As You Like It


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Orlando


ORLANDO

Hang there, my verse, in witness of my love,

And thou, thrice-crowned queen of night, survey

With thy chaste eye, from thy pale sphere above,

Thy huntress' name that my full life doth sway.
full (adj.) 1 whole, entire, complete
sway (v.) 1 control, rule, direct, govern

O Rosalind, these trees shall be my books

And in their barks my thoughts I'll character
character (v.) inscribe, engrave, write

That every eye which in this forest looks

Shall see thy virtue witnessed everywhere.

Run, run, Orlando, carve on every tree

The fair, the chaste, and unexpressive she.
she (n.) lady, woman, girl
unexpressive (adj.) inexpressible, beyond words

Exit

Enter Corin and Touchstone


CORIN

And how like you this shepherd's life, Master

Touchstone?


TOUCHSTONE

Truly, shepherd, in respect of itself, it is

a good life; but in respect that it is a shepherd's life, it

is naught. In respect that it is solitary, I like it very well;
naught, nought (adj.) 1 worthless, useless, of no value

but in respect that it is private, it is a very vile life. Now
private (adj.) 2 secluded, unfrequented, remote

in respect it is in the fields, it pleaseth me well; but in

respect it is not in the court, it is tedious. As it is a spare
spare (adj.) 1 frugal, spartan, abstemious

life, look you, it fits my humour well; but as there is no
fit (v.) 1 suit, befit, be suitable [for]
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids] See Topics: Frequency count

more plenty in it, it goes much against my stomach.
stomach (n.) 2 wish, inclination, desire

Hast any philosophy in thee, shepherd?


CORIN

No more but that I know the more one sickens, the

worse at ease he is, and that he that wants money,
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

means, and content is without three good friends; that
content (n.) 2 contentment, peace of mind

the property of rain is to wet and fire to burn; that good

pasture makes fat sheep; and that a great cause of the

night is lack of the sun; that he that hath learned no wit
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

by nature nor art may complain of good breeding, or
breeding (n.) 1 raising, upbringing
complain (v.) lament, bewail, bemoan

comes of a very dull kindred.


TOUCHSTONE

Such a one is a natural philosopher. Wast
natural (n.) congenital idiot, half-wit, fool

ever in court, shepherd?


CORIN

No, truly.


TOUCHSTONE

Then thou art damned.


CORIN

Nay, I hope.


TOUCHSTONE

Truly thou art damned, like an ill-roasted
ill-roasted (adj.) badly cooked

egg all on one side.


CORIN

For not being at court? Your reason.


TOUCHSTONE

Why, if thou never wast at court, thou

never sawest good manners; if thou never sawest good
manner (n.) 1 (plural) proper behaviour, good conduct, forms of politeness

manners, then thy manners must be wicked, and wickedness
manner (n.) 2 (plural) morals, character, way of behaving

is sin, and sin is damnation. Thou art in a parlous
parlous (adj.) 1 perilous, dangerous, hazardous

state, shepherd.


CORIN

Not a whit, Touchstone. Those that are good

manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country

as the behaviour of the country is most mockable at the

court. You told me you salute not at the court but you
but (conj.) 4 unless, if ... not
salute (v.) 1 greet, welcome, address

kiss your hands; that courtesy would be uncleanly if
uncleanly (adj.) 1 unclean, dirty, filthy

courtiers were shepherds.


TOUCHSTONE

Instance, briefly; come, instance.
instance (n.) 2 illustration, example, case


CORIN

Why, we are still handling our ewes, and their fells
fell (n.) 2 fleece
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

you know are greasy.


TOUCHSTONE

Why, do not your courtier's hands sweat?

And is not the grease of a mutton as wholesome as the

sweat of a man? Shallow, shallow. A better instance, I
instance (n.) 2 illustration, example, case

say; come.


CORIN

Besides, our hands are hard.


TOUCHSTONE

Your lips will feel them the sooner. Shallow,

again. A more sounder instance; come.


