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Shakespeare’s All’s good That Ends Well is the tale of its heroine, Helen, extra so than the tale of Bertram, for whose love she yearns. Helen wins Bertram as her husband regardless of his loss of curiosity and better social status, yet she reveals little happiness within the victory as he shuns, deserts, and makes an attempt to betray her.

The play indicates a few sympathy for Bertram. As a ward to the French king, he needs to stay at courtroom whereas his buddies burst off to struggle and glory. whilst Helen treatments the King, he makes Bertram to be had to her. To exert any regulate over his lifestyles, Bertram is going to conflict in Italy.

Helen then takes the initiative in furthering their marriage, venture an exhausting trip and a bold trick. Few this day, notwithstanding, see a fairy-tale ending.

The authoritative version of All's good That Ends Well from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the relied on and prevalent Shakespeare sequence for college kids and basic readers, includes:

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Hence inform me actual; yet inform me then, ’tis so; for glance, thy cheeks Confess it, t’ one to th’ different, and thine eyes See it so grossly proven in thy behaviors 174 that during their sort they communicate it. basically sin one hundred seventy five And hellish obstinacy tie thy tongue, That fact might be suspected. converse, is’t so? 177 If it's so, you may have wound a goodly clew; 178 If it's now not, forswear’t; howe’er, I cost thee, 179 As heaven shall paintings in me for thine avail, one hundred eighty to inform me really. HELENA stable madam, pardon me. COUNTESSDo you like my son? HELENA Your pardon, noble mistress! 159 either our moms mom folks either 161-62 Can’t . . . yet can or not it's no wrong way than if 164 guard forbid 166 fondness foolishness and/or love (for Bertram) 168 head resource; gross glaring 169 Invention fabrication of excuses one hundred seventy opposed to within the face of 174 grossly brazenly one hundred seventy five of their type after their nature (i. e. , through weeping) 177 That . . . suspected that the reality has to be guessed at instead of it appears that evidently declared, because it should be 178 wound . . . clew knotted up issues up handsomely 179 forswear’t deny it a hundred and eighty avail profit COUNTESSLove you my son? HELENA don't you're keen on him, madam? COUNTESS184 move now not approximately; my love hath in’t a bond Whereof the area takes notice. Come, come, reveal The kingdom of your affection, on your passions 187 need to the whole appeached. HELENA [Kneels. ] Then I confessHere on my knee sooner than excessive heaven and also you, That ahead of you, and subsequent unto excessive heaven, one hundred ninety i admire your son. 191 My pals have been bad yet sincere; so’s my love. Be now not angry, for it hurts now not him that he's enjoyed of me. I stick with him now not 194 through any token of presumptuous swimsuit, Nor could i've got him until I do deserve him; but by no means know the way that desolate tract can be. i do know i like in useless, wrestle desire; 198 but during this captious and intenible sieve 199 I nonetheless pour within the waters of my love 2 hundred and absence to not lose nonetheless. hence, Indian-like, non secular in mine errors, i like The solar that appears upon his worshiper yet understands of him not more. My dearest madam, 204 permit now not your hate come across with my love, For loving the place you do; but when your self, 206 Whose agèd honor cites a virtuous formative years, Did ever in so real a flame of liking, 208 want chastely and love dearly, that your Dian 209 used to be either herself and Love, O, then supply pity To her whose country is such that can't decide on 210 yet lend and provides the place she is bound to lose; That seeks to not locate that her seek implies, 212 yet, riddlelike, lives sweetly the place she dies. 213 184 move now not approximately don’t beat concerning the bush 187 appeached proficient opposed to you 191 buddies kinfolk 194 presumptuous swimsuit overambitious wooing 198 captious (1) capacious, (2) misleading; intenible unretentive 199 nonetheless continuously 2 hundred lack . . . nonetheless have adequate to proceed pouring out and wasting indefinitely; Indian-like idolatrously 204 come across with oppose itself to 206 cites betokens 208 that in order that 209 either . . . Love i. e. , either chaste and passionate COUNTESSHad you now not in recent years an reason - communicate actually - to visit Paris?

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