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AS YOU LIKE IT – ACT ONE SCENE ONE

We start in the middle of a conversation, probably one sided, between Orlando and Adam.

Orlando

and there begins my
sadness. My brother Jaques he keeps at school, and
report speaks goldenly of his profit: for my part,
he keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak more
properly, stays me here at home unkept; for call you
that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that
differs not from the stalling of an ox

Orlando is unhappy with his elder brother’s treatment, or lack of treatment, of him and is frustrated. When Oliver, his brother enters there is an argument and scuffle between them.

OLIVER

Now, sir! what make you here?

ORLANDO

Nothing: I am not taught to make any thing.

OLIVER

What mar you then, sir?

ORLANDO

Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar that which God
made, a poor unworthy brother of yours, with idleness. 

Oliver vows to make his younger brother pay for the insults, He calls in a wrestler, who is scheduled to fight before the Duke tomorrow….. But first some plot points to insert.

OLIVER

Good Monsieur Charles, what’s the new news at the
new court?

CHARLES

There’s no news at the court, sir, but the old news:
that is, the old duke is banished by his younger
brother the new duke; and three or four loving lords
have put themselves into voluntary exile with him,
whose lands and revenues enrich the new duke;
therefore he gives them good leave to wander.

OLIVER

Can you tell if Rosalind, the duke’s daughter, be
banished with her father?

CHARLES

O, no; for the duke’s daughter, her cousin, so loves
her, being ever from their cradles bred together,
that she would have followed her exile, or have died
to stay behind her. She is at the court, and no
less beloved of her uncle than his own daughter; and
never two ladies loved as they do.

OLIVER

Where will the old duke live?

CHARLES

They say he is already in the forest of Arden, and
a many merry men with him; and there they live like
the old Robin Hood of England: they say many young
gentlemen flock to him every day, and fleet the time
carelessly, as they did in the golden world

Ok, now the plot has been established we can carry on with the scene. Charles has learned that Orlando will try his luck at wrestling him tomorrow

 Charles

To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit; and he that
escapes me without some broken limb shall acquit him
well

Oliver, seeing his chance to be revenged stirs up Charles

Oliver

I had as lief thou didst break his neck
as his finger. And thou wert best look to’t; for if
thou dost him any slight disgrace or if he do not
mightily grace himself on thee, he will practise
against thee by poison, entrap thee by some
treacherous device and never leave thee till he
hath ta’en thy life by some indirect means or other;
for, I assure thee, and almost with tears I speak
it, there is not one so young and so villanous this
day living.

 The scene is set. Two brothers who hate each other, a banished duke and usurping brother. All we need now is two people to fall in love and a misunderstanding due to a girl disguising herself as a man and we have a shakespearean comedy.

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As you like it quote

 I’m about to start my third blog of my Shakespeare Project. I’ve read a Tragedy and a History so it’s time for a Comedy.

AS YOU LIKE IT.

I hope you do like it.

See “Archive” page for links to Julius Caesar or Henry V

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