All's Well That Ends Well


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Helena, the Widow, and Diana, with two

attendants


HELENA

But this exceeding posting day and night
exceeding (adj.) very great, huge, exceptional
posting (n.) haste, speed, rush

Must wear your spirits low. We cannot help it;

But since you have made the days and nights as one

To wear your gentle limbs in my affairs,
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
wear (v.) 1 wear out, weary, tire

Be bold you do so grow in my requital
bold (adj.) 1 confident, certain, sure
requital (n.) recompense, reward, repayment

As nothing can unroot you.

Enter a Gentleman, Astringer to the King
astringer (n.) keeper of goshawks
happy time, in 1 well met

                         In happy time!

This man may help me to his majesty's ear,

If he would spend his power. God save you, sir!
spend (v.) 3 expend, employ, exert


GENTLEMAN

And you.


HELENA

Sir, I have seen you in the court of France.


GENTLEMAN

I have been sometimes there.


HELENA

I do presume, sir, that you are not fallen

From the report that goes upon your goodness;

And therefore, goaded with most sharp occasions
occasion (n.) 3 need, want, requirement

Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
lay by (v.) 1 lay aside, set aside, disregard
nice (adj.) 1 fastidious, particular, fussy, overscrupulous

The use of your own virtues, for the which

I shall continue thankful.
will (n.) 1 desire, wish, liking, inclination


GENTLEMAN

                         What's your will?


HELENA

That it will please you

To give this poor petition to the King,

And aid me with that store of power you have

To come into his presence.


GENTLEMAN

The King's not here.


HELENA

                         Not here, sir?


GENTLEMAN

                                                         Not indeed.

He hence removed last night, and with more haste
remove (v.) go, move off, depart

Than is his use.


WIDOW

                         Lord, how we lose our pains!


HELENA

All's well that ends well yet,

Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.
adverse (adj.) 1 unfavourable, harmful, hostile

I do beseech you, whither is he gone?


GENTLEMAN

Marry, as I take it, to Rossillion;

Whither I am going.


HELENA

                         I do beseech you, sir,

Since you are like to see the King before me,
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

Commend the paper to his gracious hand,
commend (v.) 2 commit, entrust, hand over

Which I presume shall render you no blame,

But rather make you thank your pains for it.

I will come after you with what good speed

Our means will make us means.
mean (n.) 7 means of access, passage
mean (n.) 4 (plural) resources, wherewithal, wealth


GENTLEMAN

                         This I'll do for you.


HELENA

And you shall find yourself to be well thanked,

Whate'er falls more. We must to horse again.

Go, go, provide.

Exeunt

 
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