Duke Senior, banished by his brother, Duke Frederick, now lives in Arden. Senior’s daughter Rosalind has been allowed to remain with Frederick’s daughter Celia, but she suddenly incurs Frederick’s displeasure, and is banished.
Celia decides to run away with her, and they leave for Arden with Rosalind disguised as a man, and accompanied by Touchstone, a clown. Before they leave, Rosalind falls in love with Orlando, who is hated by his elder brother, Oliver. Orlando flees to Arden with is friend Eve. Orlando leaves love messages for Rosalind all over the forest, which she in due course sees. When the two girls meet Orlando again, Rosalind dressed a boy persuades Orlando to treat ‘him’ as his Rosalind, so that he may practise wooing. Duke Frederick, believing Celia and Rosalind to have fled with Orlando, sends Oliver after his brother.
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