CORIN

And they are often tarred over with the surgery of

our sheep; and would you have us kiss tar? The

courtier's hands are perfumed with civet.
civet (n.) type of musky perfume [obtained form the civet cat]


TOUCHSTONE

Most shallow man! Thou worms' meat, in

respect of a good piece of flesh indeed! Learn of the

wise and perpend: civet is of a baser birth than tar, the
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count
perpend (v.) consider, ponder, reflect

very uncleanly flux of a cat. Mend the instance, shepherd.
cat (n.) civet cat [source of some perfumes]
flux (n.) 2 discharge, flow
uncleanly (adj.) 1 unclean, dirty, filthy


CORIN

You have too courtly a wit for me; I'll rest.
wit (n.) 2 mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity See Topics: Frequency count


TOUCHSTONE

Wilt thou rest damned? God help thee,

shallow man! God make incision in thee, thou art raw!
raw (adj.) unrefined, unskilled, unpolished


CORIN

Sir, I am a true labourer: I earn that I eat, get
get (v.) 5 work hard for

that I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness,
owe (v.) 3 have in store for, hold towards

glad of other men's good, content with my harm; and
content (adj.) 2 contented, patient, accepting, undisturbed
harm (n.) 2 misfortune, affliction, trouble

the greatest of my pride is to see my ewes graze and my

lambs suck.


TOUCHSTONE

That is another simple sin in you, to bring

the ewes and the rams together and to offer to get your

living by the copulation of cattle; to be bawd to a bell-wether,
bawd (n.) pimp, procurer, pander, go-between See Topics: Frequency count
bell-wether (n.) leading sheep of a flock [wearing a bell]; cuckold [of a ram, because horned]

and to betray a she-lamb of a twelvemonth to a

crooked-pated, old, cuckoldly ram, out of all reasonable
crooked-pated (adj.) with a twisted head, with a deformed skull
cuckoldly (adj.) [term of abuse] with the character of a cuckold

match. If thou beest not damned for this, the devil

himself will have no shepherds. I cannot see else how

thou shouldst 'scape.
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count


CORIN

Here comes young Master Ganymede, my new

mistress's brother.

Enter Rosalind


ROSALIND

(reads)

From the east to western Ind,

No jewel is like Rosalind.

Her worth being mounted on the wind

Through all the world bears Rosalind.

All the pictures fairest lined
line (v.) 2 draw, sketch, delineate

Are but black to Rosalind.

Let no face be kept in mind

But the fair of Rosalind.
fair (n.) 1 fair face, beauty


TOUCHSTONE

I'll rhyme you so eight years together,

dinners and suppers and sleeping-hours excepted: it is

the right butter-women's rank to market.
butter-woman (n.) [woman who deals in butter, dairymaid] chatterer, gabbler
rank (n.) 3 way of moving, progress
right (adj.) 1 typical, true, classic


ROSALIND

Out, fool!


TOUCHSTONE

For a taste:

If a hart do lack a hind,

Let him seek out Rosalind.

If the cat will after kind,
kind (n.) 1 nature, reality, character, disposition

So be sure will Rosalind.

Wintered garments must be lined,
line (v.) 4 be given a lining
wintered (adj.) worn in winter

So must slender Rosalind.

They that reap must sheaf and bind,

Then to cart with Rosalind.
cart (v.) drive around in a cart [usual punishment for a prostitute]

Sweetest nut hath sourest rind,

Such a nut is Rosalind.

He that sweetest rose will find,

Must find love's prick and Rosalind.

This is the very false gallop of verses. Why do you infect
false (adj.) 3 sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial

yourself with them?


ROSALIND

Peace, you dull fool, I found them on a tree.


TOUCHSTONE

Truly, the tree yields bad fruit.


ROSALIND

I'll graff it with you, and then I shall graff

it with a medlar; then it will be the earliest fruit
medlar (n.) 1 apple-like fruit eaten when its flesh has begun to decay [also: pun on ‘meddler’]

i'th' country: for you'll be rotten ere you be half ripe,

and that's the right virtue of the medlar.
medlar (n.) 1 apple-like fruit eaten when its flesh has begun to decay [also: pun on ‘meddler’]


TOUCHSTONE

You have said; but whether wisely or no,

let the forest judge.

Enter Celia with a writing


ROSALIND

Peace, here comes my sister, reading. Stand

aside.


CELIA

(reads)

Why should this a desert be?

