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Ros. He calls us back: My pride fell with my for
Will you go, coz?
[Exeunt Ros. and CEL. Orl. What passion hangs these weights upon my
Re-enter LE BEAU.
Le Beau. Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you
hung a shield and other trophies of war, at which they shot, darted, or rode, with a lance. When the shield and the trophies were all thrown down, the quintain remained. Without this information how could the reader understand the allusion of
My better parts Are all thrown down? Guthrie. Mr. Malone has disputed the propriety of Mr. Guthrie's ani. madversions; and Mr. Douce is equally dissatisfied with those of Mr. Malone.
The phalanx of our auxiliaries, as well as their circumstantiality, is so much increased, that we are often led (as Hamlet observes) to
fight for a spot “ Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause." The present strictures, therefore, of Mr. Malone and Mr. Douce, (which are too valuable to be omitted, and too ample to find their place under the text of our author) must appear at the conclusion of the play. Steevens.
For a more particular description of a quintain, see a note on a passage in Jonson's Underwoods, Whalley's edit. Vol. VII, p. 55.
M. Mason. A humorous description of this amusement may also be read in Laneham's Letter from “ Killingworth Castle.” Henley.
- the duke's condition,] The word condition means character, temper, disposition. So, Antonio, the merchant of Venice. is called by his friend the best condition'd man. Johnson.
The duke is humorous; what he is, indeed,
Orl. I thank you, sir: and, pray you, tell me this;
[Exit LE BEAU.
than me to speak of.] The old copy has—than I. Cor. rected by Mr. Rowe. Malone.
- the shorter -] Thus Mr. Pope. The old copy readsthe taller. Mr. Malone-the smaller. ; Steevens.
Some change is absolutely necessary, for Rosalind, in a sub. sequent scene, expressly says that she is “ more than common tall,” and assigns that as a reason for her assuming the dress of a man, while her cousin Celia retained her female apparel. Again, in Act IV, sc. iii, Celia is described by these words--"the woman low, and browner than her brother;" i. e. Rosalind. Mr. Pope reads "the shorter is his daughter;" which has been admitted in all the subsequent editions: but surely shorter and taller could never have been confounded by either the eye or the ear. The present emendation, it is hoped, has a preferable claim to a place in the text, as being much nearer to the corrupted reading.
Malone. Shakspeare sometimes speaks of little women, but I do not recollect that he or any other writer, has mentioned small ones. Otherwise, Mr. Malone's conjecture should have found a place in our text. Steevens.
in a better world than this,] So, in Coriolanus, Act III, sc. ii: “ There is a world elsewhere." Steevens.
Thus must I from the smoke into the smother;
A Room in the Palace.
Enter CELIA and ROSALIND. Cel. Why, cousin; why, Rosalind ;-Cupid have mer. cy!-Not a word?
Ros. Not one to throw at a dog.
Cel. No, thy words are too precious to be cast away upon curs, throw some of them at me; come, lame me with reasons.
Ros. Then there were two cousins laid up; when the one should be lamed with reasons, and the other mad
Cel. But is all this for
father? Ros. No, some of it is for my child's father:5' O, how full of briars is this working-day world! fathers chilel
Cel. 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.
Ros. I could shake them off my coat; these burs are in my heart.
Cel. Hem them away.
Ros. O, they take the part of a better wrestler than myself.
Cel. O, a good wish upon you! you will try in time, in despite of a fall.-But, turning these jests out of service, let us talk in good earnest: Is it possible, on such a sudden, you should fall into so strong a liking with old sir Rowland's youngest son?
Ros. The duke my father lov'd his father dearly.
Cel. Doth it therefore ensue, that you should love his son dearly? By this kind of chase,6 I should hate him,
5 — for my child's fatker:) i. e. for him whom I hope to marry, and have children by. Theobald.
6 By this kind of chase,] That is, by this way of following the argument. Dear is used by Shakspeare in a double sense for
for my father hated his father dearly; yet I hate not Orlando.
Ros. No 'faith, hate him not, for my sake.
Ros. Let me love him for that; and do you love him, because I do:-Look, here comes the duke. Cel. With his eyes full of anger.
Enter Duke FREDERICK, with Lords. Duke F. Mistress, despatch you with your'safest' haste, And get you from our court.
Me, uncle? Duke F.
I do beseech your grace,
Thus do all traitors;
mistrust cannot make me a traitor:
beloved, and for hurtful, hated, baleful. Both senses are autho. rised, and both drawn from etymology; but properly, beloved is dear, and hateful is dere. Rosalind uses dearly in the good, and Celia in the bad sense. Johnson.
7 Why should I not? doth he not deserve well?] Celia answers Rosalind, (who had desired her “not to hate Orlando, for her sake,") as if she had said_“ love him, for my sake:” to which the former replies, “Why should I not [i. e. love him]?” So, in the following passage, in King Henry VIII:
Which of the peers
Strangely neglected ?" Uncontemn'd must be understood as if the author had written not contemn'd; otherwise the subsequent words would convey a meaning directly contrary to what the speaker intends. Malone.
Tell me, whereon the likelihood depends.
Duke F. Thou art thy father's daughter, there's enough.
Ros. So was I, when your highness took his dukedom; So was I, when your highness banish'd him: Treason is not inherited, my lord; Or, if we did derive it from our friends, What's that to me? my father was no traitor: Then, good my liege, mistake me not so much, To think my poverty is treacherous.
Cel. Dear sovereign, hear me speak.
Duke F. Ay, Celia ; we stay'd her for your sake, Else had she with her father rang'd along.
Cel. I did not then entreat to have her stay, It was your pleasure, and your own remorse;8 I was too young that time to value her, But now I know her: if she be a traitor, Why so am I; we still have slept together, Rose at an instant, learn'd, play'd, eat together;' And wheresoe'er we went, like Juno's swans, Still we went coupled, and"inseparable." mseparak Duke F. She is too subtle for thee; and her smooth
Cel. Pronounce that sentence then on me, my liege;
remorse;] i. e. compassion. So, in Macbeth:
we still have slept together, Rose at an instant, learn'd, play'd, eat together;] Youthful friendship is described in nearly the same terms in a book published the year in which this play first appeared in print:“ They ever went together, plaid together, eate together, and usually slept together, out of the great love that was between them.” Life of Guzman de Alfarache, folio, printed by Edward Blount, 1623, P. I, B. I, c. viii, p. 75. Reed.
1 And thou wilt show more bright, and seem more virtuous,] When she was seen alone, she would be more noted. Johnson.