As You Like It: Act 1, Scene 1
Enter ORLANDO and ADAM.
1As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion
2bequeathed me by will but poor a thousand crowns,
3and, as thou sayest, charg'd my brother, on his
4blessing, to breed me well: and there begins my
5sadness. My brother Jaques he keeps at school, and
6report speaks goldenly of his profit: for my part,
7he keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak more
8properly, stays me here at home unkept; for call you
9that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that
10differs not from the stalling of an ox? His horses
11are bred better; for, besides that they are fair
12with their feeding, they are taught their manage,
13and to that end riders dearly hired: but I, his
14brother, gain nothing under him but growth; for the
15which his animals on his dunghills are as much
16bound to him as I. Besides this nothing that he so
17plentifully gives me, the something that nature gave
18me his countenance seems to take from me: he lets
19me feed with his hinds, bars me the place of a
20brother, and, as much as in him lies, mines my
21gentility with my education. This is it, Adam, that
22grieves me; and the spirit of my father, which I
23think is within me, begins to mutiny against this
24servitude: I will no longer endure it, though yet I
25know no wise remedy how to avoid it.
26Yonder comes my master, your brother.
27Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear how he
28will shake me up.
29Now, sir! what make you here?
30Nothing: I am not taught to make any thing.
31What mar you then, sir?
32Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar that which
33God made, a poor unworthy brother of yours,
35Marry, sir, be better employed, and be naught
37Shall I keep your hogs and eat husks with them?
38What prodigal portion have I spent, that I should
39come to such penury?
40Know you where your are, sir?
41O, sir, very well; here in your orchard.
42Know you before whom, sir?
43Ay, better than him I am before knows me. I know
44you are my eldest brother; and, in the gentle
45condition of blood, you should so know me. The
46courtesy of nations allows you my better, in that
47you are the first-born; but the same tradition
48takes not away my blood, were there twenty brothers
49betwixt us: I have as much of my father in me as
50you; albeit, I confess, your coming before me is
51nearer to his reverence.
**[Oliver tries to rough up Orlando,
but Orlando gets the upper hand.]
53Come, come, elder brother, you are too young in
55Wilt thou lay hands on me, villain?
56I am no villain; I am the youngest son of Sir
57Rowland de Boys; he was my father, and he
58is thrice a villain that says such a father begot
59villains. Wert thou not my brother, I would not
60take this hand from thy throat till this other had
61pulled out thy tongue for saying so: thou hast
62railed on thyself.
63Sweet masters, be patient: for your father's
64remembrance, be at accord.
65Let me go, I say.
66I will not, till I please: you shall hear me. My
67father charged you in his will to give me good
68education: you have trained me like a peasant,
69obscuring and hiding from me all gentleman-like
70qualities. The spirit of my father grows strong in
71me, and I will no longer endure it: therefore allow
72me such exercises as may become a gentleman, or
73give me the poor allottery my father left me by
74testament; with that I will go buy my fortunes.
75And what wilt thou do? beg, when that is spent?
76Well, sir, get you in: I will not long be troubled
77with you; you shall have some part of your will:
78I pray you, leave me.
79I will no further offend you than becomes me for
81Get you with him, you old dog.
82Is 'old dog' my reward? Most true, I have lost my
83teeth in your service. God be with my old master!
84he would not have spoke such a word.
Exeunt ORLANDO and ADAM.
85Is it even so? begin you to grow upon me? I will
86physic your rankness, and yet give no thousand
87crowns neither. Holla, Dennis!
88Calls your worship?
89Was not Charles, the Duke's wrestler, here to speak
91So please you, he is here at the door and importunes
92access to you.
93Call him in.
94'Twill be a good way; and tomorrow the wrestling is.
95Good morrow to your worship.
96Good Monsieur Charles, what's the new news at
97the new court?
98There's no news at the court, sir, but the old news:
99that is, the old Duke is banished by his younger
100brother the new Duke; and three or four loving
101lords have put themselves into voluntary exile
102with him, whose lands and revenues enrich the
103new Duke; therefore he gives them good leave
105Can you tell if Rosalind, the Duke's daughter, be
106banished with her father?
107O, no; for the Duke's daughter, her cousin, so loves
108her, being ever from their cradles bred together,
109that she would have followed her exile, or have died
110to stay behind her. She is at the court, and no
111less beloved of her uncle than his own daughter; and
112never two ladies loved as they do.
113Where will the old Duke live?
114They say he is already in the forest of Arden,
115and a many merry men with him; and there they
116live like the old Robin Hood of England: they say
117many young gentlemen flock to him every day,
118and fleet the time carelessly, as they did in the
120What, you wrestle tomorrow before the new
122Marry, do I, sir; and I came to acquaint you
123with a matter. I am given, sir, secretly to under-
124stand that your younger brother Orlando hath
125a disposition to come in disguised against me
126to try a fall. Tomorrow, sir, I wrestle for my
127credit; and he that escapes me without some
128broken limb shall acquit him well. Your brother
129is but young and tender; and, for your love, I
130would be loath to foil him, as I must, for my
131own honour, if he come in. Therefore, out of
132my love to you, I came hither to acquaint you
133withal, that either you might stay him from his
134intendment or brook such disgrace well as he
135shall run into, in that it is a thing of his own
136search and altogether against my will.
137Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me, which
138thou shalt find I will most kindly requite. I had
139myself notice of my brother's purpose herein
140and have by underhand means laboured to
141dissuade him from it, but he is resolute. I'll
142tell thee, Charles: it is the stubbornest young
143fellow of France, full of ambition, an envious
144emulator of every man's good parts, a secret
145and villainous contriver against me his natural
146brother; therefore use thy discretion; I had as
147lief thou didst break his neck as his finger. And
148thou wert best look to't; for if thou dost him any
149slight disgrace or if he do not mightily grace
150himself on thee, he will practice against thee by
151poison, entrap thee by some treacherous device
152and never leave thee till he hath ta'en thy life by
153some indirect means or other; for, I assure thee,
154and almost with tears I speak it, there is not one
155so young and so villainous this day living. I speak
156but brotherly of him; but should I anatomize him
157to thee as he is, I must blush and weep and thou
158must look pale and wonder.
159I am heartily glad I came hither to you. If he come
160tomorrow, I'll give him his payment: if ever he go
161alone again, I'll never wrestle for prize more: and
162so God keep your worship!
163Farewell, good Charles.
164Now will I stir this gamester: I hope I shall see
165an end of him; for my soul, yet I know not why,
166hates nothing more than he. Yet he's gentle, never
167schooled and yet learned, full of noble device, of
168all sorts enchantingly beloved, and indeed so much
169in the heart of the world, and especially of my own
170people, who best know him, that I am altogether
171mispris'd: but it shall not be so long; this
172wrestler shall clear all: nothing remains but that
173I kindle the boy thither; which now I'll go about.