All’s Well That Ends Well: Act One plot synopsis

As we do with all plays, let’s begin our discussion with an overview of the narrative. As we begin our All’s Well That Ends Well plot summary, it is in time of mourning (“all (characters) in black” [opening stage direction]), and its opening line carries more death tidings: “In delivering my son from me, I bury a second husband” (I.i.1-2). The speaker is the otherwise nameless Countess of Rossillion. And we immediately hear from her son:

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Time to begin…

All’s Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well text (courtesy: Folger Library)
courtesy: Folger Library

Let’s hope this is a more enjoyable experience (overall) than Troilus and Cressida (which wasn’t much fun until almost the end of our two month look).