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As You Like It

ACT IV  SCENE IIThe forest.
[Enter JAQUES, Lords, and Foresters]
JAQUESWhich is he that killed the deer?
A LordSir, it was I.
JAQUESLet’s present him to the duke, like a Roman
conqueror; and it would do well to set the deer’s
horns upon his head, for a branch of victory. Have5
you no song, forester, for this purpose?
ForesterYes, sir.
JAQUESSing it: ’tis no matter how it be in tune, so it
make noise enough.
SONG.
ForesterWhat shall he have that kill’d the deer?10
His leather skin and horns to wear.
Then sing him home;
[The rest shall bear this burden]
Take thou no scorn to wear the horn;
It was a crest ere thou wast born:
Thy father’s father wore it,15
And thy father bore it:
The horn, the horn, the lusty horn
Is not a thing to laugh to scorn.
[Exeunt]

Next: As You Like It, Act 4, Scene 3
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Explanatory notes for Act 4, Scene 2
From As You Like It. Ed. Samuel Thurber, Jr. and Louise Wetherbee. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1922.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
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The scene is an opportunity for a song made by the two hours of Orlando’s absence.

Line 3. like … conqueror: A conquering general in Rome returned in triumph with branches of laurel typifying victory. Thus we have the suggestion of the antlers.

13. Take … scorn: do not be ashamed.

QUESTIONS

1. What makes the charm of this scene?

2. Would you have them bring on a deer? Why?

3. Why did Shakespeare put the scene here?

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