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As You Like It: Act 1, Scene 3

As You Like It
Act 1, Scene 3

A room in the Duke’s palace.

  1. Enter Celia and Rosalind.

Celia

2
  1. Why, cousin, why, Rosalind! Cupid have mercy, not a word?

Rosalind

3
  1. Not one to throw at a dog.

Celia

4 - 5
  1. No, thy words are too precious to be cast away upon curs,
  2. throw some of them at me. Come lame me with reasons.

Rosalind

6 - 7
  1. Then there were two cousins laid up, when the one should be
  2. lam’d with reasons, and the other mad without any.

Celia

8
  1. But is all this for your father?

Rosalind

9 - 10
  1. No, some of it is for my child’s father. O how full of
  2. briers is this working-day world!

Celia

11 - 13
  1. They are but burs, cousin, thrown upon thee in holiday
  2. foolery; if we walk not in the trodden paths, our very
  3. petticoats will catch them.

Rosalind

14
  1. I could shake them off my coat; these burs are in my heart.

Celia

15
  1. Hem them away.

Rosalind

16
  1. I would try, if I could cry hem and have him.

Celia

17
  1. Come, come, wrestle with thy affections.

Rosalind

18
  1. O, they take the part of a better wrestler than myself!

Celia

19 - 23
  1. O, a good wish upon you! You will try in time, in despite of
  2. a fall. But turning these jests out of service, let us talk
  3. in good earnest. Is it possible, on such a sudden, you
  4. should fall into so strong a liking with old Sir Rowland’s
  5. youngest son?

Rosalind

24
  1. The Duke my father lov’d his father dearly.

Celia

25 - 27
  1. Doth it therefore ensue that you should love his son dearly?
  2. By this kind of chase, I should hate him, for my father
  3. hated his father dearly; yet I hate not Orlando.

Rosalind

28
  1. No, faith, hate him not, for my sake.

Celia

29
  1. Why should I not? Doth he not deserve well?
  1. Enter Duke Frederick with Lords.

Rosalind

31 - 32
  1. Let me love him for that, and do you love him because I do.
  2. Look, here comes the Duke.

Celia

33
  1. With his eyes full of anger.

Duke Frederick

34 - 35
  1. Mistress, dispatch you with your safest haste,
  2. And get you from our court.

Rosalind

36
  1.                             Me, uncle?

Duke Frederick

37 - 40
  1.            You, cousin.
  2. Within these ten days if that thou beest found
  3. So near our public court as twenty miles,
  4. Thou diest for it.

Rosalind

41 - 48
  1.                    I do beseech your Grace
  2. Let me the knowledge of my fault bear with me:
  3. If with myself I hold intelligence,
  4. Or have acquaintance with mine own desires;
  5. If that I do not dream, or be not frantic
  6. (As I do trust I am not), then, dear uncle,
  7. Never so much as in a thought unborn
  8. Did I offend your Highness.

Duke Frederick

49 - 52
  1.                             Thus do all traitors:
  2. If their purgation did consist in words,
  3. They are as innocent as grace itself.
  4. Let it suffice thee that I trust thee not.

Rosalind

53 - 54
  1. Yet your mistrust cannot make me a traitor.
  2. Tell me whereon the likelihood depends.

Duke Frederick

55
  1. Thou art thy father’s daughter, there’s enough.

Rosalind

56 - 62
  1. So was I when your Highness took his dukedom,
  2. So was I when your Highness banish’d him.
  3. Treason is not inherited, my lord,
  4. Or if we did derive it from our friends,
  5. What’s that to me? My father was no traitor.
  6. Then, good my liege, mistake me not so much
  7. To think my poverty is treacherous.

Celia

63
  1. Dear sovereign, hear me speak.

Duke Frederick

64 - 65
  1. Ay, Celia, we stay’d her for your sake,
  2. Else had she with her father rang’d along.

