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O ! some authority how to proceed ; From women's eyes this doctrine I derive :
Some tricks , some quillets , how to ... did swear unto ;Then , fools you were these
women to forswear , To fast , -- to study , -- and to see no woman : Or , keeping ...
I never You have brought her into such a canaries , as ' tis knew a woman so dote
upon a man : surely , I think wonderful : the best courtier of them all , when the
you have charms , la ; yes , in truth . court lay at Windsor , could never have ...
What hoa ! mistress Page ! come Enter Host and BARDOLPR . you , and the old
woman , down ; my husband will Bard . ... Old woman ! What old woman's that ?
at court , and they are going to meet him . Mrs. Ford . Why , it is my maid's aunt of
There's an old woman , a fat woman , gone What shall be done with him ? what is
your plot ? up into his chamber : I'll be so bold as stay , sir , Mrs. Page . That
likewise have we thought upon , till she come down ; I come to speak with her ,
They have added to the plot a young prince , as unexperienced as Miranda ,
having never seen a woman ; and they provide Miranda with a sister to marry to
the prince , so as to work out a double plot , and conclude with a double wedding
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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.