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We do not think our . sures of life . selves justified , therefore , in printing either '
Love's “ She must lie here " -i . e . ... BIRON ” — “ Biron ” is , in all the old editions ,
printed Berowne , which Rowe altered to “ Biron , " as the tradi Necessity will ...
1 T TE THE MERCHANT OF VENICE was first printed in 1600 , when it appeared
in two distinct quarto editions , by different publishers , Roberts , and Hayes , with
such variations of text as , although slight , clearly show that they were different ...
shall we be BeHolding to you ” —Generally printed Knight says— " The Rialto of
ancient commerce is an according to modern use , “ beholden ; " but in the age
island , - , -one of the largest of those on which Venice is of Elizabeth the active ...
Much Orlando ” —Ironically , no Orlando here ; “ As those that fear ; they hope ,
and know they fear "as we still say , " I shall get much by that ” —meaning , I In the
folio the line is printed thus :shall get nothing . As those that fear they hope , and ...
MUCH Orlando ” —Ironically , no Orlando here ; “ As those that fear ; they hope ,
and know they fear "as we still say , " I shall get much by that ” —meaning , 1 In
the folio the line is printed thus :shall get nothing . As those that fear they hope ...
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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.