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mine elbow , and tempts me , saying to me , “ Gobbo , thing grow to , he had a
kind of taste : -well , my Launcelot Gobbo , good Launcelot , or good Gobbo ,
conscience says , “ Launcelot , budge not . ” “ Budge , " or good Launcelot Gobbo
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What kind of man is he ? him , he is gagged . I protest , I take these wise men ,
Mal . Why , of man kind . that crow so at these set kind of fools , no better Oli .
What manner of man ? than the fools ' zanies . Mal . Of very ill manner : he'll
Not that it is in itself the noblest of his works , or even one of the highest order
among them ; but it is not only exquisite in its kind — it is also original and
peculiar in its whole character , and of a class by itself . For , although it be far
Give us kind keepers , heavens ! What ( For that's my business to you , ) that you
three were these ? From Milan did supplant good Prospero ; Seb . A living
drollery . Now I will believe Expos'd unto the sea , ( which hath requit it , ) That
villainous saFFRON ” —The phrase " unbaked and doughy " shows that here is
an allusion to the proverbial lights much in this kind of reduplication , sometimes
so “ Our means will make us means " — “ Shakespeare deuse of saffron to colour
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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.