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ACT I.

SCENE I.

Orchard of OLIVER's house.

Enter ORLANDO and ADAM. Orl. As I remember, Adam, it was upon this fashion ; bequeathed me by will but poor a thousand crowns, and, as thou sayest, charged my brother, on his blessing, to breed me well: and there begins my sadness. My brother Jaques he keeps at school, and report speaks goldenly of his profit: for my part, he keeps me rustically at home, or, to speak more properly, stays me here at home unkept; for call you that keeping for a gentleman of my birth, that differs not from the lo stalling of an ox? His horses are bred better; for, besides that they are fair with their feeding, they are taught their manage, and to that end riders dearly hired: but I, his brother, gain nothing under him but growth; for the which his animals on his dunghills are as much bound to him as I. Besides this nothing that he so plenti

2. bequeathed; the subject is 6. at school, at the university. 'my father' understood.

7. profit, prof cy. 4. breed, bring up.

13. manage, training.

fully gives me, the something that nature gave me his countenance seems to take from me: he lets me feed with his hinds, bars me the place of 20 a brother, and, as much as in him lies, mines my gentility with my education. This is it, Adam, that grieves me; and the spirit of my father, which I think is within me, begins to mutiny against this servitude: I will no longer endure it, though yet I know no wise remedy how to avoid it.

Adam. Yonder comes my master, your brother.

Orl. Go apart, Adam, and thou shalt hear how he will shake me up.

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Enter OLIVER.
Oli. Now, sir! what make you here?

Orl. Nothing: I am not taught to make any thing.

Oli. What mar you then, sir?

Orl. Marry, sir, I am helping you to mar that which God made, a poor unworthy brother of yours, with idleness.

Oli. Marry, sir, be better employed, and be naught awhile.

Orl. Shall I keep your hogs and eat husks with them? What prodigal portion have I spent, that I should come to such penury?

Oli. Know you where you are, sir?
Orl. O, sir, very well: here in your orchard.
Oli. Know you before whom, sir?
Ori. Ay, better than him I am before knows

I know you are my eldest brother; and, in 19. his countenance, his mode 38. be naught awhile; of treating me.

plained by Warburton as a 21. mines, undermines. North Country proverbial curse, 31. make, do.

equivalent to a mischief on you.' 54. is nearer to his reverence, 59. villain, (1) bondman, entitles you to a larger share in (2) rascal. the reverence due to him.

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the gentle condition of blood, you should so know

The courtesy of nations allows you my better, in that you are the first-born; but the same tradition takes not away my blood, were there twenty brothers betwixt us: I have as much of my father in me as you ; albeit, I confess, your coming before me is nearer to his reverence.

Oli. What, boy!
Orl. Come, come, elder brother, you are too

young in this.

Oli. Wilt thou lay hands on me, villain ?

Orl. I am no villain ; I am the youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys; he was my father, and 60 he is thrice a villain that says such a father begot villains. Wert thou not my brother, I would not take this hand from thy throat till this other had pulled out thy tongue for saying so: thou hast railed on thyself.

Adam. Sweet masters, be patient: for your father's remembrance, be at accord. Oli. Let me go,

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say. Orl. I will not, till I please :' you shall hear me. My father charged you in his will to give yo me good education : you have trained me like a peasant, obscuring and hiding from me all gentleman-like qualities. The spirit of my father grows strong in me, and I will no longer endure it: therefore allow me such exercises as may become a gentleman, or give me the poor allottery my father left me by testament; with that I will go buy my fortunes.

Oli. And what wilt thou do? beg, when that

76. allottery, allotment, por. 57. young, inexperienced.

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is spent? Well, sir, get you in: I will not long 80 be troubled with you; you shall have some part of your will : I pray you, leave me.

Orl. I will no further offend you than becomes me for my good.

Oli. Get you with him, you old dog.
Adam. Is 'old dog' my reward ?

Most true, I have lost my teeth in your service. God be with my old master! he would not have spoke such a word. [Exeunt Orlando and Adam.

Oli. Is it even so ? begin you to grow upon 90 me? I will physic your rankness, and yet give no thousand crowns neither. Holla, Dennis!

Enter DENNIS. Den. Calls your worship?

Oli. Was not Charles, the duke's wrestler, here to speak with me?

Den. So please you, he is here at the door and importunes access to you.

Oli. Call him in. (Exit Dennis.] 'Twill be a good way; and to-morrow the wrestling is.

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Enter CHARLES.
Cha. Good morrow to your worship.

Oli. Good Monsieur Charles, what's the new news at the new court ?

Cha. There's no news at the court, sir, but

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86. In Lodge, Saladyne 100-169. Oliver'sarrangement promises Rosader complete with Charles is somewhat less satisfaction. Rosader is com- dishonourable to both than in pletely deluded ; after 'sugred Lodge. Saladyne himself inreconciliations' they enter the cites Rosader to enter the lists, house 'arm-in-arm together.' and the Norman agrees to the

stratagem as a pure matter of 91. rankness, overweening business, for the sake of the insolence.

crowns of Saladyne.

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