All's Well That Ends Well


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Enter the First French Lord, with five or six other

Soldiers in ambush
sally (v.) burst out, make a sudden attack


FIRST LORD

He can come no other way but by this hedge-corner.

When you sally upon him speak what terrible

language you will; though you understand it not yourselves,

no matter; for we must not seem to understand

him, unless some one among us, whom we must produce

for an interpreter.


FIRST SOLDIER

Good captain, let me be th' interpreter.


FIRST LORD

Art not acquainted with him? Knows he

not thy voice?


FIRST SOLDIER

No, sir, I warrant you.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


FIRST LORD

But what linsey-woolsey hast thou to speak
linsey-woolsey (n.) [mix of flax and wool] verbal mish-mash, nonsense

to us again?


FIRST SOLDIER

E'en such as you speak to me.


FIRST LORD

He must think us some band of strangers
stranger (n.) foreigner, alien, outsider

i'th' adversary's entertainment. Now he hath a smack of
entertainment (n.) 7 payroll, service, employment
smack (n.) 2 smattering, superficial knowledge

all neighbouring languages, therefore we must every one

be a man of his own fancy, not to know what we speak
fancy (n.) 7 whim, inclination, caprice

one to another; so we seem to know is to know straight
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

our purpose – choughs' language, gabble enough and
chough (n.) 1 jackdaw
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

good enough. As for you, interpreter, you must seem

very politic. But couch, ho! Here he comes to beguile
beguile (v.) 4 charm away, while away, pass pleasantly
couch (v.) 2 crouch, lie in ambush, lurk
politic (adj.) 3 cunning, full of intrigue, wily

two hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the

lies he forges.

Enter Parolles


PAROLLES

Ten o'clock. Within these three hours 'twill be

time enough to go home. What shall I say I have done?

It must be a very plausive invention that carries it. They
carry (v.) 10 carry off, get away with
invention (n.) 6 fiction, fabrication, contrivance
plausive (adj.) 2 plausible, convincing, believable

begin to smoke me, and disgraces have of late knocked
smoke (v.) 3 expose, smoke out; suspect, scent

too often at my door. I find my tongue is too foolhardy,

but my heart hath the fear of Mars before it and of his

creatures, not daring the reports of my tongue.


FIRST LORD

This is the first truth that e'er thine own

tongue was guilty of.


PAROLLES

What the devil should move me to undertake

the recovery of this drum, being not ignorant of the

impossibility, and knowing I had no such purpose? I
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

must give myself some hurts, and say I got them in

exploit. Yet slight ones will not carry it: they will say
exploit (n.) 2 military action, martial undertaking

‘ Came you off with so little? ’ And great ones I dare not

give. Wherefore, what's the instance? Tongue, I must
instance (n.) 1 sign, evidence, proof

put you into a butter-woman's mouth, and buy myself
butter-woman (n.) [woman who deals in butter, dairymaid] chatterer, gabbler

another of Bajazeth's mule, if you prattle me into these

perils.


FIRST LORD

Is it possible he should know what he is, and

be that he is?


PAROLLES

I would the cutting of my garments would

serve the turn, or the breaking of my Spanish sword.


FIRST LORD

We cannot afford you so.
afford (v.) 2 grant, permit, allow


PAROLLES

Or the baring of my beard, and to say it was in
baring (n.) removal, shaving off

stratagem.
stratagem (n.) 3 deed of violence, bloody act


FIRST LORD

'Twould not do.


PAROLLES

Or to drown my clothes and say I was stripped.


FIRST LORD

Hardly serve.


PAROLLES

Though I swore I leaped from the window of

the citadel –


FIRST LORD

How deep?


PAROLLES

Thirty fathom.


FIRST LORD

Three great oaths would scarce make that be

believed.


PAROLLES

I would I had any drum of the enemy's; I

would swear I recovered it.


FIRST LORD

You shall hear one anon.
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently See Topics: Frequency count


PAROLLES

A drum now of the enemy's –

Alarum within


FIRST LORD

Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo.


ALL

Cargo, cargo, cargo, villianda par corbo, cargo.

They seize him


PAROLLES

O, ransom, ransom!

They blindfold him

                         Do not hide mine eyes.


FIRST SOLDIER

Boskos thromuldo boskos.


PAROLLES

I know you are the Muskos' regiment,

And I shall lose my life for want of language.
want (n.) 1 lack, shortage, dearth

If there be here German, or Dane, Low Dutch,

Italian, or French, let him speak to me,

I'll discover that which shall undo the Florentine.
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known See Topics: Frequency count
undo (v.) 1 ruin, destroy, wipe out


FIRST SOLDIER

Boskos vauvado. I understand thee, and

can speak thy tongue. Kerelybonto. Sir, betake thee to
betake (v.) 3 entrust, commit, give in charge

thy faith, for seventeen poniards are at thy bosom.
poniard (n.) dagger See Topics: Weapons


PAROLLES

O!


FIRST SOLDIER

O, pray, pray, pray! Manka revania

dulche.


FIRST LORD

Oscorbidulchos volivorco.


FIRST SOLDIER

The General is content to spare thee yet,
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

And, hoodwinked as thou art, will lead thee on
hoodwinked (adj.) blindfolded, made unable to see

To gather from thee. Haply thou mayst inform
gather (v.) 3 gain information, collect knowledge
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck See Topics: Frequency count

Something to save thy life.


PAROLLES

                         O, let me live,

And all the secrets of our camp I'll show,

Their force, their purposes; nay, I'll speak that
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan See Topics: Frequency count

Which you will wonder at.


FIRST SOLDIER

                         But wilt thou faithfully?


PAROLLES

If I do not, damn me.


FIRST SOLDIER

                         Acordo linta.

Come on, thou art granted space.
space (n.) 1 space of time, while

Exit, with Parolles guarded

A short alarum within


FIRST LORD

Go tell the Count Rossillion and my brother

We have caught the woodcock and will keep him muffled
woodcock (n.) type of game bird, thought to be easily tricked or snared; simpleton

Till we do hear from them.


SECOND SOLDIER

                         Captain, I will.


FIRST LORD

'A will betray us all unto ourselves:

Inform on that.


SECOND SOLDIER

So I will, sir.


FIRST LORD

Till then I'll keep him dark and safely locked.

Exeunt

 
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