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Quotes

Quote #1

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.

Quote #2

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.

Quote #3

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.

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