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As You Like It (Shakespeare Library Classic) | William Shakespeare
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As You Like It is a Comedy written by English playwright William Shakespeare, who is widely considered to be the greatest writer of the English language. As You Like It is the story of the power struggles between two brothers, Duke Senior, who is in exile in Arden and his brother Frederick, who has usurped the royal throne. The play also focuses on the love story between Duke Senior's daughter Rosalind and Orlando. As You Like It is an important work of William Shakespeares, and is highly recommended for fans of his works as well as those discovering his plays for the first time.
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As You Like It | William Shakespeare
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That‘s cold, Bill. Cold. #ShakespeareanInsults #Shakespeare


“Lie not, to say mine eyes are murders. Scratch thee but with a pin and there remains some scar of it. Lean upon a rush, the cicatrice and capable impressure thy palm some moment keeps. And now mine eyes, which I have darted at thee, hurt thee not. Nor I am sure there is no force in eyes that can do hurt.”

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Just added a bunch of Shakespearean comedies to #serialreader including As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, and more. Find them all, plus other comedies by Shakespeare already in the app, in the new collection here: https://www.serialreader.org/collection/5d3dad5ca5468404af76dc03/

Julsmarshall Ooh, just signed up for As You Like It. Thanks for sharing! 😄 (edited) 4mo
Megabooks Awesome! I love Taming! 4mo
batsy Tagging the #ShakespeareReadAlong group :) 4mo
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Our first Shakespeare in the Park performance of the summer: As You Like It! Pretty nice evening, and hopefully it'll cool off even more once the sun goes down.

ulrichyumiodd I love Shakespeare in the park! I believe we‘re getting Measure for Measure this year in Montreal. 6mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @ulrichyumiodd we're also getting Shakespeare in Love this summer (Shakespeare Dallas will usually do one by the Bard and one that's in a similar spirit during the summer season) and then Macbeth this fall, which is one of my faves. 6mo
Blueberry Ah, you reminded me I haven't gone in a few yrs. 6mo
ulrichyumiodd @WhatWouldJaneDo That‘s exciting! I never heard of more than one per year here, but it‘s still better than nothing :) 6mo
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First trip to a bookstore with both of my kiddos was a success! That‘s an important event for us! 📚

DivineDiana Making memories! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 6mo
charl08 Aw: such a lovely pic. 6mo
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I love this one

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We just closed the Young Acting Company's production of this show. It was an original edit done by our director and it was amazing. These kids were able to do Shakespeare better than some adults I have seen. I am so proud of them all for the work they did to get here. Also, we actually had the little ones on stage as goats. I never want to see this done without that again. It was brilliant and one of my favorite scenes.

BarbaraTheBibliophage So great!! 👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳 8mo
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Random stacks of Books #4 My Shakespeare pile. 😂

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Here we go, Oregon Shakespeare Festival! Kicking off with #AsYouLikeIt!

suzisteffen #shakespeare 🎭🎟🎟 9mo
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I love the punning and word-play in the play! #lame #quotsyfeb19 @TK-421

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“Here feel we but the penalty of Adam,
The seasons' difference, as the icy fang
And churlish chiding of the winter's wind,
Which, when it bites and blows upon my body,
Even till I shrink with cold, I smile and say
'This is no flattery: these are counsellors
That feelingly persuade me what I am.'”

- a great Shakespeare quote to have running through your head while walking your dog in the bitter cold

Suet624 It‘s funny because today I was appreciating the fact that I didn‘t have to walk a dog on this frigid morning. 11mo
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Another one that just didn't catch me. It had all the elements of a comedy, just nothing that stood out. Alas...


Another zinger from Ol' Willy:
"Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak."
I should probably stop posting these... most Littens are women, it seems.

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#31bookpics #bookclub Being am English major puts you in a years long book club, right?

