All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 2, Scene 5
Another room in the King’s palace.
- Enter Lafew and Bertram.
- But I hope your lordship thinks not him a soldier.
- Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.
- You have it from his own deliverance.
- And by other warranted testimony.
- Then my dial goes not true. I took this lark for a bunting.
Bertram7 - 8
- I do assure you, my lord, he is very great in knowledge, and
- accordingly valiant.
Lafew9 - 12
- I have then sinn’d against his experience, and transgress’d
- against his valor, and my state that way is dangerous, since
- I cannot yet find in my heart to repent. Here he comes. I
- pray you make us friends, I will pursue the amity.
- Enter Parolles.
Parolles14 - 15
- To Bertram.
- These things shall be done, sir.
- Pray you, sir, who’s his tailor?
Lafew18 - 19
- O, I know him well, I, sir, he, sir, ’s a good workman, a
- very good tailor.
Bertram20 - 21
- Aside to Parolles.
- Is she gone to the King?
- She is.
- Will she away tonight?
- As you’ll have her.
Bertram25 - 28
- I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure,
- Given order for our horses, and tonight,
- When I should take possession of the bride,
- End ere I do begin.
Lafew29 - 32
- A good traveler is something at the latter end of a dinner,
- but one that lies three thirds, and uses a known truth to
- pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard and
- thrice beaten. God save you, captain.
- Is there any unkindness between my lord and you, monsieur?
Parolles34 - 35
- I know not how I have deserv’d to run into my lord’s
Lafew36 - 38
- You have made shift to run into’t, boots and spurs and all,
- like him that leapt into the custard; and out of it you’ll
- run again, rather than suffer question for your residence.
- It may be you have mistaken him, my lord.
Lafew40 - 46
- And shall do so ever, though I took him at ’s prayers. Fare
- you well, my lord, and believe this of me: there can be no
- kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is his
- clothes. Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence; I
- have kept of them tame, and know their natures. Farewell,
- monsieur, I have spoken better of you than you have or will
- to deserve at my hand, but we must do good against evil.
- An idle lord, I swear.
- I think so.
- Why, do you not know him?
Bertram51 - 52
- Yes, I do know him well, and common speech
- Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.
- Enter Helena.
Helena54 - 57
- I have, sir, as I was commanded from you,
- Spoke with the King, and have procur’d his leave
- For present parting; only he desires
- Some private speech with you.
Bertram58 - 73
- I shall obey his will.
- You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,
- Which holds not color with the time, nor does
- The ministration and required office
- On my particular. Prepar’d I was not
- For such a business; therefore am I found
- So much unsettled. This drives me to entreat you
- That presently you take your way for home,
- And rather muse than ask why I entreat you,
- For my respects are better than they seem,
- And my appointments have in them a need
- Greater than shows itself at the first view
- To you that know them not. This to my mother.
- Giving a letter.
- ’Twill be two days ere I shall see you, so
- I leave you to your wisdom.
Helena74 - 75
- Sir, I can nothing say,
- But that I am your most obedient servant.
- Come, come, no more of that.
Helena77 - 80
- And ever shall
- With true observance seek to eke out that
- Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail’d
- To equal my great fortune.
Bertram81 - 82
- Let that go.
- My haste is very great. Farewell; hie home.
- Pray, sir, your pardon.
- Well, what would you say?
Helena85 - 88
- I am not worthy of the wealth I owe,
- Nor dare I say ’tis mine; and yet it is;
- But like a timorous thief, most fain would steal
- What law does vouch mine own.
- What would you have?
Helena90 - 93
- Something, and scarce so much; nothing indeed.
- I would not tell you what I would, my lord.
- Faith, yes:
- Strangers and foes do sunder, and not kiss.
- I pray you stay not, but in haste to horse.
- I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.
Bertram96 - 100
- Where are my other men, monsieur?—Farewell.
- Exit Helena.
- Go thou toward home, where I will never come
- Whilst I can shake my sword or hear the drum.
- Away, and for our flight.
- Bravely, coraggio!