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Alls Well That Ends Well Scholarly Essay

Described as one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing plays, All’s Well That Ends Well has only recently begun to receive the critical attention it deserves. Noted as a crucial point of development in Shakespeare’s career, this collection of new essays reflects the growing interest in the play and presents a broad range of approaches to it, including historical, feminist, perf

Described as one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing plays, All’s Well That Ends Well has only recently begun to receive the critical attention it deserves. Noted as a crucial point of development in Shakespeare’s career, this collection of new essays reflects the growing interest in the play and presents a broad range of approaches to it, including historical, feminist, performative and psychoanalytical criticisms.



In addition to fourteen essays written by leading scholars, the editor’s introduction provides a substantial overview of the play’s critical history, with a strong focus on performance analysis and the impact that this has had on its reception and reputation. Demonstrating a variety of approaches to the play and furthering recent debates, this book makes a valuable contribution to Shakespeare criticism.

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Director, Folger Shakespeare Library



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In All’s Well That Ends Well, a woman is given in marriage to the man she longs for, but, because she is of lower rank, he refuses to accept the marriage. It becomes her challenge to win his acceptance.

Helen, the daughter of a dead physician, secretly loves Bertram, the Count of Rosillion’s son. When the count dies, Bertram becomes a ward of the French king, who is dying of a fistula. Helen heals the ailing king, and he grants her wish to marry his ward. Bertram refuses to consummate the marriage and goes off to war, sending Helen a list of seemingly impossible conditions to be met before he will consider her his wife.

To meet his conditions, Helen substitutes herself for a woman whom Bertram desires, and sleeps with him. When false news comes that Helen is dead, Bertram faces the charge that he has killed her. Helen, now pregnant, reappears, saving Bertram and demonstrating that she has met his conditions. Bertram then acknowledges her.


Helen, a gentlewoman of Rossillion

Bertram, Count of Rossillion

Countess of Rossillion, Bertram’s mother

in the Countess’s household

Parolles, companion to Bertram

King of France

Lafew, a French lord

later Captains in the
army of the Duke of Florence

Other Lords in the court of the King of France

First Gentleman

Second Gentleman

Gentleman, a “gentle Astringer”

from the court of
the King of France

First Soldier, interpreter

The Duke of Florence

A Widow of Florence

Diana, the Widow’s daughter

Mariana, the Widow’s neighbor

Attendants, Soldiers, Citizens of Florence, Servants


Enter young Bertram Count of Rossillion, his mother
the Countess, and Helen, Lord Lafew, all in black.

COUNTESS FTLN 0001In delivering my son from me, I bury a second
FTLN 0002 husband.
BERTRAM FTLN 0003And I in going, madam, weep o’er my
FTLN 0004 father’s death anew; but I must attend his Majesty’s
FTLN 00055 command, to whom I am now in ward, evermore
FTLN 0006 in subjection.
LAFEW FTLN 0007You shall find of the King a husband, madam;
FTLN 0008 you, sir, a father. He that so generally is at all times
FTLN 0009 good must of necessity hold his virtue to you,
FTLN 001010 whose worthiness would stir it up where it wanted
FTLN 0011 rather than lack it where there is such abundance.
COUNTESS FTLN 0012What hope is there of his Majesty’s
FTLN 0013 amendment?
LAFEW FTLN 0014He hath abandoned his physicians, madam,
FTLN 001515 under whose practices he hath persecuted time
FTLN 0016 with hope, and finds no other advantage in the
FTLN 0017 process but only the losing of hope by time.
COUNTESS FTLN 0018This young gentlewoman had a father—O,
FTLN 0019 that “had,” how sad a passage ’tis!—whose skill
FTLN 002020 was almost as great as his honesty; had it stretched
FTLN 0021 so far, would have made nature immortal, and
FTLN 0022 death should have play for lack of work. Would for

