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Act 5, scene 1
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As You Like It
Act 5, scene 1



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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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Enter Touchstone and Audrey.

TOUCHSTONE We shall find a time, Audrey. Patience,
 gentle Audrey.
AUDREY Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the
 old gentleman’s saying.
TOUCHSTONE 5A most wicked Sir Oliver, Audrey, a most
 vile Martext. But Audrey, there is a youth here in
 the forest lays claim to you.
AUDREY Ay, I know who ’tis. He hath no interest in me
 in the world.

Enter William.

10 Here comes the man you mean.
TOUCHSTONE It is meat and drink to me to see a clown.
 By my troth, we that have good wits have much to
 answer for. We shall be flouting. We cannot hold.
WILLIAM Good ev’n, Audrey.
AUDREY 15God gi’ good ev’n, William.
WILLIAM, to Touchstone And good ev’n to you, sir.
TOUCHSTONE Good ev’n, gentle friend. Cover thy head,
 cover thy head. Nay, prithee, be covered. How old
 are you, friend?
WILLIAM 20Five-and-twenty, sir.
TOUCHSTONE A ripe age. Is thy name William?
WILLIAM William, sir.

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ACT 5. SC. 1

TOUCHSTONE A fair name. Wast born i’ th’ forest here?
WILLIAM Ay, sir, I thank God.
TOUCHSTONE 25“Thank God.” A good answer. Art rich?
WILLIAM ’Faith sir, so-so.
TOUCHSTONE “So-so” is good, very good, very excellent
 good. And yet it is not: it is but so-so. Art thou wise?
WILLIAM Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit.
TOUCHSTONE 30Why, thou sayst well. I do now remember
 a saying: “The fool doth think he is wise, but the
 wise man knows himself to be a fool.” The heathen
 philosopher, when he had a desire to eat a grape,
 would open his lips when he put it into his mouth,
35 meaning thereby that grapes were made to eat and
 lips to open. You do love this maid?
WILLIAM I do, sir.
TOUCHSTONE Give me your hand. Art thou learned?
WILLIAM No, sir.
TOUCHSTONE 40Then learn this of me: to have is to have.
 For it is a figure in rhetoric that drink, being poured
 out of a cup into a glass, by filling the one doth
 empty the other. For all your writers do consent
 that ipse is “he.” Now, you are not ipse, for I am he.
WILLIAM 45Which he, sir?
TOUCHSTONE He, sir, that must marry this woman.
 Therefore, you clown, abandon—which is in the
 vulgar “leave”—the society—which in the boorish
 is “company”—of this female—which in the common
50 is “woman”; which together is, abandon the
 society of this female, or, clown, thou perishest; or,
 to thy better understanding, diest; or, to wit, I kill
 thee, make thee away, translate thy life into death,
 thy liberty into bondage. I will deal in poison with
55 thee, or in bastinado, or in steel. I will bandy with
 thee in faction. I will o’errun thee with policy. I
 will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways. Therefore
 tremble and depart.

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ACT 5. SC. 2

AUDREY Do, good William.
WILLIAM, to Touchstone 60God rest you merry, sir.
He exits.

Enter Corin.

CORIN Our master and mistress seeks you. Come away,
TOUCHSTONE Trip, Audrey, trip, Audrey.—I attend, I
They exit.