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Doth not the gentleman Proposing with the Prince and Claudio : Deserve as full ,
as fortunate a bed , Whisper her ear , and tell her , I and Ursula As ever Beatrice
shall couch upon ? Walk in the orchard , and our whole discourse Hero . O God ...
Which with experimental seal doth warrant Lcon . Hath no man's dagger here a
point for me ? The tenour of my book ; trust not my age , [ HERO swoons . My
reverence , calling , nor divinity , Beat . Why , how now , cousin ! wherefore sink If
Therefore , Jew , Though justice be thy plea , consider this ,That in the course of
justice none of us Should see salvation : we do pray for mercy , And that same
prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy . I have spoke thus much ,
Such harmony is in immortal souls ; The man that hath no music in himself , But ,
whilst this muddy vesture of decay Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds
, Doth grossly close it in , we cannot hear it . Is fit for treasons , stratagems , and ...
Heaven doth with us , as we with torches do , Not light them for themselves ; for if
our virtues Did not go forth of us , ' twere all alike As if we had them not . Spirits
are not finely touch'd , But to fine issues ; nor nature never lends The smallest ...
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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.