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O ! these are barren tasks , too hard to keep , So you , to study now it is too late ,
Not to see ladies , study , fast , not sleep . Climb o'er the house to unlock the little
gate . King . Your oath is pass'd to pass away from these . King . Well , sit you out
Pray you , give me iny gown ; or else keep potions , and the motions . Shall I lose
my parit in your arms . son ? my priest ? my sir Hugh ? no ; he gives me the
proverbs and the noverbs . - Give me thy hand , Enter Page , Shallow , and ...
Keep you your word , O duke ! to give your daughDuke S. Dost thou believe ,
Orlando , that the boy ter ;Can do all this that he hath promised ? Yon yours ,
Orlando , to receive his daughter : -- Orl . I sometimes do believe , and sometimes
do not ...
Reason thus with Claud . Most holy sir , I thank you . life :Isab . My business is a
word or two with Claudio . If I do lose thee , I do lose a thing Prov . And very
welcome . Look , signior ; here's That none but fools would keep : a breath thou
( For else his project dies ) to keep them living . What have we here ? a man or a
fish ? Dead or ( Sings in Gonzalo's ear . alive ? A fish : he smells like a fish ; a
very ancient While you here do snoring lie , and fish - like smell ; a kind of , not of
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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.