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As You Like It: Act 5, Scene 1

As You Like It
Act 5, Scene 1

Scene 1

The Forest of Arden.

  1. Enter Clown (Touchstone) and Audrey.

Touchstone

2
  1. We shall find a time, Audrey, patience, gentle Audrey.

Audrey

3 - 4
  1. Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the old
  2. gentleman’s saying.

Touchstone

5 - 7
  1. A most wicked Sir Oliver, Audrey, a most vile Martext. But,
  2. Audrey, there is a youth here in the forest lays claim to
  3. you.

Audrey

8 - 9
  1. Ay, I know who ’tis; he hath no interest in me in the world.
  2. Here comes the man you mean.
  1. Enter William.

Touchstone

11 - 13
  1. It is meat and drink to me to see a clown. By my troth, we
  2. that have good wits have much to answer for; we shall be
  3. flouting; we cannot hold.

William

14
  1. Good ev’n, Audrey.

Audrey

15
  1. God ye good ev’n, William.

William

16
  1. And good ev’n to you, sir.

Touchstone

17 - 18
  1. Good ev’n, gentle friend. Cover thy head, cover thy head;
  2. nay, prithee be cover’d. How old are you, friend?

William

19
  1. Five and twenty, sir.

Touchstone

20
  1. A ripe age. Is thy name William?

William

21
  1. William, sir.

Touchstone

22
  1. A fair name. Wast born i’ the forest here?

William

23
  1. Ay, sir, I thank God.

Touchstone

24
  1. Thank God”—a good answer. Art rich?

William

25
  1. Faith, sir, so, so.

Touchstone

26 - 27
  1. So, so is good, very good, very excellent good; and yet it
  2. is not, it is but so, so. Art thou wise?

William

28
  1. Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit.

Touchstone

29 - 34
  1. Why, thou say’st well. I do now remember a saying, The fool
  2. doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be
  3. a fool.” The heathen philosopher, when he had a desire to
  4. eat a grape, would open his lips when he put it into his
  5. mouth, meaning thereby that grapes were made to eat and lips
  6. to open. You do love this maid?

William

35
  1. I do, sir.

Touchstone

36
  1. Give me your hand. Art thou learned?

William

37
  1. No, sir.

Touchstone

38 - 42
  1. Then learn this of me: to have, is to have. For it is a
  2. figure in rhetoric that drink, being pour’d out of a cup
  3. into a glass, by filling the one doth empty the other. For
  4. all your writers do consent that ipse is he: now, you are
  5. not ipse, for I am he.

William

43
  1. Which he, sir?

Touchstone

44 - 54
  1. He, sir, that must marry this woman. Therefore, you clown,
  2. abandonwhich is in the vulgar leavethe societywhich in
  3. the boorish is companyof this femalewhich in the common is
  4. woman; which together is, abandon the society of this
  5. female, or, clown, thou perishest; or to thy better
  6. understanding, diest; or (to wit) I kill thee, make thee
  7. away, translate thy life into death, thy liberty into
  8. bondage. I will deal in poison with thee, or in bastinado,
  9. or in steel; I will bandy with thee in faction; I will
  10. o’errun thee with policy; I will kill thee a hundred and
  11. fifty ways: therefore tremble and depart.

Audrey

55
  1. Do, good William.

William

56
  1. God rest you merry, sir.
  1. Exit.
  1. Enter Corin.

Corin

59
  1. Our master and mistress seeks you. Come away, away!

Touchstone

60
  1. Trip, Audrey, trip, Audrey! I attend, I attend.
  1. Exeunt.
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