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ACT III - SCENE V. Florence. Without the walls. A tucket afar off.
Widow
1    Nay, come; for if they do approach the city, we
2    shall lose all the sight.
DIANA
3    They say the French count has done most honourable service.
Widow
4    It is reported that he has taken their greatest
5    commander; and that with his own hand he slew the
6    duke's brother.
Tucket
7    We have lost our labour; they are gone a contrary
8    way: hark! you may know by their trumpets.
MARIANA
9    Come, let's return again, and suffice ourselves with
10   the report of it. Well, Diana, take heed of this
11   French earl: the honour of a maid is her name; and
12   no legacy is so rich as honesty.
Widow
13   I have told my neighbour how you have been solicited
14   by a gentleman his companion.
MARIANA
15   I know that knave; hang him! one Parolles: a
16   filthy officer he is in those suggestions for the
17   young earl. Beware of them, Diana; their promises,
18   enticements, oaths, tokens, and all these engines of
19   lust, are not the things they go under: many a maid
20   hath been seduced by them; and the misery is,
21   example, that so terrible shows in the wreck of
22   maidenhood, cannot for all that dissuade succession,
23   but that they are limed with the twigs that threaten
24   them. I hope I need not to advise you further; but
25   I hope your own grace will keep you where you are,
26   though there were no further danger known but the
27   modesty which is so lost.
DIANA
28   You shall not need to fear me.
Widow
29   I hope so.
Enter HELENA, disguised like a Pilgrim
30   Look, here comes a pilgrim: I know she will lie at
31   my house; thither they send one another: I'll
32   question her. God save you, pilgrim! whither are you bound?
HELENA
33   To Saint Jaques le Grand.
34   Where do the palmers lodge, I do beseech you?
Widow
35   At the Saint Francis here beside the port.
HELENA
36   Is this the way?
Widow
37   Ay, marry, is't.
A march afar
38   Hark you! they come this way.
39   If you will tarry, holy pilgrim,
40   But till the troops come by,
41   I will conduct you where you shall be lodged;
42   The rather, for I think I know your hostess
43   As ample as myself.
HELENA
44   Is it yourself?
Widow
45   If you shall please so, pilgrim.
HELENA
46   I thank you, and will stay upon your leisure.
Widow
47   You came, I think, from France?
HELENA
48   I did so.
Widow
49   Here you shall see a countryman of yours
50   That has done worthy service.
HELENA
51   His name, I pray you.
DIANA
52   The Count Rousillon: know you such a one?
HELENA
53   But by the ear, that hears most nobly of him:
54   His face I know not.
DIANA
55   Whatsome'er he is,
56   He's bravely taken here. He stole from France,
57   As 'tis reported, for the king had married him
58   Against his liking: think you it is so?
HELENA
59   Ay, surely, mere the truth: I know his lady.
DIANA
60   There is a gentleman that serves the count
61   Reports but coarsely of her.
HELENA
62   What's his name?
DIANA
63   Monsieur Parolles.
HELENA
64   O, I believe with him,
65   In argument of praise, or to the worth
66   Of the great count himself, she is too mean
67   To have her name repeated: all her deserving
68   Is a reserved honesty, and that
69   I have not heard examined.
DIANA
70   Alas, poor lady!
71   'Tis a hard bondage to become the wife
72   Of a detesting lord.
Widow
73   I warrant, good creature, wheresoe'er she is,
74   Her heart weighs sadly: this young maid might do her
75   A shrewd turn, if she pleased.
HELENA
76   How do you mean?
77   May be the amorous count solicits her
78   In the unlawful purpose.
Widow
79   He does indeed;
80   And brokes with all that can in such a suit
81   Corrupt the tender honour of a maid:
82   But she is arm'd for him and keeps her guard
83   In honestest defence.
MARIANA
84   The gods forbid else!
Widow
85   So, now they come:
Drum and Colours
Enter BERTRAM, PAROLLES, and the whole army
86   That is Antonio, the duke's eldest son;
87   That, Escalus.
HELENA
88   Which is the Frenchman?
DIANA
89   He;
90   That with the plume: 'tis a most gallant fellow.
91   I would he loved his wife: if he were honester
92   He were much goodlier: is't not a handsome gentleman?
HELENA
93   I like him well.
DIANA
94   'Tis pity he is not honest: yond's that same knave
95   That leads him to these places: were I his lady,
96   I would Poison that vile rascal.
HELENA
97   Which is he?
DIANA
98   That jack-an-apes with scarfs: why is he melancholy?
HELENA
99   Perchance he's hurt i' the battle.
PAROLLES
100  Lose our drum! well.
MARIANA
101  He's shrewdly vexed at something: look, he has spied us.
Widow
102  Marry, hang you!
MARIANA
103  And your courtesy, for a ring-carrier!
Exeunt BERTRAM, PAROLLES, and army

Widow
104  The troop is past. Come, pilgrim, I will bring you
105  Where you shall host: of enjoin'd penitents
106  There's four or five, to great Saint Jaques bound,
107  Already at my house.
HELENA
108  I humbly thank you:
109  Please it this matron and this gentle maid
110  To eat with us to-night, the charge and thanking
111  Shall be for me; and, to requite you further,
112  I will bestow some precepts of this virgin
113  Worthy the note.
BOTH
114  We'll take your offer kindly.
Exeunt

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ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • SCENE VI
  • SCENE VII


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • EPILOGUE

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