_Enter HELENA_...

All's Well That Ends Well

Act 1, Scene 3



Basics

Show Type
Genders
  • : 2
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Age Ranges
  • Young Adult
  • Adult
Style
Period
Time/Place
The Count's Palaca, Rousillon
Act/Scene
Act 1, Scene 3

Scene Context

After speaking with her steward, the Countess has just learnt that her ward, Helena,

Scene Text

Enter HELENA

[Aside]
Even so it was with me when I was young:
If ever we are nature's, these are ours; this thorn
Doth to our rose of youth rightly belong;
Our blood to us, this to our blood is born;
It is the show and seal of nature's truth,
Where love's strong passion is impress'd in youth:
By our remembrances of days foregone,
Such were our faults, or then we thought them none.
Her eye is sick on't: I observe her now.

HELENA
What is your pleasure, madam?

COUNTESS
You know, Helen,
I am a mother to you.

HELENA
Mine honourable mistress.

COUNTESS
Nay, a mother:
Why not a mother? When I said 'a mother,'
Methought you saw a serpent: what's in 'mother,'
That you start at it? I say, I am your mother;
And put you in the catalogue of those
That were enwombed mine: