As You Like It

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 5 Scene 4
No Fear Act 5 Scene 4 Page 3

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JAQUES

There is sure another flood toward, and these couples are coming to the ark. Here comes a pair of very strange beasts, which in all tongues are called fools.
Well, look: there must be another

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In the biblical story of Noah, God sends a flood to wash away mankind and tells Noah to take two of every animal on a ship, so that the world can be repopulated later. Touchstone and Audrey are the latest twosome in “Noah’s ark” of marriages.

flood
coming, with these couples also on their way to Noah’s ark. Here comes a pair of those strange creatures called “fools” in any language.

TOUCHSTONE

Salutation and greeting to you all.

TOUCHSTONE

Hello, and greetings to you all.

JAQUES

40Good my lord, bid him welcome. This is the motley-minded gentleman that I have so often met in the forest. He hath been a courtier, he swears.

JAQUES

My lord, welcome this man. This is the jester I have met so many times in the forest. He swears he used to be a courtier.

TOUCHSTONE

If any man doubt that, let him put me to my purgation. I have trod a measure. I have flattered a lady. I have been politic with my friend, smooth with mine enemy. I have undone three tailors. I have had four quarrels, and like to have fought one.

TOUCHSTONE

If anyone doubts this, let him put me on trial. I have danced a round, I have flattered a lady, I have been polite with my friends, smooth and cunning with my enemies. I have bankrupted three tailors. I have quarreled four times, and almost got in a fight.

JAQUES

And how was that ta'en up?

JAQUES

And how was that one settled?

TOUCHSTONE

Faith, we met and found the quarrel was upon the seventh cause.

TOUCHSTONE

Well, we almost fought and then realized that we had reached the seventh cause.

JAQUES

How “seventh cause”?—Good my lord, like this fellow.

JAQUES

What do you mean, the seventh cause? (to DUKE SENIOR ) My good lord, I hope you like this fellow.

DUKE SENIOR

I like him very well.

DUKE SENIOR

I like him very well.