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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act IV, Scene 1

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act IV, Scene 1

Scene 1

Without the Florentine camp .

  1. Enter Second French Lord with five or six other Soldiers in
  2. ambush .

Second French Lord Dumaine

1 - 5
  1. He can come no other way but by this hedge - corner . When you
  2. sally upon him , speak what terrible language you will .
  3. Though you understand it not yourselves , no matter ; for we
  4. must not seem to understand him , unless some one among us ,
  5. whom we must produce for an interpreter .

First Soldier

6
  1. Good captain , let me be th’ interpreter .

Second French Lord Dumaine

7
  1. Art not acquainted with him ? Knows he not thy voice ?

First Soldier

8
  1. No , sir , I warrant you .

Second French Lord Dumaine

9
  1. But what linsey - woolsey hast thou to speak to us again ?

First Soldier

10
  1. E’en such as you speak to me .

Second French Lord Dumaine

11 - 19
  1. He must think us some band of strangers i’ th’ adversary’s
  2. entertainment . Now he hath a smack of all neighboring
  3. languages ; therefore we must every one be a man of his own
  4. fancy , not to know what we speak one to another ; so we seem
  5. to know , is to know straight our purpose : choughs’ language ,
  6. gabble enough , and good enough . As for you , interpreter , you
  7. must seem very politic . But couch ho , here he comes , to
  8. beguile two hours in a sleep , and then to return and swear
  9. the lies he forges .
  1. They stand aside .
  1. Enter Parolles .

Parolles

20 - 26
  1. Ten a’ clock : within these three hours ’twill be time enough
  2. to go home . What shall I say I have done ? It must be a very
  3. plausive invention that carries it . They begin to smoke me ,
  4. and disgraces have of late knock’d too often at my door . I
  5. find my tongue is too foolhardy , but my heart hath the fear
  6. of Mars before it , and of his creatures , not daring the
  7. reports of my tongue .

Second French Lord Dumaine

27 - 28
  1. Aside .
  2. This is the first truth that e’er thine own tongue was
  3. guilty of .

Parolles

29 - 37
  1. What the devil should move me to undertake the recovery of
  2. this drum , being not ignorant of the impossibility , and
  3. knowing I had no such purpose ? I must give myself some
  4. hurts , and say I got them in exploit . Yet slight ones will
  5. not carry it . They will say , Came you off with so little ?”
  6. And great ones I dare not give ; wherefore what’s the
  7. instance ? Tongue , I must put you into a butter - woman’s mouth
  8. and buy myself another of Bajazeth’s mule , if you prattle me
  9. into these perils .

Second French Lord Dumaine

38
  1. Aside .
  2. Is it possible he should know what he is , and be that he is ?

Parolles

39 - 40
  1. I would the cutting of my garments would serve the turn , or
  2. the breaking of my Spanish sword .

Second French Lord Dumaine

41
  1. Aside .
  2. We cannot afford you so .

Parolles

42
  1. Or the baring of my beard , and to say it was in stratagem .

Second French Lord Dumaine

43
  1. Aside .
  2. ’Twould not do .

Parolles

44
  1. Or to drown my clothes , and say I was stripp’d .

Second French Lord Dumaine

45
  1. Aside .
  2. Hardly serve .

Parolles

46
  1. Though I swore I leapt from the window of the citadel

Second French Lord Dumaine

47
  1. Aside .
  2. How deep ?

Parolles

48
  1. Thirty fathom .

Second French Lord Dumaine

49
  1. Aside .
  2. Three great oaths would scarce make that be believ’d .

Parolles

50 - 51
  1. I would I had any drum of the enemy’s . I would swear I
  2. recover’d it .

Second French Lord Dumaine

52
  1. Aside .
  2. You shall hear one anon .

Parolles

53
  1. A drum now of the enemy’s
  1. Alarum within .

Second French Lord Dumaine

54
  1. Throca movousus , cargo , cargo , cargo .

Parolles

55 - 56
  1. O , ransom , ransom !
  2. They seize him .
  3. Do not hide mine eyes .
  1. They blindfold him .

First Soldier

57
  1. Boskos thromuldo boskos .

Parolles

58 - 62
  1. I know you are the Muskos’ regiment ,
  2. And I shall lose my life for want of language .
  3. If there be here German , or Dane , Low Dutch ,
  4. Italian , or French , let him speak to me ,
  5. I’ll discover that which shall undo the Florentine .

First Soldier

63 - 65
  1. Boskos vauvado . I understand thee , and can speak thy tongue .
  2. Kerelybonto , sir , betake thee to thy faith , for seventeen
  3. poniards are at thy bosom .

Parolles

66
  1. O !

First Soldier

67
  1. O , pray , pray , pray ! Manka revania dulche .

Second French Lord Dumaine

68
  1. Oscorbidulchos volivorco .

First Soldier

69 - 72
  1. The general is content to spare thee yet ,
  2. And hoodwink’d as thou art , will lead thee on
  3. To gather from thee . Haply thou mayst inform
  4. Something to save thy life .

Parolles

73 - 76
  1.                             O , let me live ,
  2. And all the secrets of our camp I’ll show ,
  3. Their force , their purposes ; nay , I’ll speak that
  4. Which you will wonder at .

First Soldier

77
  1.                           But wilt thou faithfully ?

Parolles

78
  1. If I do not , damn me .

First Soldier

79 - 80
  1.                       Acordo linta .
  2. Come on , thou art granted space ,
  1. Exit with Parolles guarded .
  1. A short alarum within .

Second French Lord Dumaine

81 - 83
  1. Go tell the Count Roussillon , and my brother ,
  2. We have caught the woodcock , and will keep him muffled
  3. Till we do hear from them .

Second Soldier

84
  1.                            Captain , I will .

Second French Lord Dumaine

85 - 86
  1. ’A will betray us all unto ourselves :
  2. Inform on that .

Second Soldier

87
  1.                 So I will , sir .

Second French Lord Dumaine

88
  1. Till then I’ll keep him dark and safely lock’d .
  1. Exeunt .
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