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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 unearths 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 acquaintances burst off to conflict and glory. whilst Helen therapies the King, he makes Bertram to be had to her. To exert any keep an eye on over his existence, Bertram is going to struggle in Italy.

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

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BERTRAM I do guarantee you, my lord, he's very nice in nine wisdom and hence valiant. 10 LAFEW i've got then sinned opposed to his adventure and eleven transgressed opposed to his valor; and my nation that approach is harmful, in view that i will not but locate in my center to repent. input Parolles. the following he comes. I pray you're making us neighbors; i'll pur sue the amity. PAROLLES [To Bertram] these items will likely be performed, sir. 17 LAFEW Pray you, sir, who’s his tailor? PAROLLES Sir? LAFEW O, i do know him good, I, sir. He, sir, ’s an exceptional 20 workman, a great tailor. BERTRAM [Aside to Parolles] Is she long gone to the king? PAROLLES She is. BERTRAMWill she away this night? PAROLLES As you’ll have her. BERTRAMI have writ my letters, casketed my treasure, Given order for our horses; and this night, whilst I should still take ownership of the bride, finish ere I do commence. 27 LAFEW a superb tourist is anything on the latter finish of a 28 dinner; yet one who lies 3 thirds and makes use of a recognized fact to move one thousand nothings with, may be as soon as heard and three times crushed. God prevent, captain. 30 three very valiant approof proved valor 6 my dial the compass of my judgment 7 bunting universal box chicken nine for this reason correspondingly 11-12 my . . . risky my soul is at risk 17 who’s his tailor i. e. , who made this model 27-28 at . . . dinner i. e. , to narrate his travels 28 3 thirds i. e. , for all time BERTRAM Is there any unkindness among my lord and 31 you, monsieur? PAROLLES i do know now not how i've got deserved to run into my lord’s displeasure. LAFEW you may have made shift to run into’t, boots and 35 spurs and all, like him that leapt into the custard; and 36 out of it you’ll run back instead of undergo query for 37 your place of abode. BERTRAM it can be you may have unsuitable him, my lord. 39 LAFEW And shall achieve this ever, although I took him at’s forty prayers. Fare you good, my lord, and think this of me: there may be no kernel during this gentle nut; the soul of this guy is his outfits. belief him now not in topic of heavy forty three end result. i've got stored of them tame and comprehend their forty four natures. - Farewell, monsieur. i've got spoken best of you than you've or will to deserve at my hand; yet we needs to do stable opposed to evil. [Exit. ] forty seven PAROLLES An idle lord, I swear. forty eight BERTRAM i feel so. forty nine PAROLLES Why, do you now not understand him? 50 BERTRAMYes, i know him good, and customary speech provides him a valuable cross. fifty two input Helena. the following comes my clog. HELENAI have, sir, as i used to be commanded from you, Spoke with the king, and feature procured his go away 31 unkindness ailing feeling 35 made shift contrived 36 him . . . custard the clown who jumped into the custard on the every year Lord Mayor’s banquet 37-38 undergo . . . place of dwelling clarify your presence there (i. e. , ponder why you've got displeased me) 39 flawed misjudged forty accomplish that mistake, positioned an unfavor capable interpretation on forty three heavy severe forty four saved . . . tame saved such crea tures family pets forty seven we . . . evil (see I Thessalonians 5:15) forty eight an idle a silly forty nine I . . . so (This line is usually emended to learn “I imagine no longer so”; an identical doubt might be conveyed via use of tone.

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