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All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 3, scene 5

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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 5
A tucket afar off. Enter old Widow of Florence, her
daughter Diana, and Mariana, with other Citizens.


WIDOW Nay, come, for if they do approach the city, we
 shall lose all the sight.
DIANA They say the French count has done most honorable
 service.
WIDOW 5It is reported that he has taken their great’st
 commander, and that with his own hand he slew
 the Duke’s brother. A trumpet sounds. We have
 lost our labor. They are gone a contrary way. Hark,
 you may know by their trumpets.
MARIANA 10Come, let’s return again and suffice ourselves
 with the report of it.—Well, Diana, take heed of
 this French earl. The honor of a maid is her name,
 and no legacy is so rich as honesty.
WIDOW, to Diana I have told my neighbor how you
15 have been solicited by a gentleman, his
 companion.
MARIANA I know that knave, hang him! One Parolles, a
 filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the
 young earl.—Beware of them, Diana. Their promises,
20 enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these
 engines of lust are not the things they go under.
 Many a maid hath been seduced by them; and
 the misery is example that so terrible shows in the
 wrack of maidenhood cannot for all that dissuade
25 succession, but that they are limed with the twigs
 that threatens them. I hope I need not to advise
 you further, but I hope your own grace will keep
 you where you are, though there were no further
 danger known but the modesty which is so lost.
DIANA 30You shall not need to fear me.
WIDOW I hope so.

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ACT 3. SC. 5

Enter Helen as a pilgrim.

 Look, here comes a pilgrim. I know she will lie at
 my house; thither they send one another. I’ll question
 her.—God save you, pilgrim. Whither are
35 bound?
HELEN, as pilgrim To Saint Jaques le Grand.
 Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you?
WIDOW 
 At the Saint Francis here beside the port.
HELEN, as pilgrim Is this the way?A march afar.
WIDOW 
40 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
45 As ample as myself.
HELEN, as pilgrim Is it yourself?
WIDOW If you shall please so, pilgrim.
HELEN, as pilgrim 
 I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure.
WIDOW 
 You came I think from France?
HELEN, as pilgrim 50 I did so.
WIDOW 
 Here you shall see a countryman of yours
 That has done worthy service.
HELEN, as pilgrim  His name, I pray you?
DIANA 
 The Count Rossillion. Know you such a one?
HELEN, as pilgrim 
55 But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him.
 His face I know not.
DIANA  Whatsome’er he is,
 He’s bravely taken here. He stole from France,

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 As ’tis reported, for the King had married him
60 Against his liking. Think you it is so?
HELEN, as pilgrim 
 Ay, surely, mere the truth. I know his lady.
DIANA 
 There is a gentleman that serves the Count
 Reports but coarsely of her.
HELEN, as pilgrim  What’s his name?
DIANA 
65 Monsieur Parolles.
HELEN, as pilgrim  O, I believe with him.
 In argument of praise, or to the worth
 Of the great count himself, she is too mean
 To have her name repeated. All her deserving
70 Is a reservèd honesty, and that
 I have not heard examined.
DIANA  Alas, poor lady,
 ’Tis a hard bondage to become the wife
 Of a detesting lord.
WIDOW 
75 I warrant, good creature, wheresoe’er she is,
 Her heart weighs sadly. This young maid might do
 her
 A shrewd turn if she pleased.
HELEN, as pilgrim  How do you mean?
80 Maybe the amorous count solicits her
 In the unlawful purpose?
WIDOW  He does indeed,
 And brokes with all that can in such a suit
 Corrupt the tender honor of a maid,
85 But she is armed for him and keeps her guard
 In honestest defense.
MARIANA 
 The gods forbid else!

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ACT 3. SC. 5

Drum and Colors. Enter Bertram Count Rossillion,
Parolles, and the whole Army.


WIDOW  So, now they come.
 That is Antonio, the Duke’s eldest son;
90 That, Escalus.
HELEN, as pilgrim  Which is the Frenchman?
DIANA  He,
 That with the plume. ’Tis a most gallant fellow.
 I would he loved his wife. If he were honester,
95 He were much goodlier. Is ’t not a handsome
 gentleman?
HELEN, as pilgrim I like him well.
DIANA 
 ’Tis pity he is not honest. Yond’s that same knave
 That leads him to these places. Were I his lady,
100 I would poison that vile rascal.
HELEN, as pilgrim  Which is he?
DIANA 
 That jackanapes with scarves. Why is he melancholy?
HELEN, as pilgrim Perchance he’s hurt i’ th’ battle.
PAROLLES Lose our drum? Well.
MARIANA 105He’s shrewdly vexed at something. Look, he
 has spied us.
WIDOW, to Parolles Marry, hang you.
MARIANA, to Parolles And your courtesy, for a
 ring-carrier.
Bertram, Parolles, and the army exit.
WIDOW 
110 The troop is passed. Come, pilgrim, I will bring you
 Where you shall host. Of enjoined penitents
 There’s four or five, to Great Saint Jaques bound,
 Already at my house.
HELEN, as pilgrim  I humbly thank you.
115 Please it this matron and this gentle maid
 To eat with us tonight, the charge and thanking

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ACT 3. SC. 6

 Shall be for me. And to requite you further,
 I will bestow some precepts of this virgin
 Worthy the note.
BOTH 120 We’ll take your offer kindly.
They exit.