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priya-varshney | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

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Give examples to show that Orlando is rather willing to get rid of Jaques.

As You Like It, Act 3 Scene 2.

 

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shakespeareguru | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted December 27, 2010 at 8:46 PM (Answer #1)

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As they enter Act III, scene ii, both Jaques and Orlando are both, it appears, trying to induce the other to leave.  This exchange (which begins at line 268) is a sort of battle of wits, the winner of which will remain, the loser will leave.

Jaques' first line:

I thank you for your company, but, in good faith, I had as lief have been myself alone.

is matched by Orlando's reply:

And so had I. . .

These two continue their exchange of put-downs until, at line 312, Jaques throws in the towel and exits the scene, leaving Orlando to continue his wooing lesson with Ganymede (Rosalind).

Here are a couple of other lines in which Orlando indicates his desire to be rid of Jaques' company:  "I do desire we may be better strangers;" "I am weary of you;" and "I am glad of your departure."

In this exchange, Orlando also refers to Jaques as a "fool."  Technically, Touchstone is the Fool in this play, but Shakespeare is also playing with the idea of a character's behaviour branding him as a Fool.  So, Orlando says of Jaques at line 308, in reference to Jaques "own figure:"  "Which I take to be either a fool or a cipher."

For more on Orlando, Jaques and this scene, please follow the links below.

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