What are some romantic comedy scenes in As you Like It?

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One romantic comedy scene in As You Like It, which is pivotal in that it leads the primary comedic romantic situation, is in Act III, Scene II, wherein Rosalind reads aloud the very poor verses of love that Orlando has written and attached to the trees in the forest, an allusion to Martin Luther's posting of his Ninety-Five Theses on the wooden door of Wittenberg Cathedral. Rosalind reads the verses, as does Touchstone and Celia, leading to an exchange of witticisms on the "feet" in the poems, with the general consensus that the feet ought to have carried the poems off.

Later in the same scene, Rosalind and Orlando meet, she is still in disguise as Ganymede and decides to have a little fun with toying with him. The end result is that they make the ridiculous pledge, which forms the heart of the romantic comedy, to meet daily so that Ganymede/Rosalind might pretend to be Rosalind and teach Orlando the remedy for being "loved-shaked": "I am he that is so love-shaked: I pray you tell me your remedy."

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