"deserted island", subcategory "desert forest"
Joel S. Berson
Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Oct 18 12:46:56 UTC 2005
From "As You Like It", Act 2, Scene 4--set in the Forest of
Rosalind: I prithee, shepherd, if that love or gold / Can in this
desert place buy entertainment, / Bring us where we may rest
ourselves and feed.
At a performance I attended in Boston a year or two ago, upon hearing
these lines a woman behind me audibly queried her companion, "A
Perhaps she was enlightened by a later scene. OED2 not surprisingly
prefers a quotation from Act 1, Scene 7, lines 110-111:
Orlando: That in this desert inaccessible, / Under the shade of
melancholy boughs ...
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