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Touchstone and Audrey, Act III, scene iii

Touchstone and Audrey, Act III, scene iii

Scene summary:  Touchstone and a goatherd named Audrey wander through the forest, while Jaques follows behind them, eavesdropping. Touchstone laments that the gods have not made Audrey “poetical” (III.iii.12). Were she a lover of poetry, she would appreciate the falsehoods of which all lovers are guilty and would be dishonest, a quality that Touchstone prefers she possess. His reason behind encouraging her dishonesty is that to have beauty and honesty together, as he claims he does in Audrey, is “to have honey a sauce to sugar”(III.iii.25). Nevertheless, Touchstone has arranged to marry Audrey in the forest with Sir Oliver Martext, a vicar from a nearby village, officiating. Touchstone determines that many wives cheat on their husbands, but claims that the horns of cuckoldry are nothing of which to be ashamed.

Link to the full summary and the source: "As You Like It," SparkNotes - http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/asyoulikeit/section6.rhtml

Painted by John Pettie, A.R.A, engraved by Charles Cousen

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

 

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