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Enter LAFEU and BERTRAMLAFEU
But I hope your lordship thinks not him a soldier.BERTRAM
Yes, my lord, and of very valiant approof.LAFEU
You have it from his own deliverance.BERTRAM
And by other warranted testimony.LAFEU
Then my dial goes not true: I took this lark for a bunting.BERTRAM
I do assure you, my lord, he is very great inLAFEU
knowledge and accordingly valiant.
I have then sinned against his experience andPAROLLES
transgressed against his valour; and my state that
way is dangerous, since I cannot yet find in my
heart to repent. Here he comes: I pray you, make
us friends; I will pursue the amity.
[To BERTRAM] These things shall be done, sir.LAFEU
Pray you, sir, who's his tailor?PAROLLES
O, I know him well, I, sir; he, sir, 's a goodBERTRAM
workman, a very good tailor.
[Aside to PAROLLES] Is she gone to the king?PAROLLES
Will she away to-night?PAROLLES
As you'll have her.BERTRAM
I have writ my letters, casketed my treasure,LAFEU
Given order for our horses; and to-night,
When I should take possession of the bride,
End ere I do begin.
A good traveller is something at the latter end of aBERTRAM
dinner; but one that lies three thirds and uses a
known truth to pass a thousand nothings with, should
be once heard and thrice beaten. God save you, captain.
Is there any unkindness between my lord and you, monsieur?PAROLLES
I know not how I have deserved to run into my lord'sLAFEU
You have made shift to run into 't, boots and spursBERTRAM
and all, like him that leaped into the custard; and
out of it you'll run again, rather than suffer
question for your residence.
It may be you have mistaken him, my lord.LAFEU
And shall do so ever, though I took him at 'sPAROLLES
prayers. Fare you well, my lord; and believe this
of me, there can be no kernel in this light nut; the
soul of this man is his clothes. Trust him not in
matter of heavy consequence; I have kept of them
tame, and know their natures. Farewell, monsieur:
I have spoken better of you than you have or will to
deserve at my hand; but we must do good against evil.
An idle lord. I swear.BERTRAM
I think so.PAROLLES
Why, do you not know him?BERTRAM
Yes, I do know him well, and common speechHELENA
Gives him a worthy pass. Here comes my clog.
I have, sir, as I was commanded from you,BERTRAM
Spoke with the king and have procured his leave
For present parting; only he desires
Some private speech with you.
I shall obey his will.HELENA
You must not marvel, Helen, at my course,
Which holds not colour with the time, nor does
The ministration and required office
On my particular. Prepared I was not
For such a business; therefore am I found
So much unsettled: this drives me to entreat you
That presently you take our way for home;
And rather muse than ask why I entreat you,
For my respects are better than they seem
And my appointments have in them a need
Greater than shows itself at the first view
To you that know them not. This to my mother:
Giving a letter'Twill be two days ere I shall see you, so
I leave you to your wisdom.
Sir, I can nothing say,BERTRAM
But that I am your most obedient servant.
Come, come, no more of that.HELENA
And ever shallBERTRAM
With true observance seek to eke out that
Wherein toward me my homely stars have fail'd
To equal my great fortune.
Let that go:HELENA
My haste is very great: farewell; hie home.
Pray, sir, your pardon.BERTRAM
Well, what would you say?HELENA
I am not worthy of the wealth I owe,BERTRAM
Nor dare I say 'tis mine, and yet it is;
But, like a timorous thief, most fain would steal
What law does vouch mine own.
What would you have?HELENA
Something; and scarce so much: nothing, indeed.BERTRAM
I would not tell you what I would, my lord:
Strangers and foes do sunder, and not kiss.
I pray you, stay not, but in haste to horse.HELENA
I shall not break your bidding, good my lord.BERTRAM
Where are my other men, monsieur? Farewell.PAROLLES
Exit HELENAGo thou toward home; where I will never come
Whilst I can shake my sword or hear the drum.
Away, and for our flight.
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