All's Well That Ends Well
Old Age and Youth Quotes Page 2
How we cite our quotes:
I would I had that corporal soundness now,
As when thy father and myself in friendship
First tried our soldiership! He did look far
Into the service of the time and was
Discipled of the bravest: he lasted long;
But on us both did haggish age steal on
And wore us out of act. It much repairs me
To talk of your good father. (1.2.5)
This is a bittersweet passage, wouldn't you say? Here, the king of France knows that he's sick and dying, but apparently, thinking about a friend from his youth makes him feel a whole lot better.
"Let me not live," quoth he,
"After my flame lacks oil, to be the snuff
Of younger spirits, whose apprehensive senses
All but new things disdain; whose judgments are
Mere fathers of their garments; whose constancies
Expire before their fashions." (1.2.7)
Here, the king criticizes the younger generation of men for being shallow and interested only in material things. In fact, the king (along with his friend Lafeu) spends quite a bit of time worrying about what's going to happen when Bertram's generation takes over.
I would have said it; you say well. Here comes the king.
Lustig, as the Dutchman says: I'll like a maid the
better, whilst I have a tooth in my head:
[The KING and HELEN Dance]
Why, he's able to lead her a coronato. (2.3.12)
The king of France's sudden recovery is pretty astonishing. When Helen treats his disease, it's not long before he's dancing around the palace with Helen in his arms, as if he were a man twenty years younger.