All's Well That Ends Well Translation Table of Contents
The Shakescleare modern English translation of All’s Well That Ends Well unlocks Shakespeare’s play, including the quote from which it got its name: “All’s well that ends well still: the fine’s the crown; / Whate’er the course, the end is the renown.” This comedy follows Helena’s pursuit of the reluctant Bertram. Going from France to Italy, Helena chases the man she loves unrequitedly and who was forced to marry her. Read our translation to understand how Helena discovers the power of her own agency, reflected in her assertion that “our remedies oft in ourselves do lie.”
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.