All's Well That Ends Well

Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
A tucket afar off. Enter the old Widow of Florence,

her daughter Diana, and Mariana, with other



Nay, come, for if they do approach the city, we
tucket (n.) personal trumpet call See Topics: Stage directions

shall lose all the sight.


They say the French Count has done most

honourable service.


It is reported that he has taken their greatest

commander, and that with his own hand he slew the

Duke's brother.


We have lost our labour; they are gone a contrary way.

Hark! You may know by their trumpets.


Come, let's return again and suffice ourselves
suffice (v.) 1 satisfy, nourish, provide for

with the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed of this

French Earl. The honour of a maid is her name, and no

legacy is so rich as honesty.
honesty (n.) 1 virtue, chastity


I have told my neighbour how you have been

solicited by a gentleman his companion.
solicit (v.) 2 court, chase after, pursue


I know that knave, hang him! one Parolles; a
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the young
suggestion (n.) temptation, instigation, prompting towards evil

Earl. Beware of them, Diana: their promises, enticements,

oaths, tokens, and all these engines of lust, are
engine (n.) 1 plot, device, means, instrument

not the things they go under. Many a maid hath been
go under (v.) seem to be, appear

seduced by them, and the misery is, example, that so

terrible shows in the wrack of maidenhood, cannot for
wrack (n.) 1 destruction, ruin

all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with
lime (v.) 1 trap, snare, catch [as if by using birdlime]
succession (n.) 2 behaving in the same way, following the same course of action

the twigs that threatens them. I hope I need not to

advise you further; but I hope your own grace will keep
advise, avise (v.) 2 warn, counsel, caution

you where you are, though there were no further danger

known but the modesty which is so lost.


You shall not need to fear me.
fear (v.) 2 fear for, worry about, be anxious about

Enter Helena


I hope so. Look, here comes a pilgrim. I know

she will lie at my house; thither they send one another.
lie (v.) 1 live, dwell, reside, lodge

I'll question her. God save you, pilgrim! Whither are



To Saint Jaques le Grand.

Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you?
palmer (n.) pilgrim


At the Saint Francis here beside the port.
port (n.) 1 portal, entrance, gateway


Is this the way?

A march afar


Ay, marry, is't. Hark you, they come this way.

If you will tarry, holy pilgrim,

But till the troops come by,

I will conduct you where you shall be lodged;

The rather for I think I know your hostess

As ample as myself.
ample (adv.) well, fully, completely


                         Is it yourself?


If you shall please so, pilgrim.


I thank you and will stay upon your leisure.


You came, I think, from France?


                         I did so.


Here you shall see a countryman of yours

That has done worthy service.


                         His name, I pray you?


The Count Rossillion. Know you such a one?


But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him;

His face I know not.


                         Whatsome'er he is,

He's bravely taken here. He stole from France,
bravely (adv.) 1 splendidly, worthily, excellently
take (v.) 8 win favour, gain acceptance, become popular

As 'tis reported, for the King had married him

Against his liking. Think you it is so?


Ay, surely, mere the truth, I know his lady.
mere (adv.) 1 totally, absolutely


There is a gentleman that serves the Count

Reports but coarsely of her.
coarsely (adv.) slightingly, disparagingly, derisively


                         What's his name?


Monsieur Parolles.


                         O, I believe with him,

In argument of praise or to the worth
argument (n.) 4 discussion, debate, dialogue

Of the great Count himself, she is too mean
mean (adj.) 3 unworthy, insignificant, unimportant

To have her name repeated; all her deserving
deserving (n.) 1 worthiness, desert, merit

Is a reserved honesty, and that
honesty (n.) 1 virtue, chastity
reserved (adj.) well-guarded, preserved, sustained

I have not heard examined.


                         Alas, poor lady!

'Tis a hard bondage to become the wife

Of a detesting lord.


I warrant, good creature, wheresoe'er she is,
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count

Her heart weighs sadly. This young maid might do her
sadly (adv.) 2 heavily, with a great burden

A shrewd turn, if she pleased.
shrewd (adj.) 3 malicious, nasty, vicious


                         How do you mean?

Maybe the amorous Count solicits her
solicit (v.) 2 court, chase after, pursue

In the unlawful purpose?
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count


                         He does indeed,

And brokes with all that can in such a suit
broke (v.) bargain, negotiate, trade
suit (n.) 2 wooing, courtship

Corrupt the tender honour of a maid;

But she is armed for him and keeps her guard

In honestest defence.
colours (n.) 2 colour-ensigns, standard-bearers

Drum and colours. Enter Bertram, Parolles, and the

whole army


                         The gods forbid else!


So, now they come.

That is Antonio, the Duke's eldest son;

That Escalus.


                         Which is the Frenchman?


                                                         He –

That with the plume. 'Tis a most gallant fellow.

I would he loved his wife; if he were honester

He were much goodlier. Is't not a handsome gentleman?
goodly (adj.) 2 good-looking, handsome, attractive, comely


I like him well.


'Tis pity he is not honest. Yond's that same knave
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue See Topics: Frequency count

That leads him to these places. Were I his lady

I would poison that vile rascal.


                         Which is he?


That jackanapes with scarfs. Why is he
jackanapes, jackanape, jack'nape (n.) upstart, buffoon, monkey
scarf (n.) 1 military sash, shoulder band



Perchance he's hurt i'th' battle.
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe See Topics: Frequency count


Lose our drum! Well!


He's shrewdly vexed at something. Look, he
shrewdly (adv.) 1 seriously, mightily, very much

has spied us.


Marry, hang you!


And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier!
courtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.) 3 salutation, first greeting, expression of courtesy
ring-carrier (n.) go-between, bawd

Exeunt Bertram, Parolles, and the army


The troop is past. Come, pilgrim, I will bring you

Where you shall host. Of enjoined penitents
enjoined (adj.) joined together in a common cause, bound by oath
host (v.) lodge, stay, put up

There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound,

Already at my house.


                         I humbly thank you.

Please it this matron and this gentle maid

To eat with us tonight; the charge and thanking
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind

Shall be for me, and, to requite you further,

I will bestow some precepts of this virgin,

Worthy the note.


                         We'll take your offer kindly.

note (n.) 1 attention, notice, regard

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