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why did Touchstone ask Rosalind and Celia to swear in the name of their beards ?

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donydera | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted September 25, 2011 at 12:44 AM via web

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why did Touchstone ask Rosalind and Celia to swear in the name of their beards ?

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ravinderrana | High School Teacher | Honors

Posted September 25, 2011 at 2:22 AM (Answer #1)

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Touchstone had learnt how to swear from a particular knight who swore by his honour that the pancakes were good but the mustard was bad.  However, the knight was not forsworn, as he had already lost his honour before " ever he saw those pancakes or that mustard". If you lose something you cannot again swear by it.

Touchstone asked both Rosalind and Celia to swear by their beards because they had none. In that way,they had not been forsworn, for "if you swear by that that is not, you are not forsworn".

Touchstone's remarks clearly show that he had great store of knowledge although he was a motley fool.

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