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Who will undertake to fix a period for the action of Sir Philip Sydney's great
romance , when the author has conveyed his reader into the fairy or pastoral land
, and informed him what manner of life the inhabitants of that region lead ? We
Luc . Dromio , go bid the servant spread for dinner . Dro . S. Master , shall I be
porter at the gate ? Dro . S. O , for my beads ! I cross me for a sinner . Adr . Ay ;
and let none enter , lest I break your pate . This is the fairy land : 0 , spite of spites
... in Tartar limbo , worse than hell : | apparell'd ? A devil in an everlasting
garment hath him , Ant . S. What gold is this ? What Adam dost One whose hard
heart is button'd up with steel ; thou mean ? A fiend , a fairy , pitiless and rough ;
poor I am but his STALE " _ “ Stale " here means , “ This is the fairy land " - " In the
first act we have as Stevens thinks , a pretended wife : the stalking - horse , a
description of the unlawful arts of Ephesus . It was or pretended horse , behind ...
... and a time when the noble's or prince's court contained the the quirks of courts
of law , as to the scenes of nature , only theatre of the domain or principality . This
sort or the fairy - land of his own imagination . of story , too , was admirably ...
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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.