Libby1 You are right! 😃 14mo
ephemeralwaltz True! 14mo
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I don't mind telling you, Prescot (near Liverpool) was an absolute dump when I was growing up here in the 80s and 90s. Mass unemployment and a huge derelict factory in the 80s, and all the pubs were scruffy and full of Carling-fuelled scallies when I started drinking in the 90s. Now they're building a Shakespeare theatre here and there's a Shakespeare themed micropub called the Bard. Exciting times.

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Thanks for the awesome stickers Helen @squirrelbrain

Really cool! #jbuk

squirrelbrain 📖❤️📖❤️ 1y
Hooked_on_books Those stickers rock! 1y
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♠️My apologies on the delay in posting who won the Shakespeare Comedy mug- there were quite a few entries to tally! The winner of this fine piece of china and tea accompaniments is..... @TheBookHippie !!!!
(Email me at purple_violets01 at yahoo dot com)

Congrats! I‘ve been having so much fun and learning from the great discussions being had on #TheShakespeareReadAlong threads.

AmyG @TheBookHippie Congrats!🎉 2y
readinginthedark Congratulations, @TheBookHippie ! 😉☕️ 2y
TheBookHippie OHHHHHHH SO EXCITED!!!! Thank you soooo much!!! 2y
Jess_Read_This @TheBookHippie Did you get it yet? I tried to bubble wrap it up like Fort Knox style 2y
TheBookHippie @Jess_Read_This yes!!!!! Just!!! I was out of town at a wedding it's all perfect!!!! I'll get a post up after school!!! 2y
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I love the name Rosalind! #FavCharacterName 💜
#ReadingResolutions 💐📖

#BookNerd 📚💙

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Since starting the #shakespearereadalong, these Folger Library editions have become my favourite. #yellowedpages #oldcoolbooks @Linsy

TheBookHippie Ohhhh pretty!!! 2y
Kimberlone Love those vintage Folger editions! I had the great opportunity to see a production of Hamlet performed at the Folger during a visit to DC during college 2y
rabbitprincess I love Folger editions! I like how the notes and the text are side-by-side, and they don't provide *too* many notes. I just want to know if something is supposed to be a pun 😂 2y
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merelybookish @TheBookHippie I love their cover art! 2y
merelybookish @Kimberlone Cool! I've never been to the Folger. Would love to go! 2y
merelybookish @rabbitprincess Agreed. I like how the notes are formatted and that they aren't overwhelming! 2y
oOArankaOo They're far too expensive, but I've always liked the Wordsworth/Oxford classics editions! So much additional information on the (historic) background, etc! These look great too (but are probably a little hard to get in the Netherlands) :) 2y
merelybookish @oOArankaOo I mostly just try to buy cheap used copies. But I've grown to like the Folger editions. Maybe I can send you one penpal. Do you have a favourite play? 2y
oOArankaOo @merelybookish Shakespeare is barely taught in the Netherlands, apart from English degrees at uni, so not many used editions can be found unforunately. If they're not too heavy, a copy of As You Like It ir All's Well would be wonderful! 😍 2y
Linsy ♥️ 2y
readinginthedark These are great copies! And I see them a lot at used book sales, so that‘s handy! 2y
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Although I wasn't a fan of the audio quality compared to other BBC productions, Helena Bonham Carter as Rosalind was still a joy!

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FINALLY finished As You Like It for the #Shakespearereadalong and LOVED it. So sweet and funny with awesome female characters and clever wordplay. Definitely one of my favorite Shakespeare plays (top 3 for sure). Not on to Othello!

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I may have spent the last couple of days playing Sims and making characters based on As You Like It... 🙈😂 Meet Ros, Celia, and Orlando Frederick! The kids‘ teddy bears are named Oliver and Jaques. Ros is a rock star who co-owns the town spa, and her husband cheated on her and was kicked out of the house. 😎

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Oh well done! 2y
UnidragonFrag I miss having a computer & breeding my SIMs. 2y
CouronneDhiver I miss that game... loved it as a teen! 2y
readinginthedark @TobeyTheScavengerMonk @UnidragonFrag I knew you guys would understand! 2y
readinginthedark @CouronneDhiver I didn‘t play any games as a teen, so it‘s a bit newer for me. But it took me a while not to just fail at everything! 😆 2y
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The Arkangel audio production was fantastic, particularly the music, and now I‘m going to celebrate Shakespeare‘s sort-of birthday by watching this awesome adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh and set in feudal Japan.

