All's Well That Ends Well


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter the Clown and Parolles


PAROLLES

Good Master Lavatch, give my Lord Lafew

this letter. I have ere now, sir, been better known to

you, when I have held familiarity with fresher clothes;

but I am now, sir, muddied in Fortune's mood, and
mood (n.) 1 anger, fury, frenzy, fit of temper
muddied (adj.) 1 covered in mud, made filthy

smell somewhat strong of her strong displeasure.


CLOWN

Truly, Fortune's displeasure is but sluttish if it

smell so strongly as thou speakest of. I will henceforth

eat no fish of Fortune's buttering. Prithee, allow the
wind, allow the go down-wind

wind.


PAROLLES

Nay, you need not to stop your nose, sir. I
stop (v.) 2 stop up, close (up), shut

spake but by a metaphor.


CLOWN

Indeed, sir, if your metaphor stink I will stop my

nose, or against any man's metaphor. Prithee, get thee

further.


PAROLLES

Pray you, sir, deliver me this paper.


CLOWN

Foh! Prithee stand away. A paper from Fortune's

close-stool, to give to a nobleman! Look, here he comes
close-stool (n.) chamber pot enclosed in a stool, privy

himself.

Enter Lafew
pur (n.) [debated meaning] knave in a type of card game [post and pair]

Here is a pur of Fortune's, sir, or of Fortune's cat, but

not a musk-cat, that has fallen into the unclean fishpond
musk-cat (n.) musk-deer [from which musk is obtained]; sweetly scented creature

of her displeasure and, as he says, is muddied withal.
muddied (adj.) 1 covered in mud, made filthy

Pray you, sir, use the carp as you may, for he looks like a

poor, decayed, ingenious, foolish, rascally knave. I do
ingenious (adj.) 3 [unclear meaning] lacking all ability, stupid
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

pity his distress in my similes of comfort, and leave him
simile (n.) comparison, observation, saying

to your lordship.

Exit


PAROLLES

My lord, I am a man whom Fortune hath

cruelly scratched.


LAFEW

And what would you have me to do? 'Tis too late

to pare her nails now. Wherein have you played the

knave with Fortune that she should scratch you, who of

herself is a good lady and would not have knaves thrive

long under her? There's a cardecue for you. Let the
cardecue (n.) [French: quart d'ecu] quarter of a crown See Topics: Money

justices make you and Fortune friends; I am for other
justice (n.) judge, magistrate

business.


PAROLLES

I beseech your honour to hear me one single

word.


LAFEW

You beg a single penny more. Come, you shall

ha't, save your word.


PAROLLES

My name, my good lord, is Parolles.


LAFEW

You beg more than ‘ word ’ then. Cox my passion!

Give me your hand. How does your drum?


PAROLLES

O my good lord, you were the first that found
find (v.) 1 find out, see through

me.


LAFEW

Was I, in sooth? And I was the first that lost thee.
lose (v.) 1 part with, let go of, give up


PAROLLES

It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in some

grace, for you did bring me out.
bring out (v.) 1 deprive, divest, dispossess
grace (n.) 1 honour, favour, recognition, respect


LAFEW

Out upon thee, knave! Dost thou put upon me at
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

once both the office of God and the devil? One brings
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility See Topics: Frequency count

thee in grace and the other brings thee out.
bring out (v.) 1 deprive, divest, dispossess

Trumpets sound

The King's coming; I know by his trumpets. Sirrah,

inquire further after me. I had talk of you last night.

Though you are a fool and a knave you shall eat. Go to,
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

follow.


PAROLLES

I praise God for you.

Exeunt

 
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