• Enter TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY

    TOUCHSTONE

    We shall find a time, Audrey. Patience, gentle Audrey.

    AUDREY

    Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the old gentleman’s saying.

    TOUCHSTONE

    A most wicked Sir Oliver, Audrey, a most vile Martext. But, Audrey, there is a youth here in the forest lays claim to you.

    AUDREY

    Ay, I know who ’tis. He hath no interest in me in the world.
    Enter WILLIAM
    Here comes the man you mean.

    TOUCHSTONE

    It is meat and drink to me to see a clown. By my troth, we that have good wits have much to answer for. We shall be flouting. We cannot hold.

    WILLIAM

    Good ev'n, Audrey.

    AUDREY

    God gi' good ev'n, William.

    WILLIAM

    And good ev'n to you, sir.

    TOUCHSTONE

    15Good ev'n, gentle friend. Cover thy head, cover thy head.
    Nay, prithee, be covered. How old are you, friend?
  • TOUCHSTONE and AUDREY enter.

    TOUCHSTONE

    We’ll get married at some point, Audrey. Be patient.

    AUDREY

    Really, the priest was good enough, no matter what that old guy said.

    TOUCHSTONE

    No, he was wicked and vile. But Audrey, there’s a boy in the forest who claims you’re his girl.

    AUDREY

    Yes, I know who you’re talking about, but he has no claim on me.
    WILLIAM enters.
    Here comes the man himself.

    TOUCHSTONE

    It warms my heart to encounter such a country bumpkin. Truly, we witty men can’t hold our tongues. We have to mess with the likes of him, we just can’t help it.

    WILLIAM

    Good evening, Audrey.

    AUDREY

    Good evening, William.

    WILLIAM

    And good evening to you, sir.

    TOUCHSTONE

    Good evening to you, good friend. No, no, put your hat back on, put it back on. No, please, keep your head covered. How old are you, friend?