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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.
Posted by shakespeareguru on December 27, 2010 at 8:46 PM (Answer #1)
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