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

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.

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

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.

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Act 1
Scene 1
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