Celia is Duke Frederick’s daughter. When the latter took power, she became acquainted with her cousin Rosalind, and they were soon inseparable.
Though she may love him, she does not like her father, particularly when he wrongs Rosalind; and when he banishes her, she insists on following along. It is she who has the idea that they run away to the Forest of Arden to seek Rosalind’s father. She is amused at her cousin’s falling head over heels for Orlando, given her propensity to laugh at love. She is saucy enough to make the occasional bawdy joke and teases Rosalind mercilessly while still playing along with all her plots. She grows worried that Rosalind is taking things too far. She is somewhat more given to common sense than Rosalind, coming up with the idea of disguise, thinking to take their jewels and riches with them when they flee court, which allows them to buy the cottage where they stay, and preferring to take a nap to sighing over an absent lover. She falls in love with Oliver when they meet, and he with her, and they decide to marry without the excessive courtship that marks Orlando and Rosalind’s love. Shorter than Rosalind, she is a great favorite of Touchstone’s, whom she persuades to follow her and Rosalind to the forest.