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... when you fasted , it was presently after dinner ; when you look'd sadly , it was for want of money ; and now you are metamorphosed with a mistress , that , when I look on you , I can hardly think you my master . Val .
He is a stone , a very pebble - stone , and has no more pity in him than a dog ; a Jew would have wept to have seen our parting why , my grandam having no eyes , look you , wept herself blind at my parting .
Sir Thurio borrows his wit from your ladyship's looks , and spends what he borrows kindly in your company . Thu. ... Not so , sweet lady ; but too mean a servant To have a look of such a worthy mistress . Val .
Tis but her picture I have yet beheld , And that hath dazzled my reason's light ; But when I look on her perfections . There is no reason but I shall be blind . If I can check my erring love , I will ; If not , to compass her I'll use ...
Except I be by Silvia in the night , There is no music in the nightingale ; Unless I look on Silvia in the day , There is no day for me to look upon . She is my essence ; and I leave to be , If I be not by her fair influence Foster'd ...
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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.