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Orlando and the Wrestler, Act I, scene vi

Orlando and the Wrestler, Act I, scene vi

Scene summary: Sir Rowland de Bois has recently died, and, according to the custom of primogeniture, the vast majority of his estate has passed into the possession of his eldest son, Oliver. Although Sir Rowland has instructed Oliver to take good care of his brother, Orlando, Oliver refuses to do so. Out of pure spite, he denies Orlando the education, training, and property befitting a gentleman. Charles, a wrestler from the court of Duke Frederick, arrives to warn Oliver of a rumor that Orlando will challenge Charles to a fight on the following day. Fearing censure if he should beat a nobleman, Charles begs Oliver to intervene, but Oliver convinces the wrestler that Orlando is a dishonorable sportsman who will take whatever dastardly means necessary to win. Charles vows to pummel Orlando, which delights Oliver.

Link to the full summary and source: "As You Like it," Sparknotes.com - http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/asyoulikeit/summary.html

Painted by D. Maclise, R.A., engraved by C. W. Sharpe

Image source - Circulating Collection, Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia. Subject: "As You Like it" -- Shakespeare.

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