In the brief exchange between Ganymede and Silvius

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In the brief exchange between Ganymede and Silvius, at first Rosalind isn't sure if Silvius is aware of  the contents of the letter. She only  pretends  to read it, therefore, and gives a false interpretation of  the contents. Finally, she asks Silvius if the letter was written by him. It is a clever ruse to discover  whether or not he is aware of the contents. Realizing that Silvius is ignorant of the message,  Rosalind, with compassion, reads the letter aloud (for the benefit of the audience) and attempts to  misconstrue its meaning. But Silvius is not so easily duped; Rosalind, therefore, drops all pretense  and reads the full letter. It is interesting here to note that Celia expresses pity for Silvius, but Rosalind, in keeping with her  manly characterization of Ganymede, sneers at pity. Likewise, Ganymede's command to Phebe, via  Silvius, is in keeping with the indifference shown to Phebe in Act III, Scene 5.
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