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The characters were not only new and uncopied from any dramatic model , but
the plot and incidents are abundantly equally original ; for , although Skottowe ,
and the other diligent searchers for the original materials of his dramas , have ...
Plautus is to us the original author of this amusing plot ; but it is quite probable
that the old Latin comic writer stands in the same relation to some Greek
predecessor that the moderns do to him . There are some Greek fragments
preserved of a ...
It is the same word , however spelled ; original folio this is printed headborough ,
by which mis and Gifford , a West - of - England man , says that in that take the
humour of Sly's answer is lost . The “ thirdpart of England it means " to beat ...
Yet we learn from Dryden himself that the TEMPEST , as Shakespeare wrote it ,
had been , before his own time , acted with great success ; while Walter Scott
thus contrasts with the original the taste and morality of the adul . lerated drama ...
Ben Jonson's · Bartholomew Fair ' was acted in 1614 , and written perhaps in the
preceding year , during the popularity of Shakespeare's two plays ; and there we
find the following words , which we reprint , exactly as they stand in the original ...
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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.