All’s Well That Ends Well
Act IV, Scene 5
Roussillon . The Count’s palace .
- Enter Clown , old Lady Countess , and Lafew .
Lafew1 - 6
- No , no , no , your son was misled with a snipt - taffeta fellow
- there , whose villainous saffron would have made all the
- unbak’d and doughy youth of a nation in his color . Your
- daughter - in - law had been alive at this hour , and your son
- here at home , more advanc’d by the King than by that
- red - tail’d humble - bee I speak of .
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- I would I had not known him ; it was the death of the most
- virtuous gentlewoman that ever nature had praise for
- creating . If she had partaken of my flesh , and cost me the
- dearest groans of a mother , I could not have ow’d her a more
- rooted love .
Lafew12 - 13
- ’Twas a good lady , ’twas a good lady . We may pick a thousand
- salads ere we light on such another herb .
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- Indeed , sir , she was the sweet marjoram of the salad , or
- rather the herb of grace .
- They are not herbs , you knave , they are nose - herbs .
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- I am no great Nebuchadnezzar , sir , I have not much skill in
- grass .
- Whether dost thou profess thyself — a knave or a fool ?
- A fool , sir , at a woman’s service , and a knave at a man’s .
- Your distinction ?
- I would cozen the man of his wife and do his service .
- So you were a knave at his service indeed .
- And I would give his wife my bauble , sir , to do her service .
- I will subscribe for thee , thou art both knave and fool .
- At your service .
- No , no , no .
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- Why , sir , if I cannot serve you , I can serve as great a
- prince as you are .
- Who’s that ? A Frenchman ?
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- Faith , sir , ’a has an English name , but his fisnomy is more
- hotter in France than there .
- What prince is that ?
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- The black prince , sir , alias the prince of darkness , alias
- the devil .
Lafew36 - 37
- Hold thee , there’s my purse . I give thee not this to suggest
- thee from thy master thou talk’st of ; serve him still .
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- I am a woodland fellow , sir , that always lov’d a great fire ,
- and the master I speak of ever keeps a good fire . But sure
- he is the prince of the world ; let his nobility remain in ’s
- court . I am for the house with the narrow gate , which I take
- to be too little for pomp to enter . Some that humble
- themselves may , but the many will be too chill and tender ,
- and they’ll be for the flow’ry way that leads to the broad
- gate and the great fire .
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- Go thy ways , I begin to be a - weary of thee , and I tell thee
- so before , because I would not fall out with thee . Go thy
- ways , let my horses be well look’d to , without any tricks .
Lavatch49 - 50
- If I put any tricks upon ’em , sir , they shall be jades’
- tricks , which are their own right by the law of nature .
- Exit Clown .
- A shrewd knave and an unhappy .
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- So ’a is . My lord that’s gone made himself much sport out of
- him . By his authority he remains here , which he thinks is a
- patent for his sauciness , and indeed he has no pace , but
- runs where he will .
Lafew56 - 64
- I like him well , ’tis not amiss . And I was about to tell
- you , since I heard of the good lady’s death , and that my
- lord your son was upon his return home , I mov’d the King my
- master to speak in the behalf of my daughter , which in the
- minority of them both , his Majesty , out of a self - gracious
- remembrance , did first propose . His Highness hath promis’d
- me to do it , and to stop up the displeasure he hath
- conceiv’d against your son , there is no fitter matter . How
- does your ladyship like it ?
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- With very much content , my lord , and I wish it happily
- effected .
Lafew67 - 70
- His Highness comes post from Marsellis , of as able body as
- when he number’d thirty . ’A will be here tomorrow , or I am
- deceiv’d by him that in such intelligence hath seldom
- fail’d .
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- It rejoices me , that I hope I shall see him ere I die . I
- have letters that my son will be here tonight . I shall
- beseech your lordship to remain with me till they meet
- together .
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- Madam , I was thinking with what manners I might safely be
- admitted .
- You need but plead your honorable privilege .
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- Lady , of that I have made a bold charter , but I thank my God
- it holds yet .
- Enter Clown .
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- O madam , yonder’s my lord your son with a patch of velvet on
- ’s face . Whether there be a scar under’t or no , the velvet
- knows , but ’tis a goodly patch of velvet . His left cheek is
- a cheek of two pile and a half , but his right cheek is worn
- bare .
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- A scar nobly got , or a noble scar , is a good liv’ry of
- honor ; so belike is that .
- But it is your carbinado’d face .
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- Let us go see your son I pray you . I long to talk with the
- young noble soldier .
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- Faith , there’s a dozen of ’em , with delicate fine hats , and
- most courteous feathers , which bow the head , and nod at
- every man .
- Exeunt .