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The silence of Meares , in 1598 , regarding any such play by Shakespeare , is
also important ; had it then written , he could scarcely have failed to mention it ; so
that we have strong negative evidence of its non - existe before the appearance ...
All these are relieved and contrasted by the grotesque absurdity of the mock play
, and still more by the laughable truth and nature of the amateur “ mechanicals "
who present it . The critics have , indeed , been disposed to limit the praise of ...
Nay , faith , let me not play a woman : I And therefore is love said to be a child ,
have a beard coming . Because in choice he is so oft beguild . Quin . That's all
one . You shall play it in a As waggish boys in game themselves forswear , mask
Mrs. Inchball even records unconsciously the bad taste of her times , by
remarking , in the preface to her stage - edition of the play , that “ though the
learned may admire the Poet's grand conception , the play would never have
become a ...
This conjecture of this acute and ingenious writer is too curious a portion of
Shakespearian criticism to be omitted here :“ The Winter's Tale ( says he ) may be
ranked among the historic plays of Shakespeare , though not one of his
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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.