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Enter ROSALIND for Ganymede, CELIA for Aliena, and TOUCHSTONE
ROSALIND (dressed as Ganymede), CELIA (dressed as Aliena), and TOUCHSTONE enter.

ROSALIND
O Jupiter, how weary are my spirits!
ROSALIND
Oh Lord, my spirits are tired!

TOUCHSTONE
I care not for my spirits, if my legs were not weary.
TOUCHSTONE
I wouldn’t care about my spirits, if my legs weren’t tired.

ROSALIND
I could find in my heart to disgrace my man’s apparel and to cry like a woman, but I must comfort the weaker vessel, as doublet and hose ought to show itself courageous to petticoat. Therefore courage, good Aliena.
ROSALIND
I’d insult my manly wardrobe by weeping like a woman if I didn’t have to comfort the weaker vessel here, as the

jacket and hose

Doublet (jacket) and hose (heavy, pants-length stockings) were traditional men’s clothing.

jacket and hose
ought to be brave for the sake of the petticoat. So, have courage, good Aliena.

CELIA
I pray you bear with me. I cannot go no further.
CELIA
Please bear with me. I can’t go any further.

TOUCHSTONE
For my part, I had rather bear with you than bear you. Yet I should bear no cross if I did bear you, for I think you have no money in your purse.
TOUCHSTONE
I’d rather bear with you than

bear

By “bear you,” Touchstone means “carry you.”

bear
you. But if I did carry you, it would be no

cross

Elizabethan coins had crosses stamped on them.

cross
to bear, because I’m pretty sure you don’t have any money.

ROSALIND
Well, this is the Forest of Arden.
ROSALIND
Well, this is the Forest of Arden.


TOUCHSTONE
Ay, now am I in Arden, the more fool I. When I was at home
I was in a better place, but travelers must be content.
TOUCHSTONE
Yes, now I’m in Arden, and that makes me the bigger fool. When I was at home, I was in a better place. But travelers have to be content.

ROSALIND
Ay, be so, good Touchstone.
ROSALIND
Yes, be content, good Touchstone.
Enter CORIN and SILVIUS
CORIN and SILVIUS enter.
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Look you who comes here, a young man and an old in solemn talk.
Look who’s coming: a young man and an old man, having a serious talk.

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