Results 1-5 of 5
In such a night as this , When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees , And they
did make no noise ; in such a night , Troilus , methinks , mounted the Trojan walls
, And sigh'd his soul toward the Grecian tents , Where Cressid lay that night .
SOURCE OF THE PLOT AND CHARACTERS . The Shakespearian critics of the
present century have been very industrious in their endeavours to trace out the
sonrce of the plot of the Twelfth Night . I abridge , from Mr. Collier , the substance
Twelfth Night is a genuine fects of which , if such they are , pass unmarked by
comedy — a perpetual spring of the gayest and the sweetothers , in the
exhilarating effect of the whole , arising est fancies . ` In artificial society , men
and women ...
Are not you Lysander ? Let her alone ; speak not of Helena ; I am as fair now , as
I was erewhile . Take not her part , for if thou dost intend Since night , you lov'd
me ; yet , since night you left Never so little show of love to her , Thou shalt aby it .
The MIDSUMMER - Night's DREAM has employed a " compact of imagination ; ' '
something of great constancy , succession of eminent authors and playwrights to
adapt for consistency ; sweet Pyramus translated there ; its etherial forms to ...
What people are saying - Write a review
"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.