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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act 4, Scene 2

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 4, Scene 2

Florence. The Widow’s house.

  1. Enter Bertram and the maid called Diana.

Bertram

2
  1. They told me that your name was Fontibell.

Diana

3
  1. No, my good lord, Diana.

Bertram

4 - 12
  1.                          Titled goddess,
  2. And worth it, with addition! But, fair soul,
  3. In your fine frame hath love no quality?
  4. If the quick fire of youth light not your mind,
  5. You are no maiden, but a monument.
  6. When you are dead, you should be such a one
  7. As you are now; for you are cold and stern,
  8. And now you should be as your mother was
  9. When your sweet self was got.

Diana

13
  1. She then was honest.

Bertram

14
  1.                      So should you be.

Diana

15 - 17
  1.                   No;
  2. My mother did but duty, such, my lord,
  3. As you owe to your wife.

Bertram

18 - 22
  1.                          No more a’ that.
  2. I prithee do not strive against my vows.
  3. I was compell’d to her, but I love thee
  4. By love’s own sweet constraint, and will forever
  5. Do thee all rights of service.

Diana

23 - 26
  1.                                Ay, so you serve us
  2. Till we serve you; but when you have our roses,
  3. You barely leave our thorns to prick ourselves,
  4. And mock us with our bareness.

Bertram

27
  1.                                How have I sworn!

Diana

28 - 38
  1. ’Tis not the many oaths that makes the truth,
  2. But the plain single vow that is vow’d true.
  3. What is not holy, that we swear not by,
  4. But take the High’st to witness. Then pray you tell me,
  5. If I should swear by Jove’s great attributes
  6. I lov’d you dearly, would you believe my oaths
  7. When I did love you ill? This has no holding,
  8. To swear by Him whom I protest to love
  9. That I will work against Him; therefore your oaths
  10. Are words and poor conditions, but unseal’d
  11. At least in my opinion.

Bertram

39 - 45
  1.                         Change it, change it!
  2. Be not so holy-cruel. Love is holy,
  3. And my integrity ne’er knew the crafts
  4. That you do charge men with. Stand no more off,
  5. But give thyself unto my sick desires,
  6. Who then recovers. Say thou art mine, and ever
  7. My love, as it begins, shall so persever.

Diana

46 - 47
  1. I see that men make rope’s in such a scarre,
  2. That we’ll forsake ourselves. Give me that ring.

Bertram

48 - 49
  1. I’ll lend it thee, my dear; but have no power
  2. To give it from me.

Diana

50
  1.                     Will you not, my lord?

Bertram

51 - 54
  1. It is an honor ’longing to our house,
  2. Bequeathed down from many ancestors,
  3. Which were the greatest obloquy i’ th’ world
  4. In me to lose.

Diana

55 - 61
  1.                Mine honor’s such a ring,
  2. My chastity’s the jewel of our house,
  3. Bequeathed down from many ancestors,
  4. Which were the greatest obloquy i’ th’ world
  5. In me to lose. Thus your own proper wisdom
  6. Brings in the champion Honor on my part,
  7. Against your vain assault.

Bertram

62 - 64
  1.                            Here, take my ring!
  2. My house, mine honor, yea, my life, be thine,
  3. And I’ll be bid by thee.

Diana

65 - 76
  1. When midnight comes, knock at my chamber-window;
  2. I’ll order take my mother shall not hear.
  3. Now will I charge you in the band of truth,
  4. When you have conquer’d my yet maiden bed,
  5. Remain there but an hour, nor speak to me.
  6. My reasons are most strong, and you shall know them
  7. When back again this ring shall be deliver’d;
  8. And on your finger in the night I’ll put
  9. Another ring, that what in time proceeds
  10. May token to the future our past deeds.
  11. Adieu till then, then fail not. You have won
  12. A wife of me, though there my hope be done.

Bertram

77
  1. A heaven on earth I have won by wooing thee.
  1. Exit.

Diana

79 - 88
  1. For which live long to thank both heaven and me!
  2. You may so in the end.
  3. My mother told me just how he would woo,
  4. As if she sate in ’s heart. She says all men
  5. Have the like oaths. He had sworn to marry me
  6. When his wife’s dead; therefore I’ll lie with him
  7. When I am buried. Since Frenchmen are so braid,
  8. Marry that will, I live and die a maid.
  9. Only in this disguise I think’t no sin
  10. To cozen him that would unjustly win.
  1. Exit.
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