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Earlier,Oliver had been very popular for his cruel thoughts and plans against his brother Orlando.And the worst part was that Oliver himself admitted(Act 1 Scene 2)that he had no reason to hate his brother
("...for my soul,yet I know not why,hates nothing more than he.Yet he's gentle,never schooled and yet learned,full of noble device,and of all sorts enchantingly beloved,...").
Oliver had gone to the extent of planning to murder him by burning the house.So Orlando says that ,now,he has changed....completely.and the conversion to goodness had been so sweet that,he was not ashamed to tell what he had been in the past,considering the fact that many people,after giving up their bad habits,avoid relating their shameful deeds to others.He was a bad man but now he has commited himself,wholeheartedly,to the service of his brother,Orlando.
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