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As you like it  – ACT TWO SCENE FIVE

Amiens Sings – Under the Greenwood tree

Jaques demands more

JAQUES

More, more, I prithee, more.

AMIENS

It will make you melancholy, Monsieur Jaques.

JAQUES

I thank it. More, I prithee, more. I can suck
melancholy out of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs.
More, I prithee, more.

AMIENS

My voice is ragged: I know I cannot please you.

JAQUES

I do not desire you to please me; I do desire you to
sing.

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As You Like It – Act Two Scene Four

The Forest of Arden has new residents.

Rosalind and Celia, disguised as Ganymede, his sister Aliena, and also Touchstone.

ROSALIND

Well, this is the forest of Arden.

TOUCHSTONE

Ay, now am I in Arden; the more fool I; when I was
at home, I was in a better place: but travellers
must be content.

Enter two “natives” of the area. Corin and Silvius

ROSALIND

Look you, who comes here; a young man and an old in
solemn talk.

CORIN

That is the way to make her scorn you still.

SILVIUS

O Corin, that thou knew’st how I do love her!

CORIN

I partly guess; for I have loved ere now.

SILVIUS

No, Corin, being old, thou canst not guess,
Though in thy youth thou wast as true a lover
As ever sigh’d upon a midnight pillow:
But if thy love were ever like to mine–
As sure I think did never man love so–
How many actions most ridiculous
Hast thou been drawn to by thy fantasy?

CORIN

Into a thousand that I have forgotten.

SILVIUS

O, thou didst then ne’er love so heartily!
If thou remember’st not the slightest folly
That ever love did make thee run into,
Thou hast not loved

O’ how true Silvius is. …..

Silvius runs off to find his love, Phoebe and the travellers ask Corin for food and shelter. Corin admits that there is not much to give as his master is not given to be charitable.

Rosalind and Celia agree to buy the land and hire Corin.

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As you like it – Act Two Scenes Two and Three

As you like it – Act Two Scene Two

Back in the court and Duke Frederick has found his daughter missing.

DUKE FREDERICK

Can it be possible that no man saw them?
It cannot be: some villains of my court
Are of consent and sufferance in this.

First Lord

I cannot hear of any that did see her.
The ladies, her attendants of her chamber,
Saw her abed, and in the morning early
They found the bed untreasured of their mistress.

The duke demands a search is made, starting with Orlando’s brother

DUKE FREDERICK

Send to his brother; fetch that gallant hither;
If he be absent, bring his brother to me;
I’ll make him find him: do this suddenly,
And let not search and inquisition quail
To bring again these foolish runaways.

Act Two Scene Three

Orlando, who is the subject of a hunt, meets Adam his old servant who warns that Orlando’s brother means to burn down his house tonight whilst he is asleep.

ADAM

O unhappy youth!
Come not within these doors; within this roof
The enemy of all your graces lives:
Your brother–no, no brother; yet the son–
Yet not the son, I will not call him son
Of him I was about to call his father–
Hath heard your praises, and this night he means
To burn the lodging where you use to lie
And you within it: if he fail of that,
He will have other means to cut you off.
I overheard him and his practises.
This is no place; this house is but a butchery:
Abhor it, fear it, do not enter it.

They decide to flee together, with the money that Adam has saved, for Orlando has no money of his own as his elder brother keeps the money from him

Orlando

But, poor old man, thou prunest a rotten tree,
That cannot so much as a blossom yield
In lieu of all thy pains and husbandry
But come thy ways; well go along together,
And ere we have thy youthful wages spent,
We’ll light upon some settled low content.

ADAM

Master, go on, and I will follow thee,
To the last gasp, with truth and loyalty

They flee from the court into the unknown dangers of the forest

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Forest of Arden

As you like it – Act Two Scene One

We are in the Forest of Arden and meet the exiled Duke and his lords.

DUKE SENIOR

Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile,
Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods
More free from peril than the envious court?

He is happy in his forced exile and would not change this forest for the court. He suggests killing a deer for food.

DUKE SENIOR

Come, shall we go and kill us venison?
And yet it irks me the poor dappled fools,
Being native burghers of this desert city,
Should in their own confines with forked heads
Have their round haunches gored.

We are introduced to the character of Jaques, before we meet him.

First Lord

Indeed, my lord,
The melancholy Jaques grieves at that,
And, in that kind, swears you do more usurp
Than doth your brother that hath banish’d you.

After a speech about Jaques seeing a wounded deer they go to find him.

DUKE SENIOR

Show me the place:
I love to cope him in these sullen fits,
For then he’s full of matter.

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update

Updates will be a bit slow this month for a couple of reasons

My work is going through a transition so I’ll be training

I am also performing with my Local Drama Group “Silchester Players”

Normal Service will be resumed soon.

 

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A useful and interesting link. An indepth essay about As you like it.

http://bookglutton62.blogspot.com/

As you like it – Act One Scene Three

The Banishment

Rosalind is unhappy, but why? Is it for her banished father?

CELIA

But is all this for your father?

ROSALIND

No, some of it is for my child’s father. O, how
full of briers is this working-day world!

She is in love with Orlando after seeing him wrestle.

CELIA

…………… is it
possible, on such a sudden, you should fall into so
strong a liking with old Sir Rowland’s youngest son?

ROSALIND

The duke my father loved his father dearly.

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.

ROSALIND

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

The arrival of Duke Frederick “His eyes full of anger” does nothing to improve her mood.

DUKE FREDERICK

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

ROSALIND

Me, uncle?

DUKE FREDERICK

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

But why is Rosalind banished?

