All's Well That Ends Well


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Act I
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Act V
Enter Bertram and the two French Lords
put to it put to the proof, make trial of


FIRST LORD

Nay, good my lord, put him to't; let him

have his way.
way (n.) 7 opportunity, scope


SECOND LORD

If your lordship find him not a hilding,
hilding (n.) good-for-nothing, worthless individual

hold me no more in your respect.


FIRST LORD

On my life, my lord, a bubble.
bubble (n.) empty thing, pretty sham, deceptive show


BERTRAM

Do you think I am so far deceived in him?


FIRST LORD

Believe it, my lord, in mine own direct

knowledge, without any malice, but to speak of him as

my kinsman, he's a most notable coward, an infinite and

endless liar, an hourly promise-breaker, the owner of no

one good quality worthy your lordship's entertainment.
entertainment (n.) 1 treatment, hospitality, reception


SECOND LORD

It were fit you knew him; lest, reposing
fit (adj.) 1 suited, fitting, appropriate
know (v.) 5 see through, find out about
repose (v.) confidently settle, happily rely

too far in his virtue which he hath not, he might at some

great and trusty business in a main danger fail you.


BERTRAM

I would I knew in what particular action to try

him.


SECOND LORD

None better than to let him fetch off his
fetch off (v.) 1 rescue, get back, retrieve

drum, which you hear him so confidently undertake to

do.


FIRST LORD

I, with a troop of Florentines, will suddenly

surprise him; such I will have whom I am sure he

knows not from the enemy. We will bind and hoodwink
hoodwink (v.) 1 blindfold, cover one's eyes

him so, that he shall suppose no other but that he is

carried into the leaguer of the adversaries when we
leaguer (n.) military camp

bring him to our own tents. Be but your lordship present

at his examination. If he do not for the promise of his

life, and in the highest compulsion of base fear, offer to
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count

betray you and deliver all the intelligence in his power
intelligence (n.) 1 information, news, communication

against you, and that with the divine forfeit of his soul

upon oath, never trust my judgement in anything.


SECOND LORD

O, for the love of laughter, let him fetch

his drum; he says he has a stratagem for't. When your
stratagem (n.) 1 scheme, device, cunning plan

lordship sees the bottom of his success in't, and to what
bottom (n.) 3 lowest point, nadir

metal this counterfeit lump of ore will be melted, if you
counterfeit (adj.) 1 pretended, feigned, sham

give him not John Drum's entertainment your inclining
entertainment (n.) 1 treatment, hospitality, reception
inclining (n.) 1 favour, partiality, indulgence

cannot be removed. Here he comes.

Enter Parolles


FIRST LORD

O, for the love of laughter, hinder not the

honour of his design; let him fetch off his drum in any
design (n.) 1 undertaking, purpose, enterprise
fetch off (v.) 1 rescue, get back, retrieve

hand.
hand, at / in any in any case, at any rate


BERTRAM

How now, monsieur! This drum sticks sorely
sorely (adv.) 1 severely, intensely, very greatly
stick (v.) 3 pierce, stab, wound

in your disposition.
disposition (n.) 1 composure, state of mind, temperament


SECOND LORD

A pox on't! Let it go, 'tis but a drum.


PAROLLES

But a drum! Is't but a drum? A drum so lost!

There was excellent command: to charge in with our

horse upon our own wings and to rend our own soldiers!
rend (v.) tear apart, lay waste, devastate


SECOND LORD

That was not to be blamed in the command
command (n.) 3 orders, direction

of the service: it was a disaster of war that Caesar
service (n.) 1 action, performance

himself could not have prevented if he had been there to

command.


BERTRAM

Well, we cannot greatly condemn our success;
success (n.) 1 result, outcome, issue

some dishonour we had in the loss of that drum, but it is

not to be recovered.


PAROLLES

It might have been recovered.


BERTRAM

It might, but it is not now.


