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Love's Labour's Lost Characters

Ferdinand, King of Navarre, is not the most dedicated monarch in the world, preferring to hide away and study for three years instead of taking care of his kingdom. 

 
 

Berowne is a lord at the court of Navarre, among the King’s best friends and one of the three who agree to join him on his scholarly retreat, though he is rather skeptical of the feasibility of the plan. 

 
 

Longaville is a tall young lord at the King of Navarre’s court, one of the three lords who agree to join the King on his scholarly retreat, convinced that three years without good food or women is not so long. 

 
 

Dumaine is a lord at the King of Navarre’s court, one of the three lords who agree to join the King on his scholarly retreat. 

 
 

Boyet is a gossipy French lord attending on and counseling the Princess of France, quick to note that the young men have fallen for the ladies. 

 
 

Marcade is a messenger from the court of France, who comes to inform the Princess that her father is dead and that she is therefore Queen.

 
 

Don Adriano de Armado is an affected Spanish braggart, a man who thinks himself finer than he actually is and talks in mind-bogglingly fancy language, qualifying every word a dozen ways and taking paragraphs to get to the point. 

 
 

Sir Nathaniel is the local curate, a man greatly impressed by Holofernes’s learning and by his own. 

 
 

Holofernes is a pedant, and the local schoolteacher. 

 
 

Anthony Dull is the local constable, a blunt and unloquacious man who has no qualms about admitting that he has no idea what anyone else is talking about when they use their high-falutin’ language.

 
 

Costard is a swain at the court of Navarre who is caught chatting with Jaquenetta by Armado in spite of the King’s order that men are not to see women. 

 
 

Moth is Don Armado’s page, a young, small, and extremely quick-witted boy who can not only hold his own with his master’s affected language, but best him at it. 

 
 

A Forester is unable to keep up with the Princess’ games of wit, but is rewarded for trying to all the same.

 
 

The Princess of France is her father the King’s heir, sent on an important diplomatic mission to Navarre. 

 
 

Rosaline is a witty and intelligent lady attending on the Princess of France. 

 
 

Maria is a lady attending on the Princess of France who met Longaville at a family wedding and was rather impressed by him. 

 
 

Katherine is a lady attending on the Princess of France who was rather impressed when she first met Dumaine, and is much less so when he breaks his oath and falls in love with her. 

 
 

Jaquenetta is a country wench who does not have the greatest reputation for virtue. 

 
 

The First French Lord attends the Princess of France and her companions on her embassy to Navarre, and is able to tell her that Longaville is one of the King’s companions.

 
 

The Second French Lord [mute role] attends on the Princess of France and her companions on their embassy to Navarre.

 
 

Blackamoors [mute roles] play music for the lords when they are disguised as Russians.

 
 
 
 
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