Which qualities of Ganymede have attracted Jaques to him in As You Like It?

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In As You Like It, Ganymede, the disguised male altar ego of Rosalind, is a mercurial version of her female self. Ganymede, the youth, is named for the young androgynous god from Greek mythology, and also linked with the astrological sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer, the sign that is associated with harmony, peace-making and communication. Ganymede seeks to help those characters having difficulties in their relationships, helping to correct miscommunication and foster cooperation. Jaques is drawn to Ganymede's wit, compassion and romantic sensibility. Ganymede tells Orlando he is "no true lover" and proceeds to describe all the qualities of a man in love. This shows him to be a true romantic, and a chivalrous young man of sensitivity and humor.


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