All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 2, Scene 4
Another room in the King’s palace.
- Enter Helena and Clown.
- My mother greets me kindly. Is she well?
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- She is not well, but yet she has her health. She’s very
- merry, but yet she is not well; but thanks be given, she’s
- very well, and wants nothing i’ th’ world; but yet she is
- not well.
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- If she be very well, what does she ail that she’s not very
- Truly, she’s very well indeed, but for two things.
- What two things?
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- One, that she’s not in heaven, whither God send her quickly!
- The other, that she’s in earth, from whence God send her
- Enter Parolles.
- Bless you, my fortunate lady!
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- I hope, sir, I have your good will to have mine own good
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- You had my prayers to lead them on, and to keep them on,
- have them still. O, my knave, how does my old lady?
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- So that you had her wrinkles and I her money, I would she
- did as you say.
- Why, I say nothing.
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- Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a man’s tongue shakes
- out his master’s undoing. To say nothing, to do nothing, to
- know nothing, and to have nothing, is to be a great part of
- your title, which is within a very little of nothing.
- Away, th’ art a knave.
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- You should have said, sir, “Before a knave th’ art a knave,”
- that’s “Before me th’ art a knave.” This had been truth,
- Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have found thee.
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- Did you find me in yourself, sir,
- Parolles nods.
- or were you taught to find me?
- Parolles shakes his head.
- The search, sir, was profitable, and much fool may you find
- in you, even to the world’s pleasure and the increase of
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- A good knave, i’ faith, and well fed.
- Madam, my lord will go away tonight,
- A very serious business calls on him.
- The great prerogative and rite of love,
- Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknowledge,
- But puts it off to a compell’d restraint;
- Whose want, and whose delay, is strew’d with sweets,
- Which they distill now in the curbed time,
- To make the coming hour o’erflow with joy,
- And pleasure drown the brim.
- What’s his will else?
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- That you will take your instant leave a’ th’ King,
- And make this haste as your own good proceeding,
- Strength’ned with what apology you think
- May make it probable need.
- What more commands he?
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- That having this obtain’d, you presently
- Attend his further pleasure.
- In every thing I wait upon his will.
- I shall report it so.
- Exit Parolles.
- I pray you. Come, sirrah.