107 - The clown Lavache begs the Countess for permission to...

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