All's Well That Ends Well


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter the Countess, Lafew, and the Clown
snipped-taffeta, snipt-taffeta (n.) glossy silk fabric with irregular cuts, slashed-silk


LAFEW

No, no, no, your son was misled with a snipped-taffeta

fellow there, whose villainous saffron would have
saffron (n.) 2 saffron-coloured clothing

made all the unbaked and doughy youth of a nation in

his colour. Your daughter-in-law had been alive at this

hour, and your son here at home, more advanced by the

King than by that red-tailed humble-bee I speak of.
humble-bee (n.) bumble-bee


COUNTESS

I would I had not known him; it was the

death of the most virtuous gentlewoman that ever

nature had praise for creating. If she had partaken of my

flesh and cost me the dearest groans of a mother I
dear (adj.) 1 dire, grievous, hard

could not have owed her a more rooted love.


LAFEW

'Twas a good lady, 'twas a good lady. We may pick

a thousand sallets ere we light on such another herb.


CLOWN

Indeed, sir, she was the sweet-marjoram of the

sallet, or, rather, the herb of grace.


LAFEW

They are not herbs, you knave, they are
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count
nose-herb (n.) scented plant, herb for smelling [as opposed to eating] See Topics: Plants

nose-herbs.


CLOWN

I am no great Nabuchadnezzar, sir, I have not

much skill in grass.


LAFEW

Whether dost thou profess thyself, a knave or a
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

fool?


CLOWN

A fool, sir, at a woman's service, and a knave at a

man's.


LAFEW

Your distinction?


CLOWN

I would cozen the man of his wife and do his
cozen (v.) cheat, dupe, trick, deceive

service.
service (n.) 1 action, performance


LAFEW

So you were a knave at his service indeed.


CLOWN

And I would give his wife my bauble, sir, to do
bauble (n.) 3 decorated rod of office, fool's staff

her service.


LAFEW

I will subscribe for thee, thou art both knave and
subscribe for (v.) 1 vouch for, answer on behalf of

fool.


CLOWN

At your service.


LAFEW

No, no, no.


CLOWN

Why, sir, if I cannot serve you I can serve as great

a prince as you are.


LAFEW

Who's that? A Frenchman?


CLOWN

Faith, sir, 'a has an English name; but his

fisnomy is more hotter in France than there.
fisnomy (n.) physiognomy, face, countenance


LAFEW

What prince is that?


CLOWN

The Black Prince, sir, alias the prince of darkness,

alias the devil.


LAFEW

Hold thee, there's my purse. I give thee not this

to suggest thee from thy master thou talkest of; serve
suggest (v.) 1 tempt, prompt, incite

him still.
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]


CLOWN

I am a woodland fellow, sir, that always loved a

great fire, and the master I speak of ever keeps a good

fire. But sure he is the prince of the world; let his

nobility remain in's court. I am for the house with the

narrow gate, which I take to be too little for pomp to

enter; some that humble themselves may, but the many

will be too chill and tender, and they'll be for the
chill (adj.) sensitive to cold, faint-hearted
tender (adj.) 9 fond of comfort, attached to the easy life

flowery way that leads to the broad gate and the great

fire.


LAFEW

Go thy ways. I begin to be aweary of thee, and I
ways, go thy / your 1 get along, be off See Topics: Discourse markers

tell thee so before, because I would not fall out with

thee. Go thy ways. Let my horses be well looked to,

without any tricks.


CLOWN

If I put any tricks upon 'em, sir, they shall be

jades' tricks, which are their own right by the law of
jade (n.) 1 worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag

nature.

Exit
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count
shrewd (adj.) 5 wily, cunning, mischievous


LAFEW

A shrewd knave and an unhappy.


COUNTESS

So 'a is. My lord that's gone made himself

much sport out of him; by his authority he remains
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count
sport (n.) 4 subject of sport

here, which he thinks is a patent for his sauciness; and
patent (n.) 2 carte blanche, formal permission
sauciness (n.) insolence, rudeness, impertinence

indeed he has no pace, but runs where he will.
pace (n.) 2 obedient movement, trained walk


LAFEW

I like him well, 'tis not amiss. And I was about to

tell you, since I heard of the good lady's death and that

my lord your son was upon his return home, I moved

the King my master to speak in the behalf of my

daughter; which, in the minority of them both, his
minority (n.) under-age period, earlier youth, childhood

majesty out of a self-gracious remembrance did first
remembrance (n.) 1 memory, bringing to mind, recollection See Topics: Frequency count
self-gracious (adj.) coming from one's own gracious self

propose. His highness hath promised me to do it; and to

stop up the displeasure he hath conceived against your

son there is no fitter matter. How does your ladyship
matter (n.) 4 affair(s), business, real issue

like it?


COUNTESS

With very much content, my lord, and I wish
content (n.) 1 pleasure, satisfaction, happiness

it happily effected.


LAFEW

His highness comes post from Marcellus, of as
post (adv.) in haste, with speed

able body as when he numbered thirty. 'A will be here
'a (pron.) contracted form of ‘he’ See Topics: Elision
able (adj.) 2 strong, vigorous, powerful

tomorrow, or I am deceived by him that in such

intelligence hath seldom failed.
intelligence (n.) 1 information, news, communication


COUNTESS

It rejoices me that I hope I shall see him ere I

die. I have letters that my son will be here tonight. I

shall beseech your lordship to remain with me till they

meet together.


LAFEW

Madam, I was thinking with what manners I

might safely be admitted.


COUNTESS

You need but plead your honourable privilege.


LAFEW

Lady, of that I have made a bold charter, but, I
charter (n.) 1 right, privilege, prerogative

thank my God, it holds yet.

Enter Clown


CLOWN

O madam, yonder's my lord your son with a patch

of velvet on's face; whether there be a scar under't or no,

the velvet knows, but 'tis a goodly patch of velvet. His

left cheek is a cheek of two pile and a half, but his right

cheek is worn bare.
bare (adj.) 2 threadbare, shabby, ragged


LAFEW

A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a good livery
livery (n.) 1 uniform, costume, special clothing See Topics: Frequency count

of honour; so belike is that.
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count


CLOWN

But it is your carbonadoed face.
carbonadoed (adj.) 1 cut, slashed, hacked about


LAFEW

Let us go see your son, I pray you. I long to talk

with the young noble soldier.


CLOWN

Faith, there's a dozen of 'em with delicate fine
delicate (adj.) 4 cunning, ingenious, skilful

hats, and most courteous feathers which bow the head

and nod at every man.

Exeunt

 
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