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Enter ROSALIND and CELIA
ROSALIND and CELIA enter.

ROSALIND
Never talk to me. I will weep.
ROSALIND
Don’t talk to me. I’m going to cry.

CELIA
Do, I prithee, but yet have the grace to consider that tears do not become a man.
CELIA
Go ahead if you want, but remember that crying doesn’t suit a man.

ROSALIND
But have I not cause to weep?
ROSALIND
But don’t I have good reason to cry?

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CELIA
As good cause as one would desire. Therefore weep.
CELIA
As good a reason as any. So go ahead and cry.

ROSALIND
His very hair is of the dissembling color.
ROSALIND
I mean, his

hair

Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was commonly depicted with red hair.

hair
is even red—the same color as that lying Judas.


CELIA
Something browner than Judas’s. Marry, his kisses are
Judas’s own children.
CELIA
No, it’s a shade browner than

Judas’s

Judas betrayed Jesus to the Romans with a kiss.

Judas’s
—but his kisses are just like Judas’s.

ROSALIND
I' faith, his hair is of a good color.
ROSALIND
No, really, his hair is a nice color.

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CELIA
An excellent color. Your chestnut was ever the only color.
CELIA
A very good color, this chestnut.

ROSALIND
And his kissing is as full of sanctity as the touch of holy bread.
ROSALIND
His kiss is as holy as bread blessed by a priest.

CELIA
He hath bought a pair of cast lips of Diana. A nun of winter’s sisterhood kisses not more religiously. The very ice of chastity is in them.
CELIA
He must have bought a cast-iron pair of

Diana’s

Diana was the patron goddess of virgins.

Diana’s
lips: an elderly nun isn’t anymore devoted in her kissing than he is. His kiss is cold and chaste.

ROSALIND
But why did he swear he would come this morning, and comes not?
ROSALIND
But why would he promise to come visit me this morning and then not come?

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