As You Like It
Act V, Scene 1
The Forest of Arden.
- Enter Clown (Touchstone) and Audrey.
- We shall find a time, Audrey, patience, gentle Audrey.
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- Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the old
- gentleman’s saying.
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- A most wicked Sir Oliver, Audrey, a most vile Martext. But,
- Audrey, there is a youth here in the forest lays claim to
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- Ay, I know who ’tis; he hath no interest in me in the world.
- Here comes the man you mean.
- Enter William.
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- 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.
- Good ev’n, Audrey.
- God ye good ev’n, William.
- And good ev’n to you, sir.
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- Good ev’n, gentle friend. Cover thy head, cover thy head;
- nay, prithee be cover’d. How old are you, friend?
- Five and twenty, sir.
- A ripe age. Is thy name William?
- William, sir.
- A fair name. Wast born i’ the forest here?
- Ay, sir, I thank God.
- “Thank God”—a good answer. Art rich?
- Faith, sir, so, so.
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- “So, so” is good, very good, very excellent good; and yet it
- is not, it is but so, so. Art thou wise?
- Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit.
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- Why, thou say’st 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, meaning thereby that grapes were made to eat and lips
- to open. You do love this maid?
- I do, sir.
- Give me your hand. Art thou learned?
- No, sir.
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- Then learn this of me: to have, is to have. For it is a
- figure in rhetoric that drink, being pour’d 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.
- Which he, sir?
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- 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 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 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.
- Do, good William.
- God rest you merry, sir.
- Enter Corin.
- Our master and mistress seeks you. Come away, away!
- Trip, Audrey, trip, Audrey! I attend, I attend.