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As You Like It

As You Like It Translation Act 2, Scene 6

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Enter ORLANDO and ADAM

ADAM

Dear master, I can go no further. Oh, I die for food. Here lieI down and measure out my grave. Farewell, kind master.

ADAM

Dear master, I can't go any further. Oh, I'm dying of hunger. I will lie down here and measure out my grave. Farewell, kind master.

ORLANDO

Why, how now, Adam? No greater heart in thee? Live a little, comfort a little, cheer thyself a little. If this uncouth forest yield anything savage, I will eitherbe food for it or bring it for food to thee. Thy conceit is nearer death than thy powers. For my sake, becomfortable. Hold death awhile at the arm’s end. I willhere be with thee presently, and if I bring thee not something to eat, I will give thee leave to die. But if thou diest before I come, thou art a mocker of my labor.Well said. Thou look’st cheerly, and I’ll be with thee quickly. Yet thou liest in the bleak air. Come, I will bear thee to some shelter, and thou shalt not die for lack of a dinner if there live anything in this desert. Cheerly, good Adam.

ORLANDO

Why, what's this now, Adam? Don't you have a braver heart than that? Live a little, comfort yourself a little, cheer up a little. If this wild forest has any animals in it, I will either be food for them or bring them as food for you. Your body isn't close to death. It's only your imagination. For my sake, be comfortable. Keep death at arm's length a while. I will be back with you soon, and if I don't bring you something to eat, then I will give you permission to die. But if you die before I return, then you will be mocking my effort to help you. I said that well: you look more cheerful already, and I'll be back quickly. But you're lying in the cold. Come, I will carry you to some shelter, and you won't die for lack of dinner if there is anything alive and edible in this uninhabited forest. Cheer up, good Adam.

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.