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Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost


by William Shakespeare

Love's Labour's Lost Love Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Scene.Line)

Quote #1

Boy, what sign is it when a man of great spirit
A great sign, sir, that he will look sad. (1.2.1-3)

Armado thinks Moth will say he's in love. Moping was the classic Elizabethan sign of loving. Armado is hoping to get Moth to admit that he is suffering from love. But Moth doesn't take the bait, so Armado has to wait to talk about it.

Quote #2

If drawing my sword against the
humor of affection would deliver me from the
reprobate thought of it, I would take Desire prisoner
and ransom him to any French courtier for a
new-devised curtsy. (1.2.59-63)

Armado's a soldier. As a result of his military background, he might think that he can handle love with violence.

Quote #3

Adieu, valor; rust, rapier; be still,
drum, for your manager is in love. Yea, he loveth. (1.2.181-182)

At the end of this scene Armado develops beyond wanting to stab or ransom his love. He'll put down the weapons and write a love letter instead.

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