Act V, Scene I The forest.

Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY

 

TOUCHSTONE We shall find a time, Audrey; patience, gentle Audrey.
AUDREY Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the old
gentleman's saying.
TOUCHSTONE A most wicked Sir Oliver, Audrey, a most vile
Martext. But, Audrey, there is a youth here in the
forest lays claim to you.
AUDREY Ay, I know who 'tis; he hath no interest in me in
the world: here comes the man you mean.
TOUCHSTONE It is meat and drink to me to see a clown: by my
troth, we that have good wits have much to answer
for; we shall be flouting; we cannot hold.
  [Enter WILLIAM]
WILLIAM Good even, Audrey.
AUDREY God ye good even, William.
WILLIAM And good even to you, sir.
TOUCHSTONE Good even, gentle friend. Cover thy head, cover thy
head; nay, prithee, be covered. How old are you, friend?
WILLIAM Five and twenty, sir.
TOUCHSTONE A ripe age. Is thy name William?
WILLIAM William, sir.
TOUCHSTONE A fair name. Wast born i' the forest here?
WILLIAM Ay, sir, I thank God.
TOUCHSTONE 'Thank God;' a good answer. Art rich?
WILLIAM Faith, sir, so so.
TOUCHSTONE 'So so' is good, very good, very excellent good; and
yet it is not; it is but so so. Art thou wise?
WILLIAM Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit.
TOUCHSTONE Why, thou sayest well. I do now remember a saying,
'The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man
knows himself to be a fool.' The heathen
philosopher, when he had a desire to eat a grape,
would open his lips when he put it into his mouth;
meaning thereby that grapes were made to eat and
lips to open. You do love this maid?
WILLIAM I do, sir.
TOUCHSTONE Give me your hand. Art thou learned?
WILLIAM No, sir.
TOUCHSTONE Then learn this of me: to have, is to have; for it
is a figure in rhetoric that drink, being poured out
of a cup into a glass, by filling the one doth empty
the other; for all your writers do consent that ipse
is he: now, you are not ipse, for I am he.
WILLIAM Which he, sir?
TOUCHSTONE He, sir, that must marry this woman. Therefore, you
clown, abandon,--which is in the vulgar leave,--the
society,--which in the boorish is company,--of this
female,--which in the common is woman; which
together is, abandon the society of this female, or,
clown, thou perishest; or, to thy better
understanding, diest; or, to wit I kill thee, make
thee away, translate thy life into death, thy
liberty into bondage: I will deal in poison with
thee, or in bastinado, or in steel; I will bandy
with thee in faction; I will o'errun thee with
policy; I will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways:
therefore tremble and depart.
AUDREY Do, good William.
WILLIAM God rest you merry, sir.
  [Exit]
  [Enter CORIN]
CORIN Our master and mistress seeks you; come, away, away!
TOUCHSTONE Trip, Audrey! trip, Audrey! I attend, I attend.
  [Exeunt]

 

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Full Text Act III, Scene 3 The Forest
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Act I, Scene 2 Lawn Before the Duke's Palace Act III, Scene 5 Another Part of the Forest
Act I, Scene 3 A room in the Palace Act IV, Scene 1 The Forest
Act II, Scene 1 The Forest of Arden/Act II, Scene 2 A room in the Palace Act IV, Scene 2 The Forest/Act IV, Scene 3 The Forest
Act II, Scene 3 Before Oliver's House Act V, Scene 1 The Forest
Act II, Scene 4 The Forest of Arden Act V, Scene 2 The Forest
Act II, Scene 5 The Forest Act V, Scene 3 The Forest
Act II, Scene 6 The Forest/Act II, Scene 7 The Forest Act V, Scene 4 The Forest
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