Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0191. Thursday, 9 March 1995.
Date: Wednesday, 8 Mar 95 12:53:03 EST
Subject: [*AYL* Ending]
A student has wondered whether all the court party except Jaques and Frederick
return to the courtly world at the end of _As You Like It_, on the basis of
Oliver's resolution following his conversion: "for my father's house and all
the revenue that was old Sir Rowland's will I estate upon [Orlando], and here
live and die a shepherd" (bevington 5.2.10-12). The old duke seems to imply
otherwise when he comments on Jaques de Boys' report of the conversion of
Ferdinand: "Welcome, young man. / Thou offer'st fairly to thy brothers'
wedding: To one [Oliver] his lands withheld and to the other [Orlando] / A land
itself at large, a potent dukedom" (5.4.165-68). But it would be possible in
performance to counter his assumption. Comments?