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Duke Senior

As You Like It

Town and Country

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In Cymbeline, Belarius advises his two adoptive sons to embrace the idyllic life in the country rather than the political life at court:

“O, this life
Is nobler than attending for a check;
Richer than doing nothing for a bable;
Prouder than rustling in unpaid-for silk:
Such gain the cap of him that makes him fine,
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Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile

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

Here feel we not the penalty of Adam,
The seasons’ difference,

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Town and Country

A fool, a fool! I met a fool i’ th’ forest

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Jaques
A fool, a fool! I met a fool i’ th’ forest,
A motley fool. A miserable world!
As I do live by food, I met a fool,
Who laid him down, and bask’d him in the sun,
And rail’d on Lady Fortune in good terms,
In good set terms, and yet a motley fool.
“Good morrow,
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Speak you so gently? Pardon me, I pray you

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Orlando
Speak you so gently?Rhetorical Questions Pardon me, I pray you.
I thought that all things had been savage here,
And therefore put I on the countenanceAnastrophe
Of stern command’ment. But what e’er you are
That in this desert inaccessibleAnastrophe,
Under the shade of melancholy boughs,
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Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy

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Duke Senior
Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy:
This wide and universal theatre
Presents more woeful pageants than the scene
Wherein we play in.
Jaques
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
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Welcome. Set down your venerable burden

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Enter Orlando, carrying Adam.

Duke Senior
Welcome. Set down your venerable burden,
And let him feed.
Orlando
I thank you most for him.
Adam
So had you need.—
I scarce can speak to thank you for myself.
Duke Senior
Welcome. Fall to. I will not trouble you
As yet to question you about your fortunes.—
Give us some music,
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There is sure another flood toward

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Jaques
There is sure another flood toward, and these
couples are coming to the ark. Here comes a pair of
very strange beasts, which in all tongues are called fools.
Touchstone
Salutation and greeting to you all.
Jaques, to Duke
Good my lord, bid him welcome.
This is the motley-minded gentleman that I have so
often met in the forest.
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I’ll have no father, if you be not he

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Rosalind, to Duke
I’ll have no father, if you be not he.
 To Orlando.
I’ll have no husband, if you be not he,
 To Phoebe.
Nor ne’er wed woman, if you be not she.

Whiles a wedlock hymn we sing,
Feed yourselves with questioning,
That reason wonder may diminish
How thus we met,
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Sir, by your patience: if I heard you rightly

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Jaques, to Second Brother
Sir, by your patience: if I heard you rightly,
The Duke hath put on a religious life
And thrown into neglect the pompous court.
Second Brother
He hath.

So to your pleasures.
I am for other than for dancing measures.

Jaques
To him will I.
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