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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 ...
But , in fine , won with the importunity of her brother , ( plead . ing for life , ) upon
these conditions she agreed to ... and to prevent Cassandra's clamours , he
commanded the gaoler secretly to present Cassandra with her brother's head .
Come all to help him , and so stop the air Your brother is to die . By which he
should revive : and even so Isab . So. The general , subject to a well - wish'd king
, Ang . And his offence is so , as it appears Quit their own part , and in obsequious
But , as he adjudg'd your brother , ( Being criminal , in double violation Of sacred
chastity , and of promise - breach , Thereon dependent , for your brother's life , )
The very mercy of the law cries out Most audible , even from his proper tongue ...
My brother , and thy uncle , callid Antonio , - I pray thee , mark me , that a brother
should Be so perfidious ! -he whom , next thyself , Of all the world I lov'd , and to
him put The manage of my state ; as , at that time , Through all the signiories it ...
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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.