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There is no reason but I shall be blind . If I can check my erring love , I will ; If not ,
to compass her I'll use my skill . [ E.cil . Scene V.- The Same . A Street . Pro . I will
not flatter her . Val . O ! flatter me , for love delights in praises . Pro . When I was ...
Let there be gall enough in Do not extort thy reasons from this clause , thy ink ;
though thou write with a goose - pen , do For , that I woo , thou therefore hast no
cause ; matter . About it . But rather , reason thus with reason fetter : Sir And ...
Methought a serpent eat my heart away , The will of man is by his reason sway'd ,
And you sat smiling at his cruel prey.And reason says you are the worthier maid .
Lysander ! what , remov'd ? Lysander ! lord ! Things growing are not ripe until ...
The reason of this cannot be that which Schlegel assigns , that “ the glorious
colours of fancy could not have been introduced into such a subject ; " for it is not
easy to find any reason , in the subject itself , why Helena's subdued , yet
Reason , my son Should choose himself a wife ; but as good reason , The father ,
( all whose joy is nothing else But fair posterity , ) should hold some counsel In
such a business . Flo . I yield all this ; But for some other reasons , my grave sir ...
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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.