Armado’s young page, Mote (spelled “Moth” in some editions) is surprisingly intelligent given his young age and relatively low social status. He is able to outwit and poke fun at his superiors, including Armado, Holofernes, and Nathaniel, of whom he quips, “they have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps.”
Mote Quotes in Love's Labor's Lost
The Love's Labor's Lost quotes below are all either spoken by Mote or refer to Mote. 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: 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 5, Scene 1 Quotes
They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps.
Mote Character Timeline in Love's Labor's Lost
The timeline below shows where the character Mote appears in Love's Labor's Lost. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
Act 3, Scene 1
...Costard “remuneration” in the form of a coin for the favor, and then leaves with Mote. Costard examines the coin and thinks that “remuneration” is “a fairer name than ‘French crown.’” (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
...famous men from ancient and biblical to medieval times. He casts Armado, Nathaniel, Costard, and Mote in the performance and says that he himself will play three parts. Dull plans to... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
...Boyet again heckle the performer. Nathaniel leaves and Holofernes enters as Judas Maccabaeus along with Mote as the young Hercules. Holofernes announces Mote’s character, and then Mote leaves. He says, “Judas... (full context)