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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act III, Scene 5

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act III, Scene 5

Without the walls of Florence .

  1. A tucket afar off . Enter old Widow of Florence , her
  2. daughter , Diana , Violenta , and Mariana , with other Citizens .

Widow

1 - 2
  1. Nay , come , for if they do approach the city , we shall lose
  2. all the sight .

Diana

3
  1. They say the French count has done most honorable service .

Widow

4 - 7
  1. It is reported that he has taken their great’st commander ,
  2. and that with his own hand he slew the Duke’s brother .
  3. Tucket . We have lost our labor , they are gone a contrary
  4. way . Hark ! You may know by their trumpets .

Mariana

8 - 11
  1. Come , let’s return again and suffice ourselves with the
  2. report of it . Well , Diana , take heed of this French earl .
  3. The honor of a maid is her name , and no legacy is so rich as
  4. honesty .

Widow

12 - 13
  1. I have told my neighbor how you have been solicited by a
  2. gentleman his companion .

Mariana

14
  1. I know that knave , hang him ! One Parolles , a filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the young earl . Beware of them , Diana ; their promises , enticements , oaths , tokens , and all these engines of lust , are not the things they go under . Many a maid hath been seduc’d by them , and the misery is , example , that so terrible shows in the wrack of maidenhood , cannot for all that dissuade succession , but that they are lim’d with the twigs that threatens them . I hope I need not to advise you further , but I hope your own grace will keep you where you are , though there were no further danger known but the modesty which is so lost .

Diana

15
  1. You shall not need to fear me .
  1. Enter Helen habited like a pilgrim .

Widow

16
  1. I hope so . Look here comes a pilgrim . I know she will lie at my house ; thither they send one another . I’ll question her . God save you , pilgrim , whither are bound ?

Helena

17 - 18
  1. To Saint Jaques le Grand .
  2. Where do the palmers lodge , I do beseech you ?

Widow

19
  1. At the Saint Francis here beside the port .

Helena

20
  1. Is this the way ?
  1. A march afar .

Widow

21 - 26
  1. Ay , marry , is’t . Hark you , they come this way .
  2. If you will tarry , holy pilgrim ,
  3. But till the troops come by ,
  4. I will conduct you where you shall be lodg’d ,
  5. The rather for I think I know your hostess
  6. As ample as myself .

Helena

27
  1.                     Is it yourself ?

Widow

28
  1. If you shall please so , pilgrim .

Helena

29
  1. I thank you , and will stay upon your leisure .

Widow

30
  1. You came I think from France ?

Helena

31
  1.                               I did so .

Widow

32 - 33
  1. Here you shall see a countryman of yours
  2. That has done worthy service .

Helena

34
  1.                               His name , I pray you ?

Diana

35
  1. The Count Roussillon . Know you such a one ?

Helena

36 - 37
  1. But by the ear , that hears most nobly of him .
  2. His face I know not .

Diana

38 - 41
  1.                      Whatsome’er he is ,
  2. He’s bravely taken here . He stole from France ,
  3. As ’tis reported , for the King had married him
  4. Against his liking . Think you it is so ?

Helena

42
  1. Ay , surely , mere the truth , I know his lady .

Diana

43 - 44
  1. There is a gentleman that serves the Count
  2. Reports but coarsely of her .

Helena

45
  1.                              What’s his name ?

Diana

46
  1. Monsieur Parolles .

Helena

47 - 52
  1.                    O , I believe with him .
  2. In argument of praise , or to the worth
  3. Of the great Count himself , she is too mean
  4. To have her name repeated . All her deserving
  5. Is a reserved honesty , and that
  6. I have not heard examin’d .

Diana

53 - 55
  1.                            Alas , poor lady ,
  2. ’Tis a hard bondage to become the wife
  3. Of a detesting lord .

Widow

56 - 58
  1. I warr’nt , good creature , wheresoe’er she is ,
  2. Her heart weighs sadly . This young maid might do her
  3. A shrewd turn , if she pleas’d .

Helena

59 - 61
  1.                                How do you mean ?
  2. May be the amorous Count solicits her
  3. In the unlawful purpose .

Widow

62 - 66
  1.                          He does indeed ,
  2. And brokes with all that can in such a suit
  3. Corrupt the tender honor of a maid .
  4. But she is arm’d for him , and keeps her guard
  5. In honestest defense .
  1. Drum and Colors . Enter ( Bertram ) Count Roussillon , Parolles ,
  2. and the whole army .

Mariana

67
  1.                       The gods forbid else !

Widow

68 - 70
  1. So , now they come .
  2. That is Antonio , the Duke’s eldest son ,
  3. That , Escalus .

Helena

71
  1.                Which is the Frenchman ?

Diana

72 - 75
  1.                         He ,
  2. That with the plume ; ’tis a most gallant fellow .
  3. I would he lov’d his wife . If he were honester
  4. He were much goodlier . Is’t not a handsome gentleman ?

Helena

76
  1. I like him well .

Diana

77 - 79
  1. ’Tis pity he is not honest . Yond’s that same knave
  2. That leads him to these places . Were I his lady ,
  3. I would poison that vile rascal .

Helena

80
  1.                                  Which is he ?

Diana

81
  1. That jack - an - apes with scarfs . Why is he melancholy ?

Helena

82
  1. Perchance he’s hurt i’ th’ battle .

Parolles

83
  1. Lose our drum ! Well .

Mariana

84
  1. He’s shrewdly vex’d at something . Look , he has spied us .

Widow

85
  1. Marry , hang you !

Mariana

86
  1. And your courtesy , for a ring - carrier !
  1. Exeunt Bertram , Parolles , and army .

Widow

87 - 90
  1. The troop is past . Come , pilgrim , I will bring you
  2. Where you shall host . Of enjoin’d penitents
  3. There’s four or five , to great Saint Jaques bound ,
  4. Already at my house .

Helena

91 - 96
  1.                      I humbly thank you .
  2. Please it this matron and this gentle maid
  3. To eat with us tonight , the charge and thanking
  4. Shall be for me , and to requite you further ,
  5. I will bestow some precepts of this virgin
  6. Worthy the note .

Both Mariana and Widow

97
  1.                  We’ll take your offer kindly .
  1. Exeunt .
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