• Enter ROSALIND and CELIA

    ROSALIND

    Never talk to me. I will weep.

    CELIA

    Do, I prithee, but yet have the grace to consider that tears do not become a man.

    ROSALIND

    But have I not cause to weep?

    CELIA

    5As good cause as one would desire. Therefore weep.

    ROSALIND

    His very hair is of the dissembling color.

    CELIA

    Something browner than Judas’s. Marry, his kisses are
    Judas’s own children.

    ROSALIND

    I' faith, his hair is of a good color.

    CELIA

    10An excellent color. Your chestnut was ever the only color.

    ROSALIND

    And his kissing is as full of sanctity as the touch of holy bread.

    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.

    ROSALIND

    But why did he swear he would come this morning, and comes not?
  • ROSALIND and CELIA enter.

    ROSALIND

    Don’t talk to me. I’m going to cry.

    CELIA

    Go ahead if you want, but remember that crying doesn’t suit a man.

    ROSALIND

    But don’t I have good reason to cry?

    CELIA

    As good a reason as any. So go ahead and cry.

    ROSALIND

    I mean, his hair is even red—the same color as that lying Judas.

    hair

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

    CELIA

    No, it’s a shade browner than Judas’s—but his kisses are just like Judas’s.

    Judas’s

    Judas betrayed Jesus to the Romans with a kiss.

    ROSALIND

    No, really, his hair is a nice color.

    CELIA

    A very good color, this chestnut.

    ROSALIND

    His kiss is as holy as bread blessed by a priest.

    CELIA

    He must have bought a cast-iron pair of Diana’s lips: an elderly nun isn’t anymore devoted in her kissing than he is. His kiss is cold and chaste.

    Diana’s

    Diana was the patron goddess of virgins.

    ROSALIND

    But why would he promise to come visit me this morning and then not come?