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Act 5, scene 2
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As You Like It
Act 5, scene 2



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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 2
Enter Orlando, with his arm in a sling, and Oliver.

ORLANDO Is ’t possible that on so little acquaintance
 you should like her? That, but seeing, you should
 love her? And loving, woo? And wooing, she should
 grant? And will you persever to enjoy her?
OLIVER 5Neither call the giddiness of it in question, the
 poverty of her, the small acquaintance, my sudden
 wooing, nor her sudden consenting, but say with
 me “I love Aliena”; say with her that she loves me;
 consent with both that we may enjoy each other. It
10 shall be to your good, for my father’s house and all
 the revenue that was old Sir Rowland’s will I estate
 upon you, and here live and die a shepherd.

Enter Rosalind, as Ganymede.

ORLANDO You have my consent. Let your wedding be
 tomorrow. Thither will I invite the Duke and all ’s
15 contented followers. Go you and prepare Aliena,
 for, look you, here comes my Rosalind.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede, to Oliver God save you,
OLIVER And you, fair sister.He exits.

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ROSALIND, as Ganymede 20O my dear Orlando, how it
 grieves me to see thee wear thy heart in a scarf.
ORLANDO It is my arm.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede I thought thy heart had been
 wounded with the claws of a lion.
ORLANDO 25Wounded it is, but with the eyes of a lady.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede Did your brother tell you
 how I counterfeited to swoon when he showed me
 your handkercher?
ORLANDO Ay, and greater wonders than that.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede 30O, I know where you are.
 Nay, ’tis true. There was never anything so sudden
 but the fight of two rams, and Caesar’s thrasonical
 brag of “I came, saw, and overcame. For your
 brother and my sister no sooner met but they
35 looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner
 loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they
 asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the
 reason but they sought the remedy; and in these
 degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage,
40 which they will climb incontinent, or else be incontinent
 before marriage. They are in the very wrath
 of love, and they will together. Clubs cannot part
ORLANDO They shall be married tomorrow, and I will
45 bid the Duke to the nuptial. But O, how bitter a
 thing it is to look into happiness through another
 man’s eyes. By so much the more shall I tomorrow
 be at the height of heart-heaviness by how much I
 shall think my brother happy in having what he
50 wishes for.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede Why, then, tomorrow I cannot
 serve your turn for Rosalind?
ORLANDO I can live no longer by thinking.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede I will weary you then no
55 longer with idle talking. Know of me then—for

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 now I speak to some purpose—that I know you are
 a gentleman of good conceit. I speak not this that
 you should bear a good opinion of my knowledge,
 insomuch I say I know you are. Neither do I labor
60 for a greater esteem than may in some little measure
 draw a belief from you to do yourself good, and
 not to grace me. Believe then, if you please, that I
 can do strange things. I have, since I was three year
 old, conversed with a magician, most profound in
65 his art and yet not damnable. If you do love Rosalind
 so near the heart as your gesture cries it out,
 when your brother marries Aliena shall you marry
 her. I know into what straits of fortune she is
 driven, and it is not impossible to me, if it appear
70 not inconvenient to you, to set her before your eyes
 tomorrow, human as she is, and without any
ORLANDO Speak’st thou in sober meanings?
ROSALIND, as Ganymede By my life I do, which I
75 tender dearly, though I say I am a magician. Therefore
 put you in your best array, bid your friends; for
 if you will be married tomorrow, you shall, and to
 Rosalind, if you will.

Enter Silvius and Phoebe.

 Look, here comes a lover of mine and a lover of
80 hers.
PHOEBE, to Rosalind 
 Youth, you have done me much ungentleness
 To show the letter that I writ to you.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede 
 I care not if I have. It is my study
 To seem despiteful and ungentle to you.
85 You are there followed by a faithful shepherd.
 Look upon him, love him; he worships you.

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PHOEBE, to Silvius 
 Good shepherd, tell this youth what ’tis to love.
 It is to be all made of sighs and tears,
 And so am I for Phoebe.
PHOEBE 90And I for Ganymede.
ORLANDO And I for Rosalind.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede And I for no woman.
 It is to be all made of faith and service,
 And so am I for Phoebe.
PHOEBE 95And I for Ganymede.
ORLANDO And I for Rosalind.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede And I for no woman.
 It is to be all made of fantasy,
 All made of passion and all made of wishes,
100 All adoration, duty, and observance,
 All humbleness, all patience and impatience,
 All purity, all trial, all observance,
 And so am I for Phoebe.
PHOEBE And so am I for Ganymede.
ORLANDO 105And so am I for Rosalind.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede And so am I for no
 If this be so, why blame you me to love you?
 If this be so, why blame you me to love you?
110 If this be so, why blame you me to love you?
ROSALIND, as Ganymede Why do you speak too,
 “Why blame you me to love you?”
ORLANDO To her that is not here, nor doth not hear.
ROSALIND, as Ganymede Pray you, no more of this.

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ACT 5. SC. 3

115 ’Tis like the howling of Irish wolves against the
 moon. (To Silvius.) I will help you if I can. (To
I would love you if I could.—Tomorrow
 meet me all together. (To Phoebe.) I will marry
 you if ever I marry woman, and I’ll be married
120 tomorrow. (To Orlando.) I will satisfy you if ever I
 satisfy man, and you shall be married tomorrow.
 (To Silvius.) I will content you, if what pleases you
 contents you, and you shall be married tomorrow.
 (To Orlando.) As you love Rosalind, meet. (To
125As you love Phoebe, meet.—And as I love
 no woman, I’ll meet. So fare you well. I have left
 you commands.
SILVIUS I’ll not fail, if I live.
They exit.