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Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to As You Like It, 1.1.37-39: "Shall I keep your hogs and eat husks with them? What prodigal portion have I spent, that I should come to such penury?"


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Act 1, Scene 1, lines 37-39.
Shall I keep your hogs and eat husks with them? What prodigal portion have I spent, that I should come to such penury?: — This is an allusion to the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). In the parable, the younger son of a wealthy man persuades his father to give him his inheritance early, before his father dies. The younger son then moves to a distant country and there "wasted his substance with riotous living" (Luke 15:13, KJV). When he became extremely poor and needy, he found a lowly job as a swineherd, and he was so hungry that he wished he could have "filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat" (Luke 15:16, KJV). Orlando's point is that he, unlike the prodigal son, has done nothing to deserve the shame of being a hungry swineherd.
Hogs eating husks

"Shall I keep your hogs and eat husks with them?"
Yorkshire Pigs Eating Corn