Unformatted text preview: The clown Lavache begs the Countess for permission to marry Isbel for the simple reason that he is &quot;driven on by the flesh.&quot; The Countess listens to his facetious and cynical logic concerning marriage, and then playfully (though this will change), she remonstrates with him: &quot;Wilt thou ever be a foul- mouthed and calumnious knave?&quot; In the second part of the scene, the Countess' steward informs her that he has overheard Helena, who thought she was alone, saying that &quot;she loved your son.&quot; &quot;Keep it to yourself,&quot; is the Countess' advice, adding, &quot;Many likelihoods informed me of this before . . . . &quot; Helena enters and when confronted with the fact &quot;You love my son&quot; she begs pardon. But, to her surprise, she receives Bertram's mother's blessing in her endeavor &quot;Thou shalt have my leave and love&quot; and so Helena makes plans to go to Paris with a remedy &quot;to cure the desperate languishings whereof / The...
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- Fall '08
- All's Well That Ends Well, countess, Helena