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DRURY LANE. COVENT GARDEN. Mr. Raymond. Mr. Chapman. Mr. Maddocks. Mr. Creswell. Mr. Dignum.
Mr. Sarjant. Mr. De Camp. Mr. Menage. Mr. Dormer. Mr. Davenport, Mr. Purser. Mr. Blanchard. Mr. Bannister, Mr. Fawcett,
Mrs. Jordan, Miss Smith.
( Mrs. Burgess. FORESTERS and SOLDIERS.
SCENE-First, near Oliver's House; and, after
wards, partly in the Duke's Court, and partly in the Forest of Arden.
AS YOU LIKE IT.
ACT THE FIRST.
Enter ORLANDO and ADAM. Orl. As I remember, Adam, it was in this fashion bequeathed me: By will, but a poor thousand crowns; and, as thou say'st, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well : and there begins my sadness. My brother, Jaques, he keeps at school, and report speaks goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak more properly, stays me here at home, inkept; for call you that keeping, for a gentleman of my birth, that differs not from the stalling of an ox ? His horses are bred better; for, besides that they are fair with their feeding, they are taught their manage, and, to that end, riders dearly hired; but I, his brother, gain nothing under him but growth; for the which his animals on his dunghills are as much bound to him as I. Besides this nothing that he so plentifully gives me, the something, that nature gave me, his countenance seeins
to take from me: he lets me feed with his hinds, bars me the place of a brother, and, as much as in him lies, mines my gentility with my education. This is it, Adam, that grieves me; and the spirit of my father, which I think is within me, begins to mutiny against this servitude: I will no longer endure it, though yet I know no wise remedy how to avoid it.
Adam. Yonder comes my master, your brother. Orl. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear how he will shake me up.
Oliv. Now, sir! what make you here?
Orl. Nothing: I am not taught to make any thing.
Oliv. What mar you then, sir?
Orl. Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar that which Heaven made, a poor unworthy brother of yours, with idleness.
Oliv. Marry, sir, be better employed, and be nought a while.
Orl. Shall I keep your hogs, and eat husks with them? What prodigal portion have I spent, that I should come to such penury? Oliv. Know
you are, sir?
orchard. Oliv. Know you before whom, sir? Or. Ay, better than he, I am before, knows me. I know you are my eldest brother; and, in the gentle condition of blood, you should so know me: The courtesy of nations allows you my better, in that you are the first born; but the same tradition takes not away my blood, were there twenty brothers betwixt us: I have as much of my father in me, as you; albeit, I confess your coming before me is nearer to his
Oliv. What, boy!
Orl. Come, come, elder brother, you are too young in this.
Oliv. Wilt thon lay hands on me, villain ?
Orl. I am no villain: I am the youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys; he was my father; and he is tbrice a villain, that says, such a father begot villains ; Wert thou not my brother, I would not take this hand from thy throat, till this other had pulled out thy tongue for saying so; thou hast railed on thyself.
Adam. Sweet masters, be patient; for your father's remembrance, be at accord.
Oliv. Let me go, I say. Orl. I will not, till I please : you shall hear me. My father charged you, in his will, to give me good education : : you have trained me up like a peasant, obscuring and hiding from me all gentleman-like qualities : the spirit of my
father grows strong
me, and I will no longer endure it: therefore, allow me such exercises as may become a gentleman, or give me the poor allottery my father left me by testament; with that I will go buy my
fortunes. Oliv. And what wilt thou doi beg, when that is spent? Well, sir, get you in: I will not long be troubled with you; you shall have some part of
your will : I pray you, leave me.
Orl. I will no further offend you, than becomes me for my good.
[Exit. Oliv. Get you with him, you old dog !
Adam. Is old dog my reward? Most true, I have lost my teeth in your service.--Heaven be with my old master, he would not have spoke such a word !
[Exit. Oliv. Is it even so? begin you to grow upon me? I will physic your rankness, and yet give no thousand crowns neither.
Enter OLIVER. Oliv. Holla, Dennis !
Enter Dennis. Den. Calls your worship?
Oliv. Was not Charles, the Duke's wrestler, here, to speak with me?
Den. So please you, he is here at the door, and importunes access to you.
Oliv. Call him in. (Exit DennIS.]—"Twill be a good way; and to-morrow the wrestling is.
Oliv. Good Monsieur Charles ! what's the new news at the new court?
Charles. There's no news at the court, sir, but the old news : that is, the old Duke is banished by his younger brother, the new Duke; and three or four loving lords have put themselves into voluntary exile with him, whose lands and revenues enrich the new Duke; therefore, he gives them good leave to wander.
Oliv. Can you tell, if Rosalind, the old Duke's daughter, be banished with her father?
Charles. O, no; for the new Duke's daughter, her cousin, so loves her-being ever from their cradles