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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act 3, Scene 5

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 3, Scene 5

Without the walls of Florence.

  1. A tucket afar off. Enter old Widow of Florence, her
  2. daughter, Diana, Violenta, and Mariana, with other Citizens.

Widow

3 - 4
  1. Nay, come, for if they do approach the city, we shall lose
  2. all the sight.

Diana

5
  1. They say the French count has done most honorable service.

Widow

6 - 9
  1. It is reported that he has taken their great’st commander,
  2. and that with his own hand he slew the Duke’s brother.
  3. Tucket. We have lost our labor, they are gone a contrary
  4. way. Hark! You may know by their trumpets.

Mariana

10 - 13
  1. Come, let’s return again and suffice ourselves with the
  2. report of it. Well, Diana, take heed of this French earl.
  3. The honor of a maid is her name, and no legacy is so rich as
  4. honesty.

Widow

14 - 15
  1. I have told my neighbor how you have been solicited by a
  2. gentleman his companion.

Mariana

16
  1. I know that knave, hang him! One Parolles, a filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the young earl. Beware of them, Diana; their promises, enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are not the things they go under. Many a maid hath been seduc’d by them, and the misery is, example, that so terrible shows in the wrack of maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are lim’d with the twigs that threatens them. I hope I need not to advise you further, but I hope your own grace will keep you where you are, though there were no further danger known but the modesty which is so lost.

Diana

17
  1. You shall not need to fear me.
  1. Enter Helen habited like a pilgrim.

Widow

19
  1. I hope so. Look here comes a pilgrim. I know she will lie at my house; thither they send one another. I’ll question her. God save you, pilgrim, whither are bound?

Helena

20 - 21
  1. To Saint Jaques le Grand.
  2. Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you?

Widow

22
  1. At the Saint Francis here beside the port.

Helena

23
  1. Is this the way?
  1. A march afar.

Widow

25 - 30
  1. Ay, marry, is’t. Hark you, they come this way.
  2. If you will tarry, holy pilgrim,
  3. But till the troops come by,
  4. I will conduct you where you shall be lodg’d,
  5. The rather for I think I know your hostess
  6. As ample as myself.

Helena

31
  1.                     Is it yourself?

Widow

32
  1. If you shall please so, pilgrim.

Helena

33
  1. I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure.

Widow

34
  1. You came I think from France?

Helena

35
  1.                               I did so.

Widow

36 - 37
  1. Here you shall see a countryman of yours
  2. That has done worthy service.

Helena

38
  1.                               His name, I pray you?

Diana

39
  1. The Count Roussillon. Know you such a one?

Helena

40 - 41
  1. But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him.
  2. His face I know not.

Diana

42 - 45
  1.                      Whatsome’er he is,
  2. He’s bravely taken here. He stole from France,
  3. As ’tis reported, for the King had married him
  4. Against his liking. Think you it is so?

Helena

46
  1. Ay, surely, mere the truth, I know his lady.

Diana

47 - 48
  1. There is a gentleman that serves the Count
  2. Reports but coarsely of her.

Helena

49
  1.                              What’s his name?

Diana

50
  1. Monsieur Parolles.

Helena

51 - 56
  1.                    O, I believe with him.
  2. In argument of praise, or to the worth
  3. Of the great Count himself, she is too mean
  4. To have her name repeated. All her deserving
  5. Is a reserved honesty, and that
  6. I have not heard examin’d.

Diana

57 - 59
  1.                            Alas, poor lady,
  2. ’Tis a hard bondage to become the wife
  3. Of a detesting lord.

Widow

60 - 62
  1. I warr’nt, good creature, wheresoe’er she is,
  2. Her heart weighs sadly. This young maid might do her
  3. A shrewd turn, if she pleas’d.

Helena

63 - 65
  1.                                How do you mean?
  2. May be the amorous Count solicits her
  3. In the unlawful purpose.

Widow

66 - 70
  1.                          He does indeed,
  2. And brokes with all that can in such a suit
  3. Corrupt the tender honor of a maid.
  4. But she is arm’d for him, and keeps her guard
  5. In honestest defense.
  1. Drum and Colors. Enter (Bertram) Count Roussillon, Parolles,
  2. and the whole army.

Mariana

73
  1.                       The gods forbid else!

Widow

74 - 76
  1. So, now they come.
  2. That is Antonio, the Duke’s eldest son,
  3. That, Escalus.

Helena

77
  1.                Which is the Frenchman?

Diana

78 - 81
  1.                         He,
  2. That with the plume; ’tis a most gallant fellow.
  3. I would he lov’d his wife. If he were honester
  4. He were much goodlier. Is’t not a handsome gentleman?

Helena

82
  1. I like him well.

Diana

83 - 85
  1. ’Tis pity he is not honest. Yond’s that same knave
  2. That leads him to these places. Were I his lady,
  3. I would poison that vile rascal.

Helena

86
  1.                                  Which is he?

Diana

87
  1. That jack-an-apes with scarfs. Why is he melancholy?

Helena

88
  1. Perchance he’s hurt i’ th’ battle.

Parolles

89
  1. Lose our drum! Well.

Mariana

90
  1. He’s shrewdly vex’d at something. Look, he has spied us.

Widow

91
  1. Marry, hang you!

Mariana

92
  1. And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier!
  1. Exeunt Bertram, Parolles, and army.

Widow

94 - 97
  1. The troop is past. Come, pilgrim, I will bring you
  2. Where you shall host. Of enjoin’d penitents
  3. There’s four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound,
  4. Already at my house.

Helena

98 - 103
  1.                      I humbly thank you.
  2. Please it this matron and this gentle maid
  3. To eat with us tonight, the charge and thanking
  4. Shall be for me, and to requite you further,
  5. I will bestow some precepts of this virgin
  6. Worthy the note.

Both Mariana and Widow

104
  1.                  We’ll take your offer kindly.
  1. Exeunt.
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