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... and supported by the comparison I have above suggested , of the internal
indications of style and spirit with those of Shakespeare's other dramas which are
known to have first appeared not long after the date of this representation at court
Yet to me it appears , not only in its structure , but in its taste and feeling , to bear
a more classical character , and to be more assimilated to the higher Grecian
drama , in its spirit , than any other of its author's works or indeed any other poem
Spirit , fine spirit ! I'll free This music crept by me upon the waters , thee Allaying
both their fury , and my passion , Within two days for this . With its sweet air :
thence I have follow'd it , Fer . Most sure , the goddess Or it hath drawn me rather
In all modern editions the passage that the fallen spirits , having different degrees
of guilt , stands thus :had different ... of Arielsied to the wild waves , and kissed
them into silence thou wast a spirit too delicate Foot it featly here and there .
The exquisite delicacy of “ This play , throughout , is written in the very spirit the
picture is apparent . To understand and appreciate of its author ; and in telling
this homely and simple , its effective truth and nature , we should place Perdita ...
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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.