• Enter ORLANDO and OLIVER

    ORLANDO

    Is ’t possible that on so little acquaintance you should like her? That, but seeing, you should love her? And loving, woo? And wooing, she should grant? And will you persever to enjoy her?

    OLIVER

    5Neither call the giddiness of it in question, the poverty of her, the small acquaintance, my sudden wooing, nor her sudden consenting, but say with me “I love Aliena”; say with her that she loves me; consent with both that we may enjoy each other. It shall be to your good, for my father’s house and all the revenue that was old Sir Rowland’s will I estate upon you, and here live and die a shepherd.

    ORLANDO

    You have my consent. Let your wedding be tomorrow.
    Thither will I invite the duke and all’s contented followers.
    Go you and prepare Aliena, for look you, here comes my
    15Rosalind.
    Enter ROSALIND

    ROSALIND

    (as Ganymede) God save you, brother.

    OLIVER

    And you, fair sister.
    Exit

    ROSALIND

    O my dear Orlando, how it grieves me to see thee wear thy heart in a scarf.
  • ORLANDO and OLIVER enter.

    ORLANDO

    Is it really possible that you could like her right after meeting her? And fall in love with her after merely seeing her? And as soon as you fall in love, with her, woo her? And as soon as you woo her, have her accept? And do you really mean to marry her?

    OLIVER

    Don’t question the foolish haste of it all—or her poverty or our short time together or the abruptness of my courtship or the abruptness of her consent—but say with me, “I love Aliena.” And say with me that she loves me. Agree to this match, so we can enjoy each other. It will be to your advantage, because I’ll leave our father’s house and all his property to you, while I live and die a shepherd here in the forest.

    ORLANDO

    You have my consent. You can be married tomorrow if you want. I’ll invite the duke and all of his followers. Go get Aliena ready—because, look, here comes my Rosalind.
    ROSALIND enters.

    ROSALIND

    Hello, brother.

    OLIVER

    And hello to you, fair sister.
    He exits.

    ROSALIND

    Oh, darling Orlando, it’s so hard to see you wearing your heart in a sling.