All's Well That Ends Well


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Enter Helena and the Clown


HELENA

My mother greets me kindly. Is she well?


CLOWN

She is not well, but yet she has her health; she's

very merry, but yet she is not well. But thanks be given

she's very well and wants nothing i'th' world; but yet she
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

is not well.


HELENA

If she be very well, what does she ail that she's

not very well?


CLOWN

Truly, she's very well indeed, but for two things.


HELENA

What two things?


CLOWN

One, that she's not in heaven, whither God send

her quickly! The other that she's in earth, from whence

God send her quickly!

Enter Parolles


PAROLLES

Bless you, my fortunate lady.


HELENA

I hope, sir, I have your good will to have mine

own good fortune.


PAROLLES

You had my prayers to lead them on, and to

keep them on have them still. O, my knave! How does
knave (n.) 3 boy, lad, fellow
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]

my old lady?


CLOWN

So that you had her wrinkles and I her money, I

would she did as you say.


PAROLLES

Why, I say nothing.


CLOWN

Marry, you are the wiser man, for many a man's

tongue shakes out his master's undoing. To say nothing,

to do nothing, to know nothing, and to have nothing, is

to be a great part of your title, which is within a very
title (n.) 1 [legal] right, claim, entitlement

little of nothing.


PAROLLES

Away! Th'art a knave.
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count


CLOWN

You should have said, sir, ‘ Before a knave th'art

a knave;’ that's ‘ Before me, th'art a knave.’ This had

been truth, sir.


PAROLLES

Go to, thou art a witty fool: I have found thee.
find (v.) 1 find out, see through


CLOWN

Did you find me in your self, sir, or were you

taught to find me? The search, sir, was profitable; and

much fool may you find in you, even to the world's

pleasure and the increase of laughter.


PAROLLES

A good knave i'faith, and well fed.
knave (n.) 3 boy, lad, fellow

Madam, my lord will go away tonight:

A very serious business calls on him.

The great prerogative and rite of love,

Which as your due time claims, he does acknowledge,

But puts it off to a compelled restraint;
to (prep.) 5 in accordance with

Whose want and whose delay is strewed with sweets,
sweet (n.) 2 sweet-scented flower, fragrant plant
want (n.) 2 absence, non-appearance, non-attendance

Which they distil now in the curbed time,
curbed (adj.) restrained, controlled

To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy

And pleasure drown the brim.


HELENA

                         What's his will else?


PAROLLES

That you will take your instant leave o'th' King,

And make this haste as your own good proceeding,

Strengthened with what apology you think

May make it probable need.
need (n.) time of necessity, needy situation, emergency
probable (adj.) 2 plausible, believable, likely sounding


HELENA

                         What more commands he?


PAROLLES

That, having this obtained, you presently
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Attend his further pleasure.
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count


HELENA

In everything I wait upon his will.


PAROLLES

I shall report it so.

Exit


HELENA

I pray you. Come, sirrah.

Exeunt

 
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