Celebration Quotation – March 2, 2016

Today’s quote is from Love’s Labor’s Lost:

"They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps." Love's Labor's Lost, Act V, Scene 1

The line is spoken by Moth, who is perhaps the wittiest of Shakespeare’s boy characters.  Shakespeare wrote a number of roles for boys.  With an all-male company, where women’s roles were played by boys, it seems only practical that he would create parts for young actors to gain stage experience before tackling  a larger, more complex role like Viola or Juliet.

We thought that this picture – despite being a bit stained and faded – is worth sharing: it’s a drawing by Thomas Nast (1840-1902.)  Nast, a caricaturist and political cartoonist, is considered to be the “Father of the American Cartoon.”

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection