All's Well That Ends Well


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter the Countess and the Steward


COUNTESS

Alas! and would you take the letter of her?

Might you not know she would do as she has done

By sending me a letter? Read it again.


STEWARD

(reading)

I am Saint Jaques' pilgrim, thither gone.

Ambitious love hath so in me offended

That barefoot plod I the cold ground upon,

With sainted vow my faults to have amended.
sainted (adj.) 1 saintly, angelic, of holy character

Write, write, that from the bloody course of war
course (n.) 3 bout, engagement, encounter

My dearest master, your dear son, may hie.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

Bless him at home in peace, whilst I from far

His name with zealous fervour sanctify.

His taken labours bid him me forgive;
taken (adj.) undertaken, set in train

I, his despiteful Juno, sent him forth
despiteful (adj.) cruel, spiteful, malicious

From courtly friends, with camping foes to live
camping (adj.) living in an army camp, tent-dwelling
courtly (adj.) belonging to the court, connected with the court

Where death and danger dogs the heels of worth.

He is too good and fair for death and me;

Whom I myself embrace to set him free.


COUNTESS

Ah, what sharp stings are in her mildest words!

Rynaldo, you did never lack advice so much
advice (n.) 3 forethought, discretion, wisdom

As letting her pass so. Had I spoke with her,

I could have well diverted her intents,
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

Which thus she hath prevented.
prevent (v.) 1 forestall, anticipate


STEWARD

                         Pardon me, madam.

If I had given you this at overnight
overnight, at last night, yesterday evening

She might have been o'erta'en; and yet she writes

Pursuit would be but vain.


COUNTESS

                         What angel shall

Bless this unworthy husband? He cannot thrive,

Unless her prayers, whom heaven delights to hear

And loves to grant, reprieve him from the wrath

Of greatest justice. Write, write, Rynaldo,

To this unworthy husband of his wife.

Let every word weigh heavy of her worth

That he does weigh too light. My greatest grief,

Though little he do feel it, set down sharply.

Dispatch the most convenient messenger.
dispatch, despatch (v.) 5 send away, send off

When haply he shall hear that she is gone,
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count

He will return; and hope I may that she,

Hearing so much, will speed her foot again,

Led hither by pure love. Which of them both

Is dearest to me I have no skill in sense
sense (n.) 4 perception, awareness, discernment, appreciation

To make distinction. Provide this messenger.
provide (v.) 1 get ready, equip [oneself]

My heart is heavy and mine age is weak;

Grief would have tears, and sorrow bids me speak.

Exeunt

 
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