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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act IV, Scene 3

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act IV, Scene 3

The Florentine camp .

  1. Enter the two French Lords and some two or three Soldiers .

First French Lord Dumaine

1
  1. You have not given him his mother’s letter ?

Second French Lord Dumaine

2 - 4
  1. I have deliv’red it an hour since . There is something in’t
  2. that stings his nature ; for on the reading it he chang’d
  3. almost into another man .

First French Lord Dumaine

5 - 6
  1. He has much worthy blame laid upon him for shaking off so
  2. good a wife and so sweet a lady .

Second French Lord Dumaine

7 - 10
  1. Especially he hath incurr’d the everlasting displeasure of
  2. the King , who had even tun’d his bounty to sing happiness to
  3. him . I will tell you a thing , but you shall let it dwell
  4. darkly with you .

First French Lord Dumaine

11 - 12
  1. When you have spoken it , ’tis dead , and I am the grave of
  2. it .

Second French Lord Dumaine

13 - 16
  1. He hath perverted a young gentlewoman here in Florence , of a
  2. most chaste renown , and this night he fleshes his will in
  3. the spoil of her honor . He hath given her his monumental
  4. ring , and thinks himself made in the unchaste composition .

First French Lord Dumaine

17 - 18
  1. Now God delay our rebellion ! As we are ourselves , what
  2. things are we !

Second French Lord Dumaine

19 - 23
  1. Merely our own traitors . And as in the common course of all
  2. treasons , we still see them reveal themselves , till they
  3. attain to their abhorr’d ends ; so he that in this action
  4. contrives against his own nobility in his proper stream
  5. o’erflows himself .

First French Lord Dumaine

24 - 26
  1. Is it not meant damnable in us , to be trumpeters of our
  2. unlawful intents ? We shall not then have his company
  3. tonight ?

Second French Lord Dumaine

27
  1. Not till after midnight ; for he is dieted to his hour .

First French Lord Dumaine

28 - 30
  1. That approaches apace . I would gladly have him see his
  2. company anatomiz’d , that he might take a measure of his own
  3. judgments , wherein so curiously he had set this counterfeit .

Second French Lord Dumaine

31 - 32
  1. We will not meddle with him till he come ; for his presence
  2. must be the whip of the other .

First French Lord Dumaine

33
  1. In the meantime , what hear you of these wars ?

Second French Lord Dumaine

34
  1. I hear there is an overture of peace .

First French Lord Dumaine

35
  1. Nay , I assure you a peace concluded .

Second French Lord Dumaine

36 - 37
  1. What will Count Roussillon do then ? Will he travel higher ,
  2. or return again into France ?

First French Lord Dumaine

38 - 39
  1. I perceive by this demand , you are not altogether of his
  2. counsel .

Second French Lord Dumaine

40 - 41
  1. Let it be forbid , sir , so should I be a great deal of his
  2. act .

First French Lord Dumaine

42 - 47
  1. Sir , his wife some two months since fled from his house . Her
  2. pretense is a pilgrimage to Saint Jaques le Grand ; which
  3. holy undertaking with most austere sanctimony she
  4. accomplish’d ; and there residing , the tenderness of her
  5. nature became as a prey to her grief ; in fine , made a groan
  6. of her last breath , and now she sings in heaven .

Second French Lord Dumaine

48
  1. How is this justified ?

First French Lord Dumaine

49 - 52
  1. The stronger part of it by her own letters , which makes her
  2. story true , even to the point of her death . Her death
  3. itself , which could not be her office to say is come , was
  4. faithfully confirm’d by the rector of the place .

Second French Lord Dumaine

53
  1. Hath the Count all this intelligence ?

First French Lord Dumaine

54 - 55
  1. Ay , and the particular confirmations , point from point , to
  2. the full arming of the verity .

Second French Lord Dumaine

56
  1. I am heartily sorry that he’ll be glad of this .

First French Lord Dumaine

57
  1. How mightily sometimes we make us comforts of our losses !

