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I can but say their protestation over ; So much , dear liege , I have already sworn ,
That is , to live and study here three years . But there are other strict observances
; As , not to see a woman in that term , Which , I hope well , is not enrolled there ...
... virgin tribute paid by howling Troy To the sea - monster : I stand for sacrifice ,
The rest aloof are the Dardanian wives , With bleared visages , come forth to view
The issue of th ' exploit . Go , Hercules ! Live thou , I live : —with much , much ...
Come live with me , and be my love , And we will all the pleasures prove That
hills and valleys , dale and field , And all the craggy mountains yield . There will
we sit upon the rocks , And see the shepherds feed their flocks , By shallow rivers
Foolery , sir , does walk about the orb , like the thou live by thy tabor ? sun : it
shines every where . I would be sorry , sir , Clo . No , sir ; I live by the church . but
the fool should be as oft with your master , as Vio . Art thou a churchman ? with
To sue to live , I find , I seek to die , Enter Duke , as a Friar , CLAUDIO , and
Provost . And , seeking death , find life : let it come on . Duke . So then , you hope
of pardon from lord Isab . ( Without . ] What , ho ! Peace here ; grace Angelo ? and
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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.