Armado is first described by the king, just before he enters the stage in the play's first scene, as ''One who the music of his own vain tongue / Doth ravish like an enchanting harmony" (Li. 166-7). Armado is a self-important Spanish courtier—not unlike Don Quixote in character—who is in love with the country wench Jaquenetta. When he comes upon her with Costard the clown (outside the play's action) he sends a letter to the king demanding Costard's punishment. Given the task of keeping the clown under his guard, Armado sends him to deliver a courtly and elaborate love letter to...
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