For it is unpeopled? No,

Tongues I'll hang on every tree,

That shall civil sayings show.
civil (adj.) 1 civilized, cultured, refined
saying (n.) 1 maxim, reflection, precept

Some, how brief the life of man

Runs his erring pilgrimage,
erring (adj.) straying, wandering, drifting

That the stretching of a span
span (n.) 1 hand breadth [from tip of thumb to tip of little finger, when the hand is extended]

Buckles in his sum of age;
buckle in (v.) enclose, limit, circumscribe

Some, of violated vows

'Twixt the souls of friend and friend;

But upon the fairest boughs,

Or at every sentence end,

Will I ‘ Rosalinda ’ write,

Teaching all that read to know

The quintessence of every sprite
quintessence (n.) purest form, most perfect manifestation

Heaven would in little show.
little, in on a small scale, in miniature

Therefore Heaven Nature charged
charge (v.) 1 order, command, enjoin

That one body should be filled

With all graces wide-enlarged.
wide-enlarged (adj.) widespread; or: greatly endowed

Nature presently distilled
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Helen's cheek, but not her heart,

Cleopatra's majesty,

Atalanta's better part,

Sad Lucretia's modesty.
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count

Thus Rosalind of many parts

By heavenly synod was devised,
synod (n.) assembly, council, gathering

Of many faces, eyes, and hearts,

To have the touches dearest prized.
touch (n.) 1 trait, quality, feature

Heaven would that she these gifts should have,

And I to live and die her slave.


ROSALIND

O most gentle Jupiter, what tedious homily of
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

love have you wearied your parishioners withal, and

never cried ‘ Have patience, good people!’


CELIA

How now? Back, friends. – Shepherd, go off a little.

– Go with him, sirrah.


TOUCHSTONE

Come, shepherd, let us make an honourable

retreat, though not with bag and baggage, yet with

scrip and scrippage.
scrip (n.) 1 bag, pouch, wallet
scrippage (n.) contents of a scrip [an invented word to parallel ‘baggage’]

Exit Touchstone, with Corin


CELIA

Didst thou hear these verses?


ROSALIND

O, yes, I heard them all, and more too, for

some of them had in them more feet than the verses

would bear.
bear (v.), past forms bore, borne 6 tolerate, endure, put up with


CELIA

That's no matter: the feet might bear the verses.


ROSALIND

Ay, but the feet were lame, and could not bear

themselves without the verse, and therefore stood lamely

in the verse.


CELIA

But didst thou hear without wondering how thy

name should be hanged and carved upon these trees?


ROSALIND

I was seven of the nine days out of the wonder

before you came; for look here what I found on a palm-tree.

I was never so be-rhymed since Pythagoras' time
berhyme, be-rime (v.) celebrate in rhyme, put into rhyme

that I was an Irish rat, which I can hardly remember.


CELIA

Trow you who hath done this?
trow (v.) 1 know, guess, imagine


ROSALIND

Is it a man?


CELIA

And a chain that you once wore about his neck!

Change you colour?


ROSALIND

I prithee, who?


CELIA

O Lord, Lord, it is a hard matter for friends to

meet; but mountains may be removed with earthquakes

and so encounter.


ROSALIND

Nay, but who is it?


CELIA

Is it possible?


ROSALIND

Nay, I prithee now with most petitionary
petitionary (adj.) imploring, suppliant, entreating

vehemence, tell me who it is.


CELIA

O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful

wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after that out of

all whooping!
whooping (n.) exclaiming, excited shouting


ROSALIND

Good my complexion! Dost thou think,

though I am caparisoned like a man, I have a doublet
caparisoned (adj.) dressed, decked out, arrayed

and hose in my disposition? One inch of delay more is a
disposition (n.) 1 composure, state of mind, temperament

South Sea of discovery. I prithee tell me who is it
discovery (n.) 4 exploration, travel

quickly, and speak apace. I would thou couldst stammer,
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate See Topics: Frequency count

that thou mightst pour this concealed man out of thy

mouth as wine comes out of a narrow-mouthed bottle:

either too much at once, or none at all. I prithee, take

the cork out of thy mouth that I may drink thy tidings.


CELIA

So you may put a man in your belly.


ROSALIND

Is he of God's making? What manner of

man? Is his head worth a hat? Or his chin worth a

beard?


CELIA

Nay, he hath but a little beard.


ROSALIND

Why, God will send more, if the man will be

thankful. Let me stay the growth of his beard, if thou

delay me not the knowledge of his chin.


CELIA

It is young Orlando, that tripped up the wrestler's

heels and your heart, both in an instant.


ROSALIND

Nay, but the devil take mocking; speak sad
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count

brow and true maid.
brow (n.) 1 appearance, aspect, countenance See Topics: Frequency count
maid (n.) 2 virgin, unmarried woman
true (adj.) 3 honourable, virtuous, sincere


CELIA

I'faith, coz, 'tis he.


ROSALIND

Orlando?


CELIA

Orlando.


ROSALIND

Alas the day, what shall I do with my doublet

and hose? What did he when thou sawest him? What

said he? How looked he? Wherein went he? What

makes he here? Did he ask for me? Where remains he?
make (v.) 1 do, have to do
remain (v.) dwell, live, reside

How parted he with thee? And when shalt thou see
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit

him again? Answer me in one word.


