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As You Like It Epilogue Summary

  • Rosalind appears on stage and admits it's strange to have a female character give the epilogue (since most were delivered by male characters), but she assures the audience that a good play is made even better by a good epilogue.
  • Rosalind addresses the female audience members first and challenges them, "for the love [they] bear to men," to like the play as much as they want to. Then she addresses the male audience members and says pretty much the same thing: "I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women," to like as much of the play as you please.
  • Then Rosalind says, "If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of you as had beards that pleas'd me, complexions that lik'd me, and breaths that I defied not." (OK. We guess the actor playing Rosalind is reminding us that 1) he is a male actor and 2) both men and women may be attracted to his character. (Check out "What's Up With the Ending?" if you want to know more about this.)

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