37) Back to ciphers. Now we’ll see why this Roman numeral awareness is useful. If we go back to the first page of this play, we return to the page mentioned much earlier where we find the lines between the characters Berowne and Ferdinand:
Berow. By yea and nay sir, than I swore in jest.
What is the end of study, let me know?
Fer. Why that to know which else wee should not know.
Ber. Things hid & bard (you meane) fró cómon sense. [from common sense].
Ferd. I [yes], that is studies god-like recompence. [“I” = “Aye” = “Yes”]
And then we can become aware that the hidden bard is right there on the page in the title of the play:
“Loues Labour’s lost” in which the “L” in Lost is strangely uncapitalized, leaving only two capitalized “L”s which have the effect of exhibiting the number “100”, the Simple count for “Francis Bacon”. The strong reminders in the ditty that an “L” equaled “50” primed our minds to be more alert to noticing this in the play title.