Notes to As You Like It, Epilogue

Notes on the notes:

[stage direction.] [Enter ROSALIND.]: —The original stage directions just say that Jaques exits, and then everyone exits ["Exeunt"], and then Rosalind exits. As you can see, there's a little contradiction. Does Rosalind exit with everyone else or does she stay behind? My opinion is that Rosalind dances out with her soon-to-be-husband, Orlando, then rushes right back in to deliver this epilogue.

2. unhandsome: unfitting.

8. case: predicament.

9. insinuate: ingratiate myself.

11. furnished like: dressed like.

12. conjure you: 1) earnestly charge you; 2) command you by a magical charm.

18.> If I were a woman: —In Shakespeare's time the parts of women were played by boys whose voices had not yet broken into baritone. So the first person who spoke these lines was a boy of about 14 years of age who is playing a young woman of about 17 years of age, who has pretended to be a young man of about the same age, who has pretended to be a young woman of about the same age.

20. lik'd me: pleased me.  defied: despised.

23. bid me farewell: i.e., applaud me.—Of course all of the men applaud, because if they don't, they don't have "good beards or good faces or sweet breaths." And the women in the audience applaud because they like to see a witty woman put men down.