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Quote: “Moderate lamentation is the right of the
dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 57-58.  Lafew to Countess.  The Countess is the widow of the Count of Rossillion. She has a son, Bertram. The Count’s physician has also recently died. He had a daughter, Helen. The Countess says that the physician “bequeathed” his daughter “to my overlooking.” The Countess lavishes praise on Helen, telling Lafew, a confidant to the king, that she is “honest and good and virtuous.” Lafew says to the Countess “Your commendations, madam, get from her tears.” Helen is in love with Bertram. He’s been called to Paris by the king. The source of the quote, the tears, are Helen’s, worried as she is with the thought of moving on without Bertram nearby.

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Quote: “Succeed thy father in manners as in shape. Love
all, trust a few, do wrong to none.  Keep
thy friend under thy own life’s key.  Be
reprimanded for silence, but never taxed for speech.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines
63-68.  Countess to Bertram.  Being too young to succeed his father as Count of Rossillion, Bertram has been called to Paris to serve in the king’s court. Rossillion is an area in southeast France. Lafew is there in Rossillion to accompany the teenage Bertram to Paris. As Bertram prepares to leave, he says to his mother “I desire your holy wishes.” The quote is part of her counsel to her son.

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Quote:  “That I should love a bright particular star
and think to wed it, he is so above me.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 91-92.  Helen to herself.  As Bertram is about to leave for Paris, he turns to Helen, saying “Be comforting to my mother, your mistress, and make much of her,” having little if any idea that Helen has a serious interest him. Irrationally, she believing her status in life is not up to his. She tells us “The ambition in my love thus plagues itself.”

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Quote: “He bowed to those below him and their
low ranks, making them proud of his humility.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2,
Lines 49-50.  King to Bertram.  In Paris, Bertram is introduced to the king, the king saying “Youth, thou bear’st thy father’s face. Thy father’s moral parts mayst thou inherit too.” Bertram’s father and the king were very good friends; a friendship that began when they were classmates in school. The king reminisces at length of those good times and the respect he had for Bertram’s father. This quote is one of his comments.

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Quote:  “Since I neither wax nor honey can bring
home, I quickly set free from my hive to give some laborers room.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 2,
Lines 72-74.  King to Bertram.  The king enjoyed the company of Bertram’s now deceased father. The seriously ill king says “Would I were with him!” He tells Bertram his father would say “Let me not live after my flame lacks oil. This he wished. I, after him, do after him wish too.” He then offers this quote. But, the king’s health is about to take a turn for the better.

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Quote: “Pardon, madam.  The Count
Rossillion cannot be my brother.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 3,
Lines 159-160.   Helen to Countess.  Bertram’s mother misses her son, he having left for Paris and being her only child. The Countess becomes very protective of Helen, frequently saying in one form or another “her father bequeathed her to me.” The Steward tells the Countess that he heard Helen say “she loved your son.” Helen enters. The Countess says “You know, Helen, I am a mother to you.” Helen bursts into tears. The Countess says “What is the matter, that you are my daughter?” Helen then offers this quote.

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Quote:  “I love your son.  Be not
offended, for it hurts not him that he is loved by me.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 3,
Lines 204-207.  Helen to Countess.  The Countess has confronted Helen directly, asking her “Do you love my son?” Helen responds “Do you not love him, madam?” The Countess says “We have a bond, whereof the world takes note.” Helen then offers this quote, and a whole lot more.

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Quote: “On his bed of death many remedies he gave me, chiefly one, the dearest
of his practice.  I come to tender it and
my service with all dutiful humbleness.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 1,
Lines 121-123.  Helen to King.  Helen has left Rossillion and arrived in Paris. Lafew has introduced her to the very ill king, the king telling her “I knew your father.” A confident Helen proceeds to persuasively convince the king that she can cure him. She’s good. She says “Methinks in thee some blessed spirit doth speak His powerful sound within an organ weak.” The king reluctantly agrees to try her “physic.”

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Quote:  “Then shalt thou give me with thy kingly hand what husband in thy power
I will command.”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 1,
Lines 214-215.  Helen to King.  Helen, one of Shakespeare’s great heroines, is all-in with this effort to cure the king, saying “Not helping, death’s my fee. But if I help, what do you promise me?” The king replies “Make thy demand.” The quote is Helen’s answer. The king says “Here is my hand. If thou proceed as high as thy promise, my deed shall match thy deed.”

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Quote:  “I know her well.  She had her
education at my father’s expense.  A poor
physician’s daughter my wife?”

Answer:  Act 2, Scene 3,
Lines 124-126.  Bertram to King. Helen cures the king with her father’s “dearest remedy.” Four young Court Lords enter. The king says to Helen “This youthful parcel of noble bachelors stand at my bestowing. Thy frank election make. Thou hast power to choose, and they none to forsake.” Helen looks towards Bertram and says “This is the man.” Bertram then offers this quote.