As You Like It


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Orlando and Oliver


ORLANDO

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?
enjoy (v.) 4 possess in love, sleep with
persever (v.) 1 persevere, persist, keep at it


OLIVER

Neither call the giddiness of it in question: the
giddiness (n.) rashness, foolishness, madness

poverty of her, the small acquaintance, my sudden
sudden (adj.) 1 swift, rapid, prompt

wooing, nor her sudden consenting; but say with me

‘ I love Aliena;’ say with her that she loves me; consent
consent (v.) agree, concur, acquiesce

with both that we may enjoy each other. It shall be to
enjoy (v.) 4 possess in love, sleep with

your good, for my father's house and all the revenue

that was old Sir Rowland's will I estate upon you, and
estate (v.) endow, settle upon, bestow (up)on

here live and die a shepherd.

Enter Rosalind


ORLANDO

You have my consent. Let your wedding be

tomorrow. Thither will I invite the Duke and all's

contented followers. Go you and prepare Aliena; for,

look you, here comes my Rosalind.


ROSALIND

God save you, brother.


OLIVER

And you, fair sister.

Exit


ROSALIND

O my dear Orlando, how it grieves me to see

thee wear thy heart in a scarf.
scarf (n.) 2 sling


ORLANDO

It is my arm.


ROSALIND

I thought thy heart had been wounded with

the claws of a lion.


ORLANDO

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


ROSALIND

Did your brother tell you how I counterfeited
counterfeit (v.) 2 pretend, feign, make believe See Topics: Frequency count

to sound, when he showed me your handkercher?
handkercher (n.) handkerchief
sound (v.) 7 swoon, faint, pass out


ORLANDO

Ay, and greater wonders than that.


ROSALIND

O, I know where you are. Nay, 'tis true; there

was never anything so sudden but the fight of two rams,

and Caesar's thrasonical brag of ‘ I came, saw, and
thrasonical (adj.) boastful, bragging, vainglorious

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 sooner knew the

reason but they sought the remedy: and in these

degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage
pair of stairs flight of stairs

which they will climb incontinent or else be incontinent
incontinent (adj.) unchaste, unable to restrain oneself
incontinent (adv.) immediately, forthwith, at once

before marriage. They are in the very wrath of love and

they will together; clubs cannot part them.


ORLANDO

They shall be married tomorrow; 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 tomorrow be at the height

of heart-heaviness, by how much I shall think my

brother happy in having what he wishes for.


ROSALIND

Why, then, tomorrow I cannot serve your

turn for Rosalind?


ORLANDO

I can live no longer by thinking.


ROSALIND

I will weary you then no longer with idle
idle (adj.) 3 foolish, stupid, empty-headed

talking. Know of me then, for now I speak to some

purpose, that I know you are a gentleman of good conceit.
conceit (n.) 3 understanding, intelligence, apprehension
purpose (n.) 2 point at issue, matter in hand

I speak not this that 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 then, if you
grace (v.) 1 favour, add merit to, do honour to

please, that I can do strange things: I have, since I was

three year old, conversed with a magician, most profound
converse (v.) associate, keep company

in his art, and yet not damnable. If you do love
damnable deserving damnation, evil, in a state of mortal sin

Rosalind so near the heart as your gesture cries it out,
gesture (n.) demeanour, attitude, manner

when your brother marries Aliena, shall you marry her.

I know into what straits of fortune she is driven, and it

is not impossible to me, if it appear not inconvenient
inconvenient (adj.) unsuitable, inappropriate, out of place

to you, to set her before your eyes tomorrow, human as

she is, and without any danger.


ORLANDO

Speakest thou in sober meanings?
sober (adj.) 2 serious, sincere, not playful


ROSALIND

By my life I do, which I tender dearly though
tender (v.) 3 rate, esteem, regard

I say I am a magician. Therefore, put you in your best

array, bid your friends; for if you will be married
array (n.) 1 attire, clothes, clothing, dress
bid (v.), past form bade 2 invite, ask, entice

tomorrow, you shall; and to Rosalind, if you will.

Enter Silvius and Phebe

Look, here comes a lover of mine and a lover of hers.


PHEBE

Youth, you have done me much ungentleness,
ungentleness (n.) discourtesy, lack of manners, boorishness

To show the letter that I writ to you.


ROSALIND

I care not if I have: it is my study
study (n.) 1 aim, object, purpose

To seem despiteful and ungentle to you.
despiteful (adj.) cruel, spiteful, malicious
ungentle (adj.) 1 unmannerly, discourteous, impolite

You are there followed by a faithful shepherd;

Look upon him, love him: he worships you.


PHEBE

Good shepherd, tell this youth what 'tis to love.


SILVIUS

It is to be all made of sighs and tears,

And so am I for Phebe.


PHEBE

And I for Ganymede.


ORLANDO

And I for Rosalind.


ROSALIND

And I for no woman.


SILVIUS

It is to be all made of faith and service,

And so am I for Phebe.


PHEBE

And I for Ganymede.


ORLANDO

And I for Rosalind.


ROSALIND

And I for no woman.


SILVIUS

It is to be all made of fantasy,
fantasy (n.) 5 ardent desire, amorous fancy

All made of passion, and all made of wishes,

All adoration, duty and observance,
duty (n.) 2 reverence, due respect, proper attitude
observance (n.) 1 proper attention, attentiveness, heed

All humbleness, all patience, and impatience,

All purity, all trial, all observance;

And so am I for Phebe.


PHEBE

And so am I for Ganymede.


ORLANDO

And so am I for Rosalind.


ROSALIND

And so am I for no woman.


PHEBE

(to Rosalind)

If this be so, why blame you me to love you?


SILVIUS

(to Phebe)

If this be so, why blame you me to love you?


ORLANDO

If this be so, why blame you me to love you?


ROSALIND

Who do you speak too ‘Why blame you me to

love you?'


ORLANDO

To her that is not here, nor doth not hear.


ROSALIND

Pray you no more of this, 'tis like the howling

of Irish wolves against the moon. (To Silvius) I will

help you, if I can. (To Phebe) I would love you, if I

could. – Tomorrow meet me all together. (To Phebe) I

will marry you if ever I marry woman, and I'll be

married tomorrow. (To Orlando) I will satisfy you, if

ever I satisfied man, and you shall be married tomorrow.

(To Silvius) I will content you, if what pleases you

contents you, and you shall be married tomorrow. (To

Orlando) As you love Rosalind, meet. (To Silvius) As

you love Phebe, meet. – And as I love no woman, I'll

meet. So fare you well; I have left you commands.


SILVIUS

I'll not fail, if I live.


PHEBE

Nor I.


ORLANDO

Nor I.

Exeunt

 
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