Love's Labour's Lost
How we cite our quotes:
KING: 'that unlettered small-knowing soul,'
COSTARD: Me? (1.1.72-73)
Almost everyone in the play makes jokes about Costard's ignorance and lack of education, but the erudite lords spend the play learning what the rustic has long known about love.
BEROWNE: For where is author in the world
Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye? (4.3.93)
This rhetorical question is at the heart of the play. Love – and by extension, living life – teaches more than book study.
HOLOFERNES:I abhor such … rackers of orthography, as to speak 'dout' fine, when he should say 'doubt'; 'det' when he should pronounce 'debt'- d, e, b, t, not d, e, t. (5.1.5)
Overly pedantic teachers like Holofernes are that learning and education often gets a negative rap.