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William Shakespeare

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Love's Labour's Lost | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Early one day

    The King of Navarre and his lords swear to see no women.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Shortly thereafter

    Princess of France arrives in Navarre.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • That day

    Both Berowne and Don Armado give Costard letters to deliver.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • That afternoon

    Costard delivers the letters to the wrong people.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • That afternoon

    The love letters of the lords are all revealed.

    Act 4, Scene 3
  • That afternoon

    The lords, disguised as Russians, visit the ladies.

    Act 5, Scene 2
  • That evening

    The princess learns her father has died.

    Act 5, Scene 2
  • That evening

    The women make the men promise to wait one year for them.

    Act 5, Scene 2

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 The King of Navarre meets with three of his lords, Berowne, Dumaine, and Longaville, on his grounds. The four of them ha... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 Armado enters with his page, Mote, and the two exchange puns and jokes in a friendly manner. In the midst of their jokin... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 The Princess of France arrives in Navarre with her three attending ladies, Rosaline, Maria, and Katherine. Boyet, an old... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Armado gives a key to Mote and tells him to let Costard out and return with him because he wants Costard to deliver a lo... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 The Princess of France and her ladies go hunting, accompanied by a forester, some French lords, and the faithful Boyet. ... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 The schoolmaster Holofernes, the town curate Nathaniel, and Dull discuss a deer that was shot by the princess. Holoferne... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 Berowne enters, alone, carrying a paper. He's working on another poem for Rosaline, saying, "By heaven, I do love, and i... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 Holofernes, Nathaniel, and Dull discuss Armado, making fun of his tendency to use flowery and elaborate language. Holofe... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 The princess and her ladies discuss and mock the love poems and love tokens—small gifts—the men have sent them. Boyet ar... Read More
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