Explanatory notes for Act 2, Scene 6
From As You Like It. Ed. Samuel Thurber, Jr. and Louise Wetherbee. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1922.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
Our thoughts go back to Scene 3 of this act when Adam warns his young master of Oliver's treachery. In the novel Rosader
faints and Adam comforts him. How much better is the poet's scene when we remember Adam's loyalty to Orlando!
Line 1. I ... further: What does this tell us about the
distance they have traveled? What action here?
2. for food: for want of food.
6. Live ... little: live a little longer; be comforted a little.
6. uncouth: This word and desert in line 18 suggest anything
but the beautiful forest in which the Duke finds so much to enjoy.
7. conceit: idea or imagination; that is, you think you are
nearer death than you are.
9. arm's end: like our more modern at arm's length.
1. What dramatic purpose is served by Scenes 5 and 6?
2. Of what use to the development of the plot is Amiens with
his singing in Scene 5?
3. Describe your first impressions of Jaques.
4. In what way is Duke Senior disputable?
5. Describe the action in Scene 6.
6. What three groups of persons, waiting to be brought into
relation with one another, have, at this point, aroused our interest?
7. How has Shakespeare secured our interest?
How to cite the explanatory notes:
Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. Eds. Samuel Thurber, Jr. and Louise Wetherbee. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1922. Shakespeare Online. 10 Aug. 2010. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/asu_2_6.html >.