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As You Like It

As You Like It Translation Act 2, Scene 2

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Enter DUKE FREDERICK, with LORDS

DUKE FREDERICK

Can it be possible that no man saw them?It cannot be. Some villains of my courtAre of consent and sufferance in this.

DUKE FREDERICK

Can it be possible that no man saw them leave? It cannot be. Some villains in my court must be complicit in this.

FIRST LORD

I cannot hear of any that did see her. The ladies, her attendants of her chamber Saw her abed, and in the morning early They found the bed untreasured of their mistress.

FIRST LORD

I cannot find anyone that saw her leave. The ladies who attend her in her rooms helped her into bed last night, but in the early morning they found the bed empty of their mistress.

SECOND LORD

My lord, the roinish clown, at whom so oft Your Grace was wont to laugh, is also missing. Hisperia, the Princess' gentlewoman, Confesses that she secretly o'erheard Your daughter and her cousin much commend The parts and graces of the wrestler That did but lately foil the sinewy Charles, And she believes wherever they are gone That youth is surely in their company.

SECOND LORD

My lord, the base clown—whom your Grace used to laugh at so often—is also missing. And Hisperia, the Princess's servant, confesses that she secretly overhead your daughter and her cousin praising the good looks and manners of the wrestler who recently defeated the muscular Charles. And she believes that wherever they have gone, that young man is surely with them.

DUKE FREDERICK

Send to his brother. Fetch that gallant hither. If he be absent, bring his brother to me. I’ll make him find him. Do this suddenly, And let not search and inquisition quail To bring again these foolish runaways.

DUKE FREDERICK

Send a message to his brother. Fetch that pretty-boy Orlando here. If he is absent, then bring his brother to me. I'll make Oliver find Orlando. Do this immediately, and don't let your searching and questioning falter until you've brought home these foolish runaways.

Exeunt

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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.