As You Like It

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Enter Clowne, Audrey, & Iaques.Enter Touchstone and Audrey, followed by Jaques AYL III.iii.1.1
Come apace good Audrey, I wil fetch vpCome apace, good Audrey. I will fetch upapace (adv.)
quickly, speedily, at a great rate
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your / Goates, Audrey : and how Audrey am I the manyour goats, Audrey. And now, Audrey, am I the man AYL III.iii.2
yet? / Doth my simple feature content you?yet? Doth my simple feature content you?feature (n.)
physical appearance, bodily shape, looks
AYL III.iii.3
content (v.)
please, gratify, delight, satisfy
Your features, Lord warrant vs: what features?Your features, Lord warrant us! What features?warrant (v.)
protect, preserve, keep safe
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I am heere with thee, and thy Goats, as theI am here with thee and thy goats, as the AYL III.iii.5
most capricious Poet honest Ouid was among themost capricious poet, honest Ovid, was among theOvid, Ovidius (n.)
[pron: 'ovid] Latin poet; exiled to live among the Goths in AD 8
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capricious (adj.)
fanciful, witty, ingenious
Gothes.Goths.Goths (n.)
warlike Germanic tribe from C Europe, 3rd--5th-c
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(aside) AYL III.iii.8.1
O knowledge ill inhabited, worse then Ioue O knowledge ill-inhabited, worse than JoveJove (n.)
[pron: johv] alternative name for Jupiter, the Roman supreme god
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ill-inhabited (adj.)
badly housed, poorly accommodated
in a thatch'd a thatched house! AYL III.iii.9
When a mans verses cannot be vnderstood,When a man's verses cannot be understood, AYL III.iii.10
nor a mans good wit seconded with the forward childe,nor a man's good wit seconded with the forward childsecond (v.)
support, assist, reinforce
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forward (adj.)
promising, early-maturing, precocious
wit (n.)
intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
vnderstanding: it strikes a man more dead then a greatUnderstanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great AYL III.iii.12
reckoning in a little roome: truly, I would the Gods haddereckoning in a little room. Truly, I would the gods hadreckoning (n.)
bill [at an inn], settling of account
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made thee poeticall.made thee poetical. AYL III.iii.14
I do not know what Poetical is: is it honest inI do not know what ‘ poetical ’ is. Is it honest inhonest (adj.)
chaste, pure, virtuous
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deed and word: is it a true thing?deed and word? Is it a true thing? AYL III.iii.16
No trulie: for the truest poetrie is the most No, truly: for the truest poetry is the most AYL III.iii.17
faining, and Louers are giuen to Poetrie: and what theyfeigning; and lovers are given to poetry; and what they AYL III.iii.18
sweare in Poetrie, may be said as Louers, they do feigne.swear in poetry may be said as lovers they do feign. AYL III.iii.19
Do you wish then that the Gods had made meDo you wish then that the gods had made me AYL III.iii.20
Poeticall?poetical? AYL III.iii.21
I do truly: for thou swear'st to me thou artI do, truly: for thou swearest to me thou art AYL III.iii.22
honest: Now if thou wert a Poet, I might haue some hopehonest; now, if thou wert a poet, I might have some hope AYL III.iii.23
thou didst feigne.thou didst feign. AYL III.iii.24
Would you not haue me honest?Would you not have me honest? AYL III.iii.25
No truly, vnlesse thou wert hard fauour'd:No, truly, unless thou wert hard-favoured:hard-favoured (adj.)

old form: hard fauour'd
ugly, unattractive, unsightly, hideous
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for honestie coupled to beautie, is to haue Honie a sawcefor honesty coupled to beauty is to have honey a saucehonesty (n.)

old form: honestie
virtue, chastity
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to sugar. AYL III.iii.28
(aside) AYL III.iii.29.1
A materiall foole. A material fool!material (adj.)
full of matter, containing substance
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Well, I am not faire, and therefore I pray the GodsWell, I am not fair, and therefore I pray the gods AYL III.iii.30
make me honest.make me honest. AYL III.iii.31
Truly, and to cast away honestie vppon aTruly, and to cast away honesty upon ahonesty (n.)