Second French Lord Dumaine

58 - 60
  1. And how mightily some other times we drown our gain in
  2. tears ! The great dignity that his valor hath here acquir’d
  3. for him shall at home be encount’red with a shame as ample .

First French Lord Dumaine

61 - 65
  1. The web of our life is of a mingled yarn , good and ill
  2. together : our virtues would be proud , if our faults whipt
  3. them not , and our crimes would despair , if they were not
  4. cherish’d by our virtues .
  5. Enter a Messenger .
  6. How now ? Where’s your master ?

Messenger

66 - 68
  1. He met the Duke in the street , sir , of whom he hath taken a
  2. solemn leave . His lordship will next morning for France . The
  3. Duke hath offer’d him letters of commendations to the King .

Second French Lord Dumaine

69 - 70
  1. They shall be no more than needful there , if they were more
  2. than they can commend .
  1. Exit Messenger .
  1. Enter ( Bertram ) Count Roussillon .

First French Lord Dumaine

71 - 72
  1. They cannot be too sweet for the King’s tartness . Here’s his
  2. lordship now . How now , my lord , is’t not after midnight ?

Bertram

73 - 79
  1. I have tonight dispatch’d sixteen businesses , a month’s
  2. length a - piece , by an abstract of success : I have congied
  3. with the Duke , done my adieu with his nearest ; buried a
  4. wife , mourn’d for her , writ to my lady mother I am
  5. returning , entertain’d my convoy , and between these main
  6. parcels of dispatch effected many nicer needs . The last was
  7. the greatest , but that I have not ended yet .

Second French Lord Dumaine

80 - 81
  1. If the business be of any difficulty , and this morning your
  2. departure hence , it requires haste of your lordship .

Bertram

82 - 85
  1. I mean the business is not ended , as fearing to hear of it
  2. hereafter . But shall we have this dialogue between the fool
  3. and the soldier ? Come , bring forth this counterfeit module ,
  4. h’as deceiv’d me like a double - meaning prophesier .

Second French Lord Dumaine

86 - 87
  1. Bring him forth , h’as sate i’ th’ stocks all night , poor
  2. gallant knave .
  1. Exeunt Soldiers .

Bertram

88 - 89
  1. No matter , his heels have deserv’d it , in usurping his spurs
  2. so long . How does he carry himself ?

Second French Lord Dumaine

90 - 95
  1. I have told your lordship already : the stocks carry him . But
  2. to answer you as you would be understood , he weeps like a
  3. wench that had shed her milk . He hath confess’d himself to
  4. Morgan , whom he supposes to be a friar , from the time of his
  5. remembrance to this very instant disaster of his setting i’
  6. th’ stocks ; and what think you he hath confess’d ?

Bertram

96
  1. Nothing of me , has ’a ?

Second French Lord Dumaine

97 - 99
  1. His confession is taken , and it shall be read to his face .
  2. If your lordship be in’t , as I believe you are , you must
  3. have the patience to hear it .
  1. Enter Soldiers and Parolles , with First Soldier as his
  2. Interpreter .

Bertram

100
  1. A plague upon him ! Muffled ! He can say nothing of me .

First French Lord Dumaine

101
  1. Hush , hush ! Hoodman comes ! Portotartarossa .

First Soldier

102
  1. He calls for the tortures . What will you say without ’em ?

Parolles

103 - 104
  1. I will confess what I know without constraint . If ye pinch
  2. me like a pasty , I can say no more .

First Soldier

105
  1. Bosko chimurcho .

First French Lord Dumaine

106
  1. Boblibindo chicurmurco .

First Soldier

107 - 108
  1. You are a merciful general . Our general bids you answer to
  2. what I shall ask you out of a note .

Parolles

109
  1. And truly , as I hope to live .

First Soldier

110 - 111
  1. Reads .
  2. First demand of him , how many horse the Duke is strong .”
  3. What say you to that ?