CELIA

You must borrow me Gargantua's mouth first:

'tis a word too great for any mouth of this age's size.

To say ‘ ay ’ and ‘ no ’ to these particulars is more than to

answer in a catechism.


ROSALIND

But doth he know that I am in this forest and

in man's apparel? Looks he as freshly as he did the
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count

day he wrestled?


CELIA

It is as easy to count atomies as to resolve the
atomy (n.) 1 atom, mote, speck
resolve (v.) 1 answer, respond to

propositions of a lover; but take a taste of my finding
proposition (n.) 2 question, problem

him, and relish it with good observance. I found him
observance (n.) 1 proper attention, attentiveness, heed
relish (v.) 1 have a flavour [of], taste, savour

under a tree like a dropped acorn.


ROSALIND

It may well be called Jove's tree, when it

drops such fruit.


CELIA

Give me audience, good madam.
audience (n.) 1 hearing, attention, reception See Topics: Attention signals


ROSALIND

Proceed.


CELIA

There lay he, stretched along like a wounded

knight.


ROSALIND

Though it be pity to see such a sight, it well

becomes the ground.
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count


CELIA

Cry ‘ holla ’ to thy tongue, I prithee; it curvets
curvet (v.) [of a horse] leap about, act friskily, prance
holla (int.) whoa, stop [to a horse]

unseasonably. He was furnished like a hunter.
furnish (v.) 3 dress, clothe, equip, fit out


ROSALIND

O ominous! He comes to kill my heart.


CELIA

I would sing my song without a burden. Thou
burden, burthen (n.) 1 refrain, chorus

bringest me out of tune.


ROSALIND

Do you not know I am a woman? When I

think, I must speak. Sweet, say on.

Enter Orlando and Jaques
out (adv.) 2 at a loss, put out, nonplussed; unable to remember one's lines


CELIA

You bring me out. Soft, comes he not here?


ROSALIND

'Tis he. Slink by, and note him.
note (v.) 1 observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]

Celia and Rosalind stand back


JAQUES

I thank you for your company, but, good faith,

I had as lief have been myself alone.
lief, had as should like just as much See Topics: Frequency count


ORLANDO

And so had I; but yet, for fashion sake, I thank
fashion (n.) 2 conventional behaviour, conformity, customary use

you too for your society.
society (n.) 1 companionship, fellowship, association


JAQUES

God buy you, let's meet as little as we can.


ORLANDO

I do desire we may be better strangers.


JAQUES

I pray you, mar no more trees with writing love-songs

in their barks.


ORLANDO

I pray you, mar no moe of my verses with
mo, moe (adj.) more [in number]

reading them ill-favouredly.
ill-favouredly (adv.) 1 badly, unpleasingly, offensively


JAQUES

Rosalind is your love's name?


ORLANDO

Yes, just.
just (adv.) 2 quite so, correct


JAQUES

I do not like her name.


ORLANDO

There was no thought of pleasing you when

she was christened.


JAQUES

What stature is she of?


ORLANDO

Just as high as my heart.


JAQUES

You are full of pretty answers: have you not been

acquainted with goldsmiths' wives, and conned them
con (v.) 1 learn by heart, commit to memory

out of rings?


ORLANDO

Not so; but I answer you right painted cloth,
right (adj.) 1 typical, true, classic

from whence you have studied your questions.
study (v.) 3 learn by heart, commit to memory


JAQUES

You have a nimble wit; I think 'twas made of
wit (n.) 2 mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity See Topics: Frequency count

Atalanta's heels. Will you sit down with me, and we two

will rail against our mistress the world, and all our
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about] See Topics: Frequency count

misery?


ORLANDO

I will chide no breather in the world but myself,
breather (n.) 1 living being, creature, man alive
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove See Topics: Frequency count

against whom I know most faults.


JAQUES

The worst fault you have is to be in love.


ORLANDO

'Tis a fault I will not change for your best

virtue. I am weary of you.


JAQUES

By my troth, I was seeking for a fool when I

found you.


ORLANDO

He is drowned in the brook; look but in and

you shall see him.


JAQUES

There I shall see mine own figure.


ORLANDO

Which I take to be either a fool or a cipher.
cipher (n.) figure nought, nonentity, mere nothing


JAQUES

I'll tarry no longer with you. Farewell, good
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger

Signor Love.


