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As You Like It

As You Like It Translation Table of Contents

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Act 1, Scene 1

Orlando explains how his elder brother Oliver mistreats him. Oliver urges the court wrestler Charles to harm Orlando.

Act 1, Scene 2

Rosalind and Celia watch as Orlando wrestles, and defeats, Charles. Rosalind and Orlando fall in love.

Act 1, Scene 3

Rosalind and Celia discuss Orlando. Duke Frederick banishes Rosalind. Rosalind and Celia decide to flee in disguise.

Act 2, Scene 1

Duke Senior is living happily in the forest. He hears how Jacques is feeling melancholy and goes to meet him.

Act 2, Scene 2

Frederick discovers that Celia has left with Rosalind and Touchstone. He sends for Orlando's brother Oliver.

Act 2, Scene 3

Adam tells Orlando to flee to the forest to escape his brother and the duke. Adam offers him companionship and money.

Act 2, Scene 4

Disguised Rosalind and Celia, and Touchstone, hear Corin and Silvius discussing love. Rosalind and Celia buy a cottage.

Act 2, Scene 5

Jaques is enjoying feeling melancholy, and has Amiens sing to him. Jaques comes up with a song of his own.

Act 2, Scene 6

Adam is starving and exhausted. Orlando promises to go and find food for him.

Act 2, Scene 7

Jacques tells Duke Senior that he has met Touchstone. Orlando ambushes the men, but the Duke freely offers him food.

Act 3, Scene 1

Frederick confiscates Oliver's lands, and promises to banish him if he cannot find his brother within a year.

Act 3, Scene 2

Rosalind (as Ganymede) sees Orlando hanging poetry on the trees, and offers to help cure Orlando of his love-sickness.

Act 3, Scene 3

Touchstone flirts with Audrey and accepts that he must marry her to win her love. He asks Sir Oliver to marry them.

Act 3, Scene 4

Celia teases Rosalind about Orlando. Corin invites Celia and Rosalind to watch Silvius's attempts to woo Phoebe.

Act 3, Scene 5

Silvius begs Phoebe for her love. Rosalind (as Ganymede) rebukes her. Phoebe falls in love with "Ganymede."

Act 4, Scene 1

Rosalind and Jaques discuss melancholy. Rosalind then tests Orlando's love by berating him without breaking character.

Act 4, Scene 2

Orlando has failed to meet "Ganymede." It turns out he has been injured saving Oliver's life, and is recovering.

Act 5, Scene 1

Touchstone and Audrey discuss marriage. Touchstone humiliates William, Audrey's suitor.

Act 5, Scene 2

Oliver has fallen in love with "Aliena." "Ganymede" promises Orlando that he will marry Rosalind, and sets up a plan.

Act 5, Scene 3

Touchstone and Audrey prepare to get married. They stumble upon some of Duke Senior's pages, who sing for them.

Act 5, Scene 4

The couples marry. Frederick becomes a religious recluse, reinstating Duke Senior. Jaques leaves before the celebration.
Matt cosby
About the Translator: Matt Cosby
Matt Cosby graduated from Amherst College in 2011, and currently works as a writer and editor for LitCharts. He is from Florida but now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also makes art, plays the piano, and goes to dog parks.