All's Well That Ends Well

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All's Well That Ends Well is a play by William Shakespeare published in the First Folio in 1623.[1]


All's Well That Ends Well is about a maid, Helena, who heals the King of France, then asks for Lord Bertram's hand in marriage. Bertram obliges, then quickly flees to Italy to engage in war, hoping for death to avoid marriage. Helena is very hurt, and sets out on a pilgrimage, and goes to Florence, Italy, where she meets Bertram's new young mistress, Diana. Helena spends a night with Bertram, while Bertram believes he is spending a night with Diana. This act secures Helena's bond to Bertram, and Bertram consents to love Helena and their future child. Other characters include Lafew (Lafeu), a wise old lord; Parolles, an obsessive liar and follower of Bertram; the Countess, the mother of Bertram and stepmother of Helena; the Clown, a witty servant to the Countess; and a Widow, the mother of Diana.


  1. Snyder, Susan (1993). "Introduction", The Oxford Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 20–24. ISBN 9780192836045. 

External links

Open Source Shakespeare - All's Well That Ends Well [1]