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Act 2, scene 4
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As You Like It
Act 2, scene 4



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In As You Like It, witty words and romance play out against the disputes of divided pairs of brothers. Orlando’s older…

Act 1, scene 1

Orlando demands that his elder brother Oliver give him part of the money left by their father. Oliver decides to…

Act 1, scene 2

Orlando wins the wrestling match and, at the same time, wins the heart of Rosalind, daughter of the legitimate duke,…

Act 1, scene 3

Duke Frederick suddenly decides to banish Rosalind. His daughter Celia, determined to go with Rosalind into exile, suggests that they…

Act 2, scene 1

In the Forest of Arden, the banished duke (Duke Senior) and the courtiers who share his exile discuss their life…

Act 2, scene 2

Duke Frederick, discovering Celia’s disappearance, suspects Orlando. He sends servants to bring Orlando to court.

Act 2, scene 3

Orlando learns from Adam, an old servant, that Oliver plans to kill Orlando. Adam and Orlando decide to go in…

Act 2, scene 4

Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone reach the Forest of Arden. Rosalind is in disguise as a boy named Ganymede and Celia…

Act 2, scene 5

Amiens’ song celebrating life in the woods is mocked by Jaques’ parody of the song.

Act 2, scene 6

Orlando leaves Adam, near starvation, under a tree and goes off determined to find food.

Act 2, scene 7

As Duke Senior and his companions sit down to eat, Orlando enters, demanding food. Welcomed by the duke, he brings…

Act 3, scene 1

Duke Frederick gives Oliver one year to produce Orlando. In the interim, he seizes Oliver’s lands.

Act 3, scene 2

Orlando hangs poems in praise of Rosalind on trees in the forest, where Rosalind and Celia find them. In disguise…

Act 3, scene 3

Touchstone, desiring a goat-keeper named Audrey, has arranged for a country priest to marry them in the woods. Jaques persuades…

Act 3, scene 4

Corin invites “Ganymede” and “Aliena” to observe the lovelorn Silvius as Silvius courts the disdainful Phoebe.

Act 3, scene 5

“Ganymede” intervenes to try to help Silvius prevail over Phoebe and win her love. Instead, Phoebe falls in love with…

Act 4, scene 1

Rosalind, as Ganymede, pretends to be Rosalind while Orlando courts her. With Celia as priest, they go through the beginning…

Act 4, scene 2

Duke Senior’s courtiers celebrate their having killed a deer.

Act 4, scene 3

Phoebe sends “Ganymede” a letter offering herself in marriage. As Rosalind and Celia wait for Orlando, they learn that he…

Act 5, scene 1

Touchstone verbally overpowers William, a rival for Audrey’s love.

Act 5, scene 2

Orlando, envious that his brother Oliver and “Aliena,” having fallen in love, plan to be married immediately, tells “Ganymede” how…

Act 5, scene 3

Touchstone and Audrey listen while two pages sing.

Act 5, scene 4

In the presence of Duke Senior and his lords, “Ganymede” reminds Orlando, Silvius, and Phoebe of their promises. “He” and…

Act 5, epilogue

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Scene 4
Enter Rosalind for Ganymede, Celia for Aliena, and
Clown, alias Touchstone.

 O Jupiter, how weary are my spirits!
TOUCHSTONE I care not for my spirits, if my legs were
 not weary.
ROSALIND I could find in my heart to disgrace my
5 man’s apparel and to cry like a woman, but I must
 comfort the weaker vessel, as doublet and hose
 ought to show itself courageous to petticoat. Therefore
 courage, good Aliena.
CELIA I pray you bear with me. I cannot go no further.
TOUCHSTONE 10For my part, I had rather bear with you
 than bear you. Yet I should bear no cross if I did
 bear you, for I think you have no money in your
ROSALIND Well, this is the Forest of Arden.
TOUCHSTONE 15Ay, now am I in Arden, the more fool I.
 When I was at home I was in a better place, but
 travelers must be content.
ROSALIND Ay, be so, good Touchstone.

