As You Like It

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 3

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ROSALIND

I do beseech your Grace,
40Let me the knowledge of my fault bear with me.
If with myself I hold intelligence
Or have acquaintance with mine own desires,
If that I do not dream or be not frantic—
As I do trust I am not—then, dear uncle,
45Never so much as in a thought unborn
Did I offend your Highness.

ROSALIND

Please, your Grace, tell me what crime I have committed. If I know my own thoughts and desires, and I’m not dreaming or crazy—which I’m sure I’m not—then, dear uncle, I’ve never had so much as a half-formed thought that would have offended you.

DUKE FREDERICK

Thus do all traitors.
If their purgation did consist in words,
They are as innocent as grace itself.
50Let it suffice thee that I trust thee not.

DUKE FREDERICK

All traitors protest like this. If they could purge their guilt simply by saying that they were innocent, they’d all be as innocent as God Himself. I don’t trust you. Enough said.

ROSALIND

Yet your mistrust cannot make me a traitor.
Tell me whereon the likelihood depends.

ROSALIND

But your mistrust alone can’t make me a traitor—on what basis do you suspect me?

DUKE FREDERICK

Thou art thy father’s daughter. There’s enough.

DUKE FREDERICK

You are your father’s daughter. That’s enough.

ROSALIND

So was I when your Highness took his dukedom.
55So was I when your Highness banished him.
Treason is not inherited, my lord,
Or if we did derive it from our friends,
What’s that to me? My father was no traitor.
Then, good my liege, mistake me not so much
60To think my poverty is treacherous.

ROSALIND

I was his daughter when your Highness took my father’s dukedom. I was his daughter when you banished him. Treason is not inherited, my lord. But even if we did inherit it from our family, what does that have to do with me? My father wasn’t a traitor. So, please, my lord, don’t assume that I’m treacherous just because I’m poor, with no titles to my name.

CELIA

Dear sovereign, hear me speak.

CELIA

Dear master, listen to me.

DUKE FREDERICK

Ay, Celia, we stayed her for your sake.
Else had she with her father ranged along.

DUKE FREDERICK

Yes, Celia, we kept her here for your sake. Otherwise, she would have been banished with her father.