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As You Like It

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

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CORIN

Not a whit, Touchstone. Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country as the behavior of the country is most mockable at the court. You told me you salute not at the court but you kiss your hands. That courtesy would be uncleanly if courtiers were shepherds.

CORIN

Not at all, Touchstone. The good manners of the court look as silly in the country as country behavior is laughable at the court. You told me that you don’t salute at the court but kiss hands. Now, if courtiers were shepherds, that kind of courtesy would be unclean.

TOUCHSTONE

Instance, briefly. Come, instance.

TOUCHSTONE

Give a quick example. Come, explain.

CORIN

45Why, we are still handling our ewes, and their fells, you know, are greasy.

CORIN

Why, because we’re always handling our ewes, and their fleece, as you know, is greasy.

TOUCHSTONE

Why, do not your courtier’s hands sweat? And is not the grease of a mutton as wholesome as the sweat of a man? Shallow, shallow. A better instance, I say. Come.

TOUCHSTONE

What, don’t courtiers' hands sweat? And isn’t a sheep’s grease as wholesome as a man’s sweat? That’s a poor example. A better example—come on.

CORIN

50Besides, our hands are hard.

CORIN

Besides, our hands are hard and calloused.

TOUCHSTONE

Your lips will feel them the sooner. Shallow again. A more sounder instance. Come.

TOUCHSTONE

Then your lips will feel them more quickly. Shallow thinking, yet again. Come on.

CORIN

And they are often tarred over with the surgery of our sheep; and would you have us kiss tar? The courtier’s hands are perfumed with civet.

CORIN

Our hands are often covered in tar, from performing surgery on our

sheep

Sheep wounds were treated with tar.

sheep
.Would you have us country folks kiss each other’s tarred hands? Courtiers' hands are perfumed.

TOUCHSTONE

Most shallow man. Thou worms' meat in respect of a good piece of flesh, indeed. Learn of the wise and perpend: civet is of a baser birth than tar, the very uncleanly flux of a cat. Mend the instance, shepherd.

TOUCHSTONE

You shallow thinker! You worthless man! You are about as much of a thinker as worm’s meat is a nice steak. Learn from the wise, and comprehend: the courtier’s perfume is made from cat discharge—much more disgusting than tar. Fix your example, shepherd.

CORIN

60You have too courtly a wit for me. I’ll rest.

CORIN

Your wit is too courtly for me. I’ll rest now.