Enter Corin and Silvius.

 Look you who comes here, a young man and an old
20 in solemn talk.

Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone step aside and

CORIN, to Silvius 
 That is the way to make her scorn you still.
 O Corin, that thou knew’st how I do love her!
 I partly guess, for I have loved ere now.

As You Like It
ACT 2. SC. 4

 No, Corin, being old, thou canst not guess,
25 Though in thy youth thou wast as true a lover
 As ever sighed upon a midnight pillow.
 But if thy love were ever like to mine—
 As sure I think did never man love so—
 How many actions most ridiculous
30 Hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy?
 Into a thousand that I have forgotten.
 O, thou didst then never love so heartily.
 If thou rememb’rest not the slightest folly
 That ever love did make thee run into,
35 Thou hast not loved.
 Or if thou hast not sat as I do now,
 Wearing thy hearer in thy mistress’ praise,
 Thou hast not loved.
 Or if thou hast not broke from company
40 Abruptly, as my passion now makes me,
 Thou hast not loved.
 O Phoebe, Phoebe, Phoebe!He exits.
 Alas, poor shepherd, searching of thy wound,
 I have by hard adventure found mine own.
TOUCHSTONE 45And I mine. I remember when I was in
 love I broke my sword upon a stone and bid him
 take that for coming a-night to Jane Smile; and I
 remember the kissing of her batler, and the cow’s
 dugs that her pretty chopped hands had milked;
50 and I remember the wooing of a peascod instead of
 her, from whom I took two cods and, giving her
 them again, said with weeping tears “Wear these for
 my sake.” We that are true lovers run into strange
 capers. But as all is mortal in nature, so is all nature
55 in love mortal in folly.

As You Like It
ACT 2. SC. 4

ROSALIND Thou speak’st wiser than thou art ware of.
TOUCHSTONE Nay, I shall ne’er be ware of mine own
 wit till I break my shins against it.
 Jove, Jove, this shepherd’s passion
60 Is much upon my fashion.
TOUCHSTONE And mine, but it grows something stale
 with me.
CELIA I pray you, one of you question yond man, if he
 for gold will give us any food. I faint almost to death.
TOUCHSTONE, to Corin 65Holla, you clown!
ROSALIND Peace, fool. He’s not thy kinsman.
CORIN Who calls?
TOUCHSTONE Your betters, sir.
CORIN Else are they very wretched.
ROSALIND, to Touchstone 
70 Peace, I say. As Ganymede, to Corin. Good even to
 you, friend.
 And to you, gentle sir, and to you all.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede 
 I prithee, shepherd, if that love or gold
 Can in this desert place buy entertainment,
75 Bring us where we may rest ourselves and feed.
 Here’s a young maid with travel much oppressed,
 And faints for succor.
CORIN  Fair sir, I pity her
 And wish for her sake more than for mine own
80 My fortunes were more able to relieve her.
 But I am shepherd to another man
 And do not shear the fleeces that I graze.
 My master is of churlish disposition
 And little recks to find the way to heaven
85 By doing deeds of hospitality.
 Besides, his cote, his flocks, and bounds of feed
 Are now on sale, and at our sheepcote now,

As You Like It
ACT 2. SC. 5

 By reason of his absence, there is nothing
 That you will feed on. But what is, come see,
90 And in my voice most welcome shall you be.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede 
 What is he that shall buy his flock and pasture?
 That young swain that you saw here but erewhile,
 That little cares for buying anything.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede 
 I pray thee, if it stand with honesty,
95 Buy thou the cottage, pasture, and the flock,
 And thou shalt have to pay for it of us.
CELIA, as Aliena 
 And we will mend thy wages. I like this place,
 And willingly could waste my time in it.
 Assuredly the thing is to be sold.
100 Go with me. If you like upon report
 The soil, the profit, and this kind of life,
 I will your very faithful feeder be
 And buy it with your gold right suddenly.
They exit.