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FTLN 0023 the King’s sake he were living! I think it would be
FTLN 0024 the death of the King’s disease.
LAFEW FTLN 002525How called you the man you speak of,
FTLN 0026 madam?
COUNTESS FTLN 0027He was famous, sir, in his profession, and it
FTLN 0028 was his great right to be so: Gerard de Narbon.
LAFEW FTLN 0029He was excellent indeed, madam. The King
FTLN 003030 very lately spoke of him admiringly, and mourningly.
FTLN 0031 He was skillful enough to have lived still, if
FTLN 0032 knowledge could be set up against mortality.
BERTRAM FTLN 0033What is it, my good lord, the King languishes
FTLN 0034 of?
LAFEW FTLN 003535A fistula, my lord.
BERTRAM FTLN 0036I heard not of it before.
LAFEW FTLN 0037I would it were not notorious.—Was this gentlewoman
FTLN 0038 the daughter of Gerard de Narbon?
COUNTESS FTLN 0039His sole child, my lord, and bequeathed to
FTLN 004040 my overlooking. I have those hopes of her good
FTLN 0041 that her education promises. Her dispositions she
FTLN 0042 inherits, which makes fair gifts fairer; for where an
FTLN 0043 unclean mind carries virtuous qualities, there
FTLN 0044 commendations go with pity—they are virtues and
FTLN 004545 traitors too. In her they are the better for their simpleness.
FTLN 0046 She derives her honesty and achieves her
FTLN 0047 goodness.
LAFEW FTLN 0048Your commendations, madam, get from her
FTLN 0049 tears.
COUNTESS FTLN 005050’Tis the best brine a maiden can season her
FTLN 0051 praise in. The remembrance of her father never
FTLN 0052 approaches her heart but the tyranny of her sorrows
FTLN 0053 takes all livelihood from her cheek.—No
FTLN 0054 more of this, Helena. Go to. No more, lest it be
FTLN 005555 rather thought you affect a sorrow than to have—
HELEN FTLN 0056I do affect a sorrow indeed, but I have it too.
LAFEW FTLN 0057Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead,
FTLN 0058 excessive grief the enemy to the living.

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COUNTESS FTLN 0059If the living be enemy to the grief, the
FTLN 006060 excess makes it soon mortal.
BERTRAM FTLN 0061Madam, I desire your holy wishes.
LAFEW FTLN 0062How understand we that?
COUNTESS 
FTLN 0063 Be thou blessed, Bertram, and succeed thy father
FTLN 0064 In manners as in shape. Thy blood and virtue
FTLN 006565 Contend for empire in thee, and thy goodness
FTLN 0066 Share with thy birthright. Love all, trust a few,
FTLN 0067 Do wrong to none. Be able for thine enemy
FTLN 0068 Rather in power than use, and keep thy friend
FTLN 0069 Under thy own life’s key Be checked for silence,
FTLN 007070 But never taxed for speech. What heaven more will,
FTLN 0071 That thee may furnish and my prayers pluck down,
FTLN 0072 Fall on thy head. To Lafew. Farewell, my lord.
FTLN 0073 ’Tis an unseasoned courtier. Good my lord,
FTLN 0074 Advise him.
LAFEW FTLN 007575 He cannot want the best that shall
FTLN 0076 Attend his love.
COUNTESS FTLN 0077Heaven bless him.—Farewell, Bertram.
BERTRAM FTLN 0078The best wishes that can be forged in your
FTLN 0079 thoughts be servants to you.Countess exits.
FTLN 008080 To Helen. Be comfortable to my mother, your
FTLN 0081 mistress, and make much of her.
LAFEW FTLN 0082Farewell, pretty lady. You must hold the credit
FTLN 0083 of your father. Bertram and Lafew exit.
HELEN 
FTLN 0084 O, were that all! I think not on my father,
FTLN 008585 And these great tears grace his remembrance more
FTLN 0086 Than those I shed for him. What was he like?
FTLN 0087 I have forgot him. My imagination
FTLN 0088 Carries no favor in ’t but Bertram’s.
FTLN 0089 I am undone. There is no living, none,
FTLN 009090 If Bertram be away. ’Twere all one
FTLN 0091 That I should love a bright particular star
FTLN 0092 And think to wed it, he is so above me.

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FTLN 0093 In his bright radiance and collateral light
FTLN 0094 Must I be comforted, not in his sphere.
FTLN 009595 Th’ ambition in my love thus plagues itself:
FTLN 0096 The hind that would be mated by the lion
FTLN 0097 Must die for love. ’Twas pretty, though a plague,
FTLN 0098 To see him every hour, to sit and draw
FTLN 0099 His archèd brows, his hawking eye, his curls
FTLN 0100100 In our heart’s table—heart too capable
FTLN 0101 Of every line and trick of his sweet favor.
FTLN 0102 But now he’s gone, and my idolatrous fancy
FTLN 0103 Must sanctify his relics. Who comes here?

Enter Parolles.

