Love's Labour's Lost
Man and the Natural World Quotes Page 1
How we cite our quotes:
BEROWNE: The spring is near, when green geese are a-breeding. (1.1.18)
In Shakespeare, Spring is all about mating, breeding, and procreation. In terms of human beings, this translates to sexual activity.
LONGAVILLE: Berowne is like an envious sneaping frost
That bites the first-born infants of the spring. (1.1.23)
Longaville picks up on Berowne's seasonal imagery and uses it to insult him.
BEROWNE: At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows;
But like of each thing that in season grows…(1.1.24)
Berowne will want to take back this argument for "all things in good time" when Rosaline asks him to wait year.