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All's Well That Ends Well: Act 5 Scene 2
Scene II Rousillon. Before the COUNT's palace.
- [Enter Clown, and PAROLLES, following]
- Good Monsieur Lavache, give my Lord Lafeu this
- letter: I have ere now, sir, been better known to
- you, when I have held familiarity with fresher
- clothes; but I am now, sir, muddied in fortune's
- mood, and smell somewhat strong of her strong
- Truly, fortune's displeasure is but sluttish, if it
- smell so strongly as thou speakest of: I will
- henceforth eat no fish of fortune's buttering.
- Prithee, allow the wind.
- Nay, you need not to stop your nose, sir; I spake
- but by a metaphor.
- Indeed, sir, if your metaphor stink, I will stop my
- nose; or against any man's metaphor. Prithee, get
- thee further.
- Pray you, sir, deliver me this paper.
- Foh! prithee, stand away: a paper from fortune's
- close-stool to give to a nobleman! Look, here he
- comes himself.
- [Enter LAFEU]
- Here is a purr of fortune's, sir, or of fortune's
- cat,--but not a musk-cat,--that has fallen into the
- unclean fishpond of her displeasure, and, as he
- says, is muddied withal: pray you, sir, use the
- carp as you may; for he looks like a poor, decayed,
- ingenious, foolish, rascally knave. I do pity his
- distress in my similes of comfort and leave him to
- your lordship.
- My lord, I am a man whom fortune hath cruelly
- And what would you have me to do? 'Tis too late to
- pare her nails now. Wherein have you played the
- knave with fortune, that she should scratch you, who
- of herself is a good lady and would not have knaves
- thrive long under her? There's a quart d'ecu for
- you: let the justices make you and fortune friends:
- I am for other business.
- I beseech your honour to hear me one single word.
- You beg a single penny more: come, you shall ha't;
- save your word.
- My name, my good lord, is Parolles.
- You beg more than 'word,' then. Cox my passion!
- give me your hand. How does your drum?
- O my good lord, you were the first that found me!
- Was I, in sooth? and I was the first that lost thee.
- It lies in you, my lord, to bring me in some grace,
- for you did bring me out.
- Out upon thee, knave! dost thou put upon me at once
- both the office of God and the devil? One brings
- thee in grace and the other brings thee out.
- [Trumpets sound]
- The king's coming; I know by his trumpets. Sirrah,
- inquire further after me; I had talk of you last
- night: though you are a fool and a knave, you shall
- eat; go to, follow.
- I praise God for you.
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