As You Like It

by: William Shakespeare

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He sent me hither, stranger as I am,
180To tell this story, that you might excuse
His broken promise, and to give this napkin
Dyed in his blood unto the shepherd youth
That he in sport doth call his Rosalind.
he sent me out to find you, even though I’m a stranger to you. He wanted me to tell you this story and beg your forgiveness for his having broken his promise. He wanted me to give this handkerchief, soaked in his blood, to the boy that he jokingly calls his Rosalind.
ROSALIND swoons
ROSALIND faints.

CELIA

Why, how now, Ganymede, sweet Ganymede?

CELIA

Oh no! Ganymede! Ganymede, sweetheart?

OLIVER

185Many will swoon when they do look on blood.

OLIVER

Many people faint when they see blood.

CELIA

There is more in it.—Cousin Ganymede.

CELIA

There’s more to it than that.—Ganymede!

OLIVER

Look, he recovers.

OLIVER

Look, he’s recovering.

ROSALIND

I would I were at home.

ROSALIND

I want to go home.

CELIA

We’ll lead you thither.
190—I pray you, will you take him by the arm?

CELIA

We’ll take you there. Please, will you take his arm?

OLIVER

Be of good cheer, youth. You a man? You lack a man’s heart.

OLIVER

Buck up, boy! You’re a man? You don’t have a man’s courage.

ROSALIND

I do so, I confess it. Ah, sirrah, a body would think this was well-counterfeited. I pray you tell your brother how well I counterfeited. Heigh-ho.

ROSALIND

It’s true, I confess. Oh, sir, someone would think I was a good fake. Please tell your brother what a convincing show I put on. Whoo-hoo!

OLIVER

195This was not counterfeit. There is too great testimony in your complexion that it was a passion of earnest.

OLIVER

That was no show. Your cheeks are too flushed for me to believe that was a fake faint.

ROSALIND

Counterfeit, I assure you.

ROSALIND

Fake, I’m telling you.

OLIVER

Well then, take a good heart and counterfeit to be a man.

OLIVER

Well, then, be brave and pretend to be a man.