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Lucentio's father is arriv'd in Padua , Ped . Ay , what else ? and , but I be deceived
, And how she's like to be Lucentio's wife . Signior Baptista may remember me ,
Luc . I pray the gods she may with all my heart ! Near twenty years ago , in ...
To be brief , the very truth is , that the know me , father ? Jew having done me
wrong , doth cause me , -as Gob . Alack the day ! I know you not , young my father
, being , I hope , an old man , shall frutify geatleman ; but , I pray you , tell me , is ...
Yet seek my father's love ; still seek it , sir : ( Ereunt Page , Shallow , and
SLESDES . If opportunity and humblest suit Quick . Speak to mistress Page .
Cannot attain it , why then , -- Hark you hither . Fent . Good mistress Page , for
that I love your ...
I have as much of my father in me , as you , albeit , I confess , your coming before
me is nearer to his reverence . Oli . What , boy ! Orl . Come , come , elder brother ,
you are too young in this . Adam . Yonder comes my master , your brother .
That once , I see , by your good father's speed , Will come on very slowly . I am
sorry , Most sorry , you have broken from his liking , Where you were tied in duty ;
and as sorry , Your choice is not so rich in worth as beauty , That you might well ...
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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.