A monologue from the play "All's Well That Ends Well" by William Shakespeare

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About this Monologue

  • Character: King
  • Gender: Male
  • Age Range(s): Adult (36-50), Senior (>50)
  • Type of monologue / Character is: Lamenting, Frustrated, Insecure, Afraid
  • Type: Dramatic
  • Period: Renaissance
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy
  • Description: The King of France praises Bertram's father
  • Location: ACT I, Scene 2

Summary

The Count Bertram has just arrived at the court of the King of France, who is very ill and is dying. With this monologue the king welcomes Bertram to his court, laments Betram's father's death and at the same time praises his qualities.

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Excerpt

KING
I would I had that corporal soundness now,
As when thy father and myself in friendship
First tried our soldiership! He did look far
Into the service of the time and was
Discipled of the bravest: he lasted long;
But on us both did haggish age steal on
And wore us out of act. It much repairs me
To talk of your good father. In his youth
He had the wit which I can well observe
To-day in our young lords; but they may jest
Till their own scorn return to them unnoted
Ere they can hide their levity in honour;
So like a courtier, contempt nor bitterness
Were in his pride or sharpness; if they were,
His equal had awaked them, and his honour,
Clock to itself, knew the true minute when
Exception bid him speak, and at this time
His tongue obey'd his hand: who were below him
He used as creatures of another place
And bow'd his eminent top to their low ranks,
Making them proud of his humility,
In their poor praise he humbled. Such a man
Might be a copy to these younger times;
Which, follow'd well, would demonstrate them now
But goers backward.



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