FTLN 0104 One that goes with him. I love him for his sake,
FTLN 0105105 And yet I know him a notorious liar,
FTLN 0106 Think him a great way fool, solely a coward.
FTLN 0107 Yet these fixed evils sit so fit in him
FTLN 0108 That they take place when virtue’s steely bones
FTLN 0109 Looks bleak i’ th’ cold wind. Withal, full oft we see
FTLN 0110110 Cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly.
PAROLLES FTLN 0111Save you, fair queen.
HELEN FTLN 0112And you, monarch.
PAROLLES FTLN 0113No.
HELEN FTLN 0114And no.
PAROLLES FTLN 0115115Are you meditating on virginity?
HELEN FTLN 0116Ay. You have some stain of soldier in you; let
FTLN 0117 me ask you a question. Man is enemy to virginity.
FTLN 0118 How may we barricado it against him?
PAROLLES FTLN 0119Keep him out.
HELEN FTLN 0120120But he assails, and our virginity, though
FTLN 0121 valiant in the defense, yet is weak. Unfold to us
FTLN 0122 some warlike resistance.
PAROLLES FTLN 0123There is none. Man setting down before you
FTLN 0124 will undermine you and blow you up.
HELEN FTLN 0125125Bless our poor virginity from underminers and
FTLN 0126 blowers-up! Is there no military policy how virgins
FTLN 0127 might blow up men?

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PAROLLES FTLN 0128Virginity being blown down, man will
FTLN 0129 quicklier be blown up. Marry, in blowing him
FTLN 0130130 down again, with the breach yourselves made you
FTLN 0131 lose your city. It is not politic in the commonwealth
FTLN 0132 of nature to preserve virginity. Loss of virginity
FTLN 0133 is rational increase, and there was never
FTLN 0134 virgin got till virginity was first lost. That you
FTLN 0135135 were made of is metal to make virgins. Virginity by
FTLN 0136 being once lost may be ten times found; by being
FTLN 0137 ever kept, it is ever lost. ’Tis too cold a companion.
FTLN 0138 Away with ’t.
HELEN FTLN 0139I will stand for ’t a little, though therefore I
FTLN 0140140 die a virgin.
PAROLLES FTLN 0141There’s little can be said in ’t. ’Tis against the
FTLN 0142 rule of nature. To speak on the part of virginity is
FTLN 0143 to accuse your mothers, which is most infallible
FTLN 0144 disobedience. He that hangs himself is a virgin;
FTLN 0145145 virginity murders itself and should be buried in
FTLN 0146 highways out of all sanctified limit as a desperate
FTLN 0147 offendress against nature. Virginity breeds mites,
FTLN 0148 much like a cheese, consumes itself to the very
FTLN 0149 paring, and so dies with feeding his own stomach.
FTLN 0150150 Besides, virginity is peevish, proud, idle, made of
FTLN 0151 self-love, which is the most inhibited sin in the
FTLN 0152 canon. Keep it not; you cannot choose but lose by
FTLN 0153 ’t. Out with ’t! Within ten year it will make itself
FTLN 0154 two, which is a goodly increase, and the principal
FTLN 0155155 itself not much the worse. Away with ’t!
HELEN FTLN 0156How might one do, sir, to lose it to her own
FTLN 0157 liking?
PAROLLES FTLN 0158Let me see. Marry, ill, to like him that ne’er
FTLN 0159 it likes. ’Tis a commodity will lose the gloss with
FTLN 0160160 lying; the longer kept, the less worth. Off with ’t
FTLN 0161 while ’tis vendible; answer the time of request. Virginity,
FTLN 0162 like an old courtier, wears her cap out of
FTLN 0163 fashion, richly suited but unsuitable, just like the