Fans of the play should check this out if they haven‘t.

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Playing catch up today before beginning Othello. Act III was my favorite so far—the wordplay was phenomenal. Shakespeare was such a trippy dude, and I‘ll never understand his predilection for using cross-dressing to forward a plot 😂

Also: “The oath of a lover is no stronger than the word of a tapster; they are both the confirmer of false reckonings.”


readinginthedark I think the cross dressing was funnier at the time, because you had a man playing a woman playing a man. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Reading the last of my background info and manga today so I‘ll be ready to start Othello tomorrow! There are some interesting observations here, and they address Rosalind‘s choice of the name Ganymede.

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Woo hoo a combined answer to today's photo challenges - #stage and #somethingfunny
#hopintospring by @vkois88 and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#readingresolutions by @Jess7

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Way to go!!! 🙌🏻👏🏻 2y
vkois88 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 2y
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“And this our life exempt from public haunt
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones and good in every thing.
I would not change it.”

I wanted something light and Springy for my audio commute today so I went with one of Shakespeare‘s super lightweight plays, which @batsy perfectly described as “beach read Shakespeare”.

batsy Gorgeous view 😍 It's a perfect springtime read, I think :) 2y
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I enjoyed this little romp in the woods despite the problematic gender politics. You get the sense that all's well that ends well = order restored, i.e. women back in their appointed place. But there was that silly, satirical tone throughout that I relished. It's like a "beach read" Shakespeare; the pages just flew by. The dynamic between Rosalind & Celia was fab. I love me a moody, do-nothing philosopher, so I do have a soft spot for Jaques ?

Cathythoughts “Beach read Shakespeare “ 🤷🏻‍♀️🤭❤️ only you could invent this @batsy And I love it. Xxxxxx 2y
readinginthedark 👏🏻❤️ 2y
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merelybookish Exactly! 😁 2y
batsy @Cathythoughts Haha, thank you 💜 #beachread 🍹 2y
RaimeyGallant Well put. 2y
batsy @RaimeyGallant Thanks :) 2y
Jess_Read_This Your review is perfect! 2y
batsy @Jess_Read_This Thank you 💜 2y
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#ShakespeareReadalong I'm behind a bit !! I must say Rosalind is intriguing to me. Reading 'Shakespeare The Invention of the Human' by Harold Bloom along with these reads is so much fun!!!! Okay off to catch up!

Jess_Read_This How interesting! I haven‘t heard of the Bloom before and it sounds super interesting. 2y
readinginthedark Ooh! I‘ll have to read this—some fascinating observations! 2y
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🎭Act 5 and the conclusion of As You Like It🎭

📜Act 4 had a snake and lion. Act 5 brings us Hymen, the god of marriage, to bless the union of the four couples who were brought together in a varied series of events that deviated from normal courtship. The Duke Senior is restored. And I have the song lyric “with a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonny-no” stuck in my head.

#ShakespeareReadAlong folks- your thoughts on Act 5 or the play in entirety?

