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Talk you of young master Launcelot ? Gob . Master , young man , you ; I pray you
, Gob . No master , sir , but a poor man's son : his which is the way to master
Jew's ? father , though I say it , is an honest exceeding poor Laun . ( Aside . ] ...
It is peiter that friends is the sword , and end it : and there is also another device
in my prain , which , peradventure , prings goot discretions with it . There is Anne
Page , which is daughter to master George Page , which is pretty virginity . Slen .
He is the wiser man , master doctor : he guest , and master Page , and eke
cavalero Slender , is a curer of souls , and you a curer of bodies ; if go you
through the town to Frogmore . you should fight , you go against the hair of your [
Aside to ...
No , good master Fenton.That now I aim at . Come , master Shallow ; -come , son
Slender ; in.Anne . Gentle master Fenton , Knowing my mind , you wrong me ,
master Fenton . Yet seek my father's love ; still seek it , sir : ( Ereunt Page ,
And , I beseech you , look into master Froth thee : thou art to continue ; now , thou
varlet , thou here , sir ; a man of fourscore pound a year , whose art to continue .
father died at Hallowmas . - Was't not at Hallow Escal . Where were you born ...
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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.