All's Well That Ends Well


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
A tucket afar off. Enter the old Widow of Florence,

her daughter Diana, and Mariana, with other

citizens


WIDOW

Nay, come, for if they do approach the city, we
tucket (n.) personal trumpet call See Topics: Stage directions

shall lose all the sight.


DIANA

They say the French Count has done most

honourable service.


WIDOW

It is reported that he has taken their greatest

commander, and that with his own hand he slew the

Duke's brother.

Tucket

We have lost our labour; they are gone a contrary way.

Hark! You may know by their trumpets.


MARIANA

Come, let's return again and suffice ourselves
suffice (v.) 1 satisfy, nourish, provide for

with the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed of this

French Earl. The honour of a maid is her name, and no

legacy is so rich as honesty.
honesty (n.) 1 virtue, chastity


WIDOW

I have told my neighbour how you have been

solicited by a gentleman his companion.
solicit (v.) 2 court, chase after, pursue


MARIANA

I know that knave, hang him! one Parolles; a
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the young
suggestion (n.) temptation, instigation, prompting towards evil

Earl. Beware of them, Diana: their promises, enticements,

oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are
engine (n.) 1 plot, device, means, instrument

not the things they go under. Many a maid hath been
go under (v.) seem to be, appear

seduced by them, and the misery is, example, that so

terrible shows in the wrack of maidenhood, cannot for
wrack (n.) 1 destruction, ruin

all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with
lime (v.) 1 trap, snare, catch [as if by using birdlime]
succession (n.) 2 behaving in the same way, following the same course of action

the twigs that threatens them. I hope I need not to

advise you further; but I hope your own grace will keep
advise, avise (v.) 2 warn, counsel, caution

you where you are, though there were no further danger

known but the modesty which is so lost.


DIANA

You shall not need to fear me.
fear (v.) 2 fear for, worry about, be anxious about

Enter Helena


WIDOW

I hope so. Look, here comes a pilgrim. I know

she will lie at my house; thither they send one another.
lie (v.) 1 live, dwell, reside, lodge

I'll question her. God save you, pilgrim! Whither are

bound?


HELENA

To Saint Jaques le Grand.

Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you?
palmer (n.) pilgrim


WIDOW

At the Saint Francis here beside the port.
port (n.) 1 portal, entrance, gateway


HELENA

Is this the way?

A march afar


WIDOW

Ay, marry, is't. Hark you, they come this way.

If you will tarry, holy pilgrim,

But till the troops come by,

I will conduct you where you shall be lodged;

The rather for I think I know your hostess

As ample as myself.
ample (adv.) well, fully, completely


HELENA

                         Is it yourself?


WIDOW

If you shall please so, pilgrim.


HELENA

I thank you and will stay upon your leisure.


WIDOW

You came, I think, from France?


HELENA

                         I did so.


WIDOW

Here you shall see a countryman of yours

That has done worthy service.


HELENA

                         His name, I pray you?


DIANA

The Count Rossillion. Know you such a one?


HELENA

But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him;

His face I know not.


DIANA

                         Whatsome'er he is,

He's bravely taken here. He stole from France,
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently
take (v.) 8 win favour, gain acceptance, become popular

As 'tis reported, for the King had married him

Against his liking. Think you it is so?


HELENA

Ay, surely, mere the truth, I know his lady.
mere (adv.) 1 totally, absolutely


DIANA

There is a gentleman that serves the Count

Reports but coarsely of her.
coarsely (adv.) slightingly, disparagingly, derisively


HELENA

                         What's his name?


DIANA

Monsieur Parolles.


HELENA

                         O, I believe with him,

In argument of praise or to the worth
argument (n.) 4 discussion, debate, dialogue

Of the great Count himself, she is too mean
mean (adj.) 3 unworthy, insignificant, unimportant

To have her name repeated; all her deserving
deserving (n.) 1 worthiness, desert, merit

Is a reserved honesty, and that
honesty (n.) 1 virtue, chastity
reserved (adj.) well-guarded, preserved, sustained

I have not heard examined.


DIANA

                         Alas, poor lady!

'Tis a hard bondage to become the wife

Of a detesting lord.


WIDOW

I warrant, good creature, wheresoe'er she is,
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

Her heart weighs sadly. This young maid might do her
sadly (adv.) 2 heavily, with a great burden

A shrewd turn, if she pleased.
shrewd (adj.) 3 malicious, nasty, vicious


HELENA

                         How do you mean?

Maybe the amorous Count solicits her
solicit (v.) 2 court, chase after, pursue

In the unlawful purpose?
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


WIDOW

                         He does indeed,

And brokes with all that can in such a suit
broke (v.) bargain, negotiate, trade
suit (n.) 2 wooing, courtship

Corrupt the tender honour of a maid;

But she is armed for him and keeps her guard

In honestest defence.
colours (n.) 2 colour-ensigns, standard-bearers

Drum and colours. Enter Bertram, Parolles, and the

whole army


MARIANA

                         The gods forbid else!


WIDOW

So, now they come.

That is Antonio, the Duke's eldest son;

That Escalus.


HELENA

                         Which is the Frenchman?


DIANA

                                                         He –

That with the plume. 'Tis a most gallant fellow.

I would he loved his wife; if he were honester

He were much goodlier. Is't not a handsome gentleman?
goodly (adj.) 2 good-looking, handsome, attractive, comely


HELENA

I like him well.


DIANA

'Tis pity he is not honest. Yond's that same knave
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

That leads him to these places. Were I his lady

I would poison that vile rascal.


HELENA

                         Which is he?


DIANA

That jackanapes with scarfs. Why is he
jackanapes, jackanape, jack'nape (n.) upstart, buffoon, monkey
scarf (n.) 1 military sash, shoulder band

melancholy?


HELENA

Perchance he's hurt i'th' battle.
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe See Topics: Frequency count


PAROLLES

Lose our drum! Well!


MARIANA

He's shrewdly vexed at something. Look, he
shrewdly (adv.) 1 seriously, mightily, very much

has spied us.


WIDOW

Marry, hang you!


MARIANA

And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier!
courtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.) 3 salutation, first greeting, expression of courtesy
ring-carrier (n.) go-between, bawd

Exeunt Bertram, Parolles, and the army


WIDOW

The troop is past. Come, pilgrim, I will bring you

Where you shall host. Of enjoined penitents
enjoined (adj.) joined together in a common cause, bound by oath
host (v.) lodge, stay, put up

There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound,

Already at my house.


HELENA

                         I humbly thank you.

Please it this matron and this gentle maid

To eat with us tonight; the charge and thanking
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

Shall be for me, and, to requite you further,

I will bestow some precepts of this virgin,

Worthy the note.


WIDOW and MARIANA

                         We'll take your offer kindly.

Exeunt
note (n.) 1 attention, notice, regard

 
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