Love's Labour's Lost


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Armado and Mote, his page


ARMADO

Boy, what sign is it when a man of great spirit

grows melancholy?


MOTE

A great sign, sir, that he will look sad.
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn See Topics: Frequency count


ARMADO

Why, sadness is one and the self-same thing,

dear imp.
imp (n.) child, scion, son


MOTE

No, no; O Lord, sir, no!


ARMADO

How canst thou part sadness and melancholy,
part (v.) 4 distinguish between, differentiate

my tender juvenal?
juvenal (n.) youth, young man


MOTE

By a familiar demonstration of the working, my
working (n.) 1 operation, action, activity

tough signor.


ARMADO

Why tough signor? Why tough signor?


MOTE

Why tender juvenal? Why tender juvenal?


ARMADO

I spoke it, tender juvenal, as a congruent epitheton
congruent (adj.) fitting, apt, suitable
epitheton (n.) epithet, adjective, description

appertaining to thy young days, which we may

nominate tender.
nominate (v.) 1 name, specify, designate [as]


MOTE

And I, tough signor, as an appertinent title to your
appertinent (adj.) appertaining, belonging, relating

old time, which we may name tough.
time (n.) 4 age, years


ARMADO

Pretty and apt.


MOTE

How mean you, sir? I pretty and my saying apt, or

I apt and my saying pretty?


ARMADO

Thou pretty, because little.


MOTE

Little pretty, because little. Wherefore apt?


ARMADO

And therefore apt, because quick.


MOTE

Speak you this in my praise, master?


ARMADO

In thy condign praise.
condign (adj.) deserving, well-deserved, fitting


MOTE

I will praise an eel with the same praise.


ARMADO

What, that an eel is ingenious?


MOTE

That an eel is quick.
quick (adj.) 1 living, vital, full of life


ARMADO

I do say thou art quick in answers. Thou heatest
quick (adj.) 3 quick-witted, inventive, lively

my blood.


MOTE

I am answered, sir.


ARMADO

I love not to be crossed.
cross (v.) 2 contradict, challenge, go against


MOTE

(aside)
cross (n.) 3 coin [referring to the cross stamped on some types of coin]
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter See Topics: Frequency count

He speaks the mere contrary – crosses love

not him.


ARMADO

I have promised to study three years with the

Duke.


MOTE

You may do it in an hour, sir.


ARMADO

Impossible.


MOTE

How many is one thrice told?
tell (v.) 1 count out, number, itemize


ARMADO

I am ill at reckoning. It fitteth the spirit of a
ill (adj.) 6 unskilful, inexpert, unskilled
reckoning (n.) 1 counting up, enumeration, calculation

tapster.
tapster (n.) inn waiter, drawer of ale


MOTE

You are a gentleman and a gamester, sir.
gamester (n.) 1 gambler, adventurer


ARMADO

I confess both. They are both the varnish of a
varnish (n.) finish, polish, gloss

complete man.
complete, compleat (adj.) 1 accomplished, consummate, thorough


MOTE

Then I am sure you know how much the gross sum
gross (adj.) 3 whole, total, entire

of deuce-ace amounts to.
deuce-ace (n.) [gambling] two and one


ARMADO

It doth amount to one more than two.


MOTE

Which the base vulgar do call three.
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count
vulgar (n.) 1 common people, ordinary folk


ARMADO

True.


MOTE

Why, sir, is this such a piece of study? Now here is

three studied ere ye'll thrice wink; and how easy it is to
wink (v.) 4 blink

put ‘ years ’ to the word ‘ three,’ and study three years in

two words, the dancing horse will tell you.


ARMADO

A most fine figure!
figure (n.) 2 figure of speech, device, piece of rhetoric


MOTE

(aside)
cipher (n.) figure nought, nonentity, mere nothing

To prove you a cipher.


