As You Like It

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Enter Orlando and Adam



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As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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]

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

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gain nothing under him but growth, for the which his

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

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Besides this nothing that he so plentifully gives me, the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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how to avoid it.

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Enter Oliver



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Yonder comes my master, your brother.



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Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear how he

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

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Adam stands aside



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



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Nothing: I am not taught to make anything.



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



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

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God made, a poor unworthy brother of yours, with

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

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Shall I keep your hogs and eat husks with them?

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

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to such penury?



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Know you where your are, sir?



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



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Know you before whom, sir?



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

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know you are my eldest brother, and in the gentle

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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

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

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

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were there twenty brothers betwixt us: I have as much

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

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



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(threatening him)

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What, boy!



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(seizing him by the throat)

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Come, come, elder

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



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Wilt thou lay hands on me, villain?



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

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

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

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

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throat till this other had pulled out thy tongue for saying

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



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(coming forward)

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Sweet masters, be patient; for

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



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Let me go, I say.



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

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

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you have trained me like a peasant, obscuring and hiding

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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leave me.



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

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for my good.



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Get you with him, you old dog.



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

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

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would not have spoke such a word.

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Exeunt Orlando and Adam



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

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

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neither. Holla, Dennis!

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Enter Dennis



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Calls your worship?



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

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speak with me?



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

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importunes access to you.



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Call him in.

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Exit Dennis

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

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Enter Charles
morrow (n.) morning



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Good morrow to your worship.



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Good Monsieur Charles, what's the new news at

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the new court?



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

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

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brother the new Duke, and three or four loving lords

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have put themselves into voluntary exile with him,

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

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he gives them good leave to wander.



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

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banished with her father?



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

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loves her, being ever from their cradles bred together,

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

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

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

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loved as they do.



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Where will the old Duke live?



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They say he is already in the Forest of Arden,

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

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like the old Robin Hood of England: they say many

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

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



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What, you wrestle tomorrow before the new

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

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

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that your younger brother, Orlando, hath a disposition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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hither to acquaint you withal, that either you might

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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

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

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search, and altogether against my will.



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

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

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

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

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

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young fellow of France, full of ambition, an

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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against thee by poison, entrap thee by some treacherous

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

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

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

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young and so villainous this day living. I speak but

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

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

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pale and wonder.



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

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

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

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God keep your worship!

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Farewell, good Charles. Now will I stir this

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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