Every Man out of His Humour

by Ben Jonson

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"There Shall Be No Love Lost"

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Context: Fastidious Brisk, a pretentious, foppish courtier, arrives on the scene and delivers a series of affected remarks which causes Carlo Buffone to say that he leaps from one thing to another, like the wild Irish running over a bog. The reference to the Irish makes Brisk announce that he was riding to the court. This statement allows him to bring up the subject of his hobby, which is a breed of small horse of Irish origin. He boasts that a courtier offered him £100 (a colossal sum) for it. Buffone remarks that Brisk will turn morris-dancer and caper in a hobby-horse, a small figure of a horse that a man wore as though he were riding it. Sogliardo, a newly-rich fool, taking the reference to the hobby-horse literally, says that he has one on his wall at home that his father danced in. He adds that he has also danced in it. Buffone asserts that Brisk loves Sogliardo very much, and in reply Sogliardo says that there will be no love lost. The expression here implies that Sogliardo will return Brisk's love in full measure; this sense is contrary to the modern meaning that there will be no love at all between the two.

Who, he? a gull, a fool, no salt in him i' the earth, man: he looks like a fresh salmon kept in a tub; he'll be spent shortly. His brain's lighter than his feather already, and his tongue more subject to lie than that's to wag: he sleeps with a musk-cat every night, and walks all day hanged in pomander chains for penance; he has his skin tanned in civet, to make his complexion strong, and the sweetness of his youth lasting in the sense of his sweet lady. A good empty puff; he loves you well, signior.
There shall be no love lost, sir, I'll assure you.

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