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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act II, Scene 4

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act II, Scene 4

Another room in the King’s palace .

  1. Enter Helena and Clown .

Helena

1
  1. My mother greets me kindly . Is she well ?

Lavatch

2 - 5
  1. She is not well , but yet she has her health . She’s very
  2. merry , but yet she is not well ; but thanks be given , she’s
  3. very well , and wants nothing i’ th’ world ; but yet she is
  4. not well .

Helena

6 - 7
  1. If she be very well , what does she ail that she’s not very
  2. well ?

Lavatch

8
  1. Truly , she’s very well indeed , but for two things .

Helena

9
  1. What two things ?

Lavatch

10 - 12
  1. One , that she’s not in heaven , whither God send her quickly !
  2. The other , that she’s in earth , from whence God send her
  3. quickly !
  1. Enter Parolles .

Parolles

13
  1. Bless you , my fortunate lady !

Helena

14 - 15
  1. I hope , sir , I have your good will to have mine own good
  2. fortunes .

Parolles

16 - 17
  1. You had my prayers to lead them on , and to keep them on ,
  2. have them still . O , my knave , how does my old lady ?

Lavatch

18 - 19
  1. So that you had her wrinkles and I her money , I would she
  2. did as you say .

Parolles

20
  1. Why , I say nothing .

Lavatch

21 - 24
  1. Marry , you are the wiser man ; for many a man’s tongue shakes
  2. out his master’s undoing . To say nothing , to do nothing , to
  3. know nothing , and to have nothing , is to be a great part of
  4. your title , which is within a very little of nothing .

Parolles

25
  1. Away , th’ art a knave .

Lavatch

26 - 28
  1. You should have said , sir , Before a knave th’ art a knave ,”
  2. that’s Before me th’ art a knave .” This had been truth ,
  3. sir .

Parolles

29
  1. Go to , thou art a witty fool , I have found thee .

Lavatch

30 - 34
  1. Did you find me in yourself , sir ,
  2. Parolles nods .
  3. or were you taught to find me ?
  4. Parolles shakes his head .
  5. The search , sir , was profitable , and much fool may you find
  6. in you , even to the world’s pleasure and the increase of
  7. laughter .

Parolles

35 - 44
  1. A good knave , i’ faith , and well fed .
  2. Madam , my lord will go away tonight ,
  3. A very serious business calls on him .
  4. The great prerogative and rite of love ,
  5. Which , as your due , time claims , he does acknowledge ,
  6. But puts it off to a compell’d restraint ;
  7. Whose want , and whose delay , is strew’d with sweets ,
  8. Which they distill now in the curbed time ,
  9. To make the coming hour o’erflow with joy ,
  10. And pleasure drown the brim .

Helena

45
  1.                              What’s his will else ?

Parolles

46 - 49
  1. That you will take your instant leave a’ th’ King ,
  2. And make this haste as your own good proceeding ,
  3. Strength’ned with what apology you think
  4. May make it probable need .

Helena

50
  1.                            What more commands he ?

Parolles

51 - 52
  1. That having this obtain’d , you presently
  2. Attend his further pleasure .

Helena

53
  1. In every thing I wait upon his will .

Parolles

54
  1. I shall report it so .
  1. Exit Parolles .

Helena

55
  1.                       I pray you . Come , sirrah .
  1. Exeunt .
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