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    Act 2, Scene IV

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    SCENE IV. Paris. The KING's palace.

    Enter HELENA and Clown
    HELENA
    My mother greets me kindly; is she well?

    Clown
    She is not well; but yet she has her health: she's
    very merry; but yet she is not well: but thanks be
    given, she's very well and wants nothing i', the
    world; but yet she is not well.

    HELENA
    If she be very well, what does she ail, that she's
    not very well?

    Clown
    Truly, she's very well indeed, but for two things.

    HELENA
    What two things?

    Clown
    One, that she's not in heaven, whither God send her
    quickly! the other that she's in earth, from whence
    God send her quickly!

    Enter PAROLLES

    PAROLLES
    Bless you, my fortunate lady!

    HELENA
    I hope, sir, I have your good will to have mine own
    good fortunes.

    PAROLLES
    You had my prayers to lead them on; and to keep them
    on, have them still. O, my knave, how does my old lady?

    Clown
    So that you had her wrinkles and I her money,
    I would she did as you say.

    PAROLLES
    Why, I say nothing.

    Clown
    Marry, you are the wiser man; for many a man's
    tongue shakes out his master's undoing: to say
    nothing, to do nothing, to know nothing, and to have
    nothing, is to be a great part of your title; which
    is within a very little of nothing.

    PAROLLES
    Away! thou'rt a knave.

    Clown
    You should have said, sir, before a knave thou'rt a
    knave; that's, before me thou'rt a knave: this had
    been truth, sir.

    PAROLLES
    Go to, thou art a witty fool; I have found thee.

    Clown
    Did you find me in yourself, sir? or were you
    taught to find me? The search, sir, was profitable;
    and much fool may you find in you, even to the
    world's pleasure and the increase of laughter.

    PAROLLES
    A good knave, i' faith, and well fed.
    Madam, my lord will go away to-night;
    A very serious business calls on him.
    The great prerogative and rite of love,
    Which, as your due, time claims, he does acknowledge;
    But puts it off to a compell'd restraint;
    Whose want, and whose delay, is strew'd with sweets,
    Which they distil now in the curbed time,
    To make the coming hour o'erflow with joy
    And pleasure drown the brim.

    HELENA
    What's his will else?

    PAROLLES
    That you will take your instant leave o' the king
    And make this haste as your own good proceeding,
    Strengthen'd with what apology you think
    May make it probable need.

    HELENA
    What more commands he?

    PAROLLES
    That, having this obtain'd, you presently
    Attend his further pleasure.

    HELENA
    In every thing I wait upon his will.

    PAROLLES
    I shall report it so.

    HELENA
    I pray you.

    Exit PAROLLES

    Come, sirrah.

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