Love's Labor's Lost

Jacquenetta Character Analysis

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Jacquenetta is seen with Costard as the play begins, leading to Costard’s punishment for violating the no-women oath of Ferdinand’s court. However, it is Armado who falls in love with her, and courts her. Armado is presumably successful in his wooing, as Costard announces at the end of the play that she is pregnant with Armado's child.

Jacquenetta Quotes in Love's Labor's Lost

The Love's Labor's Lost quotes below are all either spoken by Jacquenetta or refer to Jacquenetta. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer 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
Explanation and Analysis:

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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
Explanation and Analysis:

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Jacquenetta Character Timeline in Love's Labor's Lost

The timeline below shows where the character Jacquenetta 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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...the king. Costard says the letter has to do with him and a woman named Jaquenetta. As Ferdinand reads the letter aloud, Costard interjects his own comments, attempting to defend himself.... (full context)
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...he was with a damsel. The king says that damsels count, too, and Costard says Jaquenetta was actually a virgin. This makes no difference, so Costard changes his mind and calls... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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...with some kind of a precedent. He finally identifies the object of his love as Jaquenetta, whom he saw with Costard. Armado tells Mote to sing to cheer him up, but... (full context)
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...Armado that he is to oversee the punishment of Costard, and that he is escorting Jaquenetta back to the park, where she is allowed to be a “deymaid” (dairy maid). Armado... (full context)
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Dull leaves with Jaquenetta. Costard says he hopes he can begin fasting on a full stomach, and asks Armado... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 1
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...Costard and bring him so that Armado can have him take a love letter to Jacquenetta for him. Mote asks if Armado is going to try to woo Jacquenetta with song... (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 heart is... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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...from Berowne for Rosaline. Boyet takes the letter and sees that it is addressed to Jacquenetta. (full context)
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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 Armado’s love for Jacquenetta. Armado compares himself... (full context)
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...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)
Act 4, Scene 2
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Jacquenetta and Costard enter. She gives Nathaniel a letter that Costard gave her, that is supposedly... (full context)
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...of the letter and sees that it is addressed to Rosaline, from Berowne. He tells Jacquenetta to bring the letter to Ferdinand, and she and Costard exit to do this. (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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Berowne says that he feels betrayed and calls the others inconstant. Then, Jacquenetta and Costard enter, carrying Berowne’s letter. Berowne tries to leave, but Ferdinand stops him. Costard... (full context)
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...and all his men “are pickpurses in love, and we deserve to die.” Berowne shoos Jacquenetta and Costard away. They exit. (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
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...tries to make his speech. Costard suddenly goes out of character and tells Armado that Jacquenetta is pregnant with Armado’s child. Dumaine, Boyet, and Berowne all laugh at this development and... (full context)
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...a comedy. Armado now enters and announces that he has vowed himself in love to Jacquenetta. He says that there was supposed to be a song at the end of the... (full context)