Come ; come , away , man : I was sent to call thee . Launce . Sir , call me what
thou dar'st . Pant . Wilt thou go ? Launce . Well , I will go . [ Ereunt . Scene IV . -
Milan . A Room in the Duke's Palace . Enter VALENTINE , Silvia Thurio , and
love you , Scene II .-- The Same . An Apartment in the She shall not long continue
love to him . Duke's Palace . But say , this weed her love from Valentine , It
follows not that she will love sir Thurio . Enter Duke and Thurio ; PROTEUS
SCENE I. or frantic woman , wood being the old word for frantie or mad : the
mother of Launce was * wood " with " - this is but one ' ' _ “ One ” was formerly pro
grief at parting from her son . nounced like “ on . " In some manuscript letters of
this drift " -- " I suspect that the author concluded the act with this couplet , and
that the next scene should begin the third act ; but the change , as it will add
nothing to the probability of the action , is of no great importance . " -- Jonsson .
Dro . S. By me ? Adr . By thee ; and this thou didst return from him ,That he did
buffet thee , and , in his blows Denied my house for his , me for his wife . 15
THIRIKISHA TITRE No ; SCENE II . - The Same . Enter. Ant . S. For what reason ?
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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.