As You Like It
|ACT III SCENE IV||The forest.|
|[Enter ROSALIND and CELIA]|
|ROSALIND||Never talk to me; I will weep.|
|CELIA||Do, I prithee; but yet have the grace to consider|
|that tears do not become a man.|
|ROSALIND||But have I not cause to weep?|
|CELIA||As good cause as one would desire; therefore weep.|
|ROSALIND||His very hair is of the dissembling colour.|
|CELIA||Something browner than Judas’s marry, his kisses are|
|Judas’s own children.|
|ROSALIND||I’ faith, his hair is of a good colour.|
|CELIA||An excellent colour: your chestnut was ever the only colour.||10|
|ROSALIND||And his kissing is as full of sanctity as the touch|
|of holy bread.|
|CELIA||He hath bought a pair of cast lips of Diana: a nun|
|of winter’s sisterhood kisses not more religiously;|
|the very ice of chastity is in them.|
|ROSALIND||But why did he swear he would come this morning, and|
|CELIA||Nay, certainly, there is no truth in him.||20|
|ROSALIND||Do you think so?|
|CELIA||Yes; I think he is not a pick-purse nor a|
|horse-stealer, but for his verity in love, I do|
|think him as concave as a covered goblet or a|
|ROSALIND||Not true in love?|
|CELIA||Yes, when he is in; but I think he is not in.|
|ROSALIND||You have heard him swear downright he was.|
|CELIA||‘Was’ is not ‘is:’ besides, the oath of a lover is|
|no stronger than the word of a tapster; they are|
|both the confirmer of false reckonings. He attends|
|here in the forest on the duke your father.||31|
|ROSALIND||I met the duke yesterday and had much question with|
|him: he asked me of what parentage I was; I told|
|him, of as good as he; so he laughed and let me go.|
|But what talk we of fathers, when there is such a|
|man as Orlando?|
|CELIA||O, that’s a brave man! he writes brave verses,|
|speaks brave words, swears brave oaths and breaks|
|them bravely, quite traverse, athwart the heart of|
|his lover; as a puisny tilter, that spurs his horse|
|but on one side, breaks his staff like a noble|
|goose: but all’s brave that youth mounts and folly|
|guides. Who comes here?||42|
|CORIN||Mistress and master, you have oft inquired|
|After the shepherd that complain’d of love,|
|Who you saw sitting by me on the turf,|
|Praising the proud disdainful shepherdess|
|That was his mistress.|
|CELIA||Well, and what of him?|
|CORIN||If you will see a pageant truly play’d,|
|Between the pale complexion of true love|
|And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain,||50|
|Go hence a little and I shall conduct you,|
|If you will mark it.|
|ROSALIND||O, come, let us remove:|
|The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.|
|Bring us to this sight, and you shall say|
|I’ll prove a busy actor in their play.|
Next: As You Like It, Act 3, Scene 5
Explanatory notes for Act 3, Scene 4
From As You Like It. Ed. Samuel Thurber, Jr. and Louise Wetherbee. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1922.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
This scene probably takes place the morning after the second scene of this act. Rosalind is almost in tears at the non-appearance of her lover, but Celia, with delightful tact, diverts her.
Line 7. dissembling color: A person with red hair was supposed to be deceitful and treacherous. The comparison to Judas’s hair in the next line carries on the idea, for Judas is said to have had red hair and all paintings of him show that.
10. Note how quickly Rosalind defends Orlando when he is criticized.
14. holy bread: the bread used at the sacrament.
15. cast: cast off.
22. pick-up purse: pick-pocket.
23. verity: honor.
28. tapster: anyone employed to draw liquor and therefore one who might cheat in his reckoning.
32. This charming indifference to her father shows how completely Rosalind is in love.
39. quite traverse: across, which showed awkwardness on the part of the tilter or fighter.
40. puisny: inferior or weak.
48. pageant: scene, as in “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Shall we their fond pageant see?”
49. pale complexion: the proper color for a true lover.
55. A bit of foreshadowing here.
1. What is the purpose of the scene?
2. Is Celia a good comforter? Why?
3. Why did the Duke ask Rosalind about her parentage?
4. Why does Rosalind wish to see the pageant?