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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act 2, Scene 5

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 2, Scene 5

Another room in the King’s palace.

  1. Enter Lafew and Bertram.

Lafew

2
  1. But I hope your lordship thinks not him a soldier.

Bertram

3
  1. Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.

Lafew

4
  1. You have it from his own deliverance.

Bertram

5
  1. And by other warranted testimony.

Lafew

6
  1. Then my dial goes not true. I took this lark for a bunting.

Bertram

7 - 8
  1. I do assure you, my lord, he is very great in knowledge, and
  2. accordingly valiant.

Lafew

9 - 12
  1. I have then sinn’d against his experience, and transgress’d
  2. against his valor, and my state that way is dangerous, since
  3. I cannot yet find in my heart to repent. Here he comes. I
  4. pray you make us friends, I will pursue the amity.
  1. Enter Parolles.

Parolles

14 - 15
  1. To Bertram.
  2. These things shall be done, sir.

Lafew

16
  1. Pray you, sir, who’s his tailor?

Parolles

17
  1. Sir!

Lafew

18 - 19
  1. O, I know him well, I, sir, he, sir, ’s a good workman, a
  2. very good tailor.

Bertram

20 - 21
  1. Aside to Parolles.
  2. Is she gone to the King?

Parolles

22
  1. She is.

Bertram

23
  1. Will she away tonight?

Parolles

24
  1. As you’ll have her.

Bertram

25 - 28
  1. I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure,
  2. Given order for our horses, and tonight,
  3. When I should take possession of the bride,
  4. End ere I do begin.

Lafew

29 - 32
  1. A good traveler is something at the latter end of a dinner,
  2. but one that lies three thirds, and uses a known truth to
  3. pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard and
  4. thrice beaten. God save you, captain.

Bertram

33
  1. Is there any unkindness between my lord and you, monsieur?

Parolles

34 - 35
  1. I know not how I have deserv’d to run into my lord’s
  2. displeasure.

Lafew

36 - 38
  1. You have made shift to run into’t, boots and spurs and all,
  2. like him that leapt into the custard; and out of it you’ll
  3. run again, rather than suffer question for your residence.

Bertram

39
  1. It may be you have mistaken him, my lord.

Lafew

40 - 46
  1. And shall do so ever, though I took him at ’s prayers. Fare
  2. you well, my lord, and believe this of me: there can be no
  3. kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is his
  4. clothes. Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence; I
  5. have kept of them tame, and know their natures. Farewell,
  6. monsieur, I have spoken better of you than you have or will
  7. to deserve at my hand, but we must do good against evil.
  1. Exit.

Parolles

48
  1. An idle lord, I swear.

Bertram

49
  1. I think so.

Parolles

50
  1. Why, do you not know him?

Bertram

51 - 52
  1. Yes, I do know him well, and common speech
  2. Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.
  1. Enter Helena.

Helena

54 - 57
  1. I have, sir, as I was commanded from you,
  2. Spoke with the King, and have procur’d his leave
  3. For present parting; only he desires
  4. Some private speech with you.

Bertram

58 - 73
  1.                               I shall obey his will.
  2. You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,
  3. Which holds not color with the time, nor does
  4. The ministration and required office
  5. On my particular. Prepar’d I was not
  6. For such a business; therefore am I found
  7. So much unsettled. This drives me to entreat you
  8. That presently you take your way for home,
  9. And rather muse than ask why I entreat you,
  10. For my respects are better than they seem,
  11. And my appointments have in them a need
  12. Greater than shows itself at the first view
  13. To you that know them not. This to my mother.
  14. Giving a letter.
  15. ’Twill be two days ere I shall see you, so
  16. I leave you to your wisdom.

Helena

74 - 75
  1.                             Sir, I can nothing say,
  2. But that I am your most obedient servant.

Bertram

76
  1. Come, come, no more of that.

Helena

77 - 80
  1.                              And ever shall
  2. With true observance seek to eke out that
  3. Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail’d
  4. To equal my great fortune.

Bertram

81 - 82
  1.                            Let that go.
  2. My haste is very great. Farewell; hie home.

Helena

83
  1. Pray, sir, your pardon.

Bertram

84
  1.                         Well, what would you say?

Helena

85 - 88
  1. I am not worthy of the wealth I owe,
  2. Nor dare I say ’tis mine; and yet it is;
  3. But like a timorous thief, most fain would steal
  4. What law does vouch mine own.

Bertram

89
  1.                               What would you have?

Helena

90 - 93
  1. Something, and scarce so much; nothing indeed.
  2. I would not tell you what I would, my lord.
  3. Faith, yes:
  4. Strangers and foes do sunder, and not kiss.

Bertram

94
  1. I pray you stay not, but in haste to horse.

Helena

95
  1. I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.

Bertram

96 - 100
  1. Where are my other men, monsieur?—Farewell.
  2. Exit Helena.
  3. Go thou toward home, where I will never come
  4. Whilst I can shake my sword or hear the drum.
  5. Away, and for our flight.

Parolles

101
  1. Bravely, coraggio!
  1. Exeunt.
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