As You Like It

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 3

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CELIA

What shall I call thee when thou art a man?

CELIA

What should I call you when you’re a man?

ROSALIND

I’ll have no worse a name than Jove’s own page,
And therefore look you call me Ganymede.
But what will you be called?

ROSALIND

CELIA

125Something that hath a reference to my state:
No longer Celia, but Aliena.

CELIA

Something that refers to my current state. Instead of Celia, call me Aliena.

ROSALIND

But, cousin, what if we assayed to steal
The clownish fool out of your father’s court?
Would he not be a comfort to our travel?

ROSALIND

Cousin, what if we brought that clownish fool of your father’s court, Touchstone? Wouldn’t he be a comfort to us in our travels?

CELIA

130He’ll go along o'er the wide world with me.
Leave me alone to woo him. Let’s away
And get our jewels and our wealth together,
Devise the fittest time and safest way
To hide us from pursuit that will be made
135After my flight. Now go we in content
To liberty, and not to banishment.

CELIA

He’d walk the whole wide world with me. Leave me alone to go convince him. Let’s go gather our jewels and money. We’ll figure out the best time and safest route to avoid being found out by my father’s guards, whom he’ll send out as soon as he discovers I’ve gone. Now, we go contentedly to freedom—not banishment.
Exeunt
They exit.