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* ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.] The story of All's urll that ends well, or, as I suppose it to have been sometimes called, Love's Labour Wonne, is originally indeed the property of Boccace, but it came immediately to Shakspeare from Painter's Giletta of Narbon, in the First Vol. of the Palace of Pleasure, 4to. 1566, p. 88. FARMER.
Shakspeare is indebted to the novel only for a few leading circumstances 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.
King of France.
young French Lords, that serve with Ber
tram in the Florentine War.
Servants to the Countess of Rousillon.
Countess of Rousillon, Mother to Bertram.
} 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.
· The persons were first enumerated by Mr. Rowe. ? Lafeu,] We should read-Lefeu. STEEVENS,
s Parolles,] I suppose we should write this name-Paroles, i. e. a creature made up of empty words. STEEVENS.
4 Violenta only enters once, and then she neither speaks, nor is spoken to. This name appears to be borrowed from an old metrical history, entitled Didaco and Violenta, 1576. STEEVENS.