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fess freely; therefore, once more to this captain Dumain : You have answered to his reputation with the duke, and to his valour: What is his honesty?
Par. He will steal, sir, an egg out of a cloister;4 for rapes and ravishments he parallels Nessus. He professes not keeping of oaths; in breaking them, he is stronger than Hercules. He will lie, sir, with such volubility, that you would think truth were a fool: drunkenness is his best virtue; for he will be swine-drunk; and in his sleep he does little harm, save to his bed-clothes about him; but they know his conditions, and lay him in straw. I have but little more to say, sir, of his honesty: he has every thing that an honest man should not have; what an honest man should have, he has nothing.
1 Lord. I begin to love him for this.
Ber. For this description of thine honesty? A pox upon him for me, he is more and more a cat.
1 Sold. What say you to his expertness in war?
Par. Faith, sir, he has led the drum before the English tragedians ---to belie him, I will not,—and more of his soldiership I know not; except, in that country, he had the honour to be the officer at a place there call’d Mile-end, to instruct for the doubling of files: I would do the man what honour I can, but of this I am not certain.
i Lord. He hath out-villained villainy so far, that the rarity redeems him.
Ber. A pox on him! he's a cat still.
i Sold. Ilis qualities being at this poor price, I need not ask you, if gold will corrupt him to revolt.
an egg out of a cloister;] Ile will steal any thing, howeter trifling, from any place, however holy. Robbing the spital, is a common phrase, of the like import.
Par. Sir, for a quart d'ecu” he will sell the feesimple of his salvation, the inheritance of it; and cut the entail from all remainders, and a perpetual succession for it perpetually.
i Sold. What's his brother, the other captain Dumain ?
2 Lord. Why does he ask him of me?
Par. E'en a crow of the same nest; not altogether so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal in evil. He excels his brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is: In a retreat he out-runs any lackey; marry, in coming on he has the cramp.
i Sold. If your life be saved, will you undertake to betray the Florentine?
Par. Ay, and the captain of his horse, count Rousillon.
1 Sold. I'll whisper with the general, and know his pleasure.
Par. I'll no more drumming; a plague of all drums! Only to seem to deserve well, and to beguile the supposition of that lascivious young boy the count, have I run into this danger: Yet, who would have suspected an ambush where I was taken?
[ Aside. i Sold. There is no remedy, sir, but you must die: the general says, you, that have so traitorously discovered the secrets of your army, and made such pestiferous reports of men very nobly held, can
for a quart d'ecu -] The fourth part of the smaller French crown; about eight-pence of our money.
Why does he ask him of me?] This is nature. Every man is, on such occasions, more willing to hear his neighbour's character than his own.
to beguile the supposition -] That is, to cieccire the opinion, to make the Count think me a man that deserves well.
serve the world for no honest use; therefore you must die. Come, headsmen, off with his head.
Par. O Lord, sir; let me live, or let me see iny death!
1 Sold. That shall you, and take your leave of all your friends.
[Unmuffling him. So, look about you ; Know you any here?
Ber. Good morrow, noble captain.
2 Lord. Captain, what greeting will my lord Lafeu? I am for France.
i Lord. Good captain, will you give me a copy of the sonnet you writ to Diana in behalf of the count Rousillon an I were not a very coward, I'd compel it of you; but fare you well.
[Exeunt BERTRAM, Lords, &c. 1 Sold. You are undone, captain: all but your scarf, that has a knot' on't yet.
Par. Who cannot be crushed with a plot?
i Sold. If you could find out a country where but women were that had received so much shame, you might begin an impudent nation. Fare you well, sir; I am for France too; we shall speak of
[Exit. Par. Yet am I thankful: if my heart were great, 'Twould burst at this: Captain, I'll be no more; But I will eat and drink, and sleep as soft As captain shall, simply the thing I am Shall make me live. Who knows hiirself a braggart Let him fear this; for it will come to pass, That every braggart shall be found an ass. Rust, sword! cool, blushes! and, Parolles, live Safest in shame! being fool'd, by foolery thrive! There's place, and means, for every man alive. I'll after them.
Florence. A Room in the Widow's House.
Enter HELENA, Widow, and DIANA. Hel. That you may well perceive I have not
you, mistress, Ever a friend, whose thoughts more truly labour To recompense your love; doubt not, but heaven Hath brought me up to be your daughter's dower, As it hath fated her to be my motive And helper to a husband. But O strange men! That can such sweet use make of what they hate, When saucy' trusting of the cozen'd thoughts
my motive —] Motire for assistant, or rather for morer. 9 When saucy -] Saucy may very properly signify luxurious, and by consequence lascivious.
Defiles the pitchy night! so lust doth play
Let death and honesty'
Yet, I pray you, But with the word, the time will bring on suinmer, When briars shall have leaves as well as thorns, And be as sweet as sharp. We must away; Our waggon is prepar'd, and time revives us :3 All's well that ends well:* still the fine's the crown;' Whate'er the course, the end is the renown.
Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's Palace.
Enter Countess, LAFEU, and Clown. Laf. No, no, no, your son was misled with a snipt-taffata fellow there; whose villainous saffron would have made all the unbaked and doughy youth
death and honesty -] i. e. an honest death.
your impositions,] i. e. your commands. * Our waggon is prepar'd, and time revives us:] Time revives us, seems to refer to the happy and speedy termination of their embarrassments. She had just before said:
“ With the word, the time will bring on summer." 4 All's well that ends well :] All's well that ends well, is one of Camden's proverbial sentences.
still the fine's the crown;] i. e. the end, finis coronat.
whose villainous saffron] Here some particularities or fashionable dress are ridiculed. Snipt-taffata needs no explanation; but rillerinous saffron alludes to a fantastic fashion, then much followed, of using yellow starch for their bands and ruffs.