All's Well That Ends Well By William Shakespeare Act II: Scene 3

Take her by the hand,
And tell her she is thine: to whom I promise
A counterpoise; if not to thy estate,
A balance more replete.

I take her hand.

Good fortune and the favour of the king
Smile upon this contract; whose ceremony
Shall seem expedient on the now-born brief,
And be perform'd to-night: the solemn feast
Shall more attend upon the coming space,
Expecting absent friends. As thou lov'st her,
Thy love's to me religious; else, does err.

[Exeunt KING, BERTAM, HELENA, Lords, and Attendants.]

Do you hear, monsieur? a word with you.

Your pleasure, sir?

Your lord and master did well to make his recantation.

Recantation! — my lord! my master!

Ay; is it not a language I speak?

A most harsh one, and not to be understood without bloody
succeeding. My master!

Are you companion to the Count Rousillon?

To any count; to all counts; to what is man.

To what is count's man: count's master is of another style.

You are too old, sir; let it satisfy you, you are too old.

I must tell thee, sirrah, I write man; to which title age cannot
bring thee.

What I dare too well do, I dare not do.

I did think thee, for two ordinaries, to be a pretty wise
fellow; thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel; it might
pass: yet the scarfs and the bannerets about thee did manifoldly
dissuade me from believing thee a vessel of too great a burden. I
have now found thee; when I lose thee again I care not: yet art
thou good for nothing but taking up; and that thou art scarce

Hadst thou not the privilege of antiquity upon thee, —

Do not plunge thyself too far in anger, lest thou hasten thy
trial; which if — Lord have mercy on thee for a hen! So, my good
window of lattice, fare thee well: thy casement I need not open,
for I look through thee. Give me thy hand.

My lord, you give me most egregious indignity.

Ay, with all my heart; and thou art worthy of it.

I have not, my lord, deserved it.

Yes, good faith, every dram of it: and I will not bate thee
a scruple.

Well, I shall be wiser.

E'en as soon as thou canst, for thou hast to pull at a smack
o' th' contrary. If ever thou beest bound in thy scarf and
beaten, thou shalt find what it is to be proud of thy bondage. I
have a desire to hold my acquaintance with thee, or rather my
knowledge, that I may say in the default, he is a man I know.

My lord, you do me most insupportable vexation.

I would it were hell-pains for thy sake, and my poor doing
eternal: for doing I am past; as I will by thee, in what motion
age will give me leave.


Well, thou hast a son shall take this disgrace off me;
scurvy, old, filthy, scurvy lord! — Well, I must be patient; there
is no fettering of authority. I'll beat him, by my life, if I can
meet him with any convenience, an he were double and double a
lord. I'll have no more pity of his age than I would have of —
I'll beat him, an if I could but meet him again.

[Re-enter LAFEU.]

Sirrah, your lord and master's married; there's news for you; you
have a new mistress.

I most unfeignedly beseech your lordship to make some reservation
of your wrongs: he is my good lord: whom I serve above is my

Who? God?

Ay, sir.

The devil it is that's thy master. Why dost thou garter up thy
arms o' this fashion? dost make hose of thy sleeves? do other
servants so? Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy nose
stands. By mine honour, if I were but two hours younger, I'd beat
thee: methink'st thou art a general offence, and every man should
beat thee. I think thou wast created for men to breathe
themselves upon thee.

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