Election Day is November 3rd! Make sure your voice is heard

As You Like It

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2 Page 2

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CORIN

20No more but that I know the more one sickens, the worse at ease he is, and that he that wants money, means, and content is without three good friends; that the property of rain is to wet, and fire to burn; that good pasture makes fat sheep; and that a great cause of the night is lack of the sun; that he that hath learned no wit by nature nor art may complain of good breeding or comes of a very dull kindred.

CORIN

Only in that I know that the sicker one gets, the worse one feels, and that the man who lacks money, employment, and happiness is without three good friends. I know that rain makes things wet and fire burns things. I know that a good pasture makes sheep fat, that the main cause of night is the absence of sun, and that the man who isn’t smart by nature and hasn’t learned anything from his schooling will complain of his lack of good manners, or he comes from very dull parents indeed.

TOUCHSTONE

Such a one is a natural philosopher. Wast ever in court, shepherd?

TOUCHSTONE

You’re a natural-born philosopher! Were you ever at court, shepherd?

CORIN

No, truly.

CORIN

Honestly, no.

TOUCHSTONE

30Then thou art damned.

TOUCHSTONE

Then you are damned.

CORIN

Nay, I hope.

CORIN

I hope not.

TOUCHSTONE

Truly, thou art damned, like an ill-roasted egg, all on one side.

TOUCHSTONE

CORIN

For not being at court? Your reason.

CORIN

I’m damned for not having been at court? Explain.

TOUCHSTONE

35Why, if thou never wast at court, thou never saw’st good manners; if thou never saw’st good manners, then thy manners must be wicked, and wickedness is sin, and sin is damnation. Thou art in a parlous state, shepherd.

TOUCHSTONE

Well, if you were never at court, you were never exposed to good manners; if you never witnessed good manners, your manners must be wicked; wickedness is a sin, and committing sins leads to damnation. You are in a perilous state, shepherd.