All's Well That Ends Well Translation Table of Contents
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Act 1, Scene 1
Bertram leaves to serve the king. Helena pines for him. She decides to take action to win his love.
Act 1, Scene 2
The King welcomes Bertram to the French court, remembers the good old days with Bertram's father, and prepares to die.
Act 1, Scene 3
Helena confesses her love for Bertram to the Countess. Helena prepares to go to the court to offer a cure to the king.
Act 2, Scene 1
Bertram wants to join the war. Helena convinces the King to try her medicine; if it works, she can pick her own husband.
Act 2, Scene 2
The Countess sends her clown to court. He entertains her with his favorite catchphrase, "Oh Lord, sir!"
Act 2, Scene 3
The king has been cured. Helena selects Bertram as her husband. The king forces him to marry her. Bertram plans to flee.
Act 2, Scene 4
Helena jokes with the Clown. Parolles tells her that Bertram's suddenly been called away and she must leave court too.
Act 2, Scene 5
Lafeu warns Bertram about Parolles. Bertram tells Helena to go home ahead of him. He makes plans to flee to the war.
Act 3, Scene 1
The Duke of Florence discusses the war with two lords and anticipates the arrival of French troops.
Act 3, Scene 2
Bertram writes that he won't be with Helena until she can somehow become pregnant with his child and wear his ring.
Act 3, Scene 3
The Duke of Florence gives Bertram command over his cavalry. Bertram accepts and prepares for battle.
Act 3, Scene 4
The Countess reads Helena's letter. Helena claims she's gone on a pilgrimage so that Bertram will return from the war.
Act 3, Scene 5
Helena arrives at the home of a Florentine widow where she learns that Bertram hopes to seduce a young maid, Diana.
Act 3, Scene 6
Two lords convince Bertram that Parolles is untrustworthy. They plan to trick him into revealing his true nature.
Act 3, Scene 7
Helena reveals her identity to the widow. She plans for Diana to invite Bertram to bed, but Helena will take her place.
Act 4, Scene 1
The lords capture Parolles and convince him that he has been abducted by an enemy army that does not speak his language.
Act 4, Scene 2
Diana gives into Bertram's wooing on the condition that he gives her his ring and visits her by night in silence.
Act 4, Scene 3
Parolles reveals all his army's secrets and tells lies about his comrades. The soldiers reveal themselves and shame him.
Act 4, Scene 4
Helena expresses her gratitude to Diana and the widow. They're off to see the king. They pledge mutual loyalty.
Act 4, Scene 5
The Countess mourns Helena's supposed death and prepares for Bertram's return home. She hopes the King will forgive him.
Act 5, Scene 1
Helena, the Widow, and Diana find out the King's left court for Rousillion. She sends a letter to him and follows after.
Act 5, Scene 2
Now disgraced, Parolles begs Lafeu for his help. Lafeu agrees to assist Parolles in getting back on his feet.
Act 5, Scene 3
Helena arrives at court. She announces that she has completed Bertram's tasks. He swears that he will love her.