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How tartly that gentleman looks : I never fitted with a husband . can see him , but I
am heart - burned an hour after . Beat . Not till God make men of some other Hero
. He is of a very melancholy disposition . metal than earth . Would it not grieve ...
it . in you would have me say , saving your reverence , -a SCENE V. - Another
Room in LEONATO's House . husband : : an bad thinking do not wrest true
speaking , I'll offend no body . Is there any harm in — the Enter LEONATO , with
William Shakespeare Gulian Crommelin Verplanck. your hand . Shal . By my
fidelity , this is not well , master scrape the figures out of your husband's brains . If
Ford ; this wrongs you . they can find in their hearts the poor unvirtuous Eva .
My lord , I do confess I ne'er was married ; Was fast belock'd in thine : this is the
body And , I confess , besides , I am no maid : That took away the match from
Isabel , I have known my husband , yet my husband knows And did supply thee
at thy ...
I hope you will not mock me with a husband . Duke . It is your husband mock'd
you with a husband . Consenting to the safeguard of your honour , I thought your
marriage fit ; else imputation , For that he knew you , might reproach your life ,
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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.