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Will you hear this letter with attention ? Biron . As we would hear an oracle . Cost .
Such is the simplicity of man to hearken after the flesh . King . [ Reads . ) Great
deputy , the welkin's vicegerent , and sole dominator of Navarre , my soul's
But that is all one : if sir John Falstaff have committed disparagements unto you , I
am of the church , and will be glad to do my benevolence , to make atonements
and compremises between you . Shal . The council shall hear it : it is a riot . Eva .
Methinks , I have a great desire I do hear the morning lark . to a bottle of bay :
good hay , sweet hay , hath no Obe . Then , my queen , in silence sad , fellow .
Trip we after the night's shade ; Tila . I have a venturous fairy that shall seek We
William Shakespeare Gulian Crommelin Verplanck. ACT V grace ! Scene I. - A
public Place near the City Gate . Or wring redress from you . Hear me , O , hear
me , here ! MARIANA , ( veilid , ) ISABELLA , and PETER , at a Ang . My lord , her
I hear With grief , that's beauty's canker , thou might'st The strain of strutting
chanticlere call him Cry , Cock - a - doodle - doo . A goodly person . He hath lost
his fellows , And strays about to find ' em . Fer . Where should this music be ? i ' th
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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.