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PUBLISHED BY E. HARDING, NO. 98, PALL-MALI;
J. WRIGHT, PICCADILLY; G. SAEL, STRAND;

AND VERNOR AND HOOD, POULTRY.

1799.

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OBSERVATIONS.

THE story of All's Well that ends Well, or, as I suppose it to have

been sometimes call’d, Love's Labour Wonne, is originally in. deed the property of Boccace, but it came immediately to Shakspeare from Painter's Giletta of Narbon, in the First Vol. the Palace of Pleasure, 4to. 1566, p. 88. FARMER.

Shakspeare is indebted to the novel only for a few leading cir. cumstances in the graver parts of the piece. The comic business appears to be entirely of his own formation. STEEVENS,

This comedy, I imagine, was written in 1598. MALONE.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

King of France.
Duke of Florence.
Bertram, Count of Rousillon.
Lafeu, an old Lord,
PAROLLES,

a follower of Bertram. Several young French Lords, that serve with Bertram in the

Florentine war.
Steward,

Servants to the Countess of Roufillon.
Clown,
A Page.

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Countess of Rousillon, mother to Bertram.
HELENA, a gentlewoman protected by the Countess.
An old widow of Florence.
DIANA, daughter to the widow.

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MARIANA,' } Neighbours and friends to the widow.

Lords, attending on the King ; Officers, Soldiers, &c. French

and Florentine.

SCENE, partly in France, and partly in Tuscany,

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