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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act III, Scene 6

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act III, Scene 6

Camp before Florence .

  1. Enter ( Bertram ) Count Roussillon and the two French Lords .

Second French Lord Dumaine

1
  1. Nay , good my lord , put him to’t ; let him have his way .

First French Lord Dumaine

2 - 3
  1. If your lordship find him not a hilding , hold me no more in
  2. your respect .

Second French Lord Dumaine

4
  1. On my life , my lord , a bubble .

Bertram

5
  1. Do you think I am so far deceiv’d in him ?

Second French Lord Dumaine

6 - 10
  1. Believe it , my lord , in mine own direct knowledge , without
  2. any malice , but to speak of him as my kinsman , he’s a most
  3. notable coward , an infinite and endless liar , an hourly
  4. promise - breaker , the owner of no one good quality worthy
  5. your lordship’s entertainment .

First French Lord Dumaine

11 - 13
  1. It were fit you knew him , lest reposing too far in his
  2. virtue , which he hath not , he might at some great and trusty
  3. business in a main danger fail you .

Bertram

14
  1. I would I knew in what particular action to try him .

First French Lord Dumaine

15 - 16
  1. None better than to let him fetch off his drum , which you
  2. hear him so confidently undertake to do .

Second French Lord Dumaine

17 - 27
  1. I , with a troop of Florentines , will suddenly surprise him ;
  2. such I will have , whom I am sure he knows not from the
  3. enemy . We will bind and hoodwink him so , that he shall
  4. suppose no other but that he is carried into the leaguer of
  5. the adversaries , when we bring him to our own tents . Be but
  6. your lordship present at his examination , if he do not , for
  7. the promise of his life , and in the highest compulsion of
  8. base fear , offer to betray you , and deliver all the
  9. intelligence in his power against you , and that with the
  10. divine forfeit of his soul upon oath , never trust my
  11. judgment in any thing .

First French Lord Dumaine

28 - 33
  1. O , for the love of laughter , let him fetch his drum ; he says
  2. he has a stratagem for’t . When your lordship sees the bottom
  3. of his success in’t , and to what metal this counterfeit lump
  4. of ore will be melted , if you give him not John Drum’s
  5. entertainment , your inclining cannot be remov’d . Here he
  6. comes .
  1. Enter Parolles .

Second French Lord Dumaine

34 - 35
  1. O , for the love of laughter , hinder not the honor of his
  2. design . Let him fetch off his drum in any hand .

Bertram

36 - 37
  1. How now , monsieur ? This drum sticks sorely in your
  2. disposition .

First French Lord Dumaine

38
  1. A pox on’t , let it go , ’tis but a drum .

Parolles

39 - 41
  1. But a drum ! Is’t but a drum ? A drum so lost ! There was
  2. excellent command to charge in with our horse upon our own
  3. wings , and to rend our own soldiers !

First French Lord Dumaine

42 - 44
  1. That was not to be blam’d in the command of the service ; it
  2. was a disaster of war that Caesar himself could not have
  3. prevented , if he had been there to command .

Bertram

45 - 47
  1. Well , we cannot greatly condemn our success . Some dishonor
  2. we had in the loss of that drum , but it is not to be
  3. recover’d .

Parolles

48
  1. It might have been recover’d .

Bertram

49
  1. It might , but it is not now .

Parolles

50 - 52
  1. It is to be recover’d . But that the merit of service is
  2. seldom attributed to the true and exact performer , I would
  3. have that drum or another , or hic jacet .

Bertram

53 - 59
  1. Why , if you have a stomach , to’t , monsieur : if you think
  2. your mystery in stratagem can bring this instrument of honor
  3. again into his native quarter , be magnanimious in the
  4. enterprise and go on ; I will grace the attempt for a worthy
  5. exploit . If you speed well in it , the Duke shall both speak
  6. of it , and extend to you what further becomes his greatness ,
  7. even to the utmost syllable of your worthiness .

Parolles

60
  1. By the hand of a soldier , I will undertake it .

Bertram

61
  1. But you must not now slumber in it .

Parolles

62 - 65
  1. I’ll about it this evening , and I will presently pen down my
  2. dilemmas , encourage myself in my certainty , put myself into
  3. my mortal preparation ; and by midnight look to hear further
  4. from me .

Bertram

66
  1. May I be bold to acquaint his Grace you are gone about it ?

Parolles

67 - 68
  1. I know not what the success will be , my lord , but the
  2. attempt I vow .

Bertram

69 - 70
  1. I know th’ art valiant , and to the possibility of thy
  2. soldiership will subscribe for thee . Farewell .

Parolles

71
  1. I love not many words .
  1. Exit .

Second French Lord Dumaine

72 - 75
  1. No more than a fish loves water . Is not this a strange
  2. fellow , my lord , that so confidently seems to undertake this
  3. business , which he knows is not to be done , damns himself to
  4. do , and dares better be damn’d than to do’t ?

First French Lord Dumaine

76 - 79
  1. You do not know him , my lord , as we do . Certain it is that
  2. he will steal himself into a man’s favor , and for a week
  3. escape a great deal of discoveries , but when you find him
  4. out , you have him ever after .

Bertram

80 - 81
  1. Why , do you think he will make no deed at all of this that
  2. so seriously he does address himself unto ?

Second French Lord Dumaine

82 - 85
  1. None in the world , but return with an invention , and clap
  2. upon you two or three probable lies . But we have almost
  3. emboss’d him , you shall see his fall tonight ; for indeed he
  4. is not for your lordship’s respect .

First French Lord Dumaine

86 - 89
  1. We’ll make you some sport with the fox ere we case him . He
  2. was first smok’d by the old Lord Lafew . When his disguise
  3. and he is parted , tell me what a sprat you shall find him ,
  4. which you shall see this very night .

Second French Lord Dumaine

90
  1. I must go look my twigs . He shall be caught .

Bertram

91
  1. Your brother he shall go along with me .

Second French Lord Dumaine

92
  1. As’t please your lordship . I’ll leave you .
  1. Exit .

Bertram

93 - 94
  1. Now will I lead you to the house , and show you
  2. The lass I spoke of .

First French Lord Dumaine

95
  1.                      But you say she’s honest .

Bertram

96 - 101
  1. That’s all the fault . I spoke with her but once ,
  2. And found her wondrous cold , but I sent to her ,
  3. By this same coxcomb that we have i’ th’ wind ,
  4. Tokens and letters which she did re - send ,
  5. And this is all I have done . She’s a fair creature ;
  6. Will you go see her ?

First French Lord Dumaine

102
  1.                      With all my heart , my lord .
  1. Exeunt .
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