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He that has the two fair daughters : -is't Than you , unless you were a scholar , sir
. he you mean ? Gre . O , this learning ! what a thing it is ! Tra . Even he ,
Biondello . Gru . O , this woodcock ! what an ass it is ! Gre . Hark you , sir : you
mean pot ...
Fair princess , welcome to the court of Ros . The hour that fools should ask .
Navarre . Biron . Now fair befal your mask ! Prin . Fair , I give you back again ; and
welcome Ros . Fair fall the face it covers ! I have not yet : the roof of this court is
I thank my beauty , I am fair that shoot , fit . And thereupon thou speak'st the
fairest shoot . Are not you the chief woman ? you are the thickest For . Pardon me
, madam , for I meant not so . here . Prin . What , what ? first praise me , and again
Fair lady , – Ros . Well - liking wits they have ; gross , gross ; Mar. Say you so ?
Fair lord.fat , fat . Take that for your fair lady . Prin . O , poverty in wit , kingly - poor
flout ! Dum . Please it you , Will they not , think you , hang themselves to - night ...
Demetrius loves your fair : O happy fair ! Your eyes are lode - stars , and your
tongue's sweet air More tuneable than lark to shepherd's ear , When wheat is
green , when hawthorn buds appear Sickness is catching ; O , were favour so !
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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.