Celia

66 - 73
  1. I did not then entreat to have her stay,
  2. It was your pleasure and your own remorse.
  3. I was too young that time to value her,
  4. But now I know her. If she be a traitor,
  5. Why, so am I. We still have slept together,
  6. Rose at an instant, learn’d, play’d, eat together,
  7. And wheresoe’er we went, like Juno’s swans,
  8. Still we went coupled and inseparable.

Duke Frederick

74 - 81
  1. She is too subtile for thee, and her smoothness,
  2. Her very silence, and her patience
  3. Speak to the people, and they pity her.
  4. Thou art a fool; she robs thee of thy name,
  5. And thou wilt show more bright and seem more virtuous
  6. When she is gone. Then open not thy lips:
  7. Firm and irrevocable is my doom
  8. Which I have pass’d upon her; she is banish’d.

Celia

82 - 83
  1. Pronounce that sentence then on me, my liege,
  2. I cannot live out of her company.

Duke Frederick

84 - 86
  1. You are a fool. You, niece, provide yourself;
  2. If you outstay the time, upon mine honor,
  3. And in the greatness of my word, you die.
  1. Exit Duke with Lords.

Celia

88 - 90
  1. O my poor Rosalind, whither wilt thou go?
  2. Wilt thou change fathers? I will give thee mine.
  3. I charge thee be not thou more griev’d than I am.

Rosalind

91
  1. I have more cause.

Celia

92 - 94
  1.                    Thou hast not, cousin,
  2. Prithee be cheerful. Know’st thou not the Duke
  3. Hath banish’d me, his daughter?

Rosalind

95
  1.                                 That he hath not.

Celia

96 - 105
  1. No, hath not? Rosalind lacks then the love
  2. Which teacheth thee that thou and I am one.
  3. Shall we be sund’red? Shall we part, sweet girl?
  4. No, let my father seek another heir.
  5. Therefore devise with me how we may fly,
  6. Whither to go, and what to bear with us,
  7. And do not seek to take your change upon you,
  8. To bear your griefs yourself, and leave me out;
  9. For by this heaven, now at our sorrows pale,
  10. Say what thou canst, I’ll go along with thee.

Rosalind

106
  1. Why, whither shall we go?

Celia

107
  1. To seek my uncle in the forest of Arden.

Rosalind

108 - 110
  1. Alas, what danger will it be to us,
  2. Maids as we are, to travel forth so far!
  3. Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.

Celia

111 - 114
  1. I’ll put myself in poor and mean attire,
  2. And with a kind of umber smirch my face;
  3. The like do you. So shall we pass along
  4. And never stir assailants.

Rosalind

115 - 123
  1.                            Were it not better,
  2. Because that I am more than common tall,
  3. That I did suit me all points like a man?
  4. A gallant curtle-axe upon my thigh,
  5. A boar-spear in my hand, andin my heart
  6. Lie there what hidden woman’s fear there will
  7. We’ll have a swashing and a martial outside,
  8. As many other mannish cowards have
  9. That do outface it with their semblances.

Celia

124
  1. What shall I call thee when thou art a man?

Rosalind

125 - 127
  1. I’ll have no worse a name than Jove’s own page,
  2. And therefore look you call me Ganymede.
  3. But what will you be call’d?

Celia

128 - 129
  1. Something that hath a reference to my state:
  2. No longer Celia, but Aliena.

Rosalind

130 - 132
  1. But, cousin, what if we assay’d to steal
  2. The clownish fool out of your father’s court?
  3. Would he not be a comfort to our travel?

Celia

133 - 139
  1. He’ll go along o’er the wide world with me;
  2. Leave me alone to woo him. Let’s away,
  3. And get our jewels and our wealth together,
  4. Devise the fittest time and safest way
  5. To hide us from pursuit that will be made
  6. After my flight. Now go we in content
  7. To liberty, and not to banishment.
  1. Exeunt.
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