AuthorName: William Shakespeare
Eras: 1601-1700, 1501-1600
PlayName: As You Like It
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
Age Range: 20s - Early, 20s - Late, 30s - Early, 30s - Late
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me, which thou shalt find I will...View Full Monologue Text
Charles, I thank thee for thy love to me, which thou shalt find I will most kindly requite. I had myself notice of my brother's purpose herein and have by underhand means laboured to dissuade him from it, but he is resolute. I'll tell thee, Charles: it is the stubbornest young fellow of France, full of ambition, an envious emulator of every man's good parts, a secret and villanous contriver against me his natural brother: therefore use thy discretion; I had as lief thou didst break his neck as his finger. And thou wert best look to't; for if thou dost him any slight disgrace or if he do not mightily grace himself on thee, he will practice against thee by poison, entrap thee by some treacherous device and never leave thee till he hath ta'en thy life by some indirect means or other; for, I assure thee, and almost with tears I speak it, there is not one so young and so villanous this day living. I speak but brotherly of him; but should I anatomize him to thee as he is, I must blush and weep and thou must look pale and wonder.
Charles has just informed Oliver, that his brother, Orlando, is planning on wrestling against Charles tomorrow. Out of love and respect to Oliver, Charles asks Oliver to convince Orlando to reconsider, so that Charles won't have to hurt him. In this monologue, Oliver speaks sadly of his brother's "villainous" behavior. He tells Charles to do to Orlando what he needs to, as Orlando would not hesitate to kill him.