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William Shakespeare Gulian Crommelin Verplanck. on him : let's appoint him a
meeting ; give him a show of comfort in his suit ; and lead him on with a fine -
baited delay , till he hath pawned his horses to mine Host of the Garter . Mrs. Ford
I love thee : help me away ; let me creep Mrs. Ford . Do not betray me , sir . I fear ,
you in here ; I'll neverlove mistress Page . [ He gets into the basket : they crer kva
Fal . Thou might'st as well say , I love to walk with foul linen . oy the Counter ...
Enter Ford . Bard . Come in , woman . Ford . Bless you , sir . Enter Mrs. Quickly .
Fal . Now , master Brook ; you come to know Quick . By your leave . — I cry you
mercy : give what hath passed between me and Ford's wife ? your worship good
Mrs. Ford . Go , sirs , take the basket again on Ford . So say I too , sir . — Come
hither , mistress your shoulders : your master is hard at door ; if Ford ; mistress
Ford , the honest woman , the modhe bid you set it down , obey him . Quickly ; est
If Ford ; this wrongs you . they can find in their hearts the poor unvirtuous Eva .
Master Ford , you must pray , and not fol fat knight shall be any further afflicted ,
we two will low the imaginations of your own heart ; this is still be the ministers ...
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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.