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There are some Greek fragments preserved of a lost play of Menander's , entitled
“ Didymi , or the Twins , " which , there is great probability , was the original
comedy here adapted by Plautus , as it is known he did other Greek originals , to
HIS comedy was first printed in 1600 , when it appeared in the small quarto
pamphlet customary in those days for such publications . Its title was “ Much Adoe
about Nothing ; as it hath been sundry times publickly acted , ” etc. , etc. This
را T " INTRODUCTORY REMARKS DATE OF THE PLAY , —ITS
CHARACTERISTICS , ETC. THIS comedy was originally printed in a quarto
pamphlet , in 1598 , with this title - page : - “ A pleasant Conceited Comedie
called , Loues labors lost .
THIS comedy , at once romantic , philosophical , and T'picturesque , is in no way
one of his anchoral moet peculiar and original works - original , indeed , in every
thing but the rough materials of the story , and peculiar in all its poetic and ...
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS DATE AND ORIGINAL TITLE OF THE COMEDY -
ITS MIXTURE OF STYLES , CHARACTERISTICS , ETC. IN of , given by Meares ,
in his “ Wit's Treasury , ” published in that year , is found the title of “ Love's ...
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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.