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Quote #4

BEROWNE: A woman, that is like a German clock,
Still a-repairing, ever out of frame,
And never going aright, being a watch,
But being watch'd that it may still go right! (3.1.76)

A German clock was complicated and required maintenance. By comparing Rosaline to a German clock, Berowne emphasizes that he still can't believe he's fallen in love.

Quote #5

KING: The extreme parts of time extremely forms
All causes to the purpose of his speed;
And often at his very loose decides
That which long process could not arbitrate. (5.2.370)

The King is talking about his quick decision to release Aquitaine to the Princess – but is also encouraging her to make a quick decision to love him.

Quote #6

PRINCESS OF FRANCE: We have receiv'd your letters, full of love;
Your favours, the ambassadors of love…
As bombast and as lining to the time…(5.2.373)

The Princess cautiously protects her heart, saying the women just played along to kill time.

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