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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act 3, Scene 7

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 3, Scene 7

Florence. The Widow’s house.

  1. Enter Helen and Widow.

Helena

2 - 4
  1. If you misdoubt me that I am not she,
  2. I know not how I shall assure you further
  3. But I shall lose the grounds I work upon.

Widow

5 - 8
  1. Though my estate be fall’n, I was well born,
  2. Nothing acquainted with these businesses,
  3. And would not put my reputation now
  4. In any staining act.

Helena

9 - 14
  1.                      Nor would I wish you.
  2. First give me trust, the Count he is my husband,
  3. And what to your sworn counsel I have spoken
  4. Is so from word to word; and then you cannot,
  5. By the good aid that I of you shall borrow,
  6. Err in bestowing it.

Widow

15 - 17
  1.                      I should believe you,
  2. For you have show’d me that which well approves
  3. Y’ are great in fortune.

Helena

18 - 32
  1.                          Take this purse of gold,
  2. And let me buy your friendly help thus far,
  3. Which I will over-pay and pay again
  4. When I have found it. The Count he woos your daughter,
  5. Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty,
  6. Resolv’d to carry her. Let her in fine consent,
  7. As we’ll direct her how ’tis best to bear it.
  8. Now his important blood will nought deny
  9. That she’ll demand. A ring the County wears,
  10. That downward hath succeeded in his house
  11. From son to son, some four or five descents,
  12. Since the first father wore it. This ring he holds
  13. In most rich choice; yet in his idle fire,
  14. To buy his will, it would not seem too dear,
  15. Howe’er repented after.

Widow

33 - 34
  1.                         Now I see
  2. The bottom of your purpose.

Helena

35 - 41
  1. You see it lawful then. It is no more
  2. But that your daughter, ere she seems as won,
  3. Desires this ring; appoints him an encounter;
  4. In fine, delivers me to fill the time,
  5. Herself most chastely absent. After,
  6. To marry her, I’ll add three thousand crowns
  7. To what is pass’d already.

Widow

42 - 49
  1.                            I have yielded.
  2. Instruct my daughter how she shall persever,
  3. That time and place with this deceit so lawful
  4. May prove coherent. Every night he comes
  5. With musics of all sorts, and songs compos’d
  6. To her unworthiness. It nothing steads us
  7. To chide him from our eaves, for he persists
  8. As if his life lay on’t.

Helena

50 - 55
  1.                          Why then tonight
  2. Let us assay our plot, which if it speed,
  3. Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed,
  4. And lawful meaning in a lawful act,
  5. Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact.
  6. But let’s about it.
  1. Exeunt.
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