As You Like It

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2 Page 8

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CELIA

But didst thou hear without wondering how thy name should be hanged and carved upon these trees?

CELIA

But did you listen to all that poetry without even wondering about what your name is doing on all these trees?

ROSALIND

I was seven of the nine days out of the wonder before you came, for look here what I found on a palm tree. I was never so berhymed since Pythagoras' time, that I was an Irish rat, which I can hardly remember.

ROSALIND

I was working through my wonder when you arrived. Look at what I found on a palm tree. I haven’t been rhymed about like this since my past life, when I was an

Irish rat

In Ireland, poets aimed satirical verses at their enemies. Supposedly, they killed rats by rhyming them to death.

Irish rat
, but I can hardly remember that.

CELIA

Trow you who hath done this?

CELIA

Do you know who wrote these?

ROSALIND

Is it a man?

ROSALIND

Was it a man?

CELIA

And a chain, that you once wore, about his neck. Change you color?

CELIA

And he had a chain that once belonged to you hanging around his neck. Are you blushing?

ROSALIND

I prithee, who?

ROSALIND

Please, who?

CELIA

O Lord, Lord, it is a hard matter for friends to meet, but mountains may be removed with earthquakes and so encounter.

CELIA

Oh God, God! It’s difficult to bring two friends together, but even mountains can be moved together by earthquakes.

ROSALIND

170Nay, but who is it?

ROSALIND

No, who are you talking about?

CELIA

Is it possible?

CELIA

Is it possible?

ROSALIND

Nay, I prithee now, with most petitionary vehemence, tell me who it is.

ROSALIND

No, I’m begging you now, tell me who it is.

CELIA

O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all whooping!

CELIA

Oh, this is wonderful, wonderful—just wonderful wonderful! And another wonderful, and beyond-my-ability-to-express wonderful!