No , girl ; I'll knit it up in silken strings , And Silvia , ( witness heaven that made her
air ! ) With twenty odd - conceited true - love knots : Shows Julia but a swarthy
Ethiope . To be fantastic may become a youth I will forget that Julia is alive , Of ...
By heaven , my wrath shall far exceed the love Duke . But she I mean is promis'd
by her friends I ever bore my daughter , or thyself . Unto a youthful gentleman of
worth , Begone : I will not hear thy vain excuse ; And kept severely from resort of ...
... whose composed rhymes Makes me the better to confer with thee . Should be
full fraught with serviceable vows . Pro . Longer than I prove loyal to your grace ,
Duke . Ay , much is the force of heaven - bred poesy . Let me not live to look upon
Which heaven and fortune still reward with plagues . Jul . ( Aside . ) He heard not
that . I do desire thee , even from a heart Pro . Madam , if your heart be so
obdurate , As full of sorrows as the