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All's Well That Ends Well

William Shakespeare

Book Overview: 

Despite its optimistic title, Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well has often been considered a "problem play." Ostensibly a comedy, the play also has fairy tale elements, as it focuses on Helena, a virtuous orphan, who loves Bertram, the haughty son of her protectress, the Countess of Rousillon. When Bertram, desperate for adventure, leaves Rousillon to serve in the King's army, Helena pursues him.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Be gone to-morrow; and be sure of this,
What I can help thee to thou shalt not miss.

[Exeunt.]

ACT II. SCENE 1. Paris. A room in the King's palace.

[Flourish. Enter the King, with young LORDS taking leave for the
Florentine war; BERTRAM, PAROLLES, and Attendants.]

KING.
Farewell, young lord; these war-like principles
Do not throw from you:—and you, my lord, farewell;—
Share the advice betwixt you; if both gain all,
The gift doth stretch itself as 'tis received,
And is enough for both.

FIRST LORD.
It is our hope, sir,
After well-enter'd soldiers, to return
And find your grace in health.

KING.
No, no, it cannot be; and yet my heart
Will not confess he owes the malady
That doth my life besiege. Farewell, young lords;
Whether I live or die, be you the sons
Of worthy Frenchmen; let h. . . Read More

Community Reviews

All's well that ends well...sure, but does it really end well? Really?

A simple maid with the one remedy for what ails the king, cures him and receives as her reward the hand in marriage of a high-born courtier. The groom-to-be won't submit to wed such a lowly personage, nay! His refusal is seen a...more

المسرحية دي ليها قصة مختلفة معايا .. أول كتاب روائي اقرأه بحياتي، وكانت البدايات إن هواية القراءة تَنضُج عندي ..

أول مرة قرأتها كانت تعريب لبناني لـ"أنطوان مشاطي" وكانت بتعبيرات عربية مبسطة فيها طابع روائي عن الطابع المسرحية الموسيقية .. فضلت 4 سنين بدور عليها في جميع معارض مصر .. للأسف مش لاقيتها...more

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
― William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

The most clearly problematic of Shakespeare's "Problem Plays" . Don't get me wrong. I love the dark, ambiguous, almost nihilistically modern tone of this period of Shakespeare. I think the peak of the three...more

Where can you go after writing Hamlet? Only into the bitterest depths of irony and nihilism, apparently. All’s Well That Ends Well is part of the problem play trilogy that followed soon after the Danish Prince’s demise and Malvolio’s humiliation, and it appears on the surface to be less twisted t...more

ALright, obviously I am biased - being that I will be playing the heroine May through September...but before all that, when I first read this play last winter it became my favorite play by Shakespeare. This is the best edition f the play, and has a brilliant introduction. Helena is the first fema...more

«Πάντως με τον τωρινό μου ρόλο δεν κάνω αμαρτία,
γιατί εξαπατώ κάποιον που θέλει να κερδίσει μ’ αδικία.»

"Totu-i bine când se sfârşeşte bine", piesa lui Shakespeare, este... o tragedie evitată în ultimul moment (a se consemna!).
Poate din pricina asta, critica literară consideră piesa o comedie. E drept că titlul oferă, aparent, nuanţe comice, însă eu n-am văzut niciun dram de comic în piesă. Este m...more

Not 3 1/2, 4
I enjoyed this play more than I thought I would, partly due to the excellent production of it I watched. Certainly more to think about here than the previous two comedies I read.

I. All’s Well That Ends Well

The name of this play has become almost a hackneyed phrase in the English langu...more

I just can't bring myself to love this play, although I believe I understand what Shakespeare is doing here. He takes a fairy tale plot, adds a fiercely realistic setting (complete with a pointless war and friendly fire), adds a desperately mismatched romantic couple (Helena, a commoner and a con...more

All's Well That Ends Well, William Shakespeare
All's Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare. It was published in the First Folio in 1623.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز چهاردهم ماه فوریه سال 2005 میلادی
عنوان: نیک آن باشد که انجامش نکوست؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: فریده مهدوی دامغانی؛ اه...more

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