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Speeches (Lines) for Le Beau
in "As You Like It"

Total: 14

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Celia. All the better; we shall be the more marketable. Bon jour,
Monsieur Le Beau. What's the news?

Le Beau. Fair Princess, you have lost much good sport.



Celia. Sport! of what colour?

Le Beau. What colour, madam? How shall I answer you?



Rosalind. Thou losest thy old smell.

Le Beau. You amaze me, ladies. I would have told you of good
wrestling, which you have lost the sight of.



Rosalind. Yet tell us the manner of the wrestling.

Le Beau. I will tell you the beginning, and, if it please your
ladyships, you may see the end; for the best is yet to do; and
here, where you are, they are coming to perform it.



Celia. Well, the beginning, that is dead and buried.

Le Beau. There comes an old man and his three sons-



Celia. I could match this beginning with an old tale.

Le Beau. Three proper young men, of excellent growth and presence.



Rosalind. With bills on their necks: 'Be it known unto all men by
these presents'-

Le Beau. The eldest of the three wrestled with Charles, the Duke's
wrestler; which Charles in a moment threw him, and broke three of
his ribs, that there is little hope of life in him. So he serv'd
the second, and so the third. Yonder they lie; the poor old man,
their father, making such pitiful dole over them that all the
beholders take his part with weeping.



Touchstone. But what is the sport, monsieur, that the ladies have

Le Beau. Why, this that I speak of.



Rosalind. But is there any else longs to see this broken music in
his sides? Is there yet another dotes upon rib-breaking? Shall we
see this wrestling, cousin?

Le Beau. You must, if you stay here; for here is the place
appointed for the wrestling, and they are ready to perform it.



Rosalind. Is yonder the man?

Le Beau. Even he, madam.



Frederick. Do so; I'll not be by.
[DUKE FREDERICK goes apart]

Le Beau. Monsieur the Challenger, the Princess calls for you.



Frederick. How dost thou, Charles?

Le Beau. He cannot speak, my lord.



(stage directions). Re-enter LE BEAU

Le Beau. Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you
To leave this place. Albeit you have deserv'd
High commendation, true applause, and love,
Yet such is now the Duke's condition
That he misconstrues all that you have done.
The Duke is humorous; what he is, indeed,
More suits you to conceive than I to speak of.



Orlando. I thank you, sir; and pray you tell me this:
Which of the two was daughter of the Duke
That here was at the wrestling?

Le Beau. Neither his daughter, if we judge by manners;
But yet, indeed, the smaller is his daughter;
The other is daughter to the banish'd Duke,
And here detain'd by her usurping uncle,
To keep his daughter company; whose loves
Are dearer than the natural bond of sisters.
But I can tell you that of late this Duke
Hath ta'en displeasure 'gainst his gentle niece,
Grounded upon no other argument
But that the people praise her for her virtues
And pity her for her good father's sake;
And, on my life, his malice 'gainst the lady
Will suddenly break forth. Sir, fare you well.
Hereafter, in a better world than this,
I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.

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