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Duke's Palace . But say , this weed her love from Valentine , It follows not that she
will love sir Thurio . Enter Duke and Thurio ; PROTEUS behind . Thu. Therefore ,
as you unwind her love from him , Duke . Sir Thurio , fear not but that she will ...
Would the duke that is absent have she smelt brown bread and garlic : say , that I
said done this ? Ere he would have hang'd a man for Farewell . ( Erit . the getting
a hundred bastards , he would have paid Duke . No might nor greatness in ...
Duke . O , sir , you must ; and therefore , I beseech you , Look forward on the
journey you shall go . Barnar . I swear , I will ... Duke . But hear you , Barnar . Not
a word : if you have any thing to say to me , come to my ward ; for thence will not I
William Shakespeare Gulian Crommelin Verplanck. say ? Duke . Many that are
not mad , On him so near us ? This needs must be a practice . Have , sure , more
lack of reason . What would you Who knew of your intent , and coming hither ?
Now , good my lord , give me the scope of justice ; Where is the duke ? ' tis he
should hear me speak . My patience here is touch'd . I do perceive , Escal . The
duke's in us , and we will hear you These poor informal women are no more
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"like a wood woman" might indeed have meant "frantic" or "wild" (with grief) which Launce mentions referring to the "shoe" which he adopts for the sake of illustration. However, Shakespeare, even at his earliest writings, was vastly entertained by double entendres and his love of puns is so well documented. In that time in Italy, women wore platform shoes which were raised to elevate the shoes from the mud and other unpleasant "stuff". These were called "chopines" and the platforms were constructed of wood. The higher the platform, the higher the pretentiousness of the lady. Her height could have put her above many others. Since Launce has his father and mother represented as shoes, this second meaning is certainly not outside of the possibility for Shakespeare's intention. Naturally, it would have had the effect of a rather "localized" and "temporary" idea, but the fact of its having been very popular in that day makes it a candidate for the Bard's delight.