ARMADO

I will hereupon confess I am in love; and as it is

base for a soldier to love, so am I in love with a base
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy See Topics: Frequency count
base (adj.) 2 low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank See Topics: Frequency count

wench. If drawing my sword against the humour of
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids] See Topics: Frequency count

affection would deliver me from the reprobate thought
affection (n.) 4 love, devotion

of it, I would take desire prisoner, and ransom him to

any French courtier for a new-devised curtsy. I think
courtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.) 2 curtsy, bow, gesture of respect
new-devised (adj.) newfangled, freshly invented

scorn to sigh: methinks I should outswear Cupid.
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count
outswear (v.) 1 conquer by swearing, swear to do without
scorn, think disdain, despise, consider it beneath one's dignity

Comfort me, boy. What great men have been in love?


MOTE

Hercules, master.


ARMADO

Most sweet Hercules! More authority, dear boy,

name more; and, sweet my child, let them be men of

good repute and carriage.
carriage (n.) 1 bearing, demeanour, manner of behaviour


MOTE

Samson, master: he was a man of good carriage –

great carriage, for he carried the town-gates on his

back like a porter – and he was in love.


ARMADO

O well-knit Samson! Strong-jointed Samson! I
well-knit (adj.) strongly built, well-constructed

do excel thee in my rapier as much as thou didst me in

carrying gates. I am in love too. Who was Samson's

love, my dear Mote?


MOTE

A woman, master.


ARMADO

Of what complexion?
complexion (n.) 3 natural trait, disposition, temperament, nature


MOTE

Of all the four, or the three, or the two, or one of

the four.


ARMADO

Tell me precisely of what complexion.
complexion (n.) 1 appearance, look, colouring


MOTE

Of the sea-water green, sir.


ARMADO

Is that one of the four complexions?
complexion (n.) 3 natural trait, disposition, temperament, nature


MOTE

As I have read, sir; and the best of them too.


ARMADO

Green indeed is the colour of lovers; but to have

a love of that colour, methinks Samson had small reason
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

for it. He surely affected her for her wit.
affect (v.) 2 love, like, be fond of
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count


MOTE

It was so, sir, for she had a green wit.


ARMADO

My love is most immaculate white and red.


MOTE

Most maculate thoughts, master, are masked under
maculate (adj.) impure, spotted, stained

such colours.


ARMADO

Define, define, well-educated infant.
define (v.) 2 explain, elucidate, clarify


MOTE

My father's wit and my mother's tongue assist me!
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count


ARMADO

Sweet invocation of a child – most pretty and

pathetical!
pathetical (adj.) 1 pathetic, touching, moving


MOTE

If she be made of white and red,

Her faults will ne'er be known,

For blushing cheeks by faults are bred,

And fears by pale white shown.

Then if she fear or be to blame,

By this you shall not know,

For still her cheeks possess the same

Which native she doth owe.
native (adv.) in a natural way
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have See Topics: Frequency count

A dangerous rhyme, master, against the reason of white

and red.


ARMADO

Is there not a ballad, boy, of the King and the

Beggar?


MOTE

The world was very guilty of such a ballad some

three ages since, but I think now 'tis not to be found;

or, if it were, it would neither serve for the writing nor
serve (v.) 2 suffice, be enough, do [for]

the tune.


ARMADO

I will have that subject newly writ o'er, that I

may example my digression by some mighty precedent.
digression (n.) transgression, moral deviation, lapse in proper behaviour
example (v.) 4 justify, defend, vindicate

Boy, I do love that country girl that I took in the park
take (v.) 19 catch out, take by surprise

with the rational hind Costard. She deserves well.
hind (n.) 1 boor, fellow, rustic, peasant
rational (adj.) endowed with reason


MOTE

(aside)

To be whipped – and yet a better love than

my master.


ARMADO

Sing, boy. My spirit grows heavy in love.
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy See Topics: Frequency count


MOTE

(aside)

And that's great marvel, loving a light

wench.


ARMADO

I say, sing.


