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All’s Well That Ends Well: Act 5, Scene 2

All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 5, Scene 2

Roussillon. Before the Count’s palace.

  1. Enter Clown Lavatch and Parolles.

Parolles

2 - 6
  1. Good Master Lavatch, give my Lord Lafew this letter. I have
  2. ere now, sir, been better known to you, when I have held
  3. familiarity with fresher clothes; but I am now, sir, muddied
  4. in Fortune’s mood, and smell somewhat strong of her strong
  5. displeasure.

Lavatch

7 - 9
  1. Truly, Fortune’s displeasure is but sluttish if it smell so
  2. strongly as thou speak’st of. I will henceforth eat no fish
  3. of Fortune’s butt’ring. Prithee allow the wind.

Parolles

10 - 11
  1. Nay, you need not to stop your nose, sir; I spake but by a
  2. metaphor.

Lavatch

12 - 13
  1. Indeed, sir, if your metaphor stink, I will stop my nose, or
  2. against any man’s metaphor. Prithee get thee further.

Parolles

14
  1. Pray you, sir, deliver me this paper.

Lavatch

15 - 24
  1. Foh, prithee stand away. A paper from Fortune’s close-stool
  2. to give to a nobleman! Look here he comes himself.
  3. Enter Lafew.
  4. Here is a purr of Fortune’s, sir, or of Fortune’s catbut
  5. not a musk-catthat has fall’n into the unclean fishpond of
  6. her displeasure, and as he says, is muddied withal. Pray
  7. you, sir, use the carp as you may, for he looks like a poor,
  8. decay’d, ingenious, foolish, rascally knave. I do pity his
  9. distress in my similes of comfort, and leave him to your
  10. lordship.
  1. Exit.

Parolles

26
  1. My lord, I am a man whom Fortune hath cruelly scratch’d.

Lafew

27 - 32
  1. And what would you have me to do? ’Tis too late to pare her
  2. nails now. Wherein have you play’d the knave with Fortune
  3. that she should scratch you, who of herself is a good lady,
  4. and would not have knaves thrive long under her? There’s a
  5. cardecue for you. Let the justices make you and Fortune
  6. friends; I am for other business.

Parolles

33
  1. I beseech your honor to hear me one single word.

Lafew

34 - 35
  1. You beg a single penny more. Come, you shall ha’t; save your
  2. word.

Parolles

36
  1. My name, my good lord, is Parolles.

Lafew

37 - 38
  1. You beg more than word then. Cox my passion! Give me your
  2. hand. How does your drum?

Parolles

39
  1. O my good lord, you were the first that found me!

Lafew

40
  1. Was I, in sooth? And I was the first that lost thee.

Parolles

41 - 42
  1. It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in some grace, for you
  2. did bring me out.

Lafew

43 - 49
  1. Out upon thee, knave! Dost thou put upon me at once both the
  2. office of God and the devil? One brings thee in grace, and
  3. the other brings thee out.
  4. Trumpets sound.
  5. The King’s coming, I know by his trumpets. Sirrah, inquire
  6. further after me. I had talk of you last night; though you
  7. are a fool and a knave, you shall eat. Go to, follow.

Parolles

50
  1. I praise God for you.
  1. Exeunt.
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