As You Like It

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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ORLANDO

I will no further offend you than becomes me for my good.

ORLANDO

I won’t bother you any more than necessary.

OLIVER

Get you with him, you old dog.

OLIVER

(to ADAM) And you get lost too, you old dog.

ADAM

Is “old dog” my reward? Most true, I have lost my teeth in your service. God be with my old master. He would not have spoke such a word.

ADAM

Is that my reward—to be called “old dog?” Well, it’s true, I’ve served this family so long I’ve gotten old and toothless, like a dog. God bless my old master. He would never have spoken to me like this.
Exeunt ORLANDO and ADAM
ORLANDO and ADAM exit.

OLIVER

Is it even so? Begin you to grow upon me? I will physic your rankness and yet give no thousand crowns neither.—Holla, Dennis!

OLIVER

Is that how it’s going to be? Are you starting to challenge me? I’ll cure you of your insolence, and I’m not going to give you a thousand crowns, either!—Hey, Dennis!
Enter DENNIS
DENNIS enters.

DENNIS

75Calls your Worship?

DENNIS

Did you call for me, your Worship?

OLIVER

Was not Charles, the duke’s wrestler, here to speak with me?

OLIVER

Wasn’t Charles, the duke’s wrestler, here to speak with me?

DENNIS

So please you, he is here at the door and importunes access to you.

DENNIS

Yes, sir, he’s here at the door right now and asks to see you.

OLIVER

80Call him in.

OLIVER

Call him in.
Exit DENNIS
DENNIS exits.
'Twill be a good way, and tomorrow the wrestling is.
I have a good plan. And tomorrow is the wrestling match.
Enter CHARLES
CHARLES enters.