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Quote #7

MARIA: You Still wrangle with her, Boyet, and she strikes at the brow.
BOYET: But she herself is hit lower. Have I hit her now? (4.1.45-46)

Rosaline may have won this round of wit with Boyet – but she can't win against her sexual desire. This mind/body divide is a big theme in the play.

Quote #8

NATHANIEL: Sir, I praise the Lord for you, and so may my parishioners; for their sons are well tutor'd by you, and their daughters profit very greatly under you.
HOLOFERNES: …if their daughters be capable, I will put it to them… (4.2.25)

Yes, Holofernes seems to also have his mind in the gutter. The love fever affects almost every character in the play, even the learnèd and scholarly teacher.

Quote #9

BEROWNE: This is the liver-vein, which makes flesh a deity…(4.3.15)

Berowne overhears Longaville fantasizing about paradise with Katharine. In Elizabethan science, the liver was considered the source of sexual desire.

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