Jess_Read_This 🎭Spoileresque Comments Below🎭 2y
Jess_Read_This Overall: I‘m a bit torn. This was not my favorite play so far, yet there were some beautifully written lines in it. I feel like this was a hodge podge of plot elements thrown together and rapidly wrapped up with a bow... a song.. and a Roman god. But I wonder if all the plot elements were Will‘s way of testing the waters to see what worked well and what didn‘t with audiences? 2y
Jess_Read_This Act 5: I was a bit surprised at the strength of Touchstone‘s attack on Audrey‘s country admirer. I felt bad for poor Phoebe at getting tricked into marrying Silvius- not cool, R...not cool. I kind of felt R was too heavy handed in her directing of all the players and the big reveal was “meh” in dramatics. The Duke Senior and Orlando commenting on the similarity between G and R equaled what big hard eye roll for me. 2y
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Jess_Read_This However, I enjoyed the pastoral scene, the song lyrics, and overall, there were some great quotes in this play. My favorites were highlighted in a playbill pictured above from a Milwaukee theater company. 2y
GingerAntics Usually, I‘m a sucker for a happy ending, but I think the only reason I‘m a fan of this play at all is because I like Shakespeare that much. It‘s just not my cup of tea. It seemed like the deposed King just magically became king again at the end. What was his actual role throughout the play? The characters I liked at the beginning, I didn‘t like in the middle, and they never redeemed themselves by the end. Eh. Just not my favourite by a landslide. 2y
GingerAntics I‘m kind of disappointed. 2y
Erin7 I agree that there were some great quotes in this play. I felt sorry for S actually. To have it kind of thrown in his face that P was settling for him felt sad and makes me wonder what the rest of their story together would have been like. I feel like there was some choppiness to the storyline. But I think the lyric quality to R‘s ensuring that everyone would hold true to their promises of partner commitments at the end was fun for me. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Erin7 I have to agree with you. I disliked that part, but liked R‘s resolution at the ending. As an adult, the Duke who becomes King, but can‘t recognize his OWN daughter in disguise is very sad. But I have to say that I wish this is one we‘d have read in HS or Middle School before say Romeo and Juliet or Julius Cesar...it‘s a bit more fun & frivolous and I bet I would have enjoyed the goofiness more than, & definitely more than the tragedies.. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...at that age. 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I‘m kind of disappointed as well. I was expecting it get better and as we read each act.. it didn‘t. I love a happy ending too but I think I was irked enough by the characters to not have a strong investment in their happy ending. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Erin7 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I am bit confused why he added the Silvius and Phoebe storyline. It just feels so wrong for both parties and I didn‘t see how it helped the plot along really. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Jess_Read_This Same with Audrey...I think they were all story fillers and comic relief. I wish we actually knew more about the order they were written, if I had to randomly guess, because really nobody knows, I‘d guess it‘s an earlier work. It‘s not as streamlined, and all the characters aren‘t as important to the main story, etc. 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This exactly! That is the perfect way to put it. 2y
Erin7 @Jess_Read_This my theory is that Shakespeare was trying to add a twist to the love story. Maybe he thought the cross dressed woman help the man she loves to woo her in her true form was not enough. There would be more comedy to another woman chasing her while she helps him chase her. I think it all boiled down to bringing it around to being able to do those chain sequence lines at the end. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Erin7 I think you completely nailed it. That makes a lot of sense. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think I read somewhere that it was an earlier work. I think that‘s why I thought maybe he was experimenting with different plot elements 2y
Lcsmcat I agree with @Erin7 , and I think, while they are all better viewed staged rather than read, this one particularly needs to be acted to work. 2y
readinginthedark @Lcsmcat That‘s exactly what I was thinking! With the others we‘ve read, I enjoyed reading the play in a different way; I was able to catch things I wouldn‘t have in a performance. Not so much with this one. I‘ve always loved watching it, so I expected to love reading it! But it fell short for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
readinginthedark @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This It makes sense that the Duke wouldn‘t recognize Rosalind, since he hasn‘t seen her for fourteen years or something. But the comment about Ganymede looking like her took it a little far. I think his role in the play had less to do with R and more to do with redemption (of the Duke‘s brother and Oliver) and restoring “good” people to their rightful places. 2y
GingerAntics @readinginthedark that‘s a good point...from that POV his role in the play makes far more sense. Yeah, I‘m going with your theory. 2y
merelybookish This was my first Shakespeare play. I read it in Grade 10 and remember enjoying it @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I do think the lovesick silliness is a good Shakespeare intro. I enjoyed re-reading it. I like that Rosalind is in control of a lot of the plot. And I like that a female friendship features so promiently. There are lots of convenient (questionable) plot developments but I enjoyed this lark in Arden forest. 2y
TheBookHippie @Jess_Read_This I'm torn as well some of the passages of words just gorgeous but some of the plot line seemed like he was trying 10 scenarios at once. However the POV and a strong women is wonderful. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @merelybookish Exactly! When I was in school we read all the tragedies. I didn‘t even really get that he wrote comedies until college. Yes, there were weird plot loops and odd character choices, but it was fun and silly, everyone turns out good, for the better, and happily every after seems like just the kind of play I would have loved and found clever and funny as a young person. The girls wit, the teaching him how to woo her (as him)... (edited) 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...tricking everyone in the logic chain into marrying the ‘right‘ person for them. As a 9th grader I think I‘d have found it funny and clever, and not even thought the side characters wandering out of the forest at all odd, but just them meeting the local inhabitants. I thought it was fun now, and I‘m sure I‘d have loved it even more then. (edited) 2y
JennAndrew @Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark I‘m late to the party this week, sorry! I got the Charles Boyce Shakespeare A-Z this week though, so that was great! In the AYLI bit it suggests this is a play without a plot so much as opportunities for clever wordplay, & I think that sums it up for me. I didn‘t care for most of the characters & found the group marriage a weak ending, especially as I did not support some of the pairings. However, there was some.. 2y
JennAndrew Delightful dialogue and witty repartee, so I think that was the most enjoyable part for me. The A-Z suggests Silvius & Phoebe were standard pastoral characters- the ‘sentimental shepherd & hard-hearted shepherdess‘, however, I‘d have been happier to see Phebe & Audrey bunk off together at the end, ditching those useless dudes. Either for amazing adventures or maybe to marry each other, who knows?! I just felt it would be awful to marry a man as... 2y
JennAndrew Critical as Touchstone was of Audrey, or to settle for a man you actively tried to shun for years, like S & P. How depressing! I saw this on stage when I was younger & loved it- the forest, with love poems hanging from the branches- was dreamy & enchanting, it was funny & had more than just talking, but as an adult I‘ve found it a bit empty. I know Shakespeare can give so much more, so this was a So-So for me. 2y
batsy My thoughts summed up: what @merelybookish said 😆 It felt very light, even flimsy where plot was concerned, but I did love the banter and the philosophical musings of forest vs. court. Seems to be that human corruption will taint even the most Edenic of places? 🤔😬 2y
Jess_Read_This @JennAndrew I never considered the idea that this is a play without a plot and to focus on the wordplay. That kind of relaxes me a bit in my expectations, I guess? I‘d like to see Phoebe and Audrey take off together on an adventure too! 2y
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I finished reading this yesterday on the Chunnel to Paris. I thought it was a clever ending though I had read it before a few times. I liked Touchstone better in this Act. It seemed he was back to being a little more witty than jerkish. #ShakespeareReadalong @readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This

