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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act 3, Scene 6

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 3, Scene 6

Camp before Florence.

  1. Enter (Bertram) Count Roussillon and the two French Lords.

Second French Lord Dumaine

2
  1. Nay, good my lord, put him to’t; let him have his way.

First French Lord Dumaine

3 - 4
  1. If your lordship find him not a hilding, hold me no more in
  2. your respect.

Second French Lord Dumaine

5
  1. On my life, my lord, a bubble.

Bertram

6
  1. Do you think I am so far deceiv’d in him?

Second French Lord Dumaine

7 - 11
  1. Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct knowledge, without
  2. any malice, but to speak of him as my kinsman, he’s a most
  3. notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly
  4. promise-breaker, the owner of no one good quality worthy
  5. your lordship’s entertainment.

First French Lord Dumaine

12 - 14
  1. It were fit you knew him, lest reposing too far in his
  2. virtue, which he hath not, he might at some great and trusty
  3. business in a main danger fail you.

Bertram

15
  1. I would I knew in what particular action to try him.

First French Lord Dumaine

16 - 17
  1. None better than to let him fetch off his drum, which you
  2. hear him so confidently undertake to do.

Second French Lord Dumaine

18 - 28
  1. I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly surprise him;
  2. such I will have, whom I am sure he knows not from the
  3. enemy. We will bind and hoodwink him so, that he shall
  4. suppose no other but that he is carried into the leaguer of
  5. the adversaries, when we bring him to our own tents. Be but
  6. your lordship present at his examination, if he do not, for
  7. the promise of his life, and in the highest compulsion of
  8. base fear, offer to betray you, and deliver all the
  9. intelligence in his power against you, and that with the
  10. divine forfeit of his soul upon oath, never trust my
  11. judgment in any thing.

First French Lord Dumaine

29 - 34
  1. O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch his drum; he says
  2. he has a stratagem for’t. When your lordship sees the bottom
  3. of his success in’t, and to what metal this counterfeit lump
  4. of ore will be melted, if you give him not John Drum’s
  5. entertainment, your inclining cannot be remov’d. Here he
  6. comes.
  1. Enter Parolles.

Second French Lord Dumaine

36 - 37
  1. O, for the love of laughter, hinder not the honor of his
  2. design. Let him fetch off his drum in any hand.

Bertram

38 - 39
  1. How now, monsieur? This drum sticks sorely in your
  2. disposition.

First French Lord Dumaine

40
  1. A pox on’t, let it go, ’tis but a drum.

Parolles

41 - 43
  1. But a drum! Is’t but a drum? A drum so lost! There was
  2. excellent commandto charge in with our horse upon our own
  3. wings, and to rend our own soldiers!

First French Lord Dumaine

44 - 46
  1. That was not to be blam’d in the command of the service; it
  2. was a disaster of war that Caesar himself could not have
  3. prevented, if he had been there to command.

Bertram

47 - 49
  1. Well, we cannot greatly condemn our success. Some dishonor
  2. we had in the loss of that drum, but it is not to be
  3. recover’d.

Parolles

50
  1. It might have been recover’d.

Bertram

51
  1. It might, but it is not now.

Parolles

52 - 54
  1. It is to be recover’d. But that the merit of service is
  2. seldom attributed to the true and exact performer, I would
  3. have that drum or another, or hic jacet.

Bertram

55 - 61
  1. Why, if you have a stomach, to’t, monsieur: if you think
  2. your mystery in stratagem can bring this instrument of honor
  3. again into his native quarter, be magnanimious in the
  4. enterprise and go on; I will grace the attempt for a worthy
  5. exploit. If you speed well in it, the Duke shall both speak
  6. of it, and extend to you what further becomes his greatness,
  7. even to the utmost syllable of your worthiness.

Parolles

62
  1. By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it.

Bertram

63
  1. But you must not now slumber in it.

Parolles

64 - 67
  1. I’ll about it this evening, and I will presently pen down my
  2. dilemmas, encourage myself in my certainty, put myself into
  3. my mortal preparation; and by midnight look to hear further
  4. from me.

Bertram

68
  1. May I be bold to acquaint his Grace you are gone about it?

Parolles

69 - 70
  1. I know not what the success will be, my lord, but the
  2. attempt I vow.

Bertram

71 - 72
  1. I know th’ art valiant, and to the possibility of thy
  2. soldiership will subscribe for thee. Farewell.

Parolles

73
  1. I love not many words.
  1. Exit.

Second French Lord Dumaine

75 - 78
  1. No more than a fish loves water. Is not this a strange
  2. fellow, my lord, that so confidently seems to undertake this
  3. business, which he knows is not to be done, damns himself to
  4. do, and dares better be damn’d than to do’t?

First French Lord Dumaine

79 - 82
  1. You do not know him, my lord, as we do. Certain it is that
  2. he will steal himself into a man’s favor, and for a week
  3. escape a great deal of discoveries, but when you find him
  4. out, you have him ever after.

Bertram

83 - 84
  1. Why, do you think he will make no deed at all of this that
  2. so seriously he does address himself unto?

Second French Lord Dumaine

85 - 88
  1. None in the world, but return with an invention, and clap
  2. upon you two or three probable lies. But we have almost
  3. emboss’d him, you shall see his fall tonight; for indeed he
  4. is not for your lordship’s respect.

First French Lord Dumaine

89 - 92
  1. We’ll make you some sport with the fox ere we case him. He
  2. was first smok’d by the old Lord Lafew. When his disguise
  3. and he is parted, tell me what a sprat you shall find him,
  4. which you shall see this very night.

Second French Lord Dumaine

93
  1. I must go look my twigs. He shall be caught.

Bertram

94
  1. Your brother he shall go along with me.

Second French Lord Dumaine

95
  1. As’t please your lordship. I’ll leave you.
  1. Exit.

Bertram

97 - 98
  1. Now will I lead you to the house, and show you
  2. The lass I spoke of.

First French Lord Dumaine

99
  1.                      But you say she’s honest.

Bertram

100 - 105
  1. That’s all the fault. I spoke with her but once,
  2. And found her wondrous cold, but I sent to her,
  3. By this same coxcomb that we have i’ th’ wind,
  4. Tokens and letters which she did re-send,
  5. And this is all I have done. She’s a fair creature;
  6. Will you go see her?

First French Lord Dumaine

106
  1.                      With all my heart, my lord.
  1. Exeunt.
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