Scenes 2.4, 2.5, and 2.6
Scene 2.4 - In the Forest of Arden.
Exhausted in body and spirit, Rosalind, Celia and Touchstone - the two girls in disguise as "Ganymede" and "Aliena" - have arrived in the Forest of Arden. While they are debating what to do, two poor shepherds happen to walk by, deep in conversation. One of them, Silvius, is hopelessly in love with a girl named Phoebe, who proudly scorns him. Although the older shepherd, Corin, tries to give him advice, Silvius rejects it all, for he is sure that Corin has never been in love as deeply as he himself is. Listening to their slightly ridiculous conversation, Rosalind is reminded of her own lovelorn state - for she herself is in love with Orlando - and even Touchstone remembers some amorous adventures from his younger days.
Silvius wanders off, sighing, and Rosalind (still in the male persona of "Ganymede") hails Corin to ask if there is any place in the forest where she and her friends can buy food or shelter. Corin answers that he cannot offer them much, for the flocks he watches are all for sale, as are their grazing fields and the little shepherd's cottage. Rosalind suggests that they give Corin the money to buy the house, fields, and flocks on their behalf, so she, Celia, and Touchstone can set up housekeeping as shepherds. Corin agrees, and the three go off with him to look over the house and fields.
Scene 2.5 - In the Forest of Arden.
Jacques, Duke Senior's melancholy and poetic follower, and another of the Duke's men, named Amiens, are singing in the forest to amuse themselves. Or, rather, Amiens is singing, and Jacques is begging him to keep on singing more songs. Amiens points out that the songs just make Jacques unhappy, but Jacques - who likes being unhappy - says he will thank the songs for doing that. Amiens sings two short verses of a song, about the pleasures of living outdoors, and Jacques adds a verse of his own invention, in which he suggests that the Duke's men and anyone else who chooses to live outdoors is a stubborn fool. This last contains a nonsense word - "ducdame" - repeated several times in the chorus.
Amiens, who is preparing the Duke's daily outdoor feast, reminds Jacques that the Duke has been looking for him all day, but Jacques responds crisply that he has been avoiding the Duke all day; the Duke always wants to draw him into an argument, but Jacques prefers to think his own thoughts in silence. Amiens gives up, and while Jacques goes off to take a nap, Amiens summons the Duke to his meal.
Scene 2.6 - In the Forest of Arden.
Orlando and his servant Adam have reached the Forest of Arden, but old Adam has grown very weak. Saying he is about to die for lack of food, he collapses to the ground. Alarmed, Orlando drags him to shelter, begging him to hold on to his strength for a little while longer and promising to find food for them both.
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Scenes 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Scenes 2.4, 2.5, and 2.6
Scenes 4.2 and 4.3
Scenes 5.1 and 5.2
Scenes 5.3 and 5.4