A kind of jester in the service of the countess at Rossillion. High-ranking characters like Lafew and the countess order him around, but he is generally disobedient and teases his superiors with his clever wit and wordplay. Through his joking, he is able to exercise a slight bit of power against his social superiors who outrank him in the society’s rigid social hierarchy.
The Fool Quotes in All's Well that Ends Well
The All's Well that Ends Well quotes below are all either spoken by The Fool or refer to The Fool. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of All's Well that Ends Well published in 2006.).
Act 1, Scene 3 Quotes
Tell me thy reason why thou wilt marry.
My poor body, madam, requires it. I am driven on by the flesh, and he must needs go that the devil drives.
Is this all your Worship’s reason?
The Fool Character Timeline in All's Well that Ends Well
The timeline below shows where the character The Fool appears in All's Well that Ends Well. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 3
Act 2, Scene 2
Act 2, Scene 4
Act 3, Scene 2
Act 4, Scene 5
...and Lafew blames Bertram’s bad behavior on the influence that Parolles had over him. The fool teases Lafew with some clever wordplay and doesn’t stop annoying him until Lafew gives him... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2