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Speed . Such another proof will make me cry Jul . But say , Lucetta , now we are
alone , * baa . " Wouldst thou , then ... Speed . Ay , sir : I , a lost mutton , gave your
letter Jul . Of all the fair resort of gentlemen , to her , a laced mutton ; and she , a ...
Speed . Sir , I know that well enough . Val . What dost thou know ? Enter
VALENTINE , and SPEED . Speed . That she is not so fair , as ( of you )
wellSpeed . Sir , your glove . favour'd . Val . Not mine ; my gloves are on . Val . I
mean , that her ...
Speed . He should give her interest , and she gives And yet take this again ; —
and yet I thank you , it him . Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more . Val . As
you enjoin'd me , I have writ your letter Speed . And yet you will ; and yet , another
Enter Speed . What is your news ? Launce . Sir , there is a proclamation that you
are Speed . How now , signior Launce ? what news vanish d . with your
mastership ? Pro . That thou art banishid : 0 ! that is the news , Launce . With my
More hair than wit , —it may be ; I'll chief virtue . prove it : the cover of the salt
hides the salt , and Speed . Item , “ She is proud . " therefore it is more than the
salt : the hair , that Launce . Out with that too : it was Eve's legacy , covers the wit ,
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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.