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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.
Note to As You Like It, 1.1.18: "his countenance seems to take from me"
his countenance seems to take from me: Literally, "countenance" means "face" or "facial expression." To "give countenance to" someone is to encourage that person with a smiling face. Here, Orlando sarcastically turns that meaning on its head. Oliver, Orlando's brother, is constantly frowning upon Orlando and discouraging him in every way.