Orlando, Oliver, Jaques de Boys: Sons of Sir Rowland de Boys.
Orlando is in love with Rosalind, daughter of Duke Senior.
The latter forest encompasses parts of Belgium, Luxembourg, and France.
Thomas Lodge, who wrote a play that Shakespeare used as the source for As You Like It, earned a medical degree in France and practiced medicine in Belgium, not far from the Ardennes forest.
She says, I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, be merry" (1. Here is what happens: Orlando somehow flourishes on his own, like an unattended flower, displaying the spirit and courtly bearing of his father, Rowland de Boys.
However, restricted as he is by his brother, Orlando lapses into melancholy.Oliver, jealous of the fine young man that his brother is becoming, urges Charles to break Orlandos neck during the match.But the match goes on and Orlando, heartened by the kindness shown by Celia and Rosalind, defeats Charles!Duke Frederick admires the young man for his courage and skill.But when Frederick learns Orlando is the son of Sir Rowland, who was a friend of the banished Duke Senior, he leaves the scene in a huff.In explaining the title of the play, Shakespeare scholar G. Harrison wrote, "[As You Like It] is a lighthearted comedy which appeals to readers at all stages and in all lighter moods.It pleases some by its idyllic romance, others by its optimistic philosophy of simple goodness, and yet others by its cynical irony.Rosalind is the central character in the play, the hub around whom the wheel of fortune revolves.At Duke Fredericks behest, Rosalind is to serve as a companion for his daughter, Celia.It so happens that Rosalind has a sympathizer in Celia, for the two of them have been best friends since childhood.Whenever Rosalind pines for her missing father, Celia is there to comfort her. Rosalind soon will have good cause to be merry, for she is destined to fall in love with Orlando, the young man maltreated by his brother Oliver.