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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act IV, Scene 5

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act IV, Scene 5

Roussillon . The Count’s palace .

  1. Enter Clown , old Lady Countess , and Lafew .

Lafew

1 - 6
  1. No , no , no , your son was misled with a snipt - taffeta fellow
  2. there , whose villainous saffron would have made all the
  3. unbak’d and doughy youth of a nation in his color . Your
  4. daughter - in - law had been alive at this hour , and your son
  5. here at home , more advanc’d by the King than by that
  6. red - tail’d humble - bee I speak of .

Countess

7 - 11
  1. I would I had not known him ; it was the death of the most
  2. virtuous gentlewoman that ever nature had praise for
  3. creating . If she had partaken of my flesh , and cost me the
  4. dearest groans of a mother , I could not have ow’d her a more
  5. rooted love .

Lafew

12 - 13
  1. ’Twas a good lady , ’twas a good lady . We may pick a thousand
  2. salads ere we light on such another herb .

Lavatch

14 - 15
  1. Indeed , sir , she was the sweet marjoram of the salad , or
  2. rather the herb of grace .

Lafew

16
  1. They are not herbs , you knave , they are nose - herbs .

Lavatch

17 - 18
  1. I am no great Nebuchadnezzar , sir , I have not much skill in
  2. grass .

Lafew

19
  1. Whether dost thou profess thyself a knave or a fool ?

Lavatch

20
  1. A fool , sir , at a woman’s service , and a knave at a man’s .

Lafew

21
  1. Your distinction ?

Lavatch

22
  1. I would cozen the man of his wife and do his service .

Lafew

23
  1. So you were a knave at his service indeed .

Lavatch

24
  1. And I would give his wife my bauble , sir , to do her service .

Lafew

25
  1. I will subscribe for thee , thou art both knave and fool .

Lavatch

26
  1. At your service .

Lafew

27
  1. No , no , no .

Lavatch

28 - 29
  1. Why , sir , if I cannot serve you , I can serve as great a
  2. prince as you are .

Lafew

30
  1. Who’s that ? A Frenchman ?

Lavatch

31 - 32
  1. Faith , sir , ’a has an English name , but his fisnomy is more
  2. hotter in France than there .

Lafew

33
  1. What prince is that ?

Lavatch

34 - 35
  1. The black prince , sir , alias the prince of darkness , alias
  2. the devil .

Lafew

36 - 37
  1. Hold thee , there’s my purse . I give thee not this to suggest
  2. thee from thy master thou talk’st of ; serve him still .

Lavatch

38 - 45
  1. I am a woodland fellow , sir , that always lov’d a great fire ,
  2. and the master I speak of ever keeps a good fire . But sure
  3. he is the prince of the world ; let his nobility remain in ’s
  4. court . I am for the house with the narrow gate , which I take
  5. to be too little for pomp to enter . Some that humble
  6. themselves may , but the many will be too chill and tender ,
  7. and they’ll be for the flow’ry way that leads to the broad
  8. gate and the great fire .

Lafew

46 - 48
  1. Go thy ways , I begin to be a - weary of thee , and I tell thee
  2. so before , because I would not fall out with thee . Go thy
  3. ways , let my horses be well look’d to , without any tricks .

Lavatch

49 - 50
  1. If I put any tricks upon ’em , sir , they shall be jades’
  2. tricks , which are their own right by the law of nature .
  1. Exit Clown .

Lafew

51
  1. A shrewd knave and an unhappy .

Countess

52 - 55
  1. So ’a is . My lord that’s gone made himself much sport out of
  2. him . By his authority he remains here , which he thinks is a
  3. patent for his sauciness , and indeed he has no pace , but
  4. runs where he will .

Lafew

56 - 64
  1. I like him well , ’tis not amiss . And I was about to tell
  2. you , since I heard of the good lady’s death , and that my
  3. lord your son was upon his return home , I mov’d the King my
  4. master to speak in the behalf of my daughter , which in the
  5. minority of them both , his Majesty , out of a self - gracious
  6. remembrance , did first propose . His Highness hath promis’d
  7. me to do it , and to stop up the displeasure he hath
  8. conceiv’d against your son , there is no fitter matter . How
  9. does your ladyship like it ?

Countess

65 - 66
  1. With very much content , my lord , and I wish it happily
  2. effected .

Lafew

67 - 70
  1. His Highness comes post from Marsellis , of as able body as
  2. when he number’d thirty . ’A will be here tomorrow , or I am
  3. deceiv’d by him that in such intelligence hath seldom
  4. fail’d .

Countess

71 - 74
  1. It rejoices me , that I hope I shall see him ere I die . I
  2. have letters that my son will be here tonight . I shall
  3. beseech your lordship to remain with me till they meet
  4. together .

Lafew

75 - 76
  1. Madam , I was thinking with what manners I might safely be
  2. admitted .

Countess

77
  1. You need but plead your honorable privilege .

Lafew

78 - 79
  1. Lady , of that I have made a bold charter , but I thank my God
  2. it holds yet .
  1. Enter Clown .

Lavatch

80 - 84
  1. O madam , yonder’s my lord your son with a patch of velvet on
  2. ’s face . Whether there be a scar under’t or no , the velvet
  3. knows , but ’tis a goodly patch of velvet . His left cheek is
  4. a cheek of two pile and a half , but his right cheek is worn
  5. bare .

Lafew

85 - 86
  1. A scar nobly got , or a noble scar , is a good liv’ry of
  2. honor ; so belike is that .

Lavatch

87
  1. But it is your carbinado’d face .

Lafew

88 - 89
  1. Let us go see your son I pray you . I long to talk with the
  2. young noble soldier .

Lavatch

90 - 92
  1. Faith , there’s a dozen of ’em , with delicate fine hats , and
  2. most courteous feathers , which bow the head , and nod at
  3. every man .
  1. Exeunt .
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