No doubt the clown has altered his appearance, somewhat, to be like the fashionable set that he mingled with in Paris. His attitude toward "mere provincials" has taken a radical turn too. Isbel was the wench whom he begged permission to marry in Act I, but now,I have no mind to Isbel since I was at court.Our old lings [salt cod, slang for lechers] and ourIsbels o'th' country are nothing like yourOld lings, and your Isbels o' th' court. (13-16)The Countess, for her part, responds to her "altered" son, young Bertram. Note the number of times that he is referred to by her and others as a "boy," implying immaturity. She cannot understand his disobedience to the king in refusing to honor Helena, especially since Helena is such a fine person. The Countess' words are meant to assuage poor Helena's grief, but they seem harsh to her son:I prithee, lady, have a better cheer.
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Helena, old lings, radical turn too., young Bertram. Note, sheer poetic beauty, poor Helena