PAROLLES

It is to be recovered. But that the merit of

service is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer,
service (n.) 1 action, performance

I would have that drum or another, or hic jacet.


BERTRAM

Why, if you have a stomach, to't, monsieur! If
stomach (n.) 3 spirit, courage, valour, will

you think your mystery in stratagem can bring this
mystery (n.) 2 mastery, art, skill
stratagem (n.) 2 soldierly action, well commanded engagement

instrument of honour again into his native quarter, be
quarter (n.) 1 quarters, lodging, residence

magnanimous in the enterprise and go on. I will grace
grace (v.) 1 favour, add merit to, do honour to
magnanimious (adj.) of great spirit, nobly valiant

the attempt for a worthy exploit. If you speed well in it
speed (v.) 1 meet with success, prosper, flourish See Topics: Politeness

the Duke shall both speak of it and extend to you what

further becomes his greatness, even to the utmost
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to See Topics: Frequency count

syllable of your worthiness.


PAROLLES

By the hand of a soldier, I will undertake it.


BERTRAM

But you must not now slumber in it.


PAROLLES

I'll about it this evening, and I will presently

pen down my dilemmas, encourage myself in my certainty,
dilemma (n.) choice of action, alternative position
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

put myself into my mortal preparation; and by
mortal (adj.) 1 fatal, deadly, lethal

midnight look to hear further from me.


BERTRAM

May I be bold to acquaint his grace you are

gone about it?


PAROLLES

I know not what the success will be, my lord,
success (n.) 1 result, outcome, issue

but the attempt I vow.


BERTRAM

I know th'art valiant, and to the possibility of
possibility (n.) 1 capability, ability, competence

thy soldiership will subscribe for thee. Farewell.
subscribe for (v.) 1 vouch for, answer on behalf of


PAROLLES

I love not many words.

Exit


FIRST LORD

No more than a fish loves water. Is not this a

strange fellow, my lord, that so confidently seems to

undertake this business, which he knows is not to be

done, damns himself to do, and dares better be damned

than to do't.


SECOND LORD

You do not know him, my lord, as we do.

Certain it is that he will steal himself into a man's

favour and for a week escape a great deal of discoveries,

but when you find him out you have him ever after.


BERTRAM

Why, do you think he will make no deed at all
deed (n.) performance, action

of this that so seriously he does address himself unto?


FIRST LORD

None in the world, but return with an invention,
invention (n.) 6 fiction, fabrication, contrivance

and clap upon you two or three probable lies.
probable (adj.) 2 plausible, believable, likely sounding

But we have almost embossed him. You shall see his
emboss (v.) [hunting] run down, drive to exhaustion

fall tonight; for indeed he is not for your lordship's

respect.


SECOND LORD

We'll make you some sport with the fox
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment See Topics: Frequency count

ere we case him. He was first smoked by the old Lord
case (v.) 4 flay, skin
smoke (v.) 3 expose, smoke out; suspect, scent

Lafew. When his disguise and he is parted tell me what a
disguise (n.) 1 deception, pretence

sprat you shall find him; which you shall see this very

night.


FIRST LORD

I must go look my twigs. He shall be caught.
twig (n.) stratagem for entrapping


BERTRAM

Your brother, he shall go along with me.


FIRST LORD

As't please your lordship. I'll leave you.

Exit


BERTRAM

Now will I lead you to the house and show you

The lass I spoke of.
honest (adj.) 1 chaste, pure, virtuous


SECOND LORD

                         But you say she's honest.


BERTRAM

That's all the fault. I spoke with her but once

And found her wondrous cold, but I sent to her

By this same coxcomb that we have i'th' wind
coxcomb (n.) 2 fool's head, fool, simpleton
wind, have in the scent, detect

Tokens and letters which she did re-send,

And this is all I have done. She's a fair creature;

Will you go see her?


SECOND LORD

                         With all my heart, my lord.

Exeunt

 
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