All's Well That Ends Well
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In William Shakespeare's zany 1605 play All's Well That Ends Well, love and ambition are put to the test when a passionate young woman sets her sights on a not-too-eager suitor. Although Helena lacks wealth, she has no shortage of determination when it comes to the handsome Bertram, the son of the French countess whom Helena serves. One day, word arrives that the King of France is gravely ill, and everyone fears the worst. By chance, Helena's father, a doctor, comes up with a brilliant plan: he offers to cure the King if only he will grant his daughter's dearest wish—to marry any nobleman she chooses. A miraculous cure is achieved, and the King makes good on his promise. Helena, of course, chooses Bertram to be her husband. Although the two are married, it would seem that the only thing they have in common is determination—Helena's to stay close to Bertram, and Bertram's to stay as far away as possible from Helena! Bertram goes away to war, vowing never to return unless poor Helena can complete what seems an impossible task: to pry the treasured family ring he wears from his finger and bear him a child, all while he is traveling abroad. What's a girl to do? Only on the pages of Shakespeare could such a wild and whimsical drama unfold, one whose twists and turns will keep you wondering until the final scene whether love does indeed conquer all.
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KING OF FRANCE.
THE DUKE OF FLORENCE.
BERTRAM, Count of Rousillon.
LAFEU, an old Lord.
PAROLLES, a follower of Bertram.
Steward, Servant to the Countess of Rousillon.
Clown, Servant to the Countess of Rousillon.
A Page, Servant to the Countess of ...
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