In As You Like It, what reasons are given by Rosalind against Celia’s decision of going to Forest Of Arden?

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If you look at Act I scene 3, the answer to this question can be seen. Following the banishment of Rosalind from court, just like her father, Celia suggests that they leave together to take refuge in the Forest of Arden. However, in response to this idea, Rosalind shows that she is greatly afraid of what could happen to them both, as two young, virgin women, travelling by themselves in a location so far from the safety of court. Note what she says to Celia:

Alas, what danger will it be to us,

Maids as we are, to travel forth so far!

Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.

Thus it is that Rosalind expresses fear about the potential consequences of such a flight to the Forest of Arden, where they will have to fend for themselves in an area which is so far from the law and order of city life.

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