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Nor none of thee , thou pale and common drudge The continent and summary of
my fortune . " Tween man and man ; but thou , thou meagre lead , • You that
choose not by the view , Which rather threat'nest than dost promise aught ,
MalvoPrizes not quantity of dirty lands : The parts that fortune hath bestow'd upon
her , lio's coming down this walk : he has been yonder i ? Tell her , I hold as
giddily as fortune ; the sun , practising behaviour to his own shadow , this But ' tis
Fortune , from her wheel , that her gifts may henceI had myself notice of my
brother's purpose herein , forth be bestowed equally . and have by underhand
means laboured to dissuade Ros . I would , we could do so ; for her benefits are
Truly , fortune's displeasure is but sluttish . if it smell so strongly as thou speakest
of : I wil henceforth eat no fish of fortune's buttering . Pr'ythee , allow the ... Foh ! pr
'ythee , stand away : a paper from fortune's close - stool to give to a nobleman !
Fortune's mood ” is several times used by Shakespeare for the “ – My BAUBLE " -
" The fool usually carried in his hand an official sceptre or " bauble , ' which was a
short caprices of fortune . stick , ornamented at the end with the figure of a ...
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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.