old form: honestie
virtue, chastity
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foule slut, were to put good meate into an vncleane dish.foul slut were to put good meat into an unclean dish.foul (adj.)

old form: foule
detestable, vile, loathsome
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I am not a slut, though I thanke the Goddes I amI am not a slut, though I thank the gods I am AYL III.iii.34
foule.foul.foul (adj.)

old form: foule
plain-looking, unattractive, ugly
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Well, praised be the Gods, for thy foulnesse; Well, praised be the gods for thy foulness; AYL III.iii.36
sluttishnesse may come heereafter. But be it, as it may bee, Isluttishness may come hereafter. But be it as it may be, I AYL III.iii.37
wil marrie thee: and to that end, I haue bin with Sirwill marry thee; and to that end, I have been with Sir AYL III.iii.38
Oliuer Mar-text, the Vicar of the next village, who hathOliver Martext, the vicar of the next village, who hath AYL III.iii.39
promis'd to meete me in this place of the Forrest, and topromised to meet me in this place of the forest and to AYL III.iii.40
couple vs.couple us.couple (v.)
marry, join [in wedlock]
AYL III.iii.41
(aside) AYL III.iii.42.1
I would faine see this meeting. I would fain see this meeting.fain (adv.)
gladly, willingly
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Wel, the Gods giue vs ioy.Well, the gods give us joy. AYL III.iii.43
Amen. A man may if he were of a fearfulAmen. A man may, if he were of a fearful AYL III.iii.44
heart, stagger in this attempt: for heere wee haue no Templeheart, stagger in this attempt; for here we have no templestagger (v.)
hesitate, waver, vacillate
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but the wood, no assembly but horne-beasts. But whatbut the wood, no assembly but horn-beasts. But whathorn-beast (n.)

old form: horne-beasts
horned animal
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though? Courage. As hornes are odious, they are necessarie.though? Courage! As horns are odious, they are necessary.necessary (adj.)

old form: necessarie
inevitable, unavoidable, certain
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It is said, many a man knowes no end of his goods;It is said, ‘ Many a man knows no end of his goods.’ AYL III.iii.48
right: Many a man has good Hornes, and knows no endRight! Many a man has good horns, and knows no end AYL III.iii.49
of them. Well, that is the dowrie of his wife, 'tis none ofof them. Well, that is the dowry of his wife, 'tis none of AYL III.iii.50
his owne getting; hornes, euen so poore men alone: No,his own getting. Horns? Even so. Poor men alone? No, AYL III.iii.51
no, the noblest Deere hath them as huge as the Rascall:no, the noblest deer hath them as huge as the rascal.rascal (n.)

old form: Rascall
young or inferior deer in a herd; one of the common herd
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Is the single man therefore blessed? No, as a wall'dIs the single man therefore blessed? No. As a walled AYL III.iii.53
Towne is more worthier then a village, so is the foreheadtown is more worthier than a village, so is the forehead AYL III.iii.54
of a married man, more honourable then the bare browof a married man more honourable than the bare browbrow (n.)
forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
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of a Batcheller: and by how much defence is better thenof a bachelor; and by how much defence is better thandefence (n.)
fencing, swordsmanship, skill of self-defence
AYL III.iii.56
no skill, by so much is a horne more precious then tono skill, by so much is a horn more precious than to AYL III.iii.57
want.want.want (v.)
lack, need, be without
AYL III.iii.58
Enter Sir Oliuer Mar-text.Enter Sir Oliver Martext AYL III.iii.59
Heere comes Sir Oliuer: Sir Oliuer Mar-text you areHere comes Sir Oliver. – Sir Oliver Martext, you are AYL III.iii.59
wel met. Will you dispatch vs heere vnder this tree, orwell met. Will you dispatch us here under this tree, ordispatch, despatch (v.)
deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly
AYL III.iii.60
shal we go with you to your Chappell?shall we go with you to your chapel? AYL III.iii.61
Is there none heere to giue the woman?Is there none here to give the woman? AYL III.iii.62
I wil not take her on guift of any man.I will not take her on gift of any man. AYL III.iii.63
Truly she must be giuen, or the marriage isTruly, she must be given, or the marriage is AYL III.iii.64
not lawfull.not lawful. AYL III.iii.65
(coming forward) AYL III.iii.66
Proceed, proceede: Ile giue her. Proceed, proceed; I'll give her. AYL III.iii.66
Good euen good Mr what ye cal't:Good even, good Master What-ye-call't: AYL III.iii.67
how do you Sir, you are verie well met: goddild youhow do you, sir? You are very well met. God 'ild you'ild, 'ield, dild (v.)
[form of ‘yield’] reward, repay, requite
AYL III.iii.68
for your last companie, I am verie glad to see you,for your last company, I am very glad to see you.last (adj.)
latest, current, present
AYL III.iii.69
euen a toy in hand heere Sir: Nay, pray be couer'd.Even a toy in hand here, sir. Nay, pray be covered.toy (n.)
whim, caprice, trifling matter
AYL III.iii.70
cover (v.)

