HIS ERRING
PILGRIMAGE

An Interpretation of

As You Like It

BY

M.SENNETT

....how brief the life of man
Runs his erring pilgrimage.
As You Like It, Act III, Scene 2

 

First Edition 1949
THE BACON SOCIETY


TO
MY VERY
GOOD FRIENDS
J.TURNER
&
M.B.T.
I Dedicate this Book

(Mabel Sennet was Chairman of the Council of the Francis Bacon Society, formerly spent some years in a study of pyschology and interpretation of dreams. This study, combined with a conviction that Francis Bacon is the true Shake-speare, throws a new light upon the great dramas and provides a key to their deeper meaning. This allegorical interpretation is supported by quotations from many writers of mysticism and mystical experience and elucidated further by selected portions of the works of Francis Bacon.)

CONTENTS

Chapter

Page

Introduction

The Story of the Play

5

7

I. Is Interpretation Allowable

13

II. The Psychological Clue

17

III. The Three Sons

22

IV. Conflict

28

V. Fair Princess

33

VI. The Two Dukes

39

VII. A Conquest And A Chain

48

VIII. The Forest

55

IX. Jaques

61

X. The Banishment of Oliver

73

XI. The Forest Folk

1.Corin and the sheep
2.Audrey and the goats
3.Silvius and Phebe
4.William
5.The deer

75

XII.The Brothers In The Forest

1.Orlando and Ganymede
2.Oliver and Olando
3. Oliver and Celia

81

XIII. The Kingdom Regained

91

XIV. Conclusion

95

Appendix

a) The Teaching Of The Play

b)Quotations From Works of Francis Bacon

101
103

The poets are thus liberating gods. The ancient British bards had for the title of their order, "Those who are free throughout the world." They are free, and they make free......I think nothing is of any value in books, excepting the transcendental and extraordinary. If a man is inflamed and carried away by his thought to that degree that he forgets the authors and the public, and heeds only this one dream, which holds him like an insanity, let me read his paper, and you may have all the arguments and histories and criticism. ---EMERSON