GradeSaver, 7 March 2017 Web. That you were made of is metal to make virgins. Bertram goes to Paris to replace his late father as attendant to the ailing King of France. Loss of virginity is rational increase, and there was never virgin got till virginity was first lost. We must away; Our wagon is prepared, and time revives us: All's well that ends well; still the fine's the crown; Whate'er the course, the end is the renown. Helena arrives disguised as a pilgrim, who are hosted in Florence at the widow's house. Helena is upset because these deaths have disrupted their lives, and Bertram, her love, must go to Paris to serve the king.
Lafew and Bertram have arranged his marriage to Lafew's daughter, and the King consents. Well aunt quoth Ales all is well that endes well. We had to replace three lead actors for different reasons during rehearsals, then the lead actress suffered a heart attack. Helena pledges honesty, or righteous divorce for Bertram. Helen, Act 1 Scene 1 His good remembrance, sir, Lies richer in your thoughts than on his tomb Bertram, Act 1 Scene 2 Service is no heritage.
In Rousillon, the Clown informs the Countess of the marriage of Bertram and Helena, as well as Bertram's melancholy, adding that Clown has lost interest in the woman he wanted to marry after seeing the Parisian court's version of her. Sporadic performances followed in the ensuing decades, with an operatic version at in 1832. Bertram enters, asking forgiveness, and expanding on his love for Lafew's daughter, whom he loved at first sight. This ring he holds In most rich choice. We are told that so painful was that action that many of the estimated 200 women affected could not even bring themselves to say they attended Merl Grove and would have nothing to do with fund-raisers or other activities meant to benefit the school. The Oxford Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well. Please don't use the comments to advertise.
The only thing Shakespeare changed was some simple punctuation. However, Helena manages to skillfully use rhetoric and language, such as in this passage, to finally convince the king to allow her to try and cure his illness. If thou canst like this creature as a maid, I can create the rest: virtue and she Is her own dower; honour and wealth from me. . Some suggest that Bertram's conversion is meant to be sudden and magical in keeping with the 'clever wench performing tasks to win an unwilling higher born husband' theme of the play. Of that and all the progress more and less, Resolvedly more leisure shall express. Lafew mentions to Parolles' duty to Bertrand, and Bertram's recantation, which provoke a pique of haughty contempt from Parolles in which he disdains and threatens the old Lord.
Lafew, Act 1 Scene 1 Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. One Night Stands: a Critic's View of Modern British Theatre 2 ed. Helena returns home to the countess, who is horrified at what her son has done, and claims Helena as her child in Bertram's place. Helen: Bless our poor virginity from underminers and blowers-up! Bertram swears to love her if she has honestly done all of this and can explain it. The Countess disavows him and claims Helena as her own daughter, giving the Lords this message of disapproval to take to Bertram. Is there no military policy how virgins might blow up men? Helena nearly admits her love of Bertram to Parolles before he leaves for Paris with Bertram and Lafew. Man is enemy to virginity.
By our remembrances of days foregone, Such were our faults, or then we thought them none. Many a maid hath been seduced by them; and the misery is example that so terrible shows in the wrack of maidenhood cannot for all that dissuade succession, but that they are limed with the twigs that threatens them. In this way Helena, without Bertram's knowledge, consummates their marriage and wears his ring. The play ends as the actor playing the King steps forward in epilogue, declaring that all is well if Helena and Bertram speak truthfully, and asks for the audience's approval. The King counters Bertram's protests with offers money and title, and praises Helena variously to Bertram without his objection, but Bertram refuses again despite the King's practical beatitudes on virtue over status. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:. One might also question whether there is much about Helena that does not rise to goodness, but one way of looking at her pursuit of the utterly unworthy Bertram is through the perspective of a respectable woman who reasons unknown seems to debase and humiliate herself publicly.
The King summons the lords and he and Helena make known their arrangement that she now choose a husband. All yet seems well, and if it end so meet, The bitter past, more welcome is the sweet. Some took their grief to the grave. We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own. Helen, Act 1 Scene 1 The hind that would be mated by the lion, Must die for love. Please either update your browser to the newest version, or choose an alternative browser — visit or for help.
Bertram enters, having arranged his affairs for departure no sooner than having heard of Helena's death. The King is sceptical, and she guarantees the cure with her life: if he dies, she will be put to death, but if he lives, she may choose a husband from the court. Helena has identified herself to the Widow, a fallen estate noble, and enlisted her help for coin in order to get Bertram's family ring and switch Diana for Helena in a. She is young, wise, fair; In these to nature she's immediate heir, And these breed honour: that is honour's scorn, Which challenges itself as honour's born And is not like the sire: honours thrive, When rather from our acts we them derive Than our foregoers: the mere word's a slave Debosh'd on every tomb, on every grave A lying trophy, and as oft is dumb Where dust and damn'd oblivion is the tomb Of honour'd bones indeed. Bertram, too young to go to war and in Paris to serve the King, is encouraged by Parolles and the Lords to steal away to the Tuscan war.
Helena chooses Bertram by way of giving herself to him, and the King seals her wish. Helena admits her love, but in decorum or strategy reserves her previously realized ambition. The King offers Diana a dowry and her choice of husband. Unfold to us some warlike resistance. Milward was taken ill again on 2 February and died on 6 February. Helena and the Lords returned from Florence enter to elaborate on Bertram's flight.