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As You Like It Act 3, Scene 5 Summary

  • Silvius and Phoebe enter bickering and Rosalind, Celia, and Corin eavesdrop.
  • Silvius is pretty pathetic. He says Phoebe may not love him, but he asks her to at least not be so bitter about the whole thing.
  • Phoebe replies that Silvius claimed her eyes could kill. He has lied, because she has tried to kill him with her eyes and he's still around. (Ouch.)
  • Brain snack: Silvius is acting like a typical "Petrarchan lover" here. Petrarch was a 14th-century Italian poet whose love poetry featured the unattainable and cruel Laura, a beautiful woman who drove the poet crazy with her luscious body and cold demeanor. She also had the ability to "wound" men with her icy stare. Phoebe, in case you haven't noticed, acts a lot like Laura.
  • Silvius says the wounds made by Cupid's arrows are invisible, and Phoebe just tells him, in essence, "Go away."
  • Rosalind/Ganymede chimes in and tells Phoebe she really shouldn't be so insulting to poor Silvius, as 1) she's not that cute and 2) she should be grateful that anybody likes her, as she has "bugle eyeballs."
  • Rosalind/Ganymede then turns to Silvius and says he's an idiot for letting Phoebe treat him like garbage. She also adds that it's "fools" like Silvius who are responsible for the world being full of ugly "children." Oh, snap!
  • Rosalind/Ganymede doesn't stop there. She turns back to Phoebe and advises "Sell when you can, you are not for all markets." (Read: Marry this guy while you can because nobody else will want you.)
  • Phoebe's response? She falls in love with Rosalind/Ganymede, of course.
  • Rosalind/Ganymede points out that men and women always seem to fall for jerks and begs Phoebe not to "fall in love" with her/him before running off into the forest.
  • Phoebe claims to like Silvius in a neighborly manner, but not as a lover.
  • Phoebe hatches a plan to get Silvius to help her win over Ganymede. Because Silvius is desperately in love, he'll do whatever she wants.
  • Phoebe makes a big speech about how cute Ganymede is, especially the "pretty redness in his lip," which is "a little riper and more lusty-red" than his rosy "cheek."
  • Phoebe decides to write a letter to Ganymede, which she'll have Silvius deliver.

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