All's Well That Ends Well


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Enter Helena, the Widow, and Diana


HELENA

That you may well perceive I have not wronged you

One of the greatest in the Christian world

Shall be my surety; fore whose throne 'tis needful,
surety (n.) 2 person undertaking a legal responsibility in relation to another, guarantor

Ere I can perfect mine intents, to kneel.
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim See Topics: Frequency count

Time was, I did him a desired office,
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

Dear almost as his life, which gratitude

Through flinty Tartar's bosom would peep forth

And answer thanks. I duly am informed

His grace is at Marcellus, to which place

We have convenient convoy. You must know
convoy (n.) means of transport, method of conveyance

I am supposed dead. The army breaking,
break (v.) 12 disband, disperse, demobilize

My husband hies him home, where, heaven aiding,
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count

And by the leave of my good lord the King,

We'll be before our welcome.
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count


WIDOW

                         Gentle madam,

You never had a servant to whose trust

Your business was more welcome.


HELENA

                         Nor you, mistress,

Ever a friend whose thoughts more truly labour

To recompense your love. Doubt not but heaven

Hath brought me up to be your daughter's dower,
bring up (v.) raise, breed, rear
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife

As it hath fated her to be my motive
motive (n.) 3 instrument, agent, moving organ

And helper to a husband. But, O strange men!

That can such sweet use make of what they hate,

When saucy trusting of the cozened thoughts
cozened (adj.) deceived, deluded, tricked
saucy (adj.) 2 lecherous, lascivious, lustful
trusting (n.) acceptance, belief [in]

Defiles the pitchy night; so lust doth play
pitchy (adj.) pitch-dark, black, inky, dark

With what it loathes for that which is away.

But more of this hereafter. You, Diana,

Under my poor instructions yet must suffer

Something in my behalf.
honesty (n.) 1 virtue, chastity
something (adv.) 2 a little, to some extent


DIANA

                         Let death and honesty

Go with your impositions, I am yours,
imposition (n.) 1 order, charge, command

Upon your will to suffer.
will (n.) 1 desire, wish, liking, inclination


HELENA

                         Yet, I pray you.

But with the word the time will bring on summer,

When briars shall have leaves as well as thorns

And be as sweet as sharp. We must away;

Our wagon is prepared, and time revives us.
revive (v.) 1 refresh, restore, invigorate
waggon, wagon (n.) carriage, coach

All's well that ends well; still the fine's the crown.
fine (n.) 1 outcome, final result, conclusion
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

Whate'er the course, the end is the renown.
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding See Topics: Frequency count
renown (n.) 1 reputation, good name, honour

Exeunt

 
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