What does Celia think about falling in love in As You Like It?

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Celia, at least at the beginning of As You Like It, in her conversation with Rosalind, is not really fond of the idea of falling in love at all. When Rosalind suggests they engage in some sport like falling in love, Celia responds in a rather appalled manner. She tells Rosalind that it might be all right to make sport, but not with love.  In fact she tells Rosalind to "love no man in good earnest" unless you have provided yourself with a way out of the situation with virtue intact. Of course, Rosalind does not listen to her advice, and then, later on in the play, Celia falls in love with Orlando's brother Oliver, and she changes her story.

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