Explanatory notes for Act 5, Scene 1
From As You Like It. Ed. Samuel Thurber, Jr. and Louise Wetherbee. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1922.
(Line numbers have been altered.)
A note of comedy to relieve the somewhat serious close of Act IV is this opening scene of the last act. We welcome our
absurd lovers again and enjoy William while we are sorry for him.
Line 1. Is Touchstone still in love?
4. How old is Jaques?
5. Even Audrey has her admirers here in this forest of lovers,
but it is not to be wondered at that the man from the world outside is her choice.
10. meat ... me: a familiar modern expression. Can you
think of another like it?
12. we ... flouting: we must mock.
14. God ... even: Our good evening is from this expression.
How do the two conduct themselves?
15. sir: Touchstone has evidently impressed William. What
is Touchstone's manner?
31. The heathen philosopher: Shakespeare may have taken
this from the novel where Lodge says: "Phebe is no latice for
your lips and her grapes hang so high, that gaze at them you
may, but touch them you cannot."
40. Touchstone evidently wishes to impress William and
therefore shows off what, to him. is his wisdom. Is William
42. ipse: Latin for himself.
46. Can you see Touchstone crowding William off the stage
with his boastful threats?
48. female: Touchstone evidently thinks this a finer term
53. bastinado: to beat with a cudgel especially on the soles
of the feet. steel: a sword. bandy ... faction: strive
with you in a conspiracy.
58. God ... merry: a common form of farewell. How
does William leave?
1. How is the scene made amusing?
2. For what part of his audience did Shakespeare put it in?
3. What effect does another admirer have upon Touchstone's
feeling for Audrey?
4. What is Audrey's manner towards William?
5. What characteristics of Touchstone does this scene bring
6. What becomes of William?
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_5_2.html >.