As You Like It


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Touchstone and Audrey


TOUCHSTONE

We shall find a time, Audrey. Patience,

gentle Audrey.
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind


AUDREY

Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the old

gentleman's saying.


TOUCHSTONE

A most wicked Sir Oliver, Audrey, a most

vile Martext. But, Audrey, there is a youth here in the

forest lays claim to you.


AUDREY

Ay, I know who 'tis: he hath no interest in me in

the world. Here comes the man you mean.

Enter William
clown (n.) yokel, rustic, country bumpkin; also: low comic character [in a play]


TOUCHSTONE

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.
flout (v.) insult, abuse, mock
hold (v.) 8 stop, cease, hold on


WILLIAM

Good even, Audrey.


AUDREY

God ye good even, William.


WILLIAM

And good even to you, sir.


TOUCHSTONE

Good even, gentle friend. Cover thy head,
cover (v.) 2 put on one's hat [after it has been removed to show respect]
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

cover thy head; nay, prithee, be covered. How old are

you, friend?


WILLIAM

Five-and-twenty, sir.


TOUCHSTONE

A ripe age. Is thy name William?
ripe (adj.) 5 mature, sophisticated, refined


WILLIAM

William, sir.


TOUCHSTONE

A fair name. Wast born i'th' forest here?


WILLIAM

Ay, sir, I thank God.


TOUCHSTONE

‘ Thank God:’ a good answer. Art rich?


WILLIAM

Faith, sir, so so.


TOUCHSTONE

‘ So so ’ is good, very good, very excellent

good; and yet it is not, it is but so so. Art thou wise?


WILLIAM

Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit.
pretty (adj.) 5 fair, considerable, ample
wit (n.) 2 mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity See Topics: Frequency count


TOUCHSTONE

Why, thou sayest well. I do now remember

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?


WILLIAM

I do, sir.


TOUCHSTONE

Give me your hand. Art thou learned?


WILLIAM

No, sir.


TOUCHSTONE

Then learn this of me. To have is to have.

For it is a figure in rhetoric that drink, being poured out
figure (n.) 2 figure of speech, device, piece of rhetoric

of a cup into a glass, by filling the one doth empty the

other; for all your writers do consent that ‘ ipse ’ is he.
consent (v.) agree, concur, acquiesce

Now, you are not ‘ ipse,’ for I am he.


WILLIAM

Which he, sir?


TOUCHSTONE

He, sir, that must marry this woman.

Therefore, you clown, abandon – which is in the vulgar
clown (n.) yokel, rustic, country bumpkin; also: low comic character [in a play]
vulgar (n.) 2 vernacular, everyday language

‘ leave ’ – the society – which in the boorish is ‘ company ’ –
boorish (n.) coarse vernacular, uncultured speech
society (n.) 1 companionship, fellowship, association

of this female – which in the common is ‘ woman’ –
common (n.) 5 vernacular, everyday speech

which, together, is ‘ abandon the society of this female,’

or, clown, thou perishest; or, to thy better understanding,

diest; or, to wit, I kill thee, make thee away,
wit, to [legal] that is to say

translate thy life into death, thy liberty into bondage.
translate (v.) 1 transform, change, alter

I will deal in poison with thee, or in bastinado, or in
bastinado cudgelling, beating with a stick [esp. on the soles of the feet]

steel; I will bandy with thee in faction; I will o'er-run
bandy (v.) 1 exchange, swap, send to and fro
faction (n.) 4 insult, dissension, abuse

thee with policy; I will kill thee a hundred and fifty
policy (n.) 2 stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft

ways – therefore tremble and depart.


AUDREY

Do, good William.


WILLIAM

God rest you merry, sir.

Exit

Enter Corin


CORIN

Our master and mistress seeks you: come away,

away.


TOUCHSTONE

Trip, Audrey, trip, Audrey. I attend, I
attend (v.) 4 accompany, follow closely, go with
trip (v.) 1 move, run along, skip

attend.

Exeunt

 
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