All's Well That Ends Well


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Helena and the Widow
misdoubt (v.) 2 disbelieve, doubt the reality [of]


HELENA

If you misdoubt me that I am not she,

I know not how I shall assure you further

But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.
ground (n.) 2 foundation, basis, root


WIDOW

Though my estate be fallen, I was well born,

Nothing acquainted with these businesses,

And would not put my reputation now

In any staining act.
staining (adj.) disgraceful, dishonourable, shameful


HELENA

                         Nor would I wish you.

First give me trust the Count he is my husband,

And what to your sworn counsel I have spoken
counsel (n.) 5 secrecy, confidence, privacy
sworn (adj.) 2 sworn to secrecy, confirmed by oath

Is so from word to word, and then you cannot,

By the good aid that I of you shall borrow,
by (prep.) 7 with regard to

Err in bestowing it.


WIDOW

                         I should believe you,

For you have showed me that which well approves
approve (v.) 1 prove, confirm, corroborate, substantiate

Y'are great in fortune.


HELENA

                         Take this purse of gold,

And let me buy your friendly help thus far,

Which I will over-pay, and pay again

When I have found it. The Count he woos your daughter,

Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty,
wanton (adj.) 5 sexually hot, passionate, sportive

Resolved to carry her; let her in fine consent,
carry (v.) 1 secure, obtain, gain
fine, in in the end, finally, in conclusion See Topics: Discourse markers

As we'll direct her how 'tis best to bear it.

Now his important blood will naught deny
important (adj.) urgent, pressing, demanding, importunate

That she'll demand. A ring the County wears
county (n.) 1 [title of rank] count

That downward hath succeeded in his house
succeed (v.) 3 pass through inheritance, devolve

From son to son some four or five descents

Since the first father wore it. This ring he holds

In most rich choice, yet, in his idle fire,
choice (n.) 1 special value, estimation, esteem
fire (n.) 1 ardour, fervour, burning passion
idle (adj.) 2 mad, crazy, lunatic

To buy his will it would not seem too dear,
will (n.) 2 lust, sexual desire, passion

Howe'er repented after.


WIDOW

                         Now I see

The bottom of your purpose.
bottom (n.) 1 essence, gist, main point
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


HELENA

You see it lawful then. It is no more

But that your daughter, ere she seems as won,

Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter;

In fine, delivers me to fill the time,
deliver (v.) 4 hand over, convey, commit to the keeping [of someone]
fine, in in the end, finally, in conclusion See Topics: Discourse markers

Herself most chastely absent. After,

To marry her I'll add three thousand crowns
marry (v.) 2 be a marriage dowry for

To what is passed already.


WIDOW

                         I have yielded.

Instruct my daughter how she shall persever
persever (v.) 2 proceed, carry on

That time and place with this deceit so lawful

May prove coherent. Every night he comes
coherent (adj.) fitting, accordant, agreeable

With musics of all sorts, and songs composed

To her unworthiness. It nothing steads us
stead (v.) help, assist, benefit

To chide him from our eaves, for he persists
chide (v.), past form chid 4 brusquely command, drive [away] with harsh words

As if his life lay on't.


HELENA

                         Why then tonight

Let us assay our plot, which, if it speed,
assay (v.) 2 try, test the mettle of, put to the proof
meaning (n.) design, intention, purpose
speed (v.) 1 meet with success, prosper, flourish See Topics: Politeness

Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed,

And lawful meaning in a lawful act,

Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact.

But let's about it.

Exeunt

 
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