MOTE

Forbear till this company be passed.
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist See Topics: Frequency count

Enter Dull, Costard,

and Jaquenetta


DULL

Sir, the Duke's pleasure is that you keep Costard

safe; and you must suffer him to take no delight, nor

no penance, but 'a must fast three days a week. For

this damsel, I must keep her at the park; she is allowed
allowed (adj.) 2 licensed, authorized, permitted

for the dey-woman. Fare you well.


ARMADO

(aside)

I do betray myself with blushing. –

Maid –


JAQUENETTA

Man.


ARMADO

I will visit thee at the lodge.


JAQUENETTA

That's hereby.


ARMADO

I know where it is situate.


JAQUENETTA

Lord, how wise you are!


ARMADO

I will tell thee wonders.


JAQUENETTA

With that face?


ARMADO

I love thee.


JAQUENETTA

So I heard you say.


ARMADO

And so farewell.


JAQUENETTA

Fair weather after you.


DULL

Come, Jaquenetta, away!

Exeunt Dull and Jaquenetta


ARMADO

Villain, thou shalt fast for thy offences ere thou
villain (n.) 2 scoundrel, rogue, rascal

be pardoned.


COSTARD

Well, sir, I hope when I do it I shall do it on a

full stomach.


ARMADO

Thou shalt be heavily punished.


COSTARD

I am more bound to you than your fellows, for
fellow (n.) 4 servant, attendant, hireling

they are but lightly rewarded.


ARMADO

Take away this villain. Shut him up.


MOTE

Come, you transgressing slave, away!


COSTARD

Let me not be pent up, sir. I will fast, being

loose.


MOTE

No, sir, that were fast and loose. Thou shalt to
fast and loose type of cheating game [in which people bet on whether the end of a coiled rope is fastened or not]; not playing fairly

prison.


COSTARD

Well, if ever I do see the merry days of desolation

that I have seen, some shall see –


MOTE

What shall some see?


COSTARD

Nay, nothing, Master Mote, but what they look

upon. It is not for prisoners to be too silent in their

words, and therefore I say nothing. I thank God I have

as little patience as another man, and therefore I can

be quiet.

Exeunt Mote and Costard


ARMADO

I do affect the very ground, which is base,
affect (v.) 2 love, like, be fond of
base (adj.) 3 poor, wretched, of low quality See Topics: Frequency count
base (adj.) 5 low-lying, lowland

where her shoe, which is baser, guided by her foot,

which is basest, doth tread. I shall be forsworn, which
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word See Topics: Frequency count

is a great argument of falsehood, if I love. And how
argument (n.) 6 proof, evidence, demonstration

can that be true love which is falsely attempted? Love

is a familiar; Love is a devil; there is no evil angel but
familiar (n.) 2 attendant spirit, personal demon

Love. Yet was Samson so tempted, and he had an

excellent strength; yet was Solomon so seduced, and he

had a very good wit. Cupid's butt-shaft is too hard for
butt-shaft (n.) blunt-headed arrow
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

Hercules' club, and therefore too much odds for a

Spaniard's rapier. The first and second cause will not
cause (n.) 6 [duelling] one of the situations or grounds set out in the code of honour which justifies a duel

serve my turn; the passado he respects not, the duello
duello (n.) established duelling code
passado (n.) forward thrust, lunge
respect (v.) 1 pay attention to, heed

he regards not. His disgrace is to be called boy, but his

glory is to subdue men. Adieu, valour; rust, rapier; be

still, drum; for your manager is in love; yea, he loveth.
manager (n.) employer, user, handler
still (adj.) 1 silent, quiet

Assist me, some extemporal god of rhyme, for I am
extemporal (adj.) extempore, unplanned, improvised

sure I shall turn sonnet. Devise, wit; write, pen; for I
devise (v.) 2 invent, imagine, make up [an account]
sonnet (n.) 2 sonnet-writer
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

am for whole volumes in folio.

Exit

 
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