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As You Like It

As You Like It Translation Act 5, Scene 2

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Enter ORLANDO and OLIVER

ORLANDO

Is ’t possible that on so little acquaintance you should like her? That, but seeing, you should love her? And loving, woo? And wooing, she should grant? And will you persevere to enjoy her?

ORLANDO

Is it possible that you could like her after knowing her for such a brief amount of time? And that you could fall in love after only seeing her once? And that you could woo her as soon as you fell in love? And that, being wooed, she would immediately accept your offer? And will you keep on with your plan to marry her?

OLIVER

Neither call the giddiness of it in question, the poverty of her, the small acquaintance, my sudden wooing, nor her sudden consenting, but say with me “I love Aliena”; say with her that she loves me; consent with both that we may enjoy each other. It shall be to your good, for my father’s house and all the revenue that was old Sir Rowland’s will I estate upon you, and here live and die a shepherd.

OLIVER

Don't raise questions about how quickly it all happened—or scoff at her poverty, our brief acquaintance, my sudden courtship, or her sudden consent. Just say with me, "I love Aliena," and say with her that she loves me. Give your approval to this match, so that we can enjoy each other. It will be to your advantage, for I'll leave our father's house, his wealth, and all his property to you, and I'll stay here to live and die as a shepherd.

ORLANDO

You have my consent. Let your wedding be tomorrow. Thither will I invite the duke and all’s contented followers. Go you and prepare Aliena, for look you, here comes my Rosalind.

ORLANDO

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Enter ROSALIND

ROSALIND

[As Ganymede] God save you, brother.

ROSALIND

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OLIVER

And you, fair sister.

OLIVER

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ROSALIND

O my dear Orlando, how it grieves me to see thee wear thy heart in a scarf.

ROSALIND

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ORLANDO

It is my arm.

ORLANDO

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ROSALIND

I thought thy heart had been wounded with the claws ofa lion.

ROSALIND

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ORLANDO

Wounded it is, but with the eyes of a lady.

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ROSALIND

Did your brother tell you how I counterfeited to swoon when he showed me your handkercher?

ROSALIND

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ORLANDO

Ay, and greater wonders than that.

ORLANDO

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ROSALIND

Oh, I know where you are. Nay, ’tis true. There was never anything so sudden but the fight of two rams and Caesar’s thrasonical brag of “I came, saw, and overcame.” For your brother and my sister no sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage, which they will climb incontinent, or else be incontinent before marriage. They are in the very wrath of love, and they will together. Clubs cannot part them.

ROSALIND

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ORLANDO

They shall be married tomorrow, and I will bid the duketo the nuptial. But Oh, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes. By so much the more shall I tomorrow be at the height of heart-heaviness, by how much I shall think my brother happy in having what he wishes for.

ORLANDO

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ROSALIND

Why, then, tomorrow I cannot serve your turn for Rosalind?

ROSALIND

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ORLANDO

I can live no longer by thinking.

ORLANDO

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ROSALIND

I will weary you then no longer with idle talking. Knowof me then—for now I speak to some purpose—that I know you are a gentleman of good conceit. I speak not this that you should bear a good opinion of my knowledge, insomuch I say I know you are. Neither do I labor for a greater esteem than may in some little measure draw a belief from you to do yourself good, and not to grace me. Believe then, if you please, that I can do strange things. I have, since I was three year old, conversed with a magician, most profound in his art and yet not damnable. If you do love Rosalind so near the heart as your gesture cries it out, when your brother marries Aliena shall you marry her. I know into what straits of fortune she is driven, and it is not impossible to me, if it appear not inconvenient to you, to set her before your eyes tomorrow, human as she is, and without any danger.

ROSALIND

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ORLANDO

Speak’st thou in sober meanings?

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ROSALIND

By my life I do, which I tender dearly, though I say I am a magician. Therefore put you in your best array, bidyour friends; for if you will be married tomorrow, you shall, and to Rosalind, if you will.

ROSALIND

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Enter SILVIUS and PHOEBE

Look, here comes a lover of mine and a lover of hers.

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PHOEBE

Youth, you have done me much ungentlenessTo show the letter that I writ to you.

PHOEBE

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ROSALIND

I care not if I have. It is my study To seem despiteful and ungentle to you. You are there followed by a faithful shepherd. Look upon him, love him; he worships you.

ROSALIND

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PHOEBE

Good shepherd, tell this youth what ’tis to love.

PHOEBE

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SILVIUS

It is to be all made of sighs and tears, And so am I for Phoebe.

SILVIUS

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PHOEBE

And I for Ganymede.

PHOEBE

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ORLANDO

And I for Rosalind.

ORLANDO

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ROSALIND

And I for no woman.

ROSALIND

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SILVIUS

It is to be all made of faith and service, And so am I for Phoebe.

SILVIUS

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PHOEBE

And I for Ganymede.

PHOEBE

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ORLANDO

And I for Rosalind.

ORLANDO

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ROSALIND

And I for no woman.

ROSALIND

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SILVIUS

It is to be all made of fantasy, All made of passion and all made of wishes, All adoration, duty, and observance, All humbleness, all patience and impatience, All purity, all trial, all observance, And so am I for Phoebe.

SILVIUS

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PHOEBE

And so am I for Ganymede.

PHOEBE

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ORLANDO

And so am I for Rosalind.

ORLANDO

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ROSALIND

And so am I for no woman.

ROSALIND

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PHOEBE

If this be so, why blame you me to love you?

PHOEBE

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SILVIUS

If this be so, why blame you me to love you?

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ORLANDO

If this be so, why blame you me to love you?

ORLANDO

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ROSALIND

Why do you speak, too, “Why blame you me to love you?”?

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ORLANDO

To her that is not here, nor doth not hear.

ORLANDO

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ROSALIND

Pray you, no more of this. 'Tis like the howling of Irish wolves against the moon. [to SILVIUS] I will helpyou, if I can. [to PHOEBE] I would love you if I could.— Tomorrow meet me all together. [to PHOEBE] I will marry you if ever I marry woman, and I’ll be married tomorrow. [to ORLANDO] I will satisfy you if ever I satisfy man, and you shall be married tomorrow. [to SILVIUS] I will content you, if what pleases you contents you, and you shall be married tomorrow. [to ORLANDO] As you love Rosalind, meet. [to SILVIUS] As you love Phoebe, meet.— And as I love no woman, I’ll meet. So fare you well. I have left you commands.

ROSALIND

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SILVIUS

I’ll not fail, if I live.

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PHOEBE

Nor I.

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ORLANDO

Nor I.

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