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FTLN 0164 brooch and the toothpick, which wear not now.
FTLN 0165165 Your date is better in your pie and your porridge
FTLN 0166 than in your cheek. And your virginity, your old
FTLN 0167 virginity, is like one of our French withered pears:
FTLN 0168 it looks ill, it eats dryly; many, ’tis a withered pear.
FTLN 0169 It was formerly better, marry, yet ’tis a withered
FTLN 0170170 pear. Will you anything with it?
HELEN FTLN 0171Not my virginity, yet—
FTLN 0172 There shall your master have a thousand loves,
FTLN 0173 A mother, and a mistress, and a friend,
FTLN 0174 A phoenix, captain, and an enemy,
FTLN 0175175 A guide, a goddess, and a sovereign,
FTLN 0176 A counselor, a traitress, and a dear;
FTLN 0177 His humble ambition, proud humility,
FTLN 0178 His jarring concord, and his discord dulcet,
FTLN 0179 His faith, his sweet disaster, with a world
FTLN 0180180 Of pretty, fond adoptious christendoms
FTLN 0181 That blinking Cupid gossips. Now shall he—
FTLN 0182 I know not what he shall. God send him well.
FTLN 0183 The court’s a learning place, and he is one—
PAROLLES FTLN 0184What one, i’ faith?
HELEN FTLN 0185185That I wish well. ’Tis pity—
PAROLLES FTLN 0186What’s pity?
HELEN 
FTLN 0187 That wishing well had not a body in ’t
FTLN 0188 Which might be felt, that we, the poorer born,
FTLN 0189 Whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes,
FTLN 0190190 Might with effects of them follow our friends
FTLN 0191 And show what we alone must think, which never
FTLN 0192 Returns us thanks.

Enter Page.

PAGE FTLN 0193Monsieur Parolles, my lord calls for you.
PAROLLES FTLN 0194Little Helen, farewell. If I can remember
FTLN 0195195 thee, I will think of thee at court.
HELEN FTLN 0196Monsieur Parolles, you were born under a
FTLN 0197 charitable star.

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PAROLLES FTLN 0198Under Mars, I.
HELEN FTLN 0199I especially think under Mars.
PAROLLES FTLN 0200200Why under Mars?
HELEN FTLN 0201The wars hath so kept you under that you
FTLN 0202 must needs be born under Mars.
PAROLLES FTLN 0203When he was predominant.
HELEN FTLN 0204When he was retrograde, I think rather.
PAROLLES FTLN 0205205Why think you so?
HELEN FTLN 0206You go so much backward when you fight.
PAROLLES FTLN 0207That’s for advantage.
HELEN FTLN 0208So is running away, when fear proposes the
FTLN 0209 safety. But the composition that your valor and
FTLN 0210210 fear makes in you is a virtue of a good wing, and I
FTLN 0211 like the wear well.
PAROLLES FTLN 0212I am so full of businesses I cannot answer
FTLN 0213 thee acutely. I will return perfect courtier, in the
FTLN 0214 which my instruction shall serve to naturalize
FTLN 0215215 thee, so thou wilt be capable of a courtier’s counsel
FTLN 0216 and understand what advice shall thrust upon
FTLN 0217 thee, else thou diest in thine unthankfulness, and
FTLN 0218 thine ignorance makes thee away. Farewell. When
FTLN 0219 thou hast leisure, say thy prayers; when thou hast
FTLN 0220220 none, remember thy friends. Get thee a good husband,
FTLN 0221 and use him as he uses thee. So, farewell.
Parolles and Page exit.
HELEN 
FTLN 0222 Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
FTLN 0223 Which we ascribe to heaven. The fated sky
FTLN 0224 Gives us free scope, only doth backward pull
FTLN 0225225 Our slow designs when we ourselves are dull.
FTLN 0226 What power is it which mounts my love so high,
FTLN 0227 That makes me see, and cannot feed mine eye?
FTLN 0228 The mightiest space in fortune nature brings
FTLN 0229 To join like likes and kiss like native things.
FTLN 0230230 Impossible be strange attempts to those
FTLN 0231 That weigh their pains in sense and do suppose

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FTLN 0232 What hath been cannot be. Who ever strove
FTLN 0233 To show her merit that did miss her love?
FTLN 0234 The King’s disease—my project may deceive me,
FTLN 0235235 But my intents are fixed and will not leave me.
She exits.


Flourish cornets. Enter the King of France with letters,
two Lords, and divers Attendants.

KING 
FTLN 0236 The Florentines and Senoys are by th’ ears,
FTLN 0237 Have fought with equal fortune, and continue
FTLN 0238 A braving war.
FIRST LORD FTLN 0239 So ’tis reported, sir.
KING 
FTLN 02405 Nay, ’tis most credible. We here receive it
FTLN 0241 A certainty vouched from our cousin Austria,
FTLN 0242 With caution that the Florentine will move us
FTLN 0243 For speedy aid, wherein our dearest friend
FTLN 0244 Prejudicates the business and would seem
FTLN 024510 To have us make denial.
FIRST LORD FTLN 0246 His love and wisdom,
FTLN 0247 Approved so to your Majesty, may plead
FTLN 0248 For amplest credence.
KING FTLN 0249 He hath armed our answer,
FTLN 025015 And Florence is denied before he comes.
FTLN 0251 Yet for our gentlemen that mean to see
FTLN 0252 The Tuscan service, freely have they leave
FTLN 0253 To stand on either part.
SECOND LORD FTLN 0254 It well may serve
FTLN 025520 A nursery to our gentry, who are sick
FTLN 0256 For breathing and exploit.