Parolles

112 - 114
  1. Five or six thousand , but very weak and unserviceable . The
  2. troops are all scatter’d , and the commanders very poor
  3. rogues , upon my reputation and credit and as I hope to live .

First Soldier

115
  1. Shall I set down your answer so ?

Parolles

116 - 117
  1. Do , I’ll take the sacrament on’t , how and which way you
  2. will .

Bertram

118
  1. All’s one to him . What a past - saving slave is this !

First French Lord Dumaine

119 - 122
  1. Y’ are deceiv’d , my lord , this is Monsieur Parolles , the
  2. gallant militarist that was his own phrase that had the
  3. whole theoric of war in the knot of his scarf , and the
  4. practice in the chape of his dagger .

Second French Lord Dumaine

123 - 125
  1. I will never trust a man again for keeping his sword clean ,
  2. nor believe he can have every thing in him by wearing his
  3. apparel neatly .

First Soldier

126
  1. Well , that’s set down .

Parolles

127 - 128
  1. Five or six thousand horse ,” I said I will say true or
  2. thereabouts ,” set down , for I’ll speak truth .

First French Lord Dumaine

129
  1. He’s very near the truth in this .

Bertram

130
  1. But I con him no thanks for’t , in the nature he delivers it .

Parolles

131
  1. Poor rogues ,” I pray you say .

First Soldier

132
  1. Well , that’s set down .

Parolles

133 - 134
  1. I humbly thank you , sir . A truth’s a truth , the rogues are
  2. marvelous poor .

First Soldier

135 - 136
  1. Reads .
  2. Demand of him , of what strength they are afoot .”
  3. What say you to that ?

Parolles

137 - 145
  1. By my troth , sir , if I were to live this present hour , I
  2. will tell true . Let me see : Spurio , a hundred and fifty ;
  3. Sebastian , so many ; Corambus , so many ; Jaques , so many ;
  4. Guiltian , Cosmo , Lodowick , and Gratii , two hundred fifty
  5. each ; mine own company , Chitopher , Vaumond , Bentii , two
  6. hundred fifty each ; so that the muster - file , rotten and
  7. sound , upon my life , amounts not to fifteen thousand pole ,
  8. half of the which dare not shake the snow from off their
  9. cassocks , lest they shake themselves to pieces .

Bertram

146
  1. What shall be done to him ?

First French Lord Dumaine

147 - 148
  1. Nothing , but let him have thanks . Demand of him my
  2. condition , and what credit I have with the Duke .

First Soldier

149 - 155
  1. Well , that’s set down .
  2. Reads .
  3. You shall demand of him , whether one Captain Dumaine be i’
  4. th’ camp , a Frenchman ; what his reputation is with the Duke ;
  5. what his valor , honesty , and expertness in wars ; or whether
  6. he thinks it were not possible with well - weighing sums of
  7. gold to corrupt him to a revolt .”
  8. What say you to this ? What do you know of it ?

Parolles

156 - 157
  1. I beseech you let me answer to the particular of the
  2. inter’gatories . Demand them singly .

First Soldier

158
  1. Do you know this Captain Dumaine ?

Parolles

159 - 161
  1. I know him . ’A was a botcher’s prentice in Paris , from
  2. whence he was whipt for getting the shrieve’s fool with
  3. child , a dumb innocent , that could not say him nay .

Bertram

162 - 163
  1. Nay , by your leave , hold your hands though I know his brains
  2. are forfeit to the next tile that falls .

First Soldier

164
  1. Well , is this captain in the Duke of Florence’s camp ?

Parolles

165
  1. Upon my knowledge , he is , and lousy .

First French Lord Dumaine

166 - 167
  1. Nay , look not so upon me ; we shall hear of your lordship
  2. anon .

First Soldier

168
  1. What is his reputation with the Duke ?

Parolles

169 - 171
  1. The Duke knows him for no other but a poor officer of mine ,
  2. and writ to me this other day to turn him out a’ th’ band . I
  3. think I have his letter in my pocket .

