Love's Labor's Lost

Armado Character Analysis

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A Spaniard at Ferdinand’s court, Armado entertains the king and his attendants with song and music. He is extravagant in his speech, speaking and writing in overly ornate language and often inventing his own words (to the chagrin of the pedantic Holofernes). He oversees the punishment of Costard for spending time with Jacquenetta, but falls in love with her himself and successfully woos her.

Armado Quotes in Love's Labor's Lost

The Love's Labor's Lost quotes below are all either spoken by Armado or refer to Armado. 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 1, Scene 2 Quotes

I will hereupon confess I am in love; and as it is base for a soldier to love, so am I in love with a base wench. . . . I think scorn to sigh; methinks I should outswear Cupid. Comfort me, boy. What great men have been in love?

Related Characters: Armado (speaker), Jacquenetta
Related Symbols: The Nine Worthies
Page Number: 1.2.57-65
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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, yet was Samson so tempted, and he had an excellent strength; yet was Solomon so seduced, and he had a very good wit. Cupid’s butt-shaft is too hard for Hercules’ club, and therefore too much odds for a Spaniard’s rapier. . . . Assist me, some extemporal god of rhyme, for I am sure I shall turn sonnet. Devise wit, write pen, for I am whole volumes in folio.

Related Characters: Armado (speaker), Jacquenetta
Page Number: 1.2.167-185
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Act 4, Scene 1 Quotes

By heaven, that thou art fair is most infallible, true that thou art beauteous, truth itself that thou art lovely. More fairer than fair, beautiful than beauteous, truer than truth itself, have commiseration on thy heroical vassal. . . . Shall I command thy love? I may. Shall I enforce thy love? I could. Shall I entreat thy love? I will.

Related Characters: Boyet (speaker), Armado (speaker)
Related Symbols: Love Letters
Page Number: 4.1.68-89
Explanation and Analysis:

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Act 5, Scene 1 Quotes

The very all of all is—but sweetheart, I do implore secrecy—that the King would have me present the Princess, sweet chuck, with some delightful ostentation, or show, or pageant, or antic, or firework.
. . .
Sir, you shall present before her the Nine Worthies.
. . .
Where will you find men worthy enough to present them?

Related Characters: Armado (speaker), Holofernes (speaker), Nathaniel (speaker), The Princess of France
Related Symbols: The Nine Worthies
Page Number: 5.1.109-125
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Armado Character Timeline in Love's Labor's Lost

The timeline below shows where the character Armado appears in Love's Labor's Lost. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
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...confined to the court for three years. Ferdinand says that he has a Spaniard named Armado who sings and plays music well. Longaville says that between the entertainment of Armado and... (full context)
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...Dull enters bearing a letter, along with Costard. He gives the letter, which is from Armado, to the king. Costard says the letter has to do with him and a woman... (full context)
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...week of fasting, with only bran and water. Ferdinand sends Berowne to take Costard to Armado, who is to be in charge of carrying out Costard’s punishment. (full context)
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Armado asks his page Mote what it means when a man is melancholy. The boy answers... (full context)
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Armado and Mote go off on a digression of wordplay. Armado says that he has promised... (full context)
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Armado confesses that he is in love with a “base wench.” He asks Mote to name... (full context)
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Armado asks Mote about a ballad concerning a king’s love for a beggar, because he wishes... (full context)
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Dull informs Armado that he is to oversee the punishment of Costard, and that he is escorting Jaquenetta... (full context)
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...Jaquenetta. Costard says he hopes he can begin fasting on a full stomach, and asks Armado not to imprison him. Mote takes Costard away, leaving Armado by himself. Armado says he... (full context)
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Armado tells his page Mote to free Costard and bring him so that Armado can have... (full context)
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Mote says that Armado loves Jacquenetta “by, in, and without” his heart: his heart cannot come by her, his... (full context)
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Mote leaves, and Armado compliments his “acute” wit. Mote returns with Costard and Armado greets him with the Latin... (full context)
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Costard tells Armado that he fell over a threshold and broke his shin. Armado tells him to stop... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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Nonetheless, Boyet reads out the letter, written by Armado. In over-wrought language, the letter describes Jacquenetta’s beauty and (in a very roundabout way) confesses... (full context)
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...stage, Costard remarks upon everyone’s “sweet jests, most incony vulgar wit.” He then laughs at Armado’s love for Jacquenetta, calling him “a most pathetical nit.” (full context)
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...Costard enter. She gives Nathaniel a letter that Costard gave her, that is supposedly from Armado, and asks Nathaniel to read it. Quoting lines of Latin, Holofernes looks at the letter... (full context)
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...have just come from dinner. Nathaniel compliments Holofernes’ wit, and mentions that he spoke with Armado earlier in the day. Holofernes says he knows Armado, and calls him ridiculous, criticizing his... (full context)
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Armado asks Holofernes if he is a teacher, and then explains that the king is entertaining... (full context)
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Armado asks Holofernes what he should perform, and Holofernes suggests “the Nine Worthies,” a pageant of... (full context)
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...it will embarrass him, but the princess says that she wants to see the show. Armado enters and delivers a piece of paper to Ferdinand, then leaves. Ferdinand reads it out:... (full context)
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Boyet, Dumaine, and Berowne continue to wittily tease Holofernes, until he leaves. Armado now enters, as the Greek hero Hector. The audience teases and interrupts him as he... (full context)
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Just as Costard and Armado are preparing to fight, though, a messenger from France named Marcade arrives and tells the... (full context)
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...up with their beloveds, they have not attained the happy ending necessary for a comedy. Armado now enters and announces that he has vowed himself in love to Jacquenetta. He says... (full context)
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...whose wives cheat on them). Then, the winter group sings a short song about winter. Armado announces that the performance is finished, and the play ends. (full context)