When considering how strong this previous attachment to Olivia seemed, too, the Duke choosing to marry Viola paints him in a most fickle light. Finally, though, neither Orlando nor Duke Orsino saw through Rosalind’s or Viola’s disguises, showing both men to be somewhat naïve and easily duped. Though neither Orlando nor Duke Orsino prove an unacceptable match, then, neither can they be said to be the ideal, perfect mates. Though similar in many ways, Viola and Rosalind differ in how they perceive their assumed male roles while disguised. Working as his Page, Viola assumes a more stereotypically female, servile position to Duke Orsino. By stark contrast, Rosalind becomes the authority figure in her interactions with Orlando:
By my Troth, and in good earnest, and so God mend me, and by all pretty oaths that are not dangerous, if you break one jot of your promise, or come one minute behind your hour, I will think you the most pathetical break-promise, and the most hollow lover, and the most unworthy of her you call Rosalind, that may be chosen out of the gross band of the unfaithful; therefore beware my censure and keep your promise.
Furthermore, Rosalind, in order to preserve her male façade, encourages and adds to Orlando’s criticisms of the female nature: “. . . And I thank God I am not a woman, to be touch’d with so many giddy offenses as hath generally tax’d their whole sex withal” (As You Like