All's Well That Ends Well


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Bertram and Diana


BERTRAM

They told me that your name was Fontybell.


DIANA

No, my good lord, Diana.


BERTRAM

                         Titled goddess,

And worth it, with addition! But, fair soul,
addition (n.) 2 attribute, mark of honour, distinction [as if added to a coat of arms]

In your fine frame hath love no quality?

If the quick fire of youth light not your mind
quick (adj.) 2 lively, animated, vivacious

You are no maiden but a monument.
monument (n.) 4 effigy, carved figure, statue

When you are dead you should be such a one

As you are now; for you are cold and stern,

And now you should be as your mother was

When your sweet self was got.


DIANA

She then was honest.
honest (adj.) 1 chaste, pure, virtuous


BERTRAM

                         So should you be.


DIANA

                                                         No.

My mother did but duty, such, my lord,

As you owe to your wife.


BERTRAM

                         No more o'that!

I prithee do not strive against my vows.

I was compelled to her, but I love thee

By love's own sweet constraint, and will for ever

Do thee all rights of service.


DIANA

                         Ay, so you serve us

Till we serve you; but when you have our roses,

You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves,
barely (adv.) in bareness, exposed, without covering

And mock us with our bareness.


BERTRAM

                         How have I sworn!


DIANA

'Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth,

But the plain single vow that is vowed true.

What is not holy, that we swear not by,

But take the highest to witness. Then, pray you, tell me:

If I should swear by Love's great attributes

I loved you dearly, would you believe my oaths

When I did love you ill? This has no holding,
holding (n.) 1 logic, maintaining, consistency
ill (adv.) 2 imperfectly, poorly, to ill effect

To swear by him whom I protest to love

That I will work against him. Therefore your oaths

Are words, and poor conditions but unsealed –
condition (n.) 7 contract, covenant, agreement
unsealed (adj.) lacking formal confirmation, without legal ratification

At least in my opinion.


BERTRAM

                         Change it, change it.

Be not so holy-cruel. Love is holy,
holy-cruel (adj.) cruel by being holy

And my integrity ne'er knew the crafts

That you do charge men with. Stand no more off,

But give thyself unto my sick desires,
sick (adj.) 2 ailing, needing cure

Who then recovers. Say thou art mine, and ever

My love as it begins shall so persever.
persever (v.) 2 proceed, carry on


DIANA

I see that men make vows in such a flame
scarre (n.) [unclear reading] scare, alarm

That we'll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring.


BERTRAM

I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power

To give it from me.


DIANA

                         Will you not, my lord?


BERTRAM

It is an honour 'longing to our house,
honour (n.) 4 object of honour, source of distinction
long (v.) 1 belong, pertain, relate

Bequeathed down from many ancestors,

Which were the greatest obloquy i'th' world
obloquy (n.) disgrace, reproach, slander

In me to lose.
honour (n.) 2 credit, good name, reputation


DIANA

                         Mine honour's such a ring;

My chastity's the jewel of our house,

Bequeathed down from many ancestors,

Which were the greatest obloquy i'th' world

In me to lose. Thus your own proper wisdom
proper (adj.) 4 personal, private, individual

Brings in the champion Honour on my part

Against your vain assault.


BERTRAM

                         Here, take my ring.

My house, mine honour, yea, my life be thine,

And I'll be bid by thee.


DIANA

When midnight comes, knock at my chamber window;

I'll order take my mother shall not hear.

Now will I charge you in the band of truth,
band (n.) 1 bond, obligation, tie

When you have conquered my yet maiden bed,

Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me.

My reasons are most strong and you shall know them

When back again this ring shall be delivered.

And on your finger in the night I'll put

Another ring, that what in time proceeds
time (n.) 7 circumstance, particular occasion

May token to the future our past deeds.
token (v.) betoken, represent, be a sign of

Adieu till then; then, fail not. You have won

A wife of me, though there my hope be done.


BERTRAM

A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee.

Exit


DIANA

For which live long to thank both heaven and me!

You may so in the end.

My mother told me just how he would woo
just (adv.) 1 exactly, precisely

As if she sat in's heart. She says all men

Have the like oaths. He had sworn to marry me
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

When his wife's dead; therefore I'll lie with him

When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braid,
braid (adj.) [unclear meaning] twisted, deceitful

Marry that will, I live and die a maid.

Only, in this disguise, I think't no sin
disguise (n.) 1 deception, pretence

To cozen him that would unjustly win.
cozen (v.) cheat, dupe, trick, deceive

Exit

 
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