave (adj.) 1 hollow, empty
covered (adj.) with a cover in place [to show it is not in use]


Not true in love?


Yes, when he is in – but I think he is not in.


You have heard him swear downright he was.


‘ Was ’ is not ‘ is.’ Besides, the oath of lover is no

stronger than the word of a tapster; they are both the
tapster (n.) inn waiter, drawer of ale

confirmer of false reckonings. He attends here in the
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
reckoning (n.) 2 bill [at an inn], settling of account

forest on the Duke your father.


I met the Duke yesterday and had much

question with him. He asked me of what parentage I
question (n.) 6 conversation, discourse, piece of talk

was. I told him, of as good as he – so he laughed and let

me go. But what talk we of fathers, when there is such a

man as Orlando?


O, that's a brave man! He writes brave verses,
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive See Topics: Frequency count

speaks brave words, swears brave oaths and breaks

them bravely, quite traverse, athwart the heart of his
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently
traverse (adv.) crosswise, transversely

lover, as a puisny tilter that spurs his horse but on one
puisny (adj.) inferior, insignificant, petty
tilter (n.) jouster, tournament competitor

side breaks his staff like a noble goose. But all's brave
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive See Topics: Frequency count
goose (n.) 2 simpleton, dolt, bungler
staff (n.) 1 (plural ‘staves’) spear, lance

that youth mounts and folly guides. Who comes here?

Enter Corin
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count


Mistress and master, you have oft inquired

After the shepherd that complained of love,
complain (v.) lament, bewail, bemoan

Who you saw sitting by me on the turf,

Praising the proud disdainful shepherdess

That was his mistress.


                         Well: and what of him?


If you will see a pageant truly played,
pageant (n.) show, scene, spectacle, tableau

Between the pale complexion of true love

And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain,

Go hence a little and I shall conduct you,

If you will mark it.
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of] See Topics: Frequency count
remove (v.) go, move off, depart


                         O come, let us remove;

The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.

Bring us to this sight, and you shall say

I'll prove a busy actor in their play.


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