As You Like It

by: William Shakespeare

Act 3 Scene 4

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Enter ROSALIND and CELIA
ROSALIND and CELIA enter.

ROSALIND

Never talk to me. I will weep.

ROSALIND

Don’t talk to me. I’m going to cry.

CELIA

Do, I prithee, but yet have the grace to consider that tears do not become a man.

CELIA

Go ahead if you want, but remember that crying doesn’t suit a man.

ROSALIND

But have I not cause to weep?

ROSALIND

But don’t I have good reason to cry?

CELIA

5As good cause as one would desire. Therefore weep.

CELIA

As good a reason as any. So go ahead and cry.

ROSALIND

His very hair is of the dissembling color.

ROSALIND

I mean, his

hair

Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was commonly depicted with red hair.

hair
is even red—the same color as that lying Judas.

CELIA

Something browner than Judas’s. Marry, his kisses are
Judas’s own children.

CELIA

No, it’s a shade browner than

Judas’s

Judas betrayed Jesus to the Romans with a kiss.

Judas’s
—but his kisses are just like Judas’s.

ROSALIND

I' faith, his hair is of a good color.

ROSALIND

No, really, his hair is a nice color.

CELIA

10An excellent color. Your chestnut was ever the only color.

CELIA

A very good color, this chestnut.

ROSALIND

And his kissing is as full of sanctity as the touch of holy bread.

ROSALIND

His kiss is as holy as bread blessed by a priest.

CELIA

He hath bought a pair of cast lips of Diana. A nun of winter’s sisterhood kisses not more religiously. The very ice of chastity is in them.

CELIA

He must have bought a cast-iron pair of

Diana’s

Diana was the patron goddess of virgins.

Diana’s
lips: an elderly nun isn’t anymore devoted in her kissing than he is. His kiss is cold and chaste.

ROSALIND

But why did he swear he would come this morning, and comes not?

ROSALIND

But why would he promise to come visit me this morning and then not come?