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Well , I say no : and therefore , for assurance , Let's each one send unto his wife ,
And he , whose wife is most obedient To come at first when he doth send for her ,
Shall win the wager which we will propose . Hor . Content . What is the wager ?
He loves the gally - mawfry : Ford , perpend . Page . How now , Meg ! Ford . Love
my wife ? Mrs. Page . Whither go you , George ? -Hark Pist . With liver burning hot
: prevent , or go thou , you , Like sir ActŠon he , with Ring - wood at thy heels .
Ford's wife . Would any man have thought this ? —See the hell Ford . O good sir !
of having a false woman ! my bed shall be abused , Fal . I say you shall . my
coffers ransacked , my reputation gnawn at ; and Ford . Want no money , sir John
Will you take up your wife . - Youth in a basket ! - you panderly rascals ! wife's
clothes ? Come away ; there's a knot , a ging , a pack , a conspiracy against Ford
. Empty the basket , I say . me : now shall the devil be shamed . - What , wife , Mrs.
Why , horns ; which such as you are fain Orl . Who could be out , being before his
beloved to be beholden to your wives for : but he comes mistress ? armed in his
fortune , and prevents the slander of Ros . Marry , that should you , if I were 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.