All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare
Without the Florentine camp
Enter SECOND FRENCH LORD with five or six other SOLDIERS in ambushSECOND LORD
He can come no other way but by this hedge-corner.
When you sally upon him, speak what terrible language you will;
though you understand it not yourselves, no matter; for we must
not seem to understand him, unless some one among us, whom we
must produce for an interpreter. FIRST SOLDIER
Good captain, let me be th' interpreter. SECOND LORD
Art not acquainted with him? Knows he not thy voice? FIRST SOLDIER
No, sir, I warrant you. SECOND LORD
But what linsey-woolsey has thou to speak to us again? FIRST SOLDIER
E'en such as you speak to me. SECOND LORD
He must think us some band of strangers i' th'
adversary's entertainment. Now he hath a smack of all
neighbouring languages, therefore we must every one be a man of
his own fancy; not to know what we speak one to another, so we
seem to know, is to know straight our purpose: choughs' language,
gabble enough, and good enough. As for you, interpreter, you must
seem very politic. But couch, ho! here he comes; to beguile two
hours in a sleep, and then to return and swear the lies he forges.
This is the first truth that e'er thine own tongue was
Is it possible he should know what he is, and be that
We cannot afford you so.
'Twould not do.
Three great oaths would scarce make that be believed.
You shall hear one anon.
Throca movousus, cargo, cargo, cargo.
[They blindfold him]FIRST SOLDIER
Boskos thromuldo boskos.
Boskos vauvado. I understand thee, and can speak thy
tongue. Kerely-bonto, sir, betake thee to thy faith, for
seventeen poniards are at thy bosom.
O, pray, pray, pray! Manka revania dulche. SECOND LORD
Oscorbidulchos volivorco. FIRST SOLDIER
The General is content to spare thee yet;
And, hoodwink'd as thou art, will lead thee on
To gather from thee. Haply thou mayst inform
Something to save thy life.
But wilt thou faithfully?
Come on; thou art granted space.
Exit, PAROLLES guarded. A short alarum withinSECOND LORD
Go, tell the Count Rousillon and my brother
We have caught the woodcock, and will keep him muffled
Till we do hear from them. SECOND SOLDIER
Captain, I will. SECOND LORD
'A will betray us all unto ourselves-
Inform on that. SECOND SOLDIER
So I will, sir. SECOND LORD
Till then I'll keep him dark and safely lock'd.