• Enter ROSALIND for Ganymede, CELIA for Aliena, and TOUCHSTONE

    ROSALIND

    O Jupiter, how weary are my spirits!

    TOUCHSTONE

    I care not for my spirits, if my legs were not weary.

    ROSALIND

    I could find in my heart to disgrace my man’s apparel and to cry like a woman, but I must comfort the weaker vessel, as doublet and hose ought to show itself courageous to petticoat. Therefore courage, good Aliena.

    CELIA

    I pray you bear with me. I cannot go no further.

    TOUCHSTONE

    For my part, I had rather bear with you than bear you. Yet I should bear no cross if I did bear you, for I think you have no money in your purse.

    ROSALIND

    Well, this is the Forest of Arden.

    TOUCHSTONE

    Ay, now am I in Arden, the more fool I. When I was at home
    I was in a better place, but travelers must be content.

    ROSALIND

    Ay, be so, good Touchstone.
    Enter CORIN and SILVIUS
    15Look you who comes here, a young man and an old in solemn talk.
  • ROSALIND (dressed as Ganymede), CELIA (dressed as Aliena), and TOUCHSTONE enter.

    ROSALIND

    Oh Lord, my spirits are tired!

    TOUCHSTONE

    I wouldn’t care about my spirits, if my legs weren’t tired.

    ROSALIND

    I’d insult my manly wardrobe by weeping like a woman if I didn’t have to comfort the weaker vessel here, as the jacket and hose ought to be brave for the sake of the petticoat. So, have courage, good Aliena.

    jacket and hose

    Doublet (jacket) and hose (heavy, pants-length stockings) were traditional men’s clothing.

    CELIA

    Please bear with me. I can’t go any further.

    TOUCHSTONE

    I’d rather bear with you than bear you. But if I did carry you, it would be no cross to bear, because I’m pretty sure you don’t have any money.

    bear

    By “bear you,” Touchstone means “carry you.”

    cross

    Elizabethan coins had crosses stamped on them.

    ROSALIND

    Well, this is the Forest of Arden.

    TOUCHSTONE

    Yes, now I’m in Arden, and that makes me the bigger fool. When I was at home, I was in a better place. But travelers have to be content.

    ROSALIND

    Yes, be content, good Touchstone.
    CORIN and SILVIUS enter.
    Look who’s coming: a young man and an old man, having a serious talk.