Orlando and Rosalind instantly fall in love with one another, though Rosalind keeps this fact a secret from everyone but Celia. The young ladies are still discussing these matters and wondering how to beguile the time until evening, when Touchstone appears, summoning them to join the duke. Having given this information, the courtier departs, and Orlando, deciding that he must 'fly from the smoke into the smother,' vanishes. Furthermore, Touchstone, the court fool, has dazzled a country girl, Audrey, with his courtly manners. And they all live happily ever after. Ganymede, who wants to settle in the forest, buys the lease.
The simplicity of the countryside is always celebrated in a highly artful manner, imitating the Western literary tradition as it has developed over time. In the course of the ensuing conversation, Rosalind mentions meeting her father in the forest, saying that, owing to her disguise, the duke failed to recognise her, although he asked her name. And you thought your family had issues… Rosalind thinks Orlando is the dreamiest boy she's ever laid eyes on and Orlando feels the same way about her. To prove to his old servant how unkindly Oliver treats him, Orlando bids the man lurk in the neighbourhood, and listen to their conversation, for his elder brother is just approaching. Before long, however, Orlando's habit of carving Rosalind's name in the trees and leaving love poems scattered about the forest tip her off to his presence.
Rosalind is depressed that her father has been banished and Celia is trying to cheer her up. The girls decide to disguise themselves in order to avoid being found out and for extra security. The young ladies first fall upon each other's neck, bewailing what has occurred; then Celia loyally declares that, as nothing will ever induce her to part from her friend, by one sentence her father has banished them both. She responds that he should save the kiss for the moment when he runs out of things to say. But her unconsciousness is very brief, and when she recovers, she bids Oliver tell his brother how cleverly a page could simulate a swoon! Rosalind objects, citing that no one has ever died from love, and then she finally announces that she will love Orlando.
Touchstone has meanwhile fallen in love with a goatherd named. Rosalind does not believe him but opens the letter and reads it. After Rosalind leaves, Phoebe and Silvius both suffer from being in love with someone who scorns their love. Jaques then explains that his melancholy is of a peculiar sort, being neither that of the scholar, the musician, the courtier, the soldier, the lawyer, the lady, or the lover, although compounded of all these various kinds. He threatens to kill the man if he should return.
Thereupon the melancholy Jaques volunteers his services, although he declares he deems it hardly seemly for a couple to be married like gypsies under a bush. These tidings add such fuel to the duke's wrath, that he has Oliver summoned, intending to demand from him the surrender of the runaways. Notwithstanding this lack, Orlando assures the page he is a lover indeed, grieving sorely because parted from the object of his passion. For now, though, he says that everyone should party like it's 1599. Orlando has saved him from an attack by a lion, and the two brothers have reconciled.
He has an accident and Orlando saves his life. Next, Rosalind as Ganymede tries to make herself Rosalind seem unappealing by promising Orlando that she will be jealous and temperamental in their marriage, all the more so because of, and not despite of, her wisdom. He has barely finished when Orlando re-enters, carrying Adam, whom he sets down by the outlaws, heartily thanking them for their kindness to him and to his aged retainer. Meantime, the duke and his companions have gathered around the venison they have slain, and are just wondering why Jaques does not appear when he joins them, relating how he has been detained in the forest by a most edifying conversation with a Fool. He has barely gone when Oliver comes upon the scene, inquiring the locality of the farm where he will find a saucy page to whom he is bearing a message. She decides to seek shelter in the Forest of Arden with Celia. Orlando tells Adam that he is upset because Oliver has refused to educate him or help him become a proper gentleman.
In the process Duke Frederick returned the duchy to his brother Duke Senior and abdicated his position. She goes with him and watches as tries to woo , a young shepherdess who scorns his love. Oliver is searching for his brother. The poems are pretty awful and they're full of silly clichés about love, but Rosalind doesn't care when she finds out the poems have been written by none other than dreamy Orlando. Phoebe falls in love with Genymede. They decide to escape to the Forest of Ardenne. Rosalind meets with Orlando, Silvius, and Phoebe.
In the last moments of the play the brother to both Orlando and Oliver arrives. Having thus shown her favour, she departs with Celia, leaving the youth to regret he had not sufficient presence of mind to express his gratitude as he should. While Touchstone is experienced and joyous, Jaques is experienced and sad—and again tries to explain how his melancholy is a form of wisdom—but in fact it just makes him an unpleasant companion and an unsuccessful fool. Several scenes involve Rosalind and the people who live in the forest. In doing so, he attracts the romantic attention of Rosalind and the ire of Oliver. Meanwhile, Orlando and his servant Adam are starving because they forgot to watch and have no idea how to find food in the forest.
Adam passes out and Orlando promises to find him some dinner. The fourfold marriage ceremony under Hymen's ministrations, is barely over, when Orlando's second brother appears, saying he is sent to atone for the wrong the usurping duke has done. Oliver, realizing his younger brother saved his life, immediately recanted his hatred and they were reunited as friends. Offers character analysis, detailed chapter summaries and analysis, and quizzes. The play's fast-moving plot, sympathetic heroine and snappy dialogue, including the famous 'All the world's a stage' monologue, have made it a favorite among audiences for centuries. They meet an old shepherd, Corin, who is looking for someone to take over the sheep farm.
Finding it inadvisable to remain at home under these circumstances, Orlando wonders where he can go, whereupon Adam generously offers him the savings of a lifetime, proposing, moreover, to attend him, although nearly four-score years of age. Her friend then informs her that the poet wears her chain about his neck, rejoicing when Rosalind changes colour, and making her confess that, notwithstanding male attire, she still suffers from feminine curiosity. He then notices Celia as Aliena and promptly falls in love with her. Evidently Rosalind has been pining for the sight of her lover, for she twits him with his absence, pretending to be his lady-love, and eggs him on to make such a proposal as he would fain offer to his sweetheart. At the end of this whimsical scene, the page expresses readiness to help the shepherd, adding that should he ever marry a woman it will be Phebe, but exacting in exchange for this conditional promise her solemn pledge to marry page or shepherd on the morrow.