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Act 3, scene 3
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As You Like It
Act 3, scene 3



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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 3
Enter Touchstone and Audrey, followed by Jaques.

TOUCHSTONE Come apace, good Audrey. I will fetch up
 your goats, Audrey. And how, Audrey? Am I the
 man yet? Doth my simple feature content you?

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ACT 3. SC. 3

AUDREY Your features, Lord warrant us! What
5 features?
TOUCHSTONE I am here with thee and thy goats, as the
 most capricious poet, honest Ovid, was among the
JAQUES, aside O knowledge ill-inhabited, worse than
10 Jove in a thatched house.
TOUCHSTONE When a man’s verses cannot be understood,
 nor a man’s good wit seconded with the
 forward child, understanding, it strikes a man more
 dead than a great reckoning in a little room. Truly, I
15 would the gods had made thee poetical.
AUDREY I do not know what “poetical” is. Is it honest
 in deed and word? Is it a true thing?
TOUCHSTONE No, truly, for the truest poetry is the most
 feigning, and lovers are given to poetry, and what
20 they swear in poetry may be said as lovers they do
AUDREY Do you wish, then, that the gods had made me
TOUCHSTONE I do, truly, for thou swear’st to me thou
25 art honest. Now if thou wert a poet, I might have
 some hope thou didst feign.
AUDREY Would you not have me honest?
TOUCHSTONE No, truly, unless thou wert hard-favored;
 for honesty coupled to beauty is to have honey a
30 sauce to sugar.
JAQUES, aside A material fool.
AUDREY Well, I am not fair, and therefore I pray the
 gods make me honest.
TOUCHSTONE Truly, and to cast away honesty upon a
35 foul slut were to put good meat into an unclean
AUDREY I am not a slut, though I thank the gods I am
TOUCHSTONE Well, praised be the gods for thy foulness;

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ACT 3. SC. 3

40 sluttishness may come hereafter. But be it as it may
 be, I will marry thee; and to that end I have been
 with Sir Oliver Martext, the vicar of the next village,
 who hath promised to meet me in this place of the
 forest and to couple us.
JAQUES, aside 45I would fain see this meeting.
AUDREY Well, the gods give us joy.
TOUCHSTONE Amen. A man may, if he were of a fearful
 heart, stagger in this attempt, for here we have no
 temple but the wood, no assembly but horn-beasts.
50 But what though? Courage. As horns are odious,
 they are necessary. It is said “Many a man knows no
 end of his goods.” Right: many a man has good
 horns and knows no end of them. Well, that is the
 dowry of his wife; ’tis none of his own getting.
55 Horns? Even so. Poor men alone? No, no. The
 noblest deer hath them as huge as the rascal. Is the
 single man therefore blessed? No. As a walled town
 is more worthier than a village, so is the forehead of
 a married man more honorable than the bare brow
60 of a bachelor. And by how much defense is better
 than no skill, by so much is a horn more precious
 than to want.

Enter Sir Oliver Martext.

 Here comes Sir Oliver.—Sir Oliver Martext, you are
 well met. Will you dispatch us here under this tree,
65 or shall we go with you to your chapel?
OLIVER MARTEXT Is there none here to give the
TOUCHSTONE I will not take her on gift of any man.
OLIVER MARTEXT Truly, she must be given, or the
70 marriage is not lawful.
JAQUES, coming forward Proceed, proceed. I’ll give

As You Like It
ACT 3. SC. 3

TOUCHSTONE Good even, good Monsieur What-you-call-’t.
 How do you, sir? You are very well met. God
75 ’ild you for your last company. I am very glad to see
 you. Even a toy in hand here, sir. Nay, pray be
JAQUES Will you be married, motley?
TOUCHSTONE As the ox hath his bow, sir, the horse his
80 curb, and the falcon her bells, so man hath his
 desires; and as pigeons bill, so wedlock would be
JAQUES And will you, being a man of your breeding, be
 married under a bush like a beggar? Get you to
85 church, and have a good priest that can tell you
 what marriage is. This fellow will but join you
 together as they join wainscot. Then one of you will
 prove a shrunk panel and, like green timber, warp,
TOUCHSTONE 90I am not in the mind but I were better to
 be married of him than of another, for he is not like
 to marry me well, and not being well married, it
 will be a good excuse for me hereafter to leave my
JAQUES 95Go thou with me, and let me counsel thee.
TOUCHSTONE Come, sweet Audrey. We must be married,
 or we must live in bawdry.—Farewell, good
 Master Oliver, not
  O sweet Oliver,
100  O brave Oliver,
  Leave me not behind thee,

  Wind away,
  Begone, I say,
105  I will not to wedding with thee.

Audrey, Touchstone, and Jaques exit.
OLIVER MARTEXT ’Tis no matter. Ne’er a fantastical
 knave of them all shall flout me out of my calling.
He exits.