Love's Labor's Lost

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Monsieur Marcade Character Analysis

A messenger from the French court who arrives near the end of the play to announce to the princess the death of her father. While a minor character, his announcement importantly puts an end to the merriment and joking of the play, signaling the conclusion of the play’s light comedy and a return to more serious matters.

Monsieur Marcade Quotes in Love's Labor's Lost

The Love's Labor's Lost quotes below are all either spoken by Monsieur Marcade or refer to Monsieur Marcade. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of Love's Labor's Lost published in 2005.
Act 5, Scene 2 Quotes

God save you, madam.

Welcome, Marcade,
But that thou interruptest our merriment.

I am sorry, madam, for the news I bring
Is heavy in my tongue. The King your father—

Dead, for my life.

Even so. My tale is told.

Worthies away! The scene begins to cloud.

Related Characters: Berowne (speaker), The Princess of France (speaker), Monsieur Marcade (speaker)
Related Symbols: The Nine Worthies
Page Number: 5.2.790-797
Explanation and Analysis:
Everyone has become completely captivated by the play and their desire to enjoy its humor. Costard and Armado are preparing to duel, and the audience members (within the play) are joking that the characters which Costard and Armado are playing are going to fight. But Marcade suddenly interrupts the pure merriment and comedic high point with a more serious, tragic note: the King of France (the Princess's father) is dead. We can note that before he can say this news, the Princess prophetically predicts that he is "dead, for my life." Upon this knowledge, Berowne ends the play within the play and banishes the actors with "Worthies away! The scene begins to cloud." This line can be seen as meta-theatric, as the very scene in Love's Labor's Lost has become clouded with bad news and the introduction of a tragic element. Here we also begin to get the indication that this play will not end in the classic comedic form of happy marriages with all loose ends tied up.

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Monsieur Marcade Character Timeline in Love's Labor's Lost

The timeline below shows where the character Monsieur Marcade appears in Love's Labor's Lost. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 5, Scene 2
Work, Pleasure, and Comedy Theme Icon
Just as Costard and Armado are preparing to fight, though, a messenger from France named Marcade arrives and tells the princess that he has unfortunate news: her father has died. Berowne... (full context)