• Enter CELIA and ROSALIND

    CELIA

    I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, be merry.

    ROSALIND

    Dear Celia, I show more mirth than I am mistress of, and would you yet I were merrier? Unless you could teach me to forget a banished father, you must not learn me how to remember any extraordinary pleasure.

    CELIA

    Herein I see thou lov’st me not with the full weight that I love thee. If my uncle, thy banished father, had banished thy uncle, the duke my father, so thou hadst been still with me, I could have taught my love to take thy father for mine. So wouldst thou, if the truth of thy love to me were so righteously tempered as mine is to thee.

    ROSALIND

    Well, I will forget the condition of my estate to rejoice in yours.

    CELIA

    You know my father hath no child but I, nor none is like to have, and, truly, when he dies, thou shalt be his heir, for what he hath taken away from thy father perforce, I will render thee again in affection. By mine honor I will, and when I break that oath, let me turn monster. Therefore, my sweet Rose, my dear Rose, be merry.

    ROSALIND

    20From henceforth I will, coz, and devise sports. Let me see—what think you of falling in love?

    CELIA

    Marry, I prithee do, to make sport withal, but love no man in good earnest, nor no further in sport neither than with safety of a pure blush thou mayst in honor come off again.
  • CELIA and ROSALIND enter.

    CELIA

    Please, Rosalind, my sweet cousin—be happy.

    ROSALIND

    Dear Celia—I already look much happier than I feel, but you want me to look even happier? Unless you can also teach me how to forget my banished father, you shouldn’t try to teach me how to be happy.

    CELIA

    Well, by this I can see that you don’t love me as much as I love you. If your father had banished my father, I could have learned to love your father as my own, as long as I still had you. You’d do the same, if your love for me were as true as mine for you.

    ROSALIND

    Well, I’ll just forget the difficulties of my situation, in order to focus on the happiness of yours.

    CELIA

    You know I’m my father’s only child, and he isn’t likely to have another. And when he dies, you will inherit his fortune—because whatever he took from your father by force, I will return to you as affection. I swear I will, and if I ever break my promise let me turn into a monster. So please, my sweet Rose, my dear Rose, be happy.

    ROSALIND

    From now on I will, cousin, and I’ll think of all kinds of games for us. Let me see—what do you think about falling in love?

    CELIA

    Yes, please do, so we can have a good laugh about it. But don’t fall in love for real, and don’t take the game too far. You want to get out of it easily, and with your honor intact.