TO LUCENTIO . I am asham'd , that women are so simple And , being a winner ,
God give you good night . To offer war where they should kneel for peace , (
Exeunt Petruchio and KATHARINA . Or seek for rule , supremacy , and sway , Hor
Exeunt Boyer and Maria . Boyet . I am much deceiv'd , but I remember the Cost .
By my soul , a swain ! a most simple style . clown ! Prin . Else your memory is bad
, going o'er it | Lord , lord ! how the ladies and I have put him ere - while . down !
Exeunt Mrs. PagE and Robin . writes verses , he speaks holyday , he smells April
Ford . Has Page any brains ? hath he any eyes ? and May : he will carry'ı , he will
carry't : ' tis in his hath he any thinking ? Sure , they sleep ; he hath buttons ; he ...
Exeunt Duke FREDERICK and Lords . A gallant curtle - ax upon my thigh , Cel . O
, my poor Rosalind ! whither wilt thou go ? A boar - spear in my hand ; and , in my
heart Wilt thou change fathers ? I will give thee mine . Lie there what hidden ...
Here comes signior Claudio , led by the proinore , within these three days his
head to be chopped vost to prison ; and there's madam Juliet . off . Lucio . But ,
after all this fooling , I would not [ Exeunt . have it so . Art thou sure of this ? Bawd
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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.