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"There Is No Love Lost"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: The idea of wasted love occurs in the title of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. In a negative sense, The Witch (Act IV, sc. iii) of Thomas Middleton (1570-1627) declares: "There is no hate lost between us." In Don Quixote, Sancho, hearing his master discuss women with Basil and Quiteria, whose marriage was due to the Knight's intercession, says he wished he had heard his master discuss compatibility and incompatibility before he got married. When Don Quixote asks if Sancho's wife Teresa, is so bad, the squire evaluates her:

". . . Not so very bad, neither," answered Sancho, "nor yet so good as I would have her." "Fie, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "thou dost not do well to speak ill of thy wife, who is a good mother to thy children." "There is no love lost, sir," quoth Sancho, "for she speaks as ill of me, when the fit takes her. . . ."