ORLANDO

I am glad of your departure. Adieu, good

Monsieur Melancholy.

Exit Jaques


ROSALIND

(to Celia) I will speak to him like a saucy lackey,

and under that habit play the knave with him. – Do you
habit (n.) 3 behaviour, bearing, demeanour
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

hear, forester?


ORLANDO

Very well. What would you?


ROSALIND

I pray you, what is't o'clock?


ORLANDO

You should ask me what time o' day: there's no

clock in the forest.


ROSALIND

Then there is no true lover in the forest, else

sighing every minute and groaning every hour would

detect the lazy foot of Time as well as a clock.


ORLANDO

And why not the swift foot of Time? Had not

that been as proper?


ROSALIND

By no means, sir: Time travels in divers
divers (adj.) different, various, several

paces with divers persons. I'll tell you who Time

ambles withal, who Time trots withal, who Time

gallops withal, and who he stands still withal.


ORLANDO

I prithee, who doth he trot withal?


ROSALIND

Marry, he trots hard with a young maid
hard (adv.) 4 with difficulty, not easily

between the contract of her marriage and the day it is

solemnized. If the interim be but a se'nnight, Time's

pace is so hard that it seems the length of seven year.
hard (adj.) 3 painful, harrowing, tough


ORLANDO

Who ambles Time withal?


ROSALIND

With a priest that lacks Latin, and a rich man

that hath not the gout: for the one sleeps easily because
easily (adv.) in comfort, at ease

he cannot study, and the other lives merrily because he

feels no pain, the one lacking the burden of lean and

wasteful learning, the other knowing no burden of
wasteful (adj.) 2 causing the body to waste away, wasting

heavy tedious penury. These Time ambles withal.
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count
tedious (adj.) 2 painful, irksome, harrowing


ORLANDO

Who doth he gallop withal?


ROSALIND

With a thief to the gallows: for though he go

as softly as foot can fall, he thinks himself too soon
softly (adv.) slowly, gently

there.


ORLANDO

Who stays it still withal?
stay (v.) 9 stop, halt, come to a standstill


ROSALIND

With lawyers in the vacation: for they sleep

between term and term, and then they perceive not how
term (n.) 5 any of four periods of activity within the legal year [Michaelmas, Hilary, Easter, Trinity]

Time moves.


ORLANDO

Where dwell you, pretty youth?


ROSALIND

With this shepherdess, my sister, here in the

skirts of the forest, like fringe upon a petticoat.
petticoat (n.) long skirt See Topics: Clothing
skirt (n.) 2 (plural) outlying parts, borders, outskirts


ORLANDO

Are you native of this place?


ROSALIND

As the cony that you see dwell where she is
cony (n.) rabbit

kindled.
kindle (v.) 2 [of a female animal] be born, deliver


ORLANDO

Your accent is something finer than you could
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather See Topics: Frequency count

purchase in so removed a dwelling.
purchase (v.) 1 acquire, obtain, win
removed (adj.) 1 remote, secluded, further away


ROSALIND

I have been told so of many; but indeed an old

religious uncle of mine taught me to speak, who was in
religious (adj.) 3 member of a religious order

his youth an inland man – one that knew courtship too
courtship (n.) court life, courtliness; also: wooing, courting
inland (adj.) 2 cultured, brought up in society, not rustic

well, for there he fell in love. I have heard him read

many lectures against it, and I thank God I am not a

woman, to be touched with so many giddy offences as
giddy (adj.) 1 frivolous, flighty, fickle, irresponsible
touch (v.) 9 stain, taint, infect

he hath generally taxed their whole sex withal.
tax (v.) 1 censure, blame, take to task, disparage


ORLANDO

Can you remember any of the principal evils

that he laid to the charge of women?
charge (n.) 6 accusation, censure, blame


ROSALIND

There were none principal, they were all like

one another as halfpence are, every one fault seeming

monstrous till his fellow-fault came to match it.


ORLANDO

I prithee, recount some of them.


ROSALIND

No, I will not cast away my physic but on
physic (n.) 1 medicine, healing, treatment See Topics: Frequency count

those that are sick. There is a man haunts the forest

that abuses our young plants with carving ‘ Rosalind ’ on

their barks; hangs odes upon hawthorns, and elegies on

brambles; all, forsooth, deifying the name of Rosalind.
deify (v.) adore as a god, idolize
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count

If I could meet that fancy-monger, I would give him
fancy-monger (n.) love-dealer, trader in love

some good counsel, for he seems to have the quotidian
counsel (n.) 1 advice, guidance, direction
quotidian (n.) type of fever with attacks every day

of love upon him.


