more than Time's toys, who never really lived, but only glittered a little.
Love's Labour's Lost.
Written. Between 1589 and 1592.
Published, after correction and augmentation, from a badly corrected copy, 1598.
Source of the Plot. It is thought that Shakespeare created the plot. The names of some of the characters were taken from people then living. The incident in Act V, scene ii (the entrance of the King of Navarre and his men, in Russian habits), was perhaps suggested by the visit of some Russians to Queen Elizabeth in 1584.
The Fable. The King of Navarre and his three courtiers, Biron, Dumaine and Longaville, have sworn to study for three years under the usual collegiate conditions of watching, fasting, and keeping from the sight and speech of women. They are forced to break this vow. The Princess of France comes with her Court to discuss State affairs.
At the discussion, the King falls in love with the Princess, his th
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