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Several French lords prevail upon Bertram to let them prove that Parolles is a scoundrel unworthy of  his company. They will set Parolles up to recapture a drum which he lost in battle (a military  disgrace), then they will capture and blindfold him, and in Bertram's presence, they will get him to  "betray you [Bertram] and deliver all the intelligence in his power against you." Bertram agrees to the  plot. Parolles enters and takes the bait: Parolles:  I know not what the success will be, My lord, but the attempt I vow. Bertram:  I know, thou'rt valiant; and to the Possibility of thy soldiership will subscribe For thee. Farewell. Parolles:  I love not many words.  [Exit]  First Lord:  No more than fish loves water. Is not this a strange fellow, my lord,
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Unformatted text preview: That so confidently seems to undertake this Business, which he knows is not to be done, Damns himself to do, and dares better be Damned than to do it? (86-97) Bertram ends Scene 6 asking a lord to intercede for him to "the lass I spoke of" (Diana). Helena, for her part, bribes the Widow of Florence to help her convince Diana to allow herself to be used as a decoy in trapping Bertram. Helena wants Diana to, first, get the Count's ring in exchange for the promise of future favors, and then to set up an "encounter" with him. In fine, delivers me to fill the time, Herself most chastely absent. After, To marry her [pay her dowry] I'll add three thousand crowns To what is past already. (33-36)...
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