As You Like It

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 3

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ROSALIND

Oh, they take the part of a better wrestler than myself.

ROSALIND

But they’re siding with a better wrestler than myself.

CELIA

Oh, a good wish upon you. You will try in time, in despite of a fall. But turning these jests out of service, let us talk in good earnest. Is it possible on such a sudden you should fall into so strong a liking with old Sir Rowland’s youngest son?

CELIA

Oh, that’s a good wish! You’ll fight with him eventually, and

fall

Celia means both that Rosalind will be “defeated” by her affections for Orlando and that she will “fall” to him sexually.

fall
. But let’s put these jokes aside for a moment, and speak earnestly. Is it possible that you could have fallen in love with Orlando, Sir Rowland’s youngest son, this suddenly?

ROSALIND

The duke my father loved his father dearly.

ROSALIND

The duke, my father, loved his father very much.

CELIA

Doth it therefore ensue that you should love his son dearly? By this kind of chase I should hate him, for my father hated his father dearly. Yet I hate not Orlando.

CELIA

Does that necessarily mean you should love his son? By that kind of logic, I should hate Orlando, since my father hates his father. But I don’t hate Orlando.

ROSALIND

No, faith, hate him not, for my sake.

ROSALIND

No, please don’t hate him—for my sake.

CELIA

Why should I not? Doth he not deserve well?

CELIA

Why shouldn’t I? Doesn’t he deserve it?

ROSALIND

Let me love him for that, and do you love him because I do.
30Look, here comes the duke.

ROSALIND

Let me love him because he deserves it, and you can love him because I do. Look, here comes the duke.
Enter DUKE FREDERICK with lords
DUKE FREDERICK enters, with lords

CELIA

With his eyes full of anger.

CELIA

He looks angry.

DUKE FREDERICK

Mistress, dispatch you with your safest haste,
And get you from our court.

DUKE FREDERICK

Madam, hurry as fast as you can get out of my court.

ROSALIND

Me, uncle?

ROSALIND

Me, uncle?

DUKE FREDERICK

35You, cousin.
Within these ten days if that thou beest found
So near our public court as twenty miles,
Thou diest for it.

DUKE FREDERICK

You, niece. In ten days time, if you’re found within twenty miles of the court, you’ll die for it.