old form: couer'd
put on one's hat [after it has been removed to show respect]
Wil you be married, Motley?Will you be married, motley?motley (n.)
AYL III.iii.71
As the Oxe hath his bow sir, the horse hisAs the ox hath his bow, sir, the horse hisbow (n.)
AYL III.iii.72
curb, and the Falcon her bels, so man hath his desires,curb, and the falcon her bells, so man hath his desires;curb (n.)
controlling chain or strap passed under a horse's jaw; check, restraint
AYL III.iii.73
and as Pigeons bill, so wedlocke would be nibling.and as pigeons bill, so wedlock would be nibbling.bill (v.)
stroke beaks together [= show affection]
AYL III.iii.74
And wil you (being a man of your breeding) beAnd will you, being a man of your breeding, be AYL III.iii.75
married vnder a bush like a begger? Get you to church,married under a bush like a beggar? Get you to church, AYL III.iii.76
and haue a good Priest that can tel you what marriageand have a good priest that can tell you what marriage AYL III.iii.77
is, this fellow wil but ioyne you together, as they ioyneis. This fellow will but join you together as they join AYL III.iii.78
Wainscot, then one of you wil proue a shrunke pannell, andwainscot; then one of you will prove a shrunk panel and,wainscot (n.)
wooden panelling
AYL III.iii.79
like greene timber, warpe, green timber, warp, warp.warp (v.)

old form: warpe
go wrong, go astray
AYL III.iii.80
I am not in the minde, but I were better toI am not in the mind but I were better to AYL III.iii.81
bee married of him then of another, for he is not like tobe married of him than of another, for he is not like tolike (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
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marrie me wel: and not being wel married, it wil be amarry me well; and not being well married, it will be a AYL III.iii.83
good excuse for me heereafter, to leaue my wife.good excuse for me hereafter to leave my wife. AYL III.iii.84
Goe thou with mee, / And let me counsel thee.Go thou with me, and let me counsel thee.counsel (v.)
advise, urge
AYL III.iii.85
Come sweete Audrey, / We must be married,Come, sweet Audrey, we must be married, AYL III.iii.86
or we must liue in baudrey: / Farewel good Mror we must live in bawdry. Farewell, good Master bawdry (n.)

old form: baudrey
bawdiness, lewdness, obscenity
AYL III.iii.87
Oliuer: NotOliver. Not AYL III.iii.88
O sweet Oliuer,O sweet Oliver, AYL III.iii.89
O braue Oliuer O brave Oliver,brave (adj.)

old form: braue
noble, worthy, excellent
AYL III.iii.90
leaue me not behind thee:Leave me not behind thee AYL III.iii.91
Butbut AYL III.iii.92
winde away,Wind away,wind (v.)

old form: winde
go, wend, take oneself
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bee gone I say,Be gone, I say, AYL III.iii.94
I wil not to wedding with thee.I will not to wedding with thee. AYL III.iii.95
(aside) AYL III.iii.95
'Tis no matter; Ne're a fantastical 'Tis no matter; ne'er a fantasticalfantastical (adj.)
fanciful, imaginative, full of wild ideas
AYL III.iii.96
knaue of them all shal flout me out of my calling. knave of them all shall flout me out of my calling.knave (n.)

old form: knaue
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
AYL III.iii.97
flout (v.)
insult, abuse, mock
ExeuntExeunt AYL III.iii.97
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