Characters in the Play
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
ROSALIND It is not the fashion to see the lady the
epilogue, but it is no more unhandsome than to see
the lord the prologue. If it be true that good wine
needs no bush, ’tis true that a good play needs no
5 epilogue. Yet to good wine they do use good bushes,
and good plays prove the better by the help of good
epilogues. What a case am I in then that am neither
a good epilogue nor cannot insinuate with you in
the behalf of a good play! I am not furnished like a
10 beggar; therefore to beg will not become me. My
way is to conjure you, and I’ll begin with the
women. I charge you, O women, for the love you
bear to men, to like as much of this play as please
you. And I charge you, O men, for the love you bear
15 to women—as I perceive by your simpering, none
of you hates them—that between you and the
women the play may please. If I were a woman, I
would kiss as many of you as had beards that
pleased me, complexions that liked me, and breaths
20 that I defied not. And I am sure as many as have
good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths will for
my kind offer, when I make curtsy, bid me farewell.