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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act 2, Scene 4

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 2, Scene 4

Another room in the King’s palace.

  1. Enter Helena and Clown.

Helena

2
  1. My mother greets me kindly. Is she well?

Lavatch

3 - 6
  1. She is not well, but yet she has her health. She’s very
  2. merry, but yet she is not well; but thanks be given, she’s
  3. very well, and wants nothing i’ th’ world; but yet she is
  4. not well.

Helena

7 - 8
  1. If she be very well, what does she ail that she’s not very
  2. well?

Lavatch

9
  1. Truly, she’s very well indeed, but for two things.

Helena

10
  1. What two things?

Lavatch

11 - 13
  1. One, that she’s not in heaven, whither God send her quickly!
  2. The other, that she’s in earth, from whence God send her
  3. quickly!
  1. Enter Parolles.

Parolles

15
  1. Bless you, my fortunate lady!

Helena

16 - 17
  1. I hope, sir, I have your good will to have mine own good
  2. fortunes.

Parolles

18 - 19
  1. You had my prayers to lead them on, and to keep them on,
  2. have them still. O, my knave, how does my old lady?

Lavatch

20 - 21
  1. So that you had her wrinkles and I her money, I would she
  2. did as you say.

Parolles

22
  1. Why, I say nothing.

Lavatch

23 - 26
  1. Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a man’s tongue shakes
  2. out his master’s undoing. To say nothing, to do nothing, to
  3. know nothing, and to have nothing, is to be a great part of
  4. your title, which is within a very little of nothing.

Parolles

27
  1. Away, th’ art a knave.

Lavatch

28 - 30
  1. You should have said, sir, Before a knave th’ art a knave,”
  2. that’s Before me th’ art a knave.” This had been truth,
  3. sir.

Parolles

31
  1. Go to, thou art a witty fool, I have found thee.

Lavatch

32 - 38
  1. Did you find me in yourself, sir,
  2. Parolles nods.
  3. or were you taught to find me?
  4. Parolles shakes his head.
  5. The search, sir, was profitable, and much fool may you find
  6. in you, even to the world’s pleasure and the increase of
  7. laughter.

Parolles

39 - 48
  1. A good knave, i’ faith, and well fed.
  2. Madam, my lord will go away tonight,
  3. A very serious business calls on him.
  4. The great prerogative and rite of love,
  5. Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknowledge,
  6. But puts it off to a compell’d restraint;
  7. Whose want, and whose delay, is strew’d with sweets,
  8. Which they distill now in the curbed time,
  9. To make the coming hour o’erflow with joy,
  10. And pleasure drown the brim.

Helena

49
  1.                              What’s his will else?

Parolles

50 - 53
  1. That you will take your instant leave a’ th’ King,
  2. And make this haste as your own good proceeding,
  3. Strength’ned with what apology you think
  4. May make it probable need.

Helena

54
  1.                            What more commands he?

Parolles

55 - 56
  1. That having this obtain’d, you presently
  2. Attend his further pleasure.

Helena

57
  1. In every thing I wait upon his will.

Parolles

58
  1. I shall report it so.
  1. Exit Parolles.

Helena

60
  1.                       I pray you. Come, sirrah.
  1. Exeunt.
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