As You Like It

I would not be thy executioner:I fly the...

Phoebe

As You Like It

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Basics


Character
Gender
Female
Age Range
Young Adult, Adult
Style
Comedic
Scene
Act 3, Scene 5
Play Setting
Forest of Arden, just outside Duke Frederick’s French Court
Length
Medium
Time Period
Classical
Show Type
Play

Monologue Context

Phoebe, a shepherdess living in the Forest of Arden is madly doted upon by the young, lovelorn...



Monologue Text

I would not be thy executioner:
I fly thee, for I would not injure thee.
Thou tell'st me there is murder in mine eye:
'Tis pretty, sure, and very probable,
That eyes, that are the frail.st and softest things,
Who shut their coward gates on atomies,
Should be call'd tyrants, butchers, murderers!
Now I do frown on thee with all my heart;
And, if mine eyes can wound, now let them kill thee;
Now counterfeit to swoon; why now fall down;
Or, if thou canst not, O! for shame, for shame,
Lie not, to say mine eyes are murderers.
Now show the wound mine eye hath made in thee;
Scratch thee but with a pin, and there remains
Some scar of it; lean but upon a rush,
The cicatrice and capable impressure
Thy palm some moment keeps; but now mine eyes,
Which I have darted at thee, hurt thee not,
Nor, I am sure, there is no force in eyes
That can do hurt.


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