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All’s Well That Ends Well
Act 5, 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
Enter Helen, Widow, and Diana, with two Attendants.

HELEN 
 But this exceeding posting day and night
 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,
5 Be bold you do so grow in my requital
 As nothing can unroot you.

Enter a Gentleman, a gentle Astringer.

 In happy time!
 This man may help me to his Majesty’s ear,
 If he would spend his power.—God save you, sir.
GENTLEMAN 10And you.
HELEN 
 Sir, I have seen you in the court of France.
GENTLEMAN I have been sometimes there.
HELEN 
 I do presume, sir, that you are not fall’n
 From the report that goes upon your goodness,
15 And therefore, goaded with most sharp occasions
 Which lay nice manners by, I put you to
 The use of your own virtues, for the which
 I shall continue thankful.
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All’s Well That Ends Well
ACT 5. SC. 1

GENTLEMAN  What’s your will?
HELEN, taking out a paper 20That 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.
HELEN 25 Not here, sir?
GENTLEMAN  Not indeed.
 He hence removed last night, and with more haste
 Than is his use.
WIDOW  Lord, how we lose our pains!
HELEN 30All’s well that ends well yet,
 Though time seem so adverse and means unfit.—
 I do beseech you, whither is he gone?
GENTLEMAN 
 Marry, as I take it, to Rossillion,
 Whither I am going.
HELEN, giving him the paper 35 I do beseech you, sir,
 Since you are like to see the King before me,
 Commend the paper to his gracious hand,
 Which I presume shall render you no blame
 But rather make you thank your pains for it.
40 I will come after you with what good speed
 Our means will make us means.
GENTLEMAN This I’ll do for you.
HELEN 
 And you shall find yourself to be well thanked
 Whate’er falls more. We must to horse again.—
45 Go, go, provide.
They exit.