First Soldier

172
  1. Marry , we’ll search .

Parolles

173 - 174
  1. In good sadness , I do not know . Either it is there , or it is
  2. upon a file with the Duke’s other letters in my tent .

First Soldier

175
  1. Here ’tis , here’s a paper . Shall I read it to you ?

Parolles

176
  1. I do not know if it be it or no .

Bertram

177
  1. Our interpreter does it well .

First French Lord Dumaine

178
  1. Excellently .

First Soldier

179
  1. Reads .
  2. Dian , the Count’s a fool , and full of gold ”—

Parolles

180 - 183
  1. That is not the Duke’s letter , sir ; that is an advertisement
  2. to a proper maid in Florence , one Diana , to take heed of the
  3. allurement of one Count Roussillon , a foolish idle boy , but
  4. for all that very ruttish . I pray you , sir , put it up again .

First Soldier

184
  1. Nay , I’ll read it first , by your favor .

Parolles

185 - 188
  1. My meaning in’t , I protest , was very honest in the behalf of
  2. the maid ; for I knew the young Count to be a dangerous and
  3. lascivious boy , who is a whale to virginity , and devours up
  4. all the fry it finds .

Bertram

189
  1. Damnable both - sides rogue !

First Soldier

190 - 199
  1. Reads the letter .
  2. When he swears oaths , bid him drop gold , and take it ;
  3. After he scores , he never pays the score .
  4. Half won is match well made ; match , and well make it ;
  5. He ne’er pays after - debts , take it before ,
  6. And say a soldier , Dian , told thee this :
  7. Men are to mell with , boys are not to kiss ;
  8. For count of this , the Count’s a fool , I know it ,
  9. Who pays before , but not when he does owe it .
  10. Thine , as he vow’d to thee in thine ear ,
  11. Parolles .”

Bertram

200 - 201
  1. He shall be whipt through the army with this rhyme in ’s
  2. forehead .

Second French Lord Dumaine

202 - 203
  1. This is your devoted friend , sir , the manifold linguist and
  2. the armipotent soldier .

Bertram

204 - 205
  1. I could endure any thing before but a cat , and now he’s a
  2. cat to me .

First Soldier

206 - 207
  1. I perceive , sir , by the general’s looks , we shall be fain to
  2. hang you .

Parolles

208 - 211
  1. My life , sir , in any case ! Not that I am afraid to die , but
  2. that my offenses being many , I would repent out the
  3. remainder of nature . Let me live , sir , in a dungeon , i’ th’
  4. stocks , or any where , so I may live .

First Soldier

212 - 215
  1. We’ll see what may be done , so you confess freely ; therefore
  2. once more to this Captain Dumaine . You have answer’d to his
  3. reputation with the Duke , and to his valor ; what is his
  4. honesty ?

Parolles

216 - 225
  1. He will steal , sir , an egg out of a cloister . For rapes and
  2. ravishments he parallels Nessus . He professes not keeping of
  3. oaths ; in breaking ’em he is stronger than Hercules . He will
  4. lie , sir , with such volubility , that you would think truth
  5. were a fool . Drunkenness is his best virtue , for he will be
  6. swine - drunk , and in his sleep he does little harm , save to
  7. his bed - clothes about him ; but they know his conditions , and
  8. lay him in straw . I have but little more to say , sir , of his
  9. honesty . He has every thing that an honest man should not
  10. have ; what an honest man should have , he has nothing .

First French Lord Dumaine

226
  1. I begin to love him for this .

Bertram

227 - 228
  1. For this description of thine honesty ? A pox upon him for
  2. me , he’s more and more a cat .

First Soldier

229
  1. What say you to his expertness in war ?

Parolles

230 - 235
  1. Faith , sir , h’as led the drum before the English tragedians .
  2. To belie him I will not , and more of his soldiership I know
  3. not , except in that country he had the honor to be the
  4. officer at a place there call’d Mile - end , to instruct for
  5. the doubling of files . I would do the man what honor I can ,
  6. but of this I am not certain .

