All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 3, Scene 6
Camp before Florence.
- Enter (Bertram) Count Roussillon and the two French Lords.
Second French Lord Dumaine2
- Nay, good my lord, put him to’t; let him have his way.
First French Lord Dumaine3 - 4
- If your lordship find him not a hilding, hold me no more in
- your respect.
Second French Lord Dumaine5
- On my life, my lord, a bubble.
- Do you think I am so far deceiv’d in him?
Second French Lord Dumaine7 - 11
- Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct knowledge, without
- any malice, but to speak of him as my kinsman, he’s a most
- notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly
- promise-breaker, the owner of no one good quality worthy
- your lordship’s entertainment.
First French Lord Dumaine12 - 14
- It were fit you knew him, lest reposing too far in his
- virtue, which he hath not, he might at some great and trusty
- business in a main danger fail you.
- I would I knew in what particular action to try him.
First French Lord Dumaine16 - 17
- None better than to let him fetch off his drum, which you
- hear him so confidently undertake to do.
Second French Lord Dumaine18 - 28
- I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly surprise him;
- such I will have, whom I am sure he knows not from the
- enemy. We will bind and hoodwink him so, that he shall
- suppose no other but that he is carried into the leaguer of
- the adversaries, when we bring him to our own tents. Be but
- your lordship present at his examination, if he do not, for
- the promise of his life, and in the highest compulsion of
- base fear, offer to betray you, and deliver all the
- intelligence in his power against you, and that with the
- divine forfeit of his soul upon oath, never trust my
- judgment in any thing.
First French Lord Dumaine29 - 34
- O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch his drum; he says
- he has a stratagem for’t. When your lordship sees the bottom
- of his success in’t, and to what metal this counterfeit lump
- of ore will be melted, if you give him not John Drum’s
- entertainment, your inclining cannot be remov’d. Here he
- Enter Parolles.
Second French Lord Dumaine36 - 37
- O, for the love of laughter, hinder not the honor of his
- design. Let him fetch off his drum in any hand.
Bertram38 - 39
- How now, monsieur? This drum sticks sorely in your
First French Lord Dumaine40
- A pox on’t, let it go, ’tis but a drum.
Parolles41 - 43
- But a drum! Is’t but a drum? A drum so lost! There was
- excellent command—to charge in with our horse upon our own
- wings, and to rend our own soldiers!
First French Lord Dumaine44 - 46
- That was not to be blam’d in the command of the service; it
- was a disaster of war that Caesar himself could not have
- prevented, if he had been there to command.
Bertram47 - 49
- Well, we cannot greatly condemn our success. Some dishonor
- we had in the loss of that drum, but it is not to be
- It might have been recover’d.
- It might, but it is not now.
Parolles52 - 54
- It is to be recover’d. But that the merit of service is
- seldom attributed to the true and exact performer, I would
- have that drum or another, or hic jacet.
Bertram55 - 61
- Why, if you have a stomach, to’t, monsieur: if you think
- your mystery in stratagem can bring this instrument of honor
- again into his native quarter, be magnanimious in the
- enterprise and go on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy
- exploit. If you speed well in it, the Duke shall both speak
- of it, and extend to you what further becomes his greatness,
- even to the utmost syllable of your worthiness.
- By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it.
- But you must not now slumber in it.
Parolles64 - 67
- I’ll about it this evening, and I will presently pen down my
- dilemmas, encourage myself in my certainty, put myself into
- my mortal preparation; and by midnight look to hear further
- from me.
- May I be bold to acquaint his Grace you are gone about it?
Parolles69 - 70
- I know not what the success will be, my lord, but the
- attempt I vow.
Bertram71 - 72
- I know th’ art valiant, and to the possibility of thy
- soldiership will subscribe for thee. Farewell.
- I love not many words.
Second French Lord Dumaine75 - 78
- No more than a fish loves water. Is not this a strange
- fellow, my lord, that so confidently seems to undertake this
- business, which he knows is not to be done, damns himself to
- do, and dares better be damn’d than to do’t?
First French Lord Dumaine79 - 82
- You do not know him, my lord, as we do. Certain it is that
- he will steal himself into a man’s favor, and for a week
- escape a great deal of discoveries, but when you find him
- out, you have him ever after.
Bertram83 - 84
- Why, do you think he will make no deed at all of this that
- so seriously he does address himself unto?
Second French Lord Dumaine85 - 88
- None in the world, but return with an invention, and clap
- upon you two or three probable lies. But we have almost
- emboss’d him, you shall see his fall tonight; for indeed he
- is not for your lordship’s respect.
First French Lord Dumaine89 - 92
- We’ll make you some sport with the fox ere we case him. He
- was first smok’d by the old Lord Lafew. When his disguise
- and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him,
- which you shall see this very night.
Second French Lord Dumaine93
- I must go look my twigs. He shall be caught.
- Your brother he shall go along with me.
Second French Lord Dumaine95
- As’t please your lordship. I’ll leave you.
Bertram97 - 98
- Now will I lead you to the house, and show you
- The lass I spoke of.
First French Lord Dumaine99
- But you say she’s honest.
Bertram100 - 105
- That’s all the fault. I spoke with her but once,
- And found her wondrous cold, but I sent to her,
- By this same coxcomb that we have i’ th’ wind,
- Tokens and letters which she did re-send,
- And this is all I have done. She’s a fair creature;
- Will you go see her?
First French Lord Dumaine106
- With all my heart, my lord.