DUKE FREDERICK

Thou art thy father’s daughter; there’s enough.

ROSALIND

So was I when your highness took his dukedom;
So was I when your highness banish’d 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
To think my poverty is treacherous.

Duke Frederick is obviously in a bad mood after his wrestler was beaten by Orlando, son of Rowland de boys. Celia has a plan

CELIA

O my poor Rosalind, whither wilt thou go?
Wilt thou change fathers? I will give thee mine.
I charge thee, be not thou more grieved than I am.

ROSALIND

I have more cause.

CELIA

Thou hast not, cousin;
Prithee be cheerful: know’st thou not, the duke
Hath banish’d me, his daughter?

ROSALIND

That he hath not.

CELIA

No, hath not? Rosalind lacks then the love
Which teacheth thee that thou and I am one:
Shall we be sunder’d? shall we part, sweet girl?
No: let my father seek another heir.
Therefore devise with me how we may fly,
Whither to go and what to bear with us;
And do not seek to take your change upon you,
To bear your griefs yourself and leave me out;
For, by this heaven, now at our sorrows pale,
Say what thou canst, I’ll go along with thee.

ROSALIND

Why, whither shall we go?

CELIA

To seek my uncle in the forest of Arden.

They decide to dress like men and taking Touchstone with them they will go and find Rosalind’s father, and maybe meet Orlando in the process.

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The opening of As You Like It is not very exciting, just Orlando moaning about his brother. It’s not like the opening of Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet

How have theatre companies made a dramatic opening of this play?  How would you grab an audience’s attention from the start?

The action really starts here with the wrestling match

ACT ONE SCENE TWO

The Wrestling Match

We are introduced to the two female leads of the play, Rosalind and Celia

CELIA

I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, be merry.

ROSALIND

Dear Celia, I show more mirth than I am mistress of;
and would you yet I were merrier? Unless you could
teach me to forget a banished father, you must not
learn me how to remember any extraordinary pleasure.

CELIA

Herein I see thou lovest me not with the full weight
that I love thee. If my uncle, thy banished father,
had banished thy uncle, the duke my father, so thou
hadst been still with me, I could have taught my
love to take thy father for mine: so wouldst thou,
if the truth of thy love to me were so righteously
tempered as mine is to thee.

ROSALIND

Well, I will forget the condition of my estate, to
rejoice in yours

They sit and mock fortune and nature

CELIA

‘Tis true; for those that she makes fair she scarce
makes honest, and those that she makes honest she
makes very ill-favouredly.

Until they are interrupted by Touchstone, a Shakespearean clown

TOUCHSTONE

Stand you both forth now: stroke your chins, and
swear by your beards that I am a knave.

CELIA

By our beards, if we had them, thou art.

TOUCHSTONE

By my knavery, if I had it, then I were; but if you
swear by that that is not, you are not forsworn

Then Monsieur Le Beau another lord in the court comes to tell them of the wrestling contest being performed today.

The Wrestling Match.

 

Wrestling - Francis Hayman

 

Francis Hayman – As you like it

The Duke and all his entourage arrive and Rosalind and Celia try to persuade the challenger (Orlando incognito) to not fight Charles, who is bigger and stronger.

ORLANDO

I beseech you, punish me not with your hard
thoughts; wherein I confess me much guilty, to deny
so fair and excellent ladies any thing. But let
your fair eyes and gentle wishes go with me to my
trial: wherein if I be foiled, there is but one
shamed that was never gracious; if killed, but one
dead that was willing to be so: I shall do my
friends no wrong, for I have none to lament me, the
world no injury, for in it I have nothing; only in
the world I fill up a place, which may be better
supplied when I have made it empty

They girls, especially Rosalind, have taken a shine to Orlando already.

The two men wrestle and Orlando defeats the professional wrestler Charles

Duke Frederick congratulates the challenger and asks his name.

ORLANDO

Orlando, my liege; the youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys.

DUKE FREDERICK

I would thou hadst been son to some man else:
The world esteem’d thy father honourable,
But I did find him still mine enemy:
Thou shouldst have better pleased me with this deed,
Hadst thou descended from another house.
But fare thee well; thou art a gallant youth:
I would thou hadst told me of another father.

Rosalind takes pity on Orlando and they are both smitten with each other although do not say so.

Le Beau gives Orlando his “prize” for winning the fight

LE BEAU

Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you
To leave this place. Albeit you have deserved
High commendation, true applause and love,
Yet such is now the duke’s condition
That he misconstrues all that you have done.
The duke is humorous; what he is indeed,
More suits you to conceive than I to speak of.

ORLANDO

I thank you, sir: and, pray you, tell me this:
Which of the two was daughter of the duke
That here was at the wrestling?

LE BEAU

Neither his daughter, if we judge by manners;
But yet indeed the lesser is his daughter
The other is daughter to the banish’d duke,
And here detain’d by her usurping uncle,
To keep his daughter company; whose loves
Are dearer than the natural bond of sisters.
But I can tell you that of late this duke
Hath ta’en displeasure ‘gainst his gentle niece,
Grounded upon no other argument
But that the people praise her for her virtues
And pity her for her good father’s sake;
And, on my life, his malice ‘gainst the lady
Will suddenly break forth. Sir, fare you well:
Hereafter, in a better world than this,
I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.

ORLANDO

I rest much bounden to you: fare you well.

Exit LE BEAU

Thus must I from the smoke into the smother;
From tyrant duke unto a tyrant brother:
But heavenly Rosalind!

Orlando is banished. His relationship with Rosalind can never flourish now….

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