Synopsis[ edit ] The first page of the play, printed in the First Folio of Ferdinand, King of Navarreand his three noble companions, the Lords Berowne, Dumaine, and Longaville, take an oath not to give in to the company of women. They devote themselves to three years of study and fasting; Berowne agrees somewhat more hesitantly than the others. The King declares that no woman should come within a mile of the court.
They have sworn that for three years they will fast and study, enjoy no pleasures, and see no ladies. None of the three noblemen wanted to take the vow; Berowne, in particular, feels that it will be impossible to keep his promise.
He points out this fact to the king by reminding him that the princess of France is approaching the court of Navarre to present a petition from her father, who is ill. The king agrees that he will be compelled to see her, but he adds that in such cases the vow must be broken by necessity. The only amusement the king and his lords are to have is provided by Costard, a clown, and by Don Adriano de Armado, a foolish Spaniard attached to the court.
Armado writes to the king to inform him that Costard has been caught in the company of Jaquenetta, a country wench of dull mind. The truth is that Armado also loves Jaquenetta. He fears the king will learn of his love and punish him in the same manner.
The princess of France arrives with her three attendants. All are fair, and they expect to be received at the palace in the manner due their rank. The king, however, sends word that they will be housed at his lodge because, under the terms of his vow, no lady can enter the palace.
The princess, furious at being treated in this fashion, scorns the king for his bad manners. When she presents to him the petition from her father, she and the king cannot agree because he asserts that he has not received certain monies that she claims have been delivered to him.
At that first meeting, although each would have denied the fact, eight hearts are set to beating faster. The king views the princess with more than courteous interest.
A short time later, Berowne sends a letter to Rosaline, with Costard as his messenger. Armado has also given Costard a letter, his to be delivered to Jaquenetta.
Berowne learns that he had been correct in thinking the vow to leave the world behind would soon be broken. Hiding in a tree, he hears the king read aloud a sonnet that proclaims his love for the princess The entire section is 1, words.Jonny Orsini as Ferdinand, King of Navarre and Pascale Armand as Rosaline in William Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost, directed by Kathleen Marshall, running August 14 - September 18, at The.
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This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare. One of William Shakespeare’s early comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost, follows four Spanish men’s attempts to resist the allure of four women.
The title implies the difficulties and disappointments that often accompany the pursuit of romantic love.