Enter Bertram, Lafew, and Parolles.

KING FTLN 0257 What’s he comes here?

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FIRST LORD 
FTLN 0258 It is the Count Rossillion, my good lord,
FTLN 0259 Young Bertram.
KING FTLN 026025 Youth, thou bear’st thy father’s face.
FTLN 0261 Frank nature, rather curious than in haste,
FTLN 0262 Hath well composed thee. Thy father’s moral parts
FTLN 0263 Mayst thou inherit too. Welcome to Paris.
BERTRAM 
FTLN 0264 My thanks and duty are your Majesty’s.
KING 
FTLN 026530 I would I had that corporal soundness now
FTLN 0266 As when thy father and myself in friendship
FTLN 0267 First tried our soldiership. He did look far
FTLN 0268 Into the service of the time and was
FTLN 0269 Discipled of the bravest. He lasted long,
FTLN 027035 But on us both did haggish age steal on
FTLN 0271 And wore us out of act. It much repairs me
FTLN 0272 To talk of your good father. In his youth
FTLN 0273 He had the wit which I can well observe
FTLN 0274 Today in our young lords; but they may jest
FTLN 027540 Till their own scorn return to them unnoted
FTLN 0276 Ere they can hide their levity in honor.
FTLN 0277 So like a courtier, contempt nor bitterness
FTLN 0278 Were in his pride or sharpness; if they were,
FTLN 0279 His equal had awaked them, and his honor,
FTLN 028045 Clock to itself, knew the true minute when
FTLN 0281 Exception bid him speak, and at this time
FTLN 0282 His tongue obeyed his hand. Who were below him
FTLN 0283 He used as creatures of another place
FTLN 0284 And bowed his eminent top to their low ranks,
FTLN 028550 Making them proud of his humility,
FTLN 0286 In their poor praise he humbled. Such a man
FTLN 0287 Might be a copy to these younger times,
FTLN 0288 Which, followed well, would demonstrate them now
FTLN 0289 But goers backward.
BERTRAM FTLN 029055 His good remembrance, sir,

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FTLN 0291 Lies richer in your thoughts than on his tomb.
FTLN 0292 So in approof lives not his epitaph
FTLN 0293 As in your royal speech.
KING 
FTLN 0294 Would I were with him! He would always say—
FTLN 029560 Methinks I hear him now; his plausive words
FTLN 0296 He scattered not in ears, but grafted them
FTLN 0297 To grow there and to bear. “Let me not live”—
FTLN 0298 This his good melancholy oft began
FTLN 0299 On the catastrophe and heel of pastime,
FTLN 030065 When it was out—“Let me not live,” quoth he,
FTLN 0301 “After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff
FTLN 0302 Of younger spirits, whose apprehensive senses
FTLN 0303 All but new things disdain, whose judgments are
FTLN 0304 Mere fathers of their garments, whose constancies
FTLN 030570 Expire before their fashions.” This he wished.
FTLN 0306 I, after him, do after him wish too,
FTLN 0307 Since I nor wax nor honey can bring home,
FTLN 0308 I quickly were dissolvèd from my hive
FTLN 0309 To give some laborers room.
SECOND LORD FTLN 031075 You’re lovèd, sir.
FTLN 0311 They that least lend it you shall lack you first.
KING 
FTLN 0312 I fill a place, I know ’t.—How long is ’t, count,
FTLN 0313 Since the physician at your father’s died?
FTLN 0314 He was much famed.
BERTRAM FTLN 031580 Some six months since, my lord.
KING 
FTLN 0316 If he were living, I would try him yet.—
FTLN 0317 Lend me an arm.—The rest have worn me out
FTLN 0318 With several applications. Nature and sickness
FTLN 0319 Debate it at their leisure. Welcome, count.
FTLN 032085 My son’s no dearer.
BERTRAM FTLN 0321 Thank your Majesty.
They exit. Flourish.




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