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All's Well That Ends Well: Act 2 Scene 4
Scene IV Paris. The KING's palace.
- [Enter HELENA and Clown]
- My mother greets me kindly; is she well?
- She is not well; but yet she has her health: she's
- very merry; but yet she is not well: but thanks be
- given, she's very well and wants nothing i', the
- world; but yet she is not well.
- If she be very well, what does she ail, that she's
- not very well?
- Truly, she's very well indeed, but for two things.
- What two things?
- One, that she's not in heaven, whither God send her
- quickly! the other that she's in earth, from whence
- God send her quickly!
- [Enter PAROLLES]
- Bless you, my fortunate lady!
- I hope, sir, I have your good will to have mine own
- good fortunes.
- You had my prayers to lead them on; and to keep them
- on, have them still. O, my knave, how does my old lady?
- So that you had her wrinkles and I her money,
- I would she did as you say.
- Why, I say nothing.
- Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a man's
- tongue shakes out his master's undoing: to say
- nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and to have
- nothing, is to be a great part of your title; which
- is within a very little of nothing.
- Away! thou'rt a knave.
- You should have said, sir, before a knave thou'rt a
- knave; that's, before me thou'rt a knave: this had
- been truth, sir.
- Go to, thou art a witty fool; I have found thee.
- Did you find me in yourself, sir? or were you
- taught to find me? The search, sir, was profitable;
- and much fool may you find in you, even to the
- world's pleasure and the increase of laughter.
- A good knave, i' faith, and well fed.
- Madam, my lord will go away to-night;
- A very serious business calls on him.
- The great prerogative and rite of love,
- Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknowledge;
- But puts it off to a compell'd restraint;
- Whose want, and whose delay, is strew'd with sweets,
- Which they distil now in the curbed time,
- To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy
- And pleasure drown the brim.
- What's his will else?
- That you will take your instant leave o' the king
- And make this haste as your own good proceeding,
- Strengthen'd with what apology you think
- May make it probable need.
- What more commands he?
- That, having this obtain'd, you presently
- Attend his further pleasure.
- In every thing I wait upon his will.
- I shall report it so.
- I pray you.
- [Exit PAROLLES]
- Come, sirrah.
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