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
They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps.
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Act 1, Scene 2
Armado asks his page Mote what it means when a man is melancholy. The boy answers that it means the...
Armado and Mote go off on a digression of wordplay. Armado says that he has promised to study...
Armado confesses that he is in love with a “base wench.” He asks Mote to name some “great men” who have also been in love. The page names Hercules...
Armado asks Mote about a ballad concerning a king’s love for a beggar, because he wishes to justify...
...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 loves the very ground Jaquenetta...
Act 3, Scene 1
Armado tells his page Mote to free Costard and bring him so that Armado can have him take a love...
Mote says that Armado loves Jacquenetta “by, in, and without” his heart: his heart cannot come...
Mote leaves, and Armado compliments his “acute” wit. Mote returns with Costard and Armado greets him...
...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.’”
Act 5, Scene 1
...and Nathaniel converse a bit in Latin, and then Armado enters along with Costard and Mote.
Mote pokes fun at Holofernes and Nathaniel, saying “they have been at a great feast of...
...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...
Act 5, Scene 2
Mote, Ferdinand, Berowne, Longaville, and Dumaine arrive in Russian dress. The princess and her ladies put...
...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...
Holofernes, Nathaniel, Mote, and Costard return to the stage. Everyone divides into two groups, one representing spring and...
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