• Enter CELIA and ROSALIND

    CELIA

    Why, cousin! Why, Rosalind! Cupid have mercy, not a word?

    ROSALIND

    Not one to throw at a dog.

    CELIA

    No, thy words are too precious to be cast away upon curs.
    5Throw some of them at me. Come, lame me with reasons.

    ROSALIND

    Then there were two cousins laid up, when the one should be lamed with reasons and the other mad without any.

    CELIA

    But is all this for your father?

    ROSALIND

    No, some of it is for my child’s father. Oh, how full of briers is this working-day world!

    CELIA

    They are but burs, cousin, thrown upon thee in holiday foolery. If we walk not in the trodden paths our very petticoats will catch them.

    ROSALIND

    I could shake them off my coat. These burs are in my heart.

    CELIA

    15Hem them away.

    ROSALIND

    I would try, if I could cry “hem” and have him.

    CELIA

    Come, come, wrestle with thy affections.
  • CELIA and ROSALIND enter.

    CELIA

    What’s going on, Rosalind? Cupid have mercy! You won’t utter a single word?

    ROSALIND

    I don’t even have one to throw at a dog.

    CELIA

    No, your words are too precious to be wasted on dogs. Throw some of your words at me. Come on, throw your words at me like you would throw stones at a dog.

    ROSALIND

    Then there would be two cousins lying sick in bed: one hurt by reasons and the other gone crazy without any.

    CELIA

    Is all of this about your father?

    ROSALIND

    No, some of it is about my child’s father. Oh, this working-day world is full of thorns!

    working-day

    Working-day=wearisome.

    CELIA

    They’re only burrs, cousin, thrown at you because you took a holiday from conventional behavior. If we walk on the well-worn paths, they won’t get caught in our petticoats.

    ROSALIND

    Those burrs I could shake off my clothing, but these are in my heart.

    CELIA

    Cough them up.

    ROSALIND

    I’d try it, if I could cry “hem” and have him.

    CELIA

    Come on, take control of your feelings.