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Posted June 9, 2013 at 6:20 AM via web

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"Whoever loved that loved not at first sight" is a quote from Shakespeare's As You Like It. How far is this statement applicable to some characters in this play?

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sensei918 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 10, 2013 at 9:12 PM (Answer #1)

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"Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?" is a line spoken by the shepherdess Phebe when she falls for Rosalind in her disguise as the boy Ganymede. it is actually a line from Christopher Marlowe's Hero and Leander used by Shakespeare to underscore how Phebe feels about love. She thinks that everyone who loves has been a victim of love at first sight and implies that this is as it should be. Of course, as it is in many of Shakespeare's comedies, Phebe is not alone in being instantly smitten. In fact, just about every one of the lovers in As You Like It has fallen in love at first sight.Rosalind herslef falls for Orlando when she sees him wrestling in her uncle's court. Touchstone falls for Audrey the shepherdess just as he sees her. Celia and Orlando's brother Oliver also fall victim to that strange malady. Maybe it's just the atmosphere in the Forest of Arden, but love seems to be everywhere you look.  

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