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truth itself , that thou art lovely . More fairer than But come , the bow : —now
mercy goes to kill , fair , beautiful than beauteous , truer than truth itself , And
shooting well is then accounted ill . have commiseration on thy heroical vassal !
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L NOTES ACT I. - SCENE I. to feel the truth and beauty of his exquisite As You
Like It , without having loitered , as I have done , amid “ As I remember , Adam ”
—This is printed as it stands its tangled glens and magnificent depths . ” in the old
6 truth , however , is , that love is wilfully blind ; and now terest is preserved by
characters more than incidents . that my eyes are opened , I shut them against
the fault . But what a tablet of characters ! the witty and impasAway with your best
In this play , he , throughout the whole , labours to impress on the audience a
great and simple truth , too much forgotten at all times in the pride of life , but
which in his own age and nation of strongly marked distinction and prejudices of
Do : I'll take the sacrament on't , how and say true , -or thereabouts , set down , —
for I'll speak which way you will . truth . Ber . All's one to him . What a past - saving
slave Fr. Gent . He's very near the truth in this . is this ! Ber . But I con him no ...
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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.