readinginthedark Touchstone was definitely better in this Act! I still have one or two scenes to go. This play isn‘t quite how I remembered it. 2y
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“‘You shall never take her without her answer unless you take her without her tongue.‘”
Act 4: You all were right: Phebe thinks she‘s in love with Ganymede. I think Shakespeare narrowly avoids the generalization that all women would fall for a mean partner by how incredulous Rosalind is at this admiration, though. And why would she hide her true feelings from Silvius? Also, Orlando seems more dedicated to his ruse with R/G than I would be. 👇🏻

readinginthedark Shakespeare seems to be wrapping things up a bit earlier than usual in this Act. I wonder if that‘s due to it being an earlier play? The Acts are so short that it still feels rushed, though. We‘ll see in Act 5! (pictured above is Mother-in-Law‘s Tongue, or the Snake Plant 😂) #ShakespeareReadalong (edited) 2y
GatheringBooks gosh. a shakespeare read along- hats off to you all! :) 2y
readinginthedark @GatheringBooks 😊Feel free to join in at some point if you want! We‘re taking it really slow! 2y
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Jess_Read_This You‘ve said it quite right, this whole play does feel rushed! 2y
batsy I do agree about the rushed bit, too. And so much of everything just kind of takes place in Act 3! 2y
readinginthedark @Jess_Read_This @batsy Yeah, he throws so much in during Act 3 and then it just kind of sits there in Act 4. Maybe it inches forward but not in a very satisfactory way. 2y
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Act II! Some really impressive poetry in this play. I love this bit from Duke Senior:
“Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the road, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head”

