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All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well Translation Act 2, Scene 5

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Enter LAFEU and BERTRAM

LAFEU

But I hope your lordship thinks not him a soldier.

LAFEU

But I hope your lordship doesn't think that he's a soldier. 

BERTRAM

Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.

BERTRAM

Yes, my lord, and with very brave proof of it. 

LAFEU

You have it from his own deliverance.

LAFEU

You've heard that from him. 

BERTRAM

And by other warranted testimony.

BERTRAM

And by other believable testimony. 

LAFEU

Then my dial goes not true: I took this lark for a bunting.

LAFEU

Then my estimation of him was wrong. I took him to be a fraud. 

BERTRAM

I do assure you, my lord, he is very great inknowledge and accordingly valiant.

BERTRAM

I do assure you, my lord, he has a lot of knowledge and is very brave. 

LAFEU

I have then sinned against his experience and transgressed against his valour; and my state that way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my heart to repent. Here he comes: I pray you, make us friends; I will pursue the amity.

LAFEU

Well, then I've been unfair to his experience and misjudged his bravery. Yet I might be in danger of damnation since I can't yet find it in my heart to repent. Here he comes. I hope that you'll make us friends. I'll pursue our reconciliation. 

Enter PAROLLES

PAROLLES

[To BERTRAM] These things shall be done, sir.

PAROLLES

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LAFEU

Pray you, sir, who's his tailor?

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PAROLLES

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LAFEU

O, I know him well, I, sir; he, sir, 's a goodworkman, a very good tailor.

LAFEU

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BERTRAM

[Aside to PAROLLES] Is she gone to the king?

BERTRAM

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PAROLLES

She is.

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BERTRAM

Will she away to-night?

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PAROLLES

As you'll have her.

PAROLLES

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BERTRAM

I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure, Given order for our horses; and to-night, When I should take possession of the bride, End ere I do begin.

BERTRAM

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LAFEU

A good traveller is something at the latter end of a dinner; but one that lies three thirds and uses a known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should be once heard and thrice beaten. God save you, captain.

LAFEU

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BERTRAM

Is there any unkindness between my lord and you, monsieur?

BERTRAM

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PAROLLES

I know not how I have deserved to run into my lord'sdispleasure.

PAROLLES

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LAFEU

You have made shift to run into 't, boots and spurs and all, like him that leaped into the custard; and out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer question for your residence.

LAFEU

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BERTRAM

It may be you have mistaken him, my lord.

BERTRAM

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LAFEU

And shall do so ever, though I took him at 's prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe this of me, there can be no kernel in this light nut; the soul of this man is his clothes. Trust him not in matter of heavy consequence; I have kept of them tame, and know their natures. Farewell, monsieur: I have spoken better of you than you have or will to deserve at my hand; but we must do good against evil.

LAFEU

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Exit

PAROLLES

An idle lord. I swear.

PAROLLES

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BERTRAM

I think so.

BERTRAM

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PAROLLES

Why, do you not know him?

PAROLLES

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BERTRAM

Yes, I do know him well, and common speechGives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.

BERTRAM

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Enter HELENA

HELENA

I have, sir, as I was commanded from you, Spoke with the king and have procured his leave For present parting; only he desires Some private speech with you.

HELENA

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BERTRAM

I shall obey his will. You must not marvel, Helen, at my course, Which holds not colour with the time, nor does The ministration and required office On my particular. Prepared I was not For such a business; therefore am I found So much unsettled: this drives me to entreat you That presently you take our way for home; And rather muse than ask why I entreat you, For my respects are better than they seem And my appointments have in them a need Greater than shows itself at the first view To you that know them not. This to my mother:

BERTRAM

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Giving a letter

BERTRAM

'Twill be two days ere I shall see you, soI leave you to your wisdom.

BERTRAM

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HELENA

Sir, I can nothing say,But that I am your most obedient servant.

HELENA

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BERTRAM

Come, come, no more of that.

BERTRAM

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HELENA

And ever shall With true observance seek to eke out that Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd To equal my great fortune.

HELENA

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BERTRAM

Let that go:My haste is very great: farewell; hie home.

BERTRAM

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HELENA

Pray, sir, your pardon.

HELENA

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BERTRAM

Well, what would you say?

BERTRAM

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HELENA

I am not worthy of the wealth I owe, Nor dare I say 'tis mine, and yet it is; But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal What law does vouch mine own.

HELENA

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BERTRAM

What would you have?

BERTRAM

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HELENA

Something; and scarce so much: nothing, indeed. I would not tell you what I would, my lord: Faith yes; Strangers and foes do sunder, and not kiss.

HELENA

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BERTRAM

I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse.

BERTRAM

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HELENA

I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.

HELENA

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BERTRAM

Where are my other men, monsieur? Farewell.

BERTRAM

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Exit HELENA

BERTRAM

Go thou toward home; where I will never comeWhilst I can shake my sword or hear the drum.Away, and for our flight.

BERTRAM

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PAROLLES

Bravely, coragio!

PAROLLES

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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).