As You Like It :: Characters

As You Like It Characters

Duke Senior was exiled to the Forest of Arden when his younger brother usurped his throne. 


Duke Frederick is a usurper, who took the throne from his brother and banished him from the land. 


Amiens is a lord attending on the exiled Duke. 


Jaques is a lord in Duke Senior’s party, a man who affects melancholy and whose name sounds the same as another word for ‘chamberpot.’ 


Le Beau is a courtier of Duke Frederick’s. 


Charles is the Duke’s wrestler. An honorable fellow, he comes to dissuade Oliver from letting Orlando participate in the wrestling the next day. 


Oliver is the eldest son of Sir Rowland de Boys, and his heir. 


Orlando is the youngest son of the deceased Sir Rowland de Boys. 


Adam is an old servant of Sir Rowland’s, who greatly affections Orlando. 


Denis is Oliver’s servant. He brings in Charles the wrestler.


Touchstone is Duke Frederick’s jester, and so fond of Celia that he is willing to abandon the court to follow her to the forest, for all that he does not enjoy rural life. 


Sir Oliver Martext is a country vicar who is not considered likely to do his job well, which is the very reason Touchstone hopes to use him rather than another for his marriage to Aubrey. 


Corin is an old shepherd in the Forest of Arden. He does not own the sheep he tends, as he is another man’s worker. 


Silvius is a young shepherd, desperately in love with Phoebe and unwilling to believe that the aged can possibly understand his torment. 


William is a countryman in love with Audrey. 


Hymen is the God of Marriage. 


Rosalind is the Old Duke’s daughter. When Duke Frederick took power, he did not exile her, and she and her cousin Celia soon became inseparable friends. 


Celia is Duke Frederick’s daughter. When the latter took power, she became acquainted with her cousin Rosalind, and they were soon inseparable. 


Phebe is a dark-featured, black-haired, large-eyed shepherdess beloved by Silvius.


Audrey is a goatherd Touchstone lusts after, and perhaps even loves. 


Jaques de Boys is the second son of Sir Rowland. 


First Lord at Court is one of Duke Frederick’s constant attendants, and interrogates Celia’s attendants in the wake of her flight.


Second Lord at Court is one of Duke Frederick’s constant attendants; he discovers that Touchstone has gone with the missing ladies, and that they both had been commenting appreciatively on Orlando.


First Lord in Arden is one of the exiled Duke’s followers.


Second Lord in Arden is one of the exiled Duke’s followers. 


First Page is one of Duke Senior’s company. He has a high opinion of his singing abilities.


Second Page is one of Duke Senior’s company, and an enthusiastic singer.



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