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The silence of Meares , in 1598 , regarding any such play by Shakespeare , is
also important ; had it then written , he could scarcely have failed to mention it ; so
that we have strong negative evidence of its non - existe before the appearance ...
Remarks on " Shakespeare as a Poet Mr. Hazlitt thus felicitously characterizes its
poetic generally . ... says— “ It is justly considered as one of the • We have a
friendship for Sir Toby ; we patronize most delightful of Shakespeare's comedies .
Like LEAR , ROMEO AND Juliet , and others of Shakespeare's dramas , the
Tempest has undergone strange and causeless alterations , to suit it to the
supposed public taste , or add to the presumed scenic effect and interest . One
William Shakespeare Gulian Crommelin Verplanck. 1- I PRAY you : " - a cheek of
two Pile and a half ” –Referring to But with the word , ” etc. the “ pile ” of the velvet
patch . Blackstone proposed to read , “ Yet I fray you but - it is your ...
As Collier suggests , it seems likely that Shakespeare's attention was directed to
it ( as affording a fit subject for dramatic composition ) by the third edition , which
he appears to have used , and which came out in 1609 , the year before the date
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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.