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He tells me flatly , there is no The lord Bassanio live an upright life , mercy for me
in heaven , because I am a Jew's For , having such a blessing in his lady ,
daughter ; and he says , you are no good member He finds the joys of heaven
here on ...
Ay , with such gifts , that heaven shall share And he that got it , sentenc'd — a
young man More fit to do another such offence , Lucio . ( Aside . ] You had marr'd
all else . Than die for this . Isab . Not with fond shekels of the tested gold , Duke .
Blood , thou art blood : Heaven , let me bear it ! you granting of my suit , Let's
write good angel on the devil's horn , If that be sin , I'll make it my morn - prayer '
Tis not the devil's crest . To have it added to the faults of mine , And nothing of
A showing of a heavenly effect in an earthly actor . Par . That's it I would have
said ; the ... Very hand of heaven . Par . Ay , so I say . Laf . In a most ... Gentlemen
, Heaven hath through me restor'd the king to health . All . We understand it , and
plays ; but Chaucer and his continuator , as well as more humble romancers ,
had made Cressid and her uncle fa- my hopes of HEAVEN ” —The old copies
have help for “ heaven , ” which last is probably right ; Shakespeare miliar
enough to ...
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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.