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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act III, Scene 7

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act III, Scene 7

Florence . The Widow’s house .

  1. Enter Helen and Widow .

Helena

1 - 3
  1. If you misdoubt me that I am not she ,
  2. I know not how I shall assure you further
  3. But I shall lose the grounds I work upon .

Widow

4 - 7
  1. Though my estate be fall’n , I was well born ,
  2. Nothing acquainted with these businesses ,
  3. And would not put my reputation now
  4. In any staining act .

Helena

8 - 13
  1.                      Nor would I wish you .
  2. First give me trust , the Count he is my husband ,
  3. And what to your sworn counsel I have spoken
  4. Is so from word to word ; and then you cannot ,
  5. By the good aid that I of you shall borrow ,
  6. Err in bestowing it .

Widow

14 - 16
  1.                      I should believe you ,
  2. For you have show’d me that which well approves
  3. Y’ are great in fortune .

Helena

17 - 31
  1.                          Take this purse of gold ,
  2. And let me buy your friendly help thus far ,
  3. Which I will over - pay and pay again
  4. When I have found it . The Count he woos your daughter ,
  5. Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty ,
  6. Resolv’d to carry her . Let her in fine consent ,
  7. As we’ll direct her how ’tis best to bear it .
  8. Now his important blood will nought deny
  9. That she’ll demand . A ring the County wears ,
  10. That downward hath succeeded in his house
  11. From son to son , some four or five descents ,
  12. Since the first father wore it . This ring he holds
  13. In most rich choice ; yet in his idle fire ,
  14. To buy his will , it would not seem too dear ,
  15. Howe’er repented after .

Widow

32 - 33
  1.                         Now I see
  2. The bottom of your purpose .

Helena

34 - 40
  1. You see it lawful then . It is no more
  2. But that your daughter , ere she seems as won ,
  3. Desires this ring ; appoints him an encounter ;
  4. In fine , delivers me to fill the time ,
  5. Herself most chastely absent . After ,
  6. To marry her , I’ll add three thousand crowns
  7. To what is pass’d already .

Widow

41 - 48
  1.                            I have yielded .
  2. Instruct my daughter how she shall persever ,
  3. That time and place with this deceit so lawful
  4. May prove coherent . Every night he comes
  5. With musics of all sorts , and songs compos’d
  6. To her unworthiness . It nothing steads us
  7. To chide him from our eaves , for he persists
  8. As if his life lay on’t .

Helena

49 - 54
  1.                          Why then tonight
  2. Let us assay our plot , which if it speed ,
  3. Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed ,
  4. And lawful meaning in a lawful act ,
  5. Where both not sin , and yet a sinful fact .
  6. But let’s about it .
  1. Exeunt .
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