List iconAll’s Well That Ends Well:
Act 3, scene 1
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All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 3, scene 1



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In All’s Well That Ends Well, a woman is given in marriage to the man she longs for, but, because she…

Act 1, scene 1

Bertram, having become a ward of the court upon his father’s death, departs from Rossillion. Helen, whose own physician-father has…

Act 1, scene 2

The King of France refuses to take sides in the war between Siena and Florence, giving his courtiers permission to…

Act 1, scene 3

Bertram’s mother, the Countess of Rossillion, learns of Helen’s love for Bertram and forces Helen to confess this secret. When…

Act 2, scene 1

The King bids farewell to the French courtiers going off to war, having commanded Bertram to remain behind. Helen arrives…

Act 2, scene 2

The Countess sends the Fool to the court with a letter for Helen.

Act 2, scene 3

Having cured the King, Helen is given several courtiers from whom to choose a husband as her reward. When she…

Act 2, scene 4

Parolles brings Helen word that Bertram is leaving for Tuscany and that she is to get permission from the King…

Act 2, scene 5

Bertram is warned that Parolles is an untrustworthy coward. Bertram gives Helen a letter and instructs her to go immediately…

Act 3, scene 1

The Duke of Florence greets French courtiers who have come to fight on his side.

Act 3, scene 2

The Fool returns to Rossillion with a letter from Bertram that tells the Countess of his plan to run away…

Act 3, scene 3

Bertram is put in command of the Duke of Florence’s cavalry.

Act 3, scene 4

The Countess is given the letter left for her by Helen, in which Helen sets out her intention to make…

Act 3, scene 5

Helen, on her pilgrimage, meets Diana, whom Bertram has been attempting to seduce.

Act 3, scene 6

The French lords in Florence decide that Parolles’ unhappiness about the loss of the troop’s drum can be used as…

Act 3, scene 7

Helen enlists Diana’s mother in contriving to meet Bertram’s conditions. Diana will agree to sleep with Bertram on the condition…

Act 4, scene 1

Parolles is captured and blindfolded by a French lord and soldiers pretending to be the enemy who can speak to…

Act 4, scene 2

Diana agrees to lie with Bertram after he reluctantly gives her his ancestral ring.

Act 4, scene 3

News comes to the Duke of Florence’s court that Bertram’s wife has died while on pilgrimage. When Bertram enters, he…

Act 4, scene 4

Helen sets out with Diana and Diana’s mother to seek the King of France in Marseilles.

Act 4, scene 5

The Countess, who has learned of Helen’s death, receives word that the King of France is approaching Rossillion and then…

Act 5, scene 1

Helen finds herself unable to petition the King because he has already departed for Rossillion.

Act 5, scene 2

Parolles arrives at Rossillion and persuades Lafew to take him into his service.

Act 5, scene 3

The King forgives Bertram and agrees to a marriage between Bertram and Lafew’s daughter. Bertram gives Lafew a ring, which…

Act 5, epilogue

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Scene 1
Flourish. Enter the Duke of Florence, the two French
Lords, with a troop of Soldiers.

 So that from point to point now have you heard
 The fundamental reasons of this war,
 Whose great decision hath much blood let forth
 And more thirsts after.
FIRST LORD 5 Holy seems the quarrel
 Upon your Grace’s part, black and fearful
 On the opposer.
 Therefore we marvel much our cousin France
 Would in so just a business shut his bosom
10 Against our borrowing prayers.
SECOND LORD  Good my lord,
 The reasons of our state I cannot yield
 But like a common and an outward man
 That the great figure of a council frames
15 By self-unable motion; therefore dare not
 Say what I think of it, since I have found
 Myself in my incertain grounds to fail
 As often as I guessed.
DUKE  Be it his pleasure.

All’s Well That Ends Well
ACT 3. SC. 2

20 But I am sure the younger of our nation,
 That surfeit on their ease, will day by day
 Come here for physic.
DUKE  Welcome shall they be,
 And all the honors that can fly from us
25 Shall on them settle. You know your places well.
 When better fall, for your avails they fell.
 Tomorrow to th’ field.
Flourish. They exit.