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As You Like It

As You Like It

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As You Like It Love Quotes

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Quote #1

ROSALINDAlas the day! what shall I do with my doublet andhose? What did he when thou sawest him? What saidhe? How looked he? Wherein went he? What makeshim here? Did he ask for me? Where remains he?How parted he with thee? and when shalt thou seehim again? Answer me in one word. (3.2.19)

OMG! Rosalind can't wait to hear what Orlando's been up to when she finds out that he's not only in the forest, but that he's also been tagging up all the trees with poetry about her.  Like we've said, even Rosalind, who's usually a calm and collected girl, is laid flat by love. 

Quote #2

ROSALINDLove is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves aswell a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason whythey are not so punish'd and cured is that the lunacy is soordinary that the whippers are in love too.  (3.2.44)

Rosalind really does believe love is a madness; she is not just speaking in jest here.  One of her intricacies as a character is to admit that love is madness and still be perfectly happy to get caught up in it (something someone like Jaques could not do).

Quote #3

Sweet Phoebe, do not scorn me; do not, Phoebe;Say that you love me not, but say not soIn bitterness. The common executioner,Whose heart the accustom'd sight of death makes hard,Falls not the axe upon the humbled neckBut first begs pardon: will you sterner beThan he that dies and lives by bloody drops? (3.5.1)

Uh-oh.  It looks like we've got another pathetic Petrarchan lover on our hands when Silvius begs stuck-up Phoebe not to scorn him.

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