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Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll

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A. Conan Doyle

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Further Adventures of an Irish R. M.

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross

As you like it

by William Shakespeare


Recent problems in teaching As You Like It with college preparatory, commercial, and technical classes have led us to include in the present edition the following features not found in Mr. Thurber's work: a fuller and more informational array of notes; a study of the structural elements of the play; a discussion of the sources of the comedy; comments of well-known persons on the characters of the drama; a list of familiar quotations from As You Like It; an account of Shakespeare, the man, — his life, work, reputation, and the theatre for which he wrote; a list of topics for oral and written composition; and finally a rather complete glossary of difficult words and phrases for the convenience of the student. These features will be found in the appendix following the text of the play.

It is hoped that this additional material will not only increase the interest and inspiration of the student, but that it will lighten the labor of the teacher.



He lay along

Under an oak, whose antique root peeps out,
Upon the brook.

Act II, Scene i Frontispiece

For my part, he keeps me rustically at home. Facing Page —• Act I, Scene i i

/ pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, be merry.

— Act I, Scene 2 8

Yes, I beseech your grace: I am not yet well breathed.

— Act I, Scene 2 14

Anon a careless herd, Full of the pasture, jumps along by him And never stays to greet him.

— Act II, Scene i 24

0 Jupiter, how weary are my spirits !

— Act II, Scene 4

Find out thy brother, whereso'er he is.

Act III, Scene i .

Wast ever in court, shepherd ?

Act III, Scene 2 .

1 found him under a tree, like a dropped acorn.

Act III, Scene 2 .

Come apace, good Audrey.

Act III, Scene 3 .

Sweet Phebe, do not scorn me. Facino Paoe

— Act III, Scene 5 60

Will you, Orlando, ham to wife this Rosalind?

Act IV, Scene i 68

A sheep-cole fenced about with olive trees.

— Act IV, Scene 3 74

Abandon the society of this female, or, clown, thou perishest.

Act V, Scene i 80

To see no pastime I; what you would have
I'll stay to know at your abandoned cave.

— Act V, Scene 4 92

Shakespeare's House at Stratford-on-Avon .... 134

The Room Where Shakespeare Was Born .... 134

Anne Hathaway's Cottage at Shottery ..... 136

Interior of Anne Hathaway's Cottage 136

Holy Trinity Parish Church, Stratford-on-Avon . . . 142

Inscription on Shakespeare's Tomb 142

Inscription on Shakespeare's Monument, Trinity Church,

Stratford-on-Avon ........ 142

The Globe Theatre 180

Interior of an Elizabethan Theatre 180


What needs my Shakespeare for his honored bones

The labor of an age in piled stones ?

Or that his hallowed reliques should be hid

Under a star-ypointing pyramid ?

Dear son of memory, great heir of fame,

What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?

Thou in our wonder and astonishment

Hast built thyself a live-long monument.

For whilst to the shame of slow-endeavoring art

Thy easy numbers flow, and that each heart

Hath from the leaves of thy unvalued book

Those Delphic lines with deep impression took,

Then thou, our fancy of'itself bereaving,

Dost make us marble with too much conceiving;

And, so sepulchred, in such pomp dost lie

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