What compacts has Rosalind/Ganymede made with the others by act 5, scene 4? What one didn't we know about before?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Rosalind plans for many of the play's central characters to be married all on the same day. Celia (or Aliena) will marry Oliver, Rosalind will appear to marry Orlando, and Touchstone will marry Audrey. The final promise that gets revealed is a little more complicated. Phoebe wishes to marry Ganymede. Rosalind warns Silvius that he should not love such a woman, but she still helps him. She promises Phoebe that she (as Ganymede) will marry her, but adds the condition that if for some reason she is forced to reject Ganymede she must instead marry Silvius. When the play comes to a close, Rosalind fulfills her promise by appearing and revealing her identity. Since she is a woman, Phoebe must reject her and therefore marry Silvius. The rest of the characters all marry happily.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial