Now go we in content
"Now go we in content
To liberty, and not to banishment."
Celia speaks these words to her cousin and good friend,
Rosalind, as they prepare to be "banished" from the court to the
country. In this satirical glimpse of pastoral life, brothers are
pitted against brothers, and are exiled to the Forest of Arden.
Orlando, younger brother of Oliver, wishes to receive his share of
the inheritance of their late father. Oliver does not want to give
it to him and instead arranges for Orlando's murder. Orlando
decides to leave for the Forest of Arden. Meanwhile, Duke Frederick
(who rules the country in which Orlando and Oliver live) has taken
the throne of his brother, Duke Senior, and banished the latter to
Arden. The daughters of Duke Frederick and Duke Senior (Celia and
Rosalind, respectively) are good friends, and they too decide to
travel to the Forest of Arden together, Celia makes this remark,
which reflects that the forest represents more a sense of freedom
from the tense jealousies of the court than actual banishment.