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* ALL'S WELL TIIAT ENDS WELL.] The story of All's well that ends well, or, as I suppose it to have been sometimes called, Love's Labour Wonne, is originally indeed the property of Boccaca, but it came immediately to Shakspeare from Painter's Giletta of Narbon, in the First Vol. of the Palace of Pleasure, 4to. 1365, p. 88. FARMER.

Shakspeare is indebted to the novel only for a few leading circumstances in the graver parts of the piece. The comic siness appears to be entirely of his own formation. STEEVENS.

This comedy, I imagine, was written in 1598. MALONE.

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PERSONS REPRESENTED.

King of France.
Duke of Florence.
Bertram, Count of Rousillon.
Lafeu, an old Lord.
Parolles, a Follower of Bertram.
Several young French Lords, that serve with Ber-

tram in the Florentine War.
Steward,
Clown,
A Page.

} Servants to the Countess of Rousillon.

Countess of Rousillon, Mother to Bertram.
Helena, a Gentlewoman protected by the Countess.
An old Widow of Florence.
Diana, Daughter to the Widow.
Violenta,
Mariana,

Neighbours and Friends to the Widow.

}

Lords, attending on the King; Officers, Soldiers, &c.

French and Florentine.

SCENE, partly in France, and partly in Tuscany. ALL'S WELL

The persons were first enumerated by Mr. Rowe. ? Lafeu,] We should read --Lefeu. STEEVENS,

* Parolles,] I suppose we should write this name.Paroles, i. e. a creature made up of empty words. STEEVENS.

* Violenta only enters once, and then she neither speaks, nor is spoken to. This name appears to be borrowed from an old metrical history, entitled Didaco and Violenta, 1576. STEVENS.

THAT

ENDS WELL.

ACT I.

SCENE I. Rousillon. A Room in the Countess's

Palace.

Enter BERTRAM, the Countess of Rousillon,

Helena, and LAFEU, in mourning: Count. In delivering my son from me, I bury a second husband. Ber. And I, in going, madam, weep o'er my

father's death anew: but I must attend his majesty's command, to whom I am now in ward,' evermore in subjection.

Laf. You shall find of the king a husband, madam;-you, sir, a father: He that so generally is at all times good, must of necessity hold his virtue to

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in ward,] Under his particular care, as my guardian, till I come to age. It is now almost forgotten in England, that the heirs of great fortunes were the King's wards. Whether the same practice prevailed in France, it is of no great use to enquire; for Shakspeare gives to all nations the manners of England.

JOHNSON.

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