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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act 4, Scene 5

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 4, Scene 5

Roussillon. The Count’s palace.

  1. Enter Clown, old Lady Countess, and Lafew.

Lafew

2 - 7
  1. No, no, no, your son was misled with a snipt-taffeta fellow
  2. there, whose villainous saffron would have made all the
  3. unbak’d and doughy youth of a nation in his color. Your
  4. daughter-in-law had been alive at this hour, and your son
  5. here at home, more advanc’d by the King than by that
  6. red-tail’d humble-bee I speak of.

Countess

8 - 12
  1. I would I had not known him; it was the death of the most
  2. virtuous gentlewoman that ever nature had praise for
  3. creating. If she had partaken of my flesh, and cost me the
  4. dearest groans of a mother, I could not have ow’d her a more
  5. rooted love.

Lafew

13 - 14
  1. ’Twas a good lady, ’twas a good lady. We may pick a thousand
  2. salads ere we light on such another herb.

Lavatch

15 - 16
  1. Indeed, sir, she was the sweet marjoram of the salad, or
  2. rather the herb of grace.

Lafew

17
  1. They are not herbs, you knave, they are nose-herbs.

Lavatch

18 - 19
  1. I am no great Nebuchadnezzar, sir, I have not much skill in
  2. grass.

Lafew

20
  1. Whether dost thou profess thyselfa knave or a fool?

Lavatch

21
  1. A fool, sir, at a woman’s service, and a knave at a man’s.

Lafew

22
  1. Your distinction?

Lavatch

23
  1. I would cozen the man of his wife and do his service.

Lafew

24
  1. So you were a knave at his service indeed.

Lavatch

25
  1. And I would give his wife my bauble, sir, to do her service.

Lafew

26
  1. I will subscribe for thee, thou art both knave and fool.

Lavatch

27
  1. At your service.

Lafew

28
  1. No, no, no.

Lavatch

29 - 30
  1. Why, sir, if I cannot serve you, I can serve as great a
  2. prince as you are.

Lafew

31
  1. Who’s that? A Frenchman?

Lavatch

32 - 33
  1. Faith, sir, ’a has an English name, but his fisnomy is more
  2. hotter in France than there.

Lafew

34
  1. What prince is that?

Lavatch

35 - 36
  1. The black prince, sir, alias the prince of darkness, alias
  2. the devil.

Lafew

37 - 38
  1. Hold thee, there’s my purse. I give thee not this to suggest
  2. thee from thy master thou talk’st of; serve him still.

Lavatch

39 - 46
  1. I am a woodland fellow, sir, that always lov’d a great fire,
  2. and the master I speak of ever keeps a good fire. But sure
  3. he is the prince of the world; let his nobility remain in ’s
  4. court. I am for the house with the narrow gate, which I take
  5. to be too little for pomp to enter. Some that humble
  6. themselves may, but the many will be too chill and tender,
  7. and they’ll be for the flow’ry way that leads to the broad
  8. gate and the great fire.

Lafew

47 - 49
  1. Go thy ways, I begin to be a-weary of thee, and I tell thee
  2. so before, because I would not fall out with thee. Go thy
  3. ways, let my horses be well look’d to, without any tricks.

Lavatch

50 - 51
  1. If I put any tricks upon ’em, sir, they shall be jades’
  2. tricks, which are their own right by the law of nature.
  1. Exit Clown.

Lafew

53
  1. A shrewd knave and an unhappy.

Countess

54 - 57
  1. So ’a is. My lord that’s gone made himself much sport out of
  2. him. By his authority he remains here, which he thinks is a
  3. patent for his sauciness, and indeed he has no pace, but
  4. runs where he will.

Lafew

58 - 66
  1. I like him well, ’tis not amiss. And I was about to tell
  2. you, since I heard of the good lady’s death, and that my
  3. lord your son was upon his return home, I mov’d the King my
  4. master to speak in the behalf of my daughter, which in the
  5. minority of them both, his Majesty, out of a self-gracious
  6. remembrance, did first propose. His Highness hath promis’d
  7. me to do it, and to stop up the displeasure he hath
  8. conceiv’d against your son, there is no fitter matter. How
  9. does your ladyship like it?

Countess

67 - 68
  1. With very much content, my lord, and I wish it happily
  2. effected.

Lafew

69 - 72
  1. His Highness comes post from Marsellis, of as able body as
  2. when he number’d thirty. ’A will be here tomorrow, or I am
  3. deceiv’d by him that in such intelligence hath seldom
  4. fail’d.

Countess

73 - 76
  1. It rejoices me, that I hope I shall see him ere I die. I
  2. have letters that my son will be here tonight. I shall
  3. beseech your lordship to remain with me till they meet
  4. together.

Lafew

77 - 78
  1. Madam, I was thinking with what manners I might safely be
  2. admitted.

Countess

79
  1. You need but plead your honorable privilege.

Lafew

80 - 81
  1. Lady, of that I have made a bold charter, but I thank my God
  2. it holds yet.
  1. Enter Clown.

Lavatch

83 - 87
  1. O madam, yonder’s my lord your son with a patch of velvet on
  2. ’s face. Whether there be a scar under’t or no, the velvet
  3. knows, but ’tis a goodly patch of velvet. His left cheek is
  4. a cheek of two pile and a half, but his right cheek is worn
  5. bare.

Lafew

88 - 89
  1. A scar nobly got, or a noble scar, is a good liv’ry of
  2. honor; so belike is that.

Lavatch

90
  1. But it is your carbinado’d face.

Lafew

91 - 92
  1. Let us go see your son I pray you. I long to talk with the
  2. young noble soldier.

Lavatch

93 - 95
  1. Faith, there’s a dozen of ’em, with delicate fine hats, and
  2. most courteous feathers, which bow the head, and nod at
  3. every man.
  1. Exeunt.
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