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What , will my daughter prove a good mu sician ? Hor . I think , she'll sooner
prove a soldier : Iron may hold with her , but never lutes . Bap . Why , then thou
canst not break her to the lute ? Hor . Why no , for she hath broke the lute to me .
Then thus . Baptista is safe , talking with Tra . Thou'rt a tall fellow : hold thee that
to the deceiving father of a deceitful son . drink . Luc . And what of him ? Here
comes Baptista . – Set your countenance , sir . Bion . His daughter is to be
Tis true , indeed ; so your daughter fear God , howsoever it seems not in him by
some says : “ Shall I , " says she , “ that have so oft en large jests he will make .
Well , I am sorry for countered him with scorn , write to him that I love your niece .
My daughter ! -O my ducats ! -O my daughter ! · Who chooseth me must give and
hazard all he Fled with a Christian ? -O my Christian ducats ! hath : " Justice ! the
law ! my ducats , and my daughter ! You shall look fairer , ere I give , or hazard .
Neither his daughter , if we judge by manners ; But yet , indeed , the smaller is his
daughter : The other is daughter to the banish'd duke , And here detain'd by her
usurping uncle , To keep his daughter company ; whose loves Are dearer than ...
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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.