As You Like It

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Celia and Rosalind


Why cousin, why Rosalind, Cupid have mercy,

not a word?


Not one to throw at a dog.


No, thy words are too precious to be cast away

upon curs; throw some of them at me. Come, lame me

with reasons.
reason (n.) 5 observation, remark, point


Then there were two cousins laid up, when the

one should be lamed with reasons, and the other mad

without any.


But is all this for your father?


No, some of it is for my child's father. – O,

how full of briars is this working-day world!
briar (n.) thorn, prickly branch
working-day (adj.) workaday, everyday, humdrum


They are but burs, cousin, thrown upon thee in
bur, burr (n.) 2 [prickly, clinging seedpod] thing difficult to shake off

holiday foolery. If we walk not in the trodden paths,

our very petticoats will catch them.
petticoat (n.) long skirt See Topics: Clothing


I could shake them off my coat; these burs are

in my heart.


Hem them away.
hem away (v.) remove, clear away [with a cough or ‘hem’]


I would try, if I could cry ‘ hem ’ and have



Come, come, wrestle with thy affections.


O, they take the part of a better wrestler than



O, a good wish upon you; you will try in time, in
try (v.) 3 contest, decide, fight out

despite of a fall. But turning these jests out of service,
fall (n.) 5 wrestling bout

let us talk in good earnest: is it possible on such a sudden

you should fall into so strong a liking with old Sir

Rowland's youngest son?


The Duke my father loved his father dearly.


Doth it therefore ensue that you should love his
ensue (v.) 1 follow [especially, as a logical outcome]

son dearly? By this kind of chase, I should hate him,
chase (n.) 1 pursuit, sequence, hunt

for my father hated his father dearly; yet I hate not
dearly (adv.) 1 keenly, deeply, intensely



No, faith, hate him not, for my sake.


Why should I not? Doth he not deserve well?

Enter Duke, with Lords


Let me love him for that, and do you love him

because I do. – Look, here comes the Duke.


With his eyes full of anger.


Mistress, dispatch you with your safest haste
dispatch, despatch (v.) 1 deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly

And get you from our court.


                         Me, uncle?


                                                         You, cousin.

Within these ten days if that thou beest found

So near our public court as twenty miles,

Thou diest for it.


                         I do beseech your grace,

Let me the knowledge of my fault bear with me.

If with myself I hold intelligence
intelligence (n.) 4 communication, discourse, conversation

Or have acquaintance with mine own desires,

If that I do not dream or be not frantic –
frantic (adj.) mad, insane, frenzied, out of one's senses

As I do trust I am not – then, dear uncle,

Never so much as in a thought unborn

Did I offend your highness.


                         Thus do all traitors:

If their purgation did consist in words,
purgation (n.) 1 purging, cleansing, clearing away

They are as innocent as grace itself.

Let it suffice thee that I trust thee not.


Yet your mistrust cannot make me a traitor.

Tell me whereon the likelihood depends.


Thou art thy father's daughter, there's enough.


So was I when your highness took his dukedom,

So was I when your highness banished him.

Treason is not inherited, my lord,

Or, if we did derive it from our friends,
derive (v.) 2 inherit, fall heir to
friend (n.) 2 relation, relative, kinsman

What's that to me? My father was no traitor;

Then, good my liege, mistake me not so much

To think my poverty is treacherous.


Dear sovereign, hear me speak.


Ay, Celia, we stayed her for your sake,
stay (v.) 5 keep, make to stay, allow to remain

Else had she with her father ranged along.
range (v.) 1 wander freely, roam, rove


I did not then entreat to have her stay;

It was your pleasure and your own remorse.

I was too young that time to value her,

But now I know her. If she be a traitor,

Why so am I: we still have slept together,
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Rose at an instant, learned, played, eat together,

And wheresoe'er we went, like Juno's swans

Still we went coupled and inseparable.
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count


She is too subtle for thee, and her smoothness,

Her very silence, and her patience

Speak to the people, and they pity her.

Thou art a fool; she robs thee of thy name,

And thou wilt show more bright and seem more virtuous
virtuous (adj.) 2 showing fine qualities, praiseworthy

When she is gone. Then open not thy lips:

Firm and irrevocable is my doom
doom (n.) 1 judgement, sentence, decision

Which I have passed upon her; she is banished.


Pronounce that sentence then on me, my liege,

I cannot live out of her company.


You are a fool. – You, niece, provide yourself.
provide (v.) 1 get ready, equip [oneself]

If you outstay the time, upon mine honour

And in the greatness of my word, you die.
greatness (n.) 1 power, might, authority

Exit Duke, with Lords


O my poor Rosalind, whither wilt thou go?

Wilt thou change fathers? I will give thee mine.
change (v.) 1 exchange, trade

I charge thee, be not thou more grieved than I am.
charge (v.) 1 order, command, enjoin


I have more cause.


                         Thou hast not, cousin.

Prithee, be cheerful; knowest thou not the Duke

Hath banished me, his daughter?


                         That he hath not.


No, hath not? Rosalind lacks then the love

Which teacheth thee that thou and I am one.

Shall we be sundered? Shall we part, sweet girl?
sunder (v.) 1 separate, split up, part

No, let my father seek another heir.

Therefore devise with me how we may fly,
fly (v.) 1 leave, run away [from], flee

Whither to go, and what to bear with us,

And do not seek to take your change upon you,
change (n.) 3 change of fortune, new circumstances

To bear your griefs yourself and leave me out;

For, by this heaven, now at our sorrows pale,
pale (adj.) wan, fearful, pale-hearted

Say what thou canst, I'll go along with thee.


Why, whither shall we go?


To seek my uncle in the Forest of Arden.


Alas, what danger will it be to us,

Maids as we are, to travel forth so far?

Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.
provoke (v.) 4 incite, rouse, urge on


I'll put myself in poor and mean attire

And with a kind of umber smirch my face.
smirch (v.) smear, discolour, spread on
umber (n.) brown-coloured earth

The like do you; so shall we pass along
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

And never stir assailants.


                         Were it not better,

Because that I am more than common tall,
common (adj.) 1 average, usual, general, ordinary

That I did suit me all points like a man?
points, all / at all in every part, in all respects, completely
suit (v.) 1 dress, clothe, equip

A gallant curtle-axe upon my thigh,
curtle-axe (n.) cutlass, cutting sword See Topics: Weapons

A boar-spear in my hand, and in my heart

Lie there what hidden woman's fear there will,

We'll have a swashing and a martial outside,
martial (adj.) 1 warlike, valiant, brave
outside (n.) 1 appearance, look, outside show
swashing (adj.) 1 swaggering, blustering, dashing

As many other mannish cowards have
mannish (adj.) 2 masculine, macho

That do outface it with their semblances.
outface (v.) 3 present a bold front, maintain a defiant image
semblance (n.) 1 appearance, outward show


What shall I call thee when thou art a man?


I'll have no worse a name than Jove's own page,

And therefore look you call me ‘ Ganymede.’

But what will you be called?


Something that hath a reference to my state:

No longer ‘ Celia,’ but ‘ Aliena.’


But, cousin, what if we assayed to steal
assay (v.) 1 attempt, try, venture

The clownish fool out of your father's court:

Would he not be a comfort to our travel?


He'll go along o'er the wide world with me.

Leave me alone to woo him. Let's away
woo (v.) 1 win over, persuade, coax

And get our jewels and our wealth together,

Devise the fittest time and safest way

To hide us from pursuit that will be made

After my flight. Now go we in content
content (n.) 1 pleasure, satisfaction, happiness

To liberty, and not to banishment.


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