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Better a witty fool , than a foolish wit . ... bid the dishonest man mend It shall
become thee well to act my woes ; himself ; if he mend , he is no longer dishonest
: if She will attend it better in thy youth , he cannot , let the botcher mend him .
The courtesy of nations allows you my better , in that you are the first - born ; but
the same tradition takes not away my blood , were there twenty brothers betwixt
us . I have as much of my father in me , as you , albeit , I confess , your coming ...
no wrong , for I have none to lament me ; the world no injury , for in it I have
nothing ; only in the world I fill up a place , which may be better supplied when I
have made it empty . Ros . The little strength that I have , I would it were with you .
I crave no other , nor no better man . Duke . Never crave him : we are definitive .
Mari . Gentle my liege , - [ Kneeling Duke . You do but lose your labour , Away
with him to death . — Now , sir , - ( To Lucio . ] - to you . Mari . O , my good lord !
Who hast the memory of Hermione , As every present time doth boast itself I know
, in honour , -0 , that ever I Above a better , gone , so must thy grace Had squar'd
me to thy counsel ! —then , even now , Give way to what's seen now . Sir , you ...
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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.