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Why , then will I tell thee , -that thy will not , I will ; for good things should be
praised . master stays for thee at the north ... For thee ? ay ; who art thou ? he
hath down she is slow of : of her purse she shall not , for stay'd for a better man
than thee ...
S. Faith , stay here this night , they will [ ADRIANA , LUCIANA , and Jailer run out
surely do us no harm ; you saw they speak us fair , frighted . give us gold .
Methinks they are such a gentle naAnt . S. I see , these witches are afraid of
I stay too long from her : Having no other reason , The morning wears , ' tis time
we were at church . But that his beard grew thin and hungerly , Tra . See not your
bride in these unreverent robes . And seem'd to ask him sops as he was drinking
To him will I : out of these convertites Duke S. Stay , Jaques , stay , There is much
matter to be heard and learn'd. Jaq . To see no pastime , 1 : —what you would
You— [ T . DUKE S . ] — to your former honour 1 have , bequeath ; I'll stay to
though absent , shook hands , as over a vast , and em But let him swear so , and
he shall not stay , braced , as it were , from the ends of opposed winds . We'll
thwack him thence with distaffs . The heavens continue their loves ! Yet of your
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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.