ORLANDO

I am he that is so love-shaked. I pray you, tell
love-shaked (adj.) lovesick, in such a fever of love

me your remedy.


ROSALIND

There is none of my uncle's marks upon you.

He taught me how to know a man in love; in which cage

of rushes I am sure you are not prisoner.


ORLANDO

What were his marks?


ROSALIND

A lean cheek, which you have not; a blue eye
blue (adj.) [of eyes] dark-circled, shadow-rimmed

and sunken, which you have not; an unquestionable
unquestionable (adj.) irritable when spoken to, impatient when questioned

spirit, which you have not; a beard neglected, which

you have not – but I pardon you for that, for simply
simply (adv.) 2 poorly, inadequately, weakly

your having in beard is a younger brother's revenue.

Then your hose should be ungartered, your bonnet
bonnet (n.) hat, cap See Topics: Clothing
ungartered (v.) untied, not wearing a garter [a sign of a lovesick man]

unbanded, your sleeve unbuttoned, your shoe untied,
unbanded without a coloured hat-band

and everything about you demonstrating a careless
careless (adj.) 3 inattentive, preoccupied, distracted
demonstrate (v.) manifest, show, display

desolation. But you are no such man: you are rather
desolation (n.) 1 despondency, dejection, depression

point-device in your accoutrements, as loving yourself,
accoutrements, accoustrements (n.) clothes, outfit, attire
point-device, point-devise (adj.) immaculate, affectedly precise, trim to the point of perfection

than seeming the lover of any other.


ORLANDO

Fair youth, I would I could make thee believe

I love.


ROSALIND

Me believe it? You may as soon make her that

you love believe it, which I warrant she is apter to do
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

than to confess she does: that is one of the points in the

which women still give the lie to their consciences. But
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

in good sooth, are you he that hangs the verses on the

trees, wherein Rosalind is so admired?


ORLANDO

I swear to thee, youth, by the white hand of

Rosalind, I am that he, that unfortunate he.


ROSALIND

But are you so much in love as your rhymes

speak?


ORLANDO

Neither rhyme nor reason can express how

much.


ROSALIND

Love is merely a madness and, I tell you,
merely (adv.) 1 completely, totally, entirely See Topics: Frequency count

deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do;

and the reason why they are not so punished and cured

is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are

in love too. Yet I profess curing it by counsel.
counsel (n.) 1 advice, guidance, direction
profess (v.) 3 practise, pursue, claim knowledge of


ORLANDO

Did you ever cure any so?


ROSALIND

Yes, one, and in this manner. He was to

imagine me his love, his mistress; and I set him every

day to woo me. At which time would I, being but a

moonish youth, grieve, be effeminate, changeable,
moonish (adj.) changeable, fickle, capricious

longing and liking, proud, fantastical, apish, shallow,
apish (adj.) 1 silly, foolish, trifling
fantastical (adj.) 1 fanciful, imaginative, full of wild ideas

inconstant, full of tears, full of smiles; for every passion

something, and for no passion truly anything, as boys

and women are for the most part cattle of this colour;

would now like him, now loathe him; then entertain
entertain (v.) 2 welcome, receive kindly, treat well, show hospitality to

him, then forswear him; now weep for him, then spit
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up See Topics: Frequency count
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit See Topics: Frequency count

at him; that I drave my suitor from his mad humour of
that (conj.) 3 with the result that

love to a living humour of madness – which was, to
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids] See Topics: Frequency count
living (adj.) real, genuine, not put on

forswear the full stream of the world and to live in a
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up See Topics: Frequency count

nook merely monastic. And thus I cured him, and this
merely (adv.) 1 completely, totally, entirely See Topics: Frequency count

way will I take upon me to wash your liver as clean as a
liver (n.) 1 part of the body thought to be at the seat of the passions [especially sexual desire]

sound sheep's heart, that there shall not be one spot of

love in't.


ORLANDO

I would not be cured, youth.


ROSALIND

I would cure you, if you would but call me

‘ Rosalind ’, and come every day to my cote, and woo me.
cote (n.) cottage


ORLANDO

Now, by the faith of my love, I will. Tell me

where it is.


ROSALIND

Go with me to it and I'll show it you: and by

the way you shall tell me where in the forest you live.

Will you go?


ORLANDO

With all my heart, good youth.


ROSALIND

Nay, you must call me ‘ Rosalind.’ – Come,

sister, will you go?

Exeunt

 
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