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Is there no young SQUARER now " -i . e . Quarreller . To square is the first
position for boxing — to dispute , to confront hostilely . So , in A MIDSUMMER
XIGHT'S DREAM :And now they never meet in grove , or green , By fountain clear
, or ...
Talk you of young master Launcelot ? Gob . Master , young man , you ; I pray you
, Gob . No master , sir , but a poor man's son : his which is the way to master
Jew's ? father , though I say it , is an honest exceeding poor Laun . ( Aside . ] ...
There are houses * master , ' and young gentleman , ' he insists , over and old
enough to have been Shylock's , with balconies over again , on his being ' young
master Launcelot , ' and from which Jessica might have talked ; and ground at
Dizzy , and young Mr. Deep - vow , and Mr. Copperspur , and Mr. Starve - lackey ,
the rapier and daggerClo . I am as well acquainted here , as I was in man , and
young Drop - heir that kill'd Lusty Pudour house of profession : one would think ...
Enter King with young Lords taking “ Too young , " an leave for the Florentine war
; BERTRAM , PAROLPar . An thy LES , and Attendants . bravely . King . Farewell ,
young lords : these warlike Ber . I shall sta principles Creaking my shoe Do not ...
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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.