Other thoughts: Shakespeare sure had some lofty ideas about the loyalty of servants 🙄


hermyknee I LOVE THIS PLAY! 2y
readinginthedark Yes, I like the Duke! And Shakespeare‘s servants are...just silly. I think it makes sense for Adam to follow Orlando instead of the abusive older brother, but all of the rhapsodizing about how much O looks like his father gets a bit ridiculous. (edited) 2y
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🎭My humble contribution to the pronunciation of Jaques discussion. I thought this comic really lays out the ideas on it and was interesting 🎭 (hopefully I tagged everyone that was talking about the pronunciation)


🎨Created by: Mya Lixian Gosling
📸Source: Goodticklebrain.com

batsy Nice one! We'll never know 🙂 2y
Jess_Read_This @batsy Exactly! I think this will have to be one of life‘s mysteries. 😂 2y
JennAndrew No wonder he‘s so melancholy! 😂 2y
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Leniverse Jay-kweeze? Might as well him J'accuse! 😂 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s excellent! 😂 2y
Lcsmcat @Leniverse 😂😂 2y
readinginthedark 😆My copy found a happy medium with “Jay-kes” to keep both the syllables and the negative connotation! 2y
merelybookish I can't believe I'm having to question the knowledge of my 10th great English teacher! (A firm member of the jac-queese camp!) 2y
merelybookish @Leniverse That is an acadmeic essay in the making! 😉 2y
GingerAntics I haven‘t read this week. I‘m planning on getting caught up tomorrow. I had a bunch of grading to do last week. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Leniverse 😂 I think we need a follow up to this comic now! 2y
Leniverse @Jess_Read_This Sure, sure. A panel of Zola standing over a dead deer exclaiming "Ja-ques Professor Plum, with the candle stick!" 2y
GingerAntics ROTFL I was wondering about this. The audio book I had went with Jah-kwez (sort of), and it sounded very strange to me. I kind of like the option that fits the iambic pentameter, but then having him named after an outhouse amuses me, too. Maybe we should just call him Jay, and call it a day. lol 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics I like both versions too. I found the iambic pentameter info interesting but find that name pronunciation cumbersome to say. 2y
Jess_Read_This @Leniverse I‘m liking your version much better!! 😂 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This yeah, it really is weird. I feel like that may have been Shakespeare‘s intent (although he was known to break away from the pentameter often just because he felt like it, so that‘s not necessarily a valid argument for the pronunciation.), but Jakes just seems really amusing. I think I would be more likely when reading it to just use the French pronunciation and move on. 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Love this way of describing the different opinions! 2y
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🎭Act 4 #ShakespeareReadAlong 🎭

A short, seemingly simple, act... with a snake and a lion thrown in for good measure. Because, why not have the brother that wants to kill you end up with a snake around his neck heading for his open mouth while a lioness is in wait. 😉🐍🦁

🎭What are your thoughts on Act 4?

P.S. My apologies for the delay on the post; the Litsy downtime set me back a bit.

