... although , when contrasted with the vivid and discriminating delineations to
which his genius afterwards familiarized his audience , both the truth of nature
and the ideal grace appear marked with the faint colouring and uncertain
drawing of ...
... shows that it was one of Shakespeare's very early performances . ” This ,
however , appears to be rather the want of dramatic skill , to be acquired by
experience , than any effect of negligence or haste , and is , after all , no very
serious fault .
Sweet lady , entertain him of words , and , I think , no other treasure to give | To
be my fellow - servant to your ladyship . your followers ; for it appears by their
bare liveries , Sil . Too low a mistress for so high a servant . what they live by your
This interpretation seems overtrencher , may appear somewhat strange .
However , strained , and the meaning of Proteus may be only , that the Earl of
Northumberland , in 1512 , was ordinarily | Thurio's possessions were let ( as
Stevens says ) ...
stig" The contrary , " Gaze WHERE you should ” —The old copies read As when ,
to warn proud cities , war appears chen for " where . " Waged in the troubled sky ,
and armics rush To battle in the clouds , before each van " — without he say ...
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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.