We that are true lovers run into
"We that are true lovers run into strange capers; but as all is
mortal in nature, so is all nature in love mortal
The professional court jester, Touchstone, shifts from
acknowledging mortality to accepting the "folly" of love in nature
in this scene from the pastoral satire, As You Like It. The
lovers in the play, who represent "nature in love," all display a
kind of folly. Touchstone has accompanied the Duke's daughter,
Celia, into the forest with her friend and cousin, Rosalind, each
taking on a series of comedic turns. Shakespeare's use of the
traditional figure of the Jester, with his social role and
traditional meaning, enabled him to embody a character who could
epitomize the comedy's purpose while maintaining objectivity.
Touchstone, in effect, presents life as it really is, ridiculing it
because it is not ideal, as we wish it to be.