First French Lord Dumaine

236 - 237
  1. He hath out - villain’d villainy so far , that the rarity
  2. redeems him .

Bertram

238
  1. A pox on him , he’s a cat still .

First Soldier

239 - 240
  1. His qualities being at this poor price , I need not to ask
  2. you if gold will corrupt him to revolt .

Parolles

241 - 244
  1. Sir , for a cardecue he will sell the fee - simple of his
  2. salvation , the inheritance of it , and cut th’ entail from
  3. all remainders , and a perpetual succession for it
  4. perpetually .

First Soldier

245
  1. What’s his brother , the other Captain Dumaine ?

Second French Lord Dumaine

246
  1. Why does he ask him of me ?

First Soldier

247
  1. What’s he ?

Parolles

248 - 252
  1. E’en a crow a’ th’ same nest ; not altogether so great as the
  2. first in goodness , but greater a great deal in evil . He
  3. excels his brother for a coward , yet his brother is reputed
  4. one of the best that is . In a retreat he outruns any lackey ;
  5. marry , in coming on he has the cramp .

First Soldier

253 - 254
  1. If your life be sav’d , will you undertake to betray the
  2. Florentine ?

Parolles

255
  1. Ay , and the captain of his horse , Count Roussillon .

First Soldier

256
  1. I’ll whisper with the general , and know his pleasure .

Parolles

257 - 260
  1. Aside .
  2. I’ll no more drumming , a plague of all drums ! Only to seem
  3. to deserve well , and to beguile the supposition of that
  4. lascivious young boy the Count , have I run into this danger .
  5. Yet who would have suspected an ambush where I was taken ?

First Soldier

261 - 265
  1. There is no remedy , sir , but you must die . The general says ,
  2. you that have so traitorously discover’d the secrets of your
  3. army , and made such pestiferous reports of men very nobly
  4. held , can serve the world for no honest use ; therefore you
  5. must die . Come , headsman , off with his head .

Parolles

266
  1. O Lord , sir , let me live , or let me see my death !

First Soldier

267 - 268
  1. That shall you , and take your leave of all your friends .
  2. Unblinding him .
  3. So , look about you . Know you any here ?

Bertram

269
  1. Good morrow , noble captain .

Second French Lord Dumaine

270
  1. God bless you , Captain Parolles .

First French Lord Dumaine

271
  1. God save you , noble captain .

Second French Lord Dumaine

272 - 273
  1. Captain , what greeting will you to my Lord Lafew ? I am for
  2. France .

First French Lord Dumaine

274 - 276
  1. Good captain , will you give me a copy of the sonnet you writ
  2. to Diana in behalf of the Count Roussillon ? And I were not a
  3. very coward , I’d compel it of you , but fare you well .
  1. Exeunt Bertram and Lords .

First Soldier

277 - 278
  1. You are undone , captain , all but your scarf ; that has a knot
  2. on’t yet .

Parolles

279
  1. Who cannot be crush’d with a plot ?

First Soldier

280 - 283
  1. If you could find out a country where but women were that
  2. had receiv’d so much shame , you might begin an impudent
  3. nation . Fare ye well , sir , I am for France too . We shall
  4. speak of you there .
  1. Exit with Soldiers .

Parolles

284 - 294
  1. Yet am I thankful . If my heart were great ,
  2. ’Twould burst at this . Captain I’ll be no more ,
  3. But I will eat and drink , and sleep as soft
  4. As captain shall . Simply the thing I am
  5. Shall make me live . Who knows himself a braggart ,
  6. Let him fear this ; for it will come to pass
  7. That every braggart shall be found an ass .
  8. Rust sword , cool blushes , and , Parolles , live
  9. Safest in shame ! Being fool’d , by fool’ry thrive !
  10. There’s place and means for every man alive .
  11. I’ll after them .
  1. Exit .
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