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Armado

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In Love’s Labors Lost, Armado’s exclamation about the boy’s “Sweet smoke of rhetoric” complements the boy’s previous remark about his “penny of observation.” These two metaphors capture Shakespeare’s genius, both to observe and to poetically express human nature. In Love’s Labor’s Lost, the country boy, not the nobility, possesses these qualities.
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I do affect the very ground (which is base)

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I do affect the very ground (which is base)
where her shoe (which is baser) guided by her foot
(which is basest) doth tread. I shall be forsworn
(which is a great argument of falsehood) if I love.
And how can that be true love which is falsely
attempted? Love is a familiar; love is a devil. There is
no evil angel but love,
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Act 1
Scene 2
Line 167

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Master, will you win your love with a French brawl?

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Boy
Master, will you win your love with a French brawl?
Armado
How meanest thou? Brawling in French?
Boy
No, my complete master, but to jig off a tune at the tongue’s end, canary to it with your feet, humor it with turning up your eyelids, sigh a note and sing a note, sometimes through the throat as if you swallowed love with singing love,
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Act 3
Scene 1
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Fetch hither the swain

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Armado
Fetch hither the swain. He must carry me a letter.
Boy
A message well sympathized—a horse to be ambassador for an ass.
Armado
Ha? Ha? What sayest thou?
Boy
Marry, sir, you must send the ass upon the horse, for he is very slow-gaited. But I go.
Armado
The way is but short.
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Act 3
Scene 1
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Laus Deo, bone  intelligo

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Nathaniel
Laus Deo, bone intelligo.
Holofernes
Bone? Bone for bene? Priscian a little
scratched; ’twill serve.

They have been at a great feast
of languages and stolen the scraps.

 Enter Armado the  Braggart, Boy, and Costard
Nathaniel

Videsne quis venit?
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Act 5
Scene 1
Line 29

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Sir, it is the King’s most sweet pleasure

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Armado
Sir, it is the King’s most sweet pleasure and
affection to congratulate the Princess at her pavilion
in the posteriors of this day, which the rude
multitude call the afternoon.

“The posterior of the day,” most generous
sir, is liable, congruent, and measurable for
“the afternoon”; the word is well culled, chose,
sweet,
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Act 5
Scene 1
Line 87

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Our wooing doth not end like an old play

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Berowne
Our wooing doth not end like an old play.
Jack hath not Jill. These ladies’ courtesy
Might well have made our sport a comedy.
King
Come, sir, it wants a twelvemonth and a day,
And then ’twill end.
Berowne
That’s too long for a play.

Enter Braggart Armado.
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Act 5
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