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( Aside . ) He hath ta'en the infection : either he avoids them with great discretion ,
or hold it up . undertakes them with a most Christian - like fear . D. Pedro . Hath
she made her affection known Leon . If he do fear God , he must necessarily ...
Much Orlando ” —Ironically , no Orlando here ; “ As those that fear ; they hope ,
and know they fear "as we still say , " I shall get much by that ” —meaning , I In the
folio the line is printed thus :shall get nothing . As those that fear they hope , and ...
MUCH Orlando ” —Ironically , no Orlando here ; “ As those that fear ; they hope ,
and know they fear "as we still say , " I shall get much by that ” —meaning , 1 In
the folio the line is printed thus :shall get nothing . As those that fear they hope ...
Are we all met ? you , not to fear , not to tremble : my life for yours . Quin . Pat , pat
; and here's a marvellous conve If you think I come hither as a lion , it were pity
nient place for our rehearsal . This green plot shall of my life : no , I am no such ...
For thou dost fear the soft and tender fork Lord Angelo , having affairs to heaven ,
Of a poor worm : thy best of rest is sleep , Intends you for his swift ambassador ,
And that thou oft provok'st ; yet grossly fear'st Where you shall be an everlasting ...
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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.