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Act 3, scene 4
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As You Like It
Act 3, 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, dressed as Ganymede, and Celia,
dressed as Aliena.

ROSALIND Never talk to me. I will weep.
CELIA Do, I prithee, but yet have the grace to consider
 that tears do not become a man.
ROSALIND But have I not cause to weep?
CELIA 5As good cause as one would desire. Therefore
ROSALIND His very hair is of the dissembling color.
CELIA Something browner than Judas’s. Marry, his
 kisses are Judas’s own children.
ROSALIND 10I’ faith, his hair is of a good color.
CELIA An excellent color. Your chestnut was ever the
 only color.
ROSALIND And his kissing is as full of sanctity as the
 touch of holy bread.
CELIA 15He hath bought a pair of cast lips of Diana. A
 nun of winter’s sisterhood kisses not more religiously.
 The very ice of chastity is in them.
ROSALIND But why did he swear he would come this
 morning, and comes not?
CELIA 20Nay, certainly, there is no truth in him.
ROSALIND Do you think so?
CELIA Yes, I think he is not a pickpurse nor a horse-stealer,
 but for his verity in love, I do think him as
 concave as a covered goblet or a worm-eaten nut.
ROSALIND 25Not true in love?
CELIA Yes, when he is in, but I think he is not in.
ROSALIND You have heard him swear downright he
CELIA “Was” is not “is.” Besides, the oath of a lover is
30 no stronger than the word of a tapster. They are
 both the confirmer of false reckonings. He attends
 here in the forest on the Duke your father.

As You Like It
ACT 3. SC. 4

ROSALIND I met the Duke yesterday and had much
 question with him. He asked me of what parentage
35 I was. I told him, of as good as he. So he laughed
 and let me go. But what talk we of fathers when
 there is such a man as Orlando?
CELIA O, that’s a brave man. He writes brave verses,
 speaks brave words, swears brave oaths, and breaks
40 them bravely, quite traverse, athwart the heart of
 his lover, as a puny tilter that spurs his horse but on
 one side breaks his staff like a noble goose; but all’s
 brave that youth mounts and folly guides.

Enter Corin.

 Who comes here?
45 Mistress and master, you have oft inquired
 After the shepherd that complained of love,
 Who you saw sitting by me on the turf,
 Praising the proud disdainful shepherdess
 That was his mistress.
CELIA, as Aliena 50 Well, and what of him?
 If you will see a pageant truly played
 Between the pale complexion of true love
 And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain,
 Go hence a little, and I shall conduct you
55 If you will mark it.
ROSALIND, aside to Celia O come, let us remove.
 The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.
 As Ganymede, to Corin. Bring us to this sight, and
 you shall say
60 I’ll prove a busy actor in their play.
They exit.