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How should a lover look according to Rosalind or Ganymede in "As You Like...

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tamimsujat | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 25, 2008 at 10:18 PM via web

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How should a lover look according to Rosalind or Ganymede in "As You Like It"?

Act III, scene ii

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 26, 2008 at 1:40 AM (Answer #1)

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According to Rosalind, who is disguised as Ganymede when she speaks, a lover can be recognized by

"a lean cheek"

"a blue eye and sunken" (having dark circles under his eyes)

"an unquestionable spirit" (he is unable to be conversed with)

"a beard neglected"

"hose...ungartered"

"bonnet unbanded"

"shoe untied"

"everything about (him) demonstrating a careless desolation"

(Act III, scene ii, lines 364-372)

(notes from Bevington, Complete Works of Shakespeare, 4th Edition, New York:  Addison Wesley 1997)

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