All's Well That Ends Well


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Enter Lafew and Bertram


LAFEW

But I hope your lordship thinks not him a soldier.


BERTRAM

Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.
approof (n.) 1 proven quality, undoubted character


LAFEW

You have it from his own deliverance.
deliverance (n.) 1 delivery, utterance, reporting


BERTRAM

And by other warranted testimony.
warranted (adj.) justified, legitimate, rightful


LAFEW

Then my dial goes not true: I took this lark for a
dial (n.) watch, timepiece, pocket sundial

bunting.


BERTRAM

I do assure you, my lord, he is very great in

knowledge, and accordingly valiant.
accordingly (adv.) correspondingly, suitably, properly


LAFEW

I have then sinned against his experience and

transgressed against his valour, and my state that way is

dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my heart to repent.

Here he comes. I pray you make us friends; I will pursue

the amity.

Enter Parolles


PAROLLES

(to Bertram)

These things shall be done, sir.


LAFEW

Pray you, sir, who's his tailor?


PAROLLES

Sir!


LAFEW

O, I know him well. Ay, sir, he, sir, 's a good

workman, a very good tailor.
workman (n.) craftsman, skilled worker


BERTRAM

(aside to Parolles)

Is she gone to the King?


PAROLLES

She is.


BERTRAM

Will she away tonight?


PAROLLES

As you'll have her.


BERTRAM

I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure,

Given order for our horses; and tonight,

When I should take possession of the bride,

End ere I do begin.


LAFEW

(aside)

A good traveller is something at the latter

end of a dinner; but one that lies three thirds and uses a

known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should

be once heard and thrice beaten. (Aloud) God save you,

captain!


BERTRAM

Is there any unkindness between my lord and
unkindness (n.) 1 offence, ill-will, umbrage

you, monsieur?


PAROLLES

I know not how I have deserved to run into

my lord's displeasure.


LAFEW

You have made shift to run into't, boots and spurs
shift (n.) 1 expedient, measure, arrangement [especially as 'make shift' = contrive]

and all, like him that leaped into the custard; and out of

it you'll run again rather than suffer question for your
suffer (v.) 4 bear, endure, stand

residence.


BERTRAM

It may be you have mistaken him, my lord.


LAFEW

And shall do so ever, though I took him at's

prayers. Fare you well, my lord, and believe this of me:

there can be no kernel in this light nut. The soul of this

man is his clothes. Trust him not in matter of heavy
heavy (adj.) 2 grave, serious, weighty

consequence. I have kept of them tame, and know their
tame (adj.) 4 domesticated, as pets

natures. Farewell, monsieur; I have spoken better of

you than you have or will to deserve at my hand, but we

must do good against evil.

Exit


PAROLLES

An idle lord, I swear.
idle (adj.) 3 foolish, stupid, empty-headed


BERTRAM

I think not so.


PAROLLES

Why, do you not know him?


BERTRAM

Yes, I do know him well, and common speech

Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.
clog (n.) 1 wooden block, heavy piece of wood
pass (n.) 5 standing, reputation, estimation

Enter Helena


HELENA

I have, sir, as I was commanded from you,

Spoke with the King, and have procured his leave

For present parting; only he desires

Some private speech with you.


BERTRAM

                         I shall obey his will.

You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count
marvel (v.) wonder, be curious

Which holds not colour with the time, nor does
colour (n.) 4 suitable appearance, appropriate character
hold (v.) 1 keep, maintain, observe

The ministration and required office
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

On my particular. Prepared I was not
particular, on my in my own case, as far as I am concerned

For such a business, therefore am I found

So much unsettled. This drives me to entreat you
unsettled (adj.) 1 disturbed, troubled; also: unresolved, unfixed

That presently you take your way for home,
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

And rather muse than ask why I entreat you;
muse (v.) 3 wonder, speculate, ponder

For my respects are better than they seem,
respect (n.) 1 consideration, factor, circumstance

And my appointments have in them a need
appointment (n.) 2 purpose, design, intention

Greater than shows itself at the first view

To you that know them not. This to my mother.

He gives Helena a letter

'Twill be two days ere I shall see you, so

I leave you to your wisdom.


HELENA

                         Sir, I can nothing say

But that I am your most obedient servant.


BERTRAM

Come, come, no more of that.


HELENA

                         And ever shall

With true observance seek to eke out that
eke, eke out (v.) add to, increase, supplement
observance (n.) 2 honour, dutiful ceremony, due respect

Wherein toward me my homely stars have failed
homely (adj.) 3 fating my humble parentage

To equal my great fortune.


BERTRAM

                         Let that go.

My haste is very great. Farewell. Hie home.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count


HELENA

Pray, sir, your pardon.


BERTRAM

                         Well, what would you say?


HELENA

I am not worthy of the wealth I owe,
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have See Topics: Frequency count

Nor dare I say 'tis mine – and yet it is;

But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal
timorous (adj.) 1 fearful, apprehensive, doubting

What law does vouch mine own.
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count


BERTRAM

                         What would you have?


HELENA

Something, and scarce so much; nothing indeed.

I would not tell you what I would, my lord.

Faith, yes:

Strangers and foes do sunder and not kiss.
sunder (v.) 1 separate, split up, part


BERTRAM

I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse.


HELENA

I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.

Where are my other men? Monsieur, Farewell.

Exit


BERTRAM

Go thou toward home, where I will never come

Whilst I can shake my sword or hear the drum.

Away, and for our flight.


PAROLLES

                         Bravely. Coragio!

Exeunt
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently

 
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