As You Like It

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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CHARLES

Good morrow to your Worship.

CHARLES

Good morning, sir.

OLIVER

Good Monsieur Charles, what’s the new news at the new court?

OLIVER

Good Mr. Charles! Tell me, what’s the latest news at the new court?

CHARLES

85There’s no news at the court, sir, but the old news. That is, the old duke is banished by his younger brother the new duke, and three or four loving lords have put themselves into voluntary exile with him, whose lands and revenues enrich the new duke. Therefore he gives them good leave to wander.

CHARLES

No news but the old news: the old Duke Senior has been banished by his younger brother, the new Duke Frederick. A few loyal lords have gone into exile with Duke Senior, and given up their lands and money to Frederick—so he’s happy enough to have them leave.

OLIVER

Can you tell if Rosalind, the duke’s daughter, be banished with her father?

OLIVER

Can you tell me whether Rosalind, Duke Senior’s daughter, has also been banished?

CHARLES

Oh, no, for the duke’s daughter her cousin so loves her, being ever from their cradles bred together, that she would have followed her exile or have died to stay behind her. She is at the court, and no less beloved of her uncle than his own daughter, and never two ladies loved as they do.

CHARLES

Oh, no. Duke Frederick’s daughter, Celia, grew up with Rosalind, and Celia loves her cousin so much that she would have either followed her into exile or died of grief. Rosalind has stayed at court, where Duke Frederick loves her like his own daughter. No two women ever loved each other like they do.

OLIVER

Where will the old duke live?

OLIVER

Where will the old duke live?

CHARLES

They say he is already in the Forest of Arden, and a many merry men with him; and there they live like the old Robin Hood of England. They say many young gentlemen flock to him every day and fleet the time carelessly, as they did in the golden world.

CHARLES

They say he’s already in the Forest of Arden. He has many cheerful men with him, and they live like Robin Hood and his outlaws. People say that new batches of young men flock there every day, and that they all pass the time without a care, like people did in the

Golden Age

In Greek mythology, the first humans lived in a Golden Age, free from work, conflict, or violence, and without the need of laws.

Golden Age
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OLIVER

What, you wrestle tomorrow before the new duke?

OLIVER

So, are you going to wrestle before the new duke tomorrow?