Jess_Read_This 🎭Spoilery Comments Below🎭 2y
Jess_Read_This One of my favorite parts in this act was Celia telling R she has disgraced their sex with her and Orlando‘s “love-prate” 😂 R responds with how much she loves him and she can‘t be out of sight of Orlando. She‘s off to find a shadow and sigh til he comes back. Celia responds with “And I‘ll sleep”. 😆 2y
Jess_Read_This Why do you think Shakespeare made the snake and the lion both female? Gender seems to be a strong theme in this play and I was curious if there is significance to both threats to Oliver being female. Or were the female threats obstacles for him and Orlando? 2y
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Lcsmcat Re: lion and snake - can you say Deus ex machina? “How to make this end happily, hmm, maybe a snake. Or a lion. What the hell, throw them both in. It all happens off stage so we don‘t have to costume it.” 2y
Lcsmcat @Jess_Read_This How could he tell the snake was female? 2y
Jess_Read_This @Lcsmcat 😂 Yes!!!! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Lcsmcat Right?! The only way I caught on was Oliver referring to its head as “her head”... maybe all snakes are female to him? 2y
JennAndrew @Jess_Read_This @Lcsmcat I feel like there‘s a lot of distrust of women? It doesn‘t seem aggressive, but I definitely feel like we‘re seen as untrustworthy. All the talk of cuckolding & Phebe‘s use of Silvius to deliver her love note to Ganymede, plus the dangerous female animals. I may be reading too much into it though?! 2y
Jess_Read_This @JennAndrew You might be on to something! I also didn‘t get why Silvius was so adamant he had no clue what was in the letter and didn‘t write it. Especially when R laid out why she didn‘t think Phebe wrote it initially. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It was definitely a twisted little chapter. Last time it was Audrey and Phoebe who seemed to drop in out of nowhere.... this time it was the brother with a snake and lion in tow! Funny everyone has been living in this forest,hunting deer, writing poetry and putting it on trees, wandering around aimlessly, and suddenly Oliver shows up and there are snakes and lions in these woods. Maybe he brought them with him and they turned on him, or maybe.. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...they are only attracted to the bad guys. Because all the good guys in this forest don‘t seem to meet anything but friendly woodland animals. Hey, maybe that‘s where Disney got those ideas from? (edited) 2y
Lcsmcat @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😂😂 Perfect! 2y
Erin7 @Jess_Read_This Doesn‘t that go back to Adam and Eve and this idea that Eve tempted Adam to bite the forbidden apple? 2y
BookishBelle @Jess_Read_This Celia saying ‘And I‘ll sleep‘ is one of the parts where I laughed out loud (in public...oops)! 2y
BookishBelle @Jess_Read_This @Erin7 Re: Adam and Eve. Interesting that the snake is female too. A lot of Christian traditions assign blame to Eve (and by extension, all women) for causing the fall of man. Does it add a different level (of blame?) if the snake is female too? 🤔 2y
readinginthedark I don‘t think I have anything to add, but everyone‘s making great points! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great point about Disney! 🤔 I think you might be onto something! 2y
Jess_Read_This @Erin7 @BookishBelle Good point about Adam/Eve. Maybe the snake was symbolic that Oliver had been deceived in his thinking about Orlando? 2y
GingerAntics Does anyone think that was meant to be literal, or if it was imagery? That part seemed really weird to me. 2y
Jess_Read_This @GingerAntics The whole scene was super odd to me. Why a snake about to crawl in his mouth and then a lion a out to attack? It was a what the heck is going on here moment for me. 2y
GingerAntics @Jess_Read_This especially when you consider this is supposed to be England. It‘s too cold for snakes and lions aren‘t native to England, so the whole thing seems odd. That‘s why I thought it was mean to be a stand in or imagery for something. It‘s just weird though. Plus, a snake. Ew. 2y
merelybookish I also don't have much to add. Maybe the animals are a reminder that the forest is not a pastoral paradise and real dangers exist there..."real" being relative... 2y
Jess_Read_This @merelybookish Great observation. I know as a reader I was getting complacent while reading, kind of approaching it like a jolly Robin Hood and his merry men kind of feel. 2y
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Hi!! 🙋🏽‍♀️ So late to the #ShakespeareReadalong but I‘m here! This one is fun. Already loving the cousins Celia and Rosalind (Shakespeare‘s women are always the best characters). And the Bard sure did love cross dressing. But why are they bringing the clown? 🤨

batsy I love that! Now I need Tom Stoppard to write a play about this one titled "Why are they bringing the clown?" ? 2y
CSeydel @batsy Yes!! 🤣 2y
cocomass @batsy A QUESTION FOR THE AGES 2y
Jess_Read_This Yay!! So glad you are joining in! 2y
readinginthedark @batsy Oh my goodness, yes! 😆 2y
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I went ahead and finished this one today to help lessen my reading load a bit. It turned out to be quite fun and showed off Shakespeare's witty use of language. #shakespearereadalong

Jess_Read_This 😂 Yes! Such a nut is Rosalind. 2y
readinginthedark 😂❤️ 2y
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Far happier this week! Act IV was short and sweet, and is it just me, but this play is all about the horns?! 🤟🏻 I‘m still not convinced by the dynamic between Silvius, Phebe/ Phoebe (my 2 editions can‘t agree which) & Ganymede, but Celia & Jacques were on good form & Orlando is redeeming himself somewhat in scene III. Seems everyone takes it for granted a woman will cuckold her man. Wish I‘d known! 😂

readinginthedark 😆Well, the man does get every other advantage in these plays... 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
JennAndrew @readinginthedark absolutely! I think I was going to get slandered for something, I might as well be guilty. 😂 And the Lords‘ song suggests there‘s no shame in it, although I‘m not sure my husband would agree! 2y
JennAndrew Incidentally, I was looking for images for this post and ending up looking up ‘cuckold‘ on Pinterest. It was certainly eye opening! 😲 Or maybe I‘m just hopelessly naive! 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 2y
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Jess_Read_This There is a lot of horns happening in this play. I didn‘t know the stag thing and horns being symbols of cuckholding until this act on the side notes of my edition. Now I‘m wondering if I missed anything in the prior acts 2y
JennAndrew @Jess_Read_This Touchstone was talking about cuckold‘s horns when he was droning on interminably to/ about Audrey 🙄. There‘s quite a bit of talk about them in relation to actual deer and hunting and that might just be coincidence, but I feel old Will never said much without intention? (edited) 2y
readinginthedark My copy points out every instance. Which I appreciate, but at this point I‘m like, “Yeah, I got it, thanks!” 😆 @Jess_Read_This 2y
JennAndrew @readinginthedark yes, I‘m reading across two copies and between the two of them it‘s incessant antlers talk! 2y
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My eyes were tired earlier, so I listened to the first three Acts of As You Like It. This is a good version so far! #ShakespeareReadalong

6 hrs, 40 min toward #25inFive

Readergrrl Is that The Governor from TWD next to Helena Bonham Carter??? 2y
Readergrrl And reading Shakespeare??? 2y
GarthRanzz @Readergrrl That‘s definitely David Morrissey. 2y
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Readergrrl @GarthRanzz I had no idea he also did narration, but that voice?!?! I should have known!!! 2y
GarthRanzz @Readergrrl It‘s funny because I was just reading about a new BBC2 series that started tonight starring him. Based on 2y
readinginthedark @Readergrrl @GarthRanzz I don‘t watch The Walking Dead, but Morrissey is a good actor, and he does a good job on this as well! 2y
Andrew65 You‘re going well. 😊 2y
rabbitprincess OOOOOOH David Morrissey 😍😍😍 True story: I bought the audio version of Morrissey's (from The Smiths) autobiography JUST because David narrates it. (edited) 2y
readinginthedark @rabbitprincess Sounds like a good reason to me! 2y
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BuzzFeed did a list of funny Shakespeare memes. Most of them were about Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet.
This is the only one from As You Like It! 😁
#shakespearereadalong @Jess_Read_This @readinginthedark

Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😂 2y
Lcsmcat 😂😂 2y
Ubookquitous 😆😂😹 2y
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InLibrisVeritas 😂😂 2y
Jess_Read_This Omg! 🤣 I seriously snorted out loud when I read this! 2y
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