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Act 5, scene 1
Touchstone verbally overpowers William, a rival for Audrey’s love.Enter ⌜Touchstone⌝ and Audrey.
TOUCHSTONE 2392 We shall find a time, Audrey. Patience,
2393 gentle Audrey.
AUDREY 2394 Faith, the priest was good enough, for all the
2395 old gentleman’s saying.
TOUCHSTONE 2396 5A most wicked Sir Oliver, Audrey, a most
2397 vile Martext. But Audrey, there is a youth here in
2398 the forest lays claim to you.
AUDREY 2399 Ay, I know who ’tis. He hath no interest in me
2400 in the world.
2401 10 Here comes the man you mean.
TOUCHSTONE 2402 It is meat and drink to me to see a clown.
2403 By my troth, we that have good wits have much to
2404 answer for. We shall be flouting. We cannot hold.
WILLIAM 2405 Good ev’n, Audrey.
AUDREY 2406 15God gi’ good ev’n, William.
WILLIAM, ⌜to Touchstone⌝ 2407 And good ev’n to you, sir.
TOUCHSTONE 2408 Good ev’n, gentle friend. Cover thy head,
2409 cover thy head. Nay, prithee, be covered. How old
2410 are you, friend?
WILLIAM 2411 20Five-and-twenty, sir.
TOUCHSTONE 2412 A ripe age. Is thy name William?
WILLIAM 2413 William, sir.
p. 175TOUCHSTONE 2414 A fair name. Wast born i’ th’ forest here?
WILLIAM 2415 Ay, sir, I thank God.
TOUCHSTONE 2416 25“Thank God.” A good answer. Art rich?
WILLIAM 2417 ’Faith sir, so-so.
TOUCHSTONE 2418 “So-so” is good, very good, very excellent
2419 good. And yet it is not: it is but so-so. Art thou wise?
WILLIAM 2420 Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit.
TOUCHSTONE 2421 30Why, thou sayst well. I do now remember
2422 a saying: “The fool doth think he is wise, but the
2423 wise man knows himself to be a fool.” The heathen
2424 philosopher, when he had a desire to eat a grape,
2425 would open his lips when he put it into his mouth,
2426 35 meaning thereby that grapes were made to eat and
2427 lips to open. You do love this maid?
WILLIAM 2428 I do, ⌜sir.⌝
TOUCHSTONE 2429 Give me your hand. Art thou learned?
WILLIAM 2430 No, sir.
TOUCHSTONE 2431 40Then learn this of me: to have is to have.
2432 For it is a figure in rhetoric that drink, being poured
2433 out of a cup into a glass, by filling the one doth
2434 empty the other. For all your writers do consent
2435 that ipse is “he.” Now, you are not ipse, for I am he.
WILLIAM 2436 45Which he, sir?
TOUCHSTONE 2437 He, sir, that must marry this woman.
2438 Therefore, you clown, abandon—which is in the
2439 vulgar “leave”—the society—which in the boorish
2440 is “company”—of this female—which in the common
2441 50 is “woman”; which together is, abandon the
2442 society of this female, or, clown, thou perishest; or,
2443 to thy better understanding, diest; or, to wit, I kill
2444 thee, make thee away, translate thy life into death,
2445 thy liberty into bondage. I will deal in poison with
2446 55 thee, or in bastinado, or in steel. I will bandy with
2447 thee in faction. I will o’errun thee with ⌜policy.⌝ I
2448 will kill thee a hundred and fifty ways. Therefore
2449 tremble and depart.
p. 177AUDREY 2450 Do, good William.
WILLIAM, ⌜to Touchstone⌝ 2451 60God rest you merry, sir.
CORIN 2452 Our master and mistress seeks you. Come away,
TOUCHSTONE 2454 Trip, Audrey, trip, Audrey.—I attend, I