How does Celia attempt to console Rosalind after the Duke's departure?

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Act one, scene two begins with Celia trying to console her cousin Rosalind after Rosalind's father, Duke Senior, has been banished (and usurped) by his younger brother, Duke Frederick , who also happens to be Celia's father. Celia and Rosalind, despite what has happened between their fathers, remain very close...

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Act one, scene two begins with Celia trying to console her cousin Rosalind after Rosalind's father, Duke Senior, has been banished (and usurped) by his younger brother, Duke Frederick, who also happens to be Celia's father. Celia and Rosalind, despite what has happened between their fathers, remain very close friends.

Celia's first attempt to console Rosalind is simply to remind her that she loves her. Celia teases Rosalind by suggesting that, "thou lov'st me not with the full weight that I love thee." Celia here is suggesting that Rosalind should not be completely unhappy while she still has Celia to love and console her.

Celia's second attempt to console Rosalind is to remind her that when her father, Duke Frederick, dies, all of what he has taken from Rosalind's father, Duke Senior, shall return to Rosalind via Celia. Celia says:

"when he (Duke Frederick) dies, thou shalt be his heir, for what he hath taken away from thy father perforce, I will render thee again in affection."

Celia's third attempt to console Rosalind is to suggest that they:

"sit and mock the good housewife Fortune from her wheel, that her gifts may henceforth be bestowed equally."

Celia is joking here, of course, but she does, through the joke, acknowledge her sympathy for Rosalind and the unfairness of the situation she finds herself in. Celia and Rosalind go on to talk about how Fortune gives all of her best gifts to the least deserving people, although Rosalind then argues that Celia is actually wrongly ascribing "Fortune's office to Nature's." The argument is a playful one, and Celia goes along with it in part to distract Rosalind and help her to forget, albeit only momentarily, the absence and situation of her father.

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