A line-by-line translation

All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well Translation Act 2, Scene 2

Line Map Clear Line Map Add

Enter COUNTESS and Clown

COUNTESS

Come on, sir; I shall now put you to the height ofyour breeding.

COUNTESS

Come on, sir. I will now make you demonstrate the extent of your breeding. 

CLOWN

I will show myself highly fed and lowly taught: Iknow my business is but to the court.

CLOWN

I will show myself to be well fed but poorly educated. I know I will be only sent to the court. 

COUNTESS

To the court! why, what place make you special,when you put off that with such contempt? But to the court!

COUNTESS

To the court! Why, what place do you think of as special if you can talk of the court in such a contemptuous tone? Only sent to the court! 

CLOWN

Truly, madam, if God have lent a man any manners, he may easily put it off at court: he that cannot make a leg, put off's cap, kiss his hand and say nothing, has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap; and indeed such a fellow, to say precisely, were not for the court; but for me, I have an answer will serve all men.

CLOWN

Truly, madam, if God has bestowed a man with any manners, he can discard them all at court. If a man can't bow, doff his cap, kiss his hand and say nothing, or has neither leg, hands, lip, nor cap, then such a fellow, to say precisely, is not made for court. For me, though, I have an answer that will respond to all men. 

COUNTESS

Marry, that's a bountiful answer that fits allquestions.

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do

CLOWN

It is like a barber's chair that fits all buttocks,the pin-buttock, the quatch-buttock, the brawnbuttock, or any buttock.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim a

COUNTESS

Will your answer serve fit to all questions?

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing

CLOWN

As fit as ten groats is for the hand of an attorney, as your French crown for your taffeta punk, as Tib's rush for Tom's forefinger, as a pancake for Shrove Tuesday, a morris for May-day, as the nail to his hole, the cuckold to his horn, as a scolding quean to a wrangling knave, as the nun's lip to the friar's mouth, nay, as the pudding to his skin.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiuLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempLLorem Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisLLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur aLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, cLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adiLorem ipsum dolor Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor Lorem ipsum dolor sit

COUNTESS

Have you, I say, an answer of such fitness for allquestions?

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed

CLOWN

From below your duke to beneath your constable, itwill fit any question.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed d

COUNTESS

It must be an answer of most monstrous size thatmust fit all demands.

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusm

CLOWN

But a trifle neither, in good faith, if the learned should speak truth of it: here it is, and all that belongs to't. Ask me if I am a courtier: it shall do you no harm to learn.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit,

COUNTESS

To be young again, if we could: I will be a fool inquestion, hoping to be the wiser by your answer. Ipray you, sir, are you a courtier?

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis no

CLOWN

O Lord, sir! There's a simple putting off. More,more, a hundred of them.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna

COUNTESS

Sir, I am a poor friend of yours, that loves you.

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing eli

CLOWN

O Lord, sir! Thick, thick, spare not me.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do

COUNTESS

I think, sir, you can eat none of this homely meat.

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing el

CLOWN

O Lord, sir! Nay, put me to't, I warrant you.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing el

COUNTESS

You were lately whipped, sir, as I think.

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur a

CLOWN

O Lord, sir! spare not me.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, cons

COUNTESS

Do you cry, 'O Lord, sir!' at your whipping, and 'spare not me?' Indeed your 'O Lord, sir!' is very sequent to your whipping: you would answer very well to a whipping, if you were but bound to't.

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmoLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor inciLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut la

CLOWN

I ne'er had worse luck in my life in my 'O Lord,sir!' I see things may serve long, but not serve ever.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis n

COUNTESS

I play the noble housewife with the timeTo entertain't so merrily with a fool.

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor inc

CLOWN

O Lord, sir! why, there't serves well again.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmo

COUNTESS

An end, sir; to your business. Give Helen this, And urge her to a present answer back: Commend me to my kinsmen and my son: This is not much.

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor iLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eius

CLOWN

Not much commendation to them.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, co

COUNTESS

Not much employment for you: you understand me?

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipis

CLOWN

Most fruitfully: I am there before my legs.

CLOWN

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adip

COUNTESS

Haste you again.

COUNTESS

Lorem ipsum dolor

Exeunt severally

All s well that ends well
Join LitCharts A+ and get the entire All's Well Translation as a printable PDF.
LitCharts A+ members also get exclusive access to:
  • Downloadable translations of every Shakespeare play and sonnet
  • Downloads of 525 LitCharts Lit Guides
  • Explanations and citation info for 13,828 quotes covering 525 books
  • Teacher Editions for every Lit Guide
  • PDFs defining 136 key Lit Terms
Dan rubins
About the Translator: Dan Rubins

Dan Rubins is currently completing his MA in Shakespeare Studies from King's College London/Shakespeare's Globe and will be pursuing an MA in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a BA in English from Yale University. His Masters dissertation focuses on announcements of death in early modern drama, and other research areas of interest include Shakespeare in transformative contexts (prisons, schools, etc.) and rhyme in Shakespeare's dramatic texts. In addition to teaching and learning, he also writes theatre reviews (often of Shakespeare productions), composes musical theatre (frequently with Shakespearean inspirations), and sings in choirs (occasionally in Shakespearean choral settings).