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This is hundred years , appear to have ascended from the lowest the old reading
, which , without reason , has been changed to the highest offices of the state . ”
The political sarto “ a goodly count - confect . " casm , as to the inheritance of the
Haut a Boswell produces from Vittoria Corombona , seems to la main , homme a
la main : a man of his hands ; a place the accuracy of the generally received
reading man of his execution or valour . out of doubt— “ Your husband is
our renowned duke ” —Gibbon , ( “ Decline and Fall , " chap . xvii . , ) speaking of
the title of Duke , as ap“ New bent in heaven ” —The old copies , quarto and plied
to the military commander of princes in the reign folio , are uniform in reading ...
our renowned DUKE ” –Gibbon , ( “ Decline and Fall , " chap . xvii . , ) speaking of
the title of Duke , as apNew bent in heaven " — The old copies , quarto and plied
to the military commander of princes in the reigu klo , are uniform in reading ...
Knight thus defends and labours to elicit sense from the folio reading :" - his heels
have deserved it , in usurping his spurs “ The reading of the original is startling
and difficult . so long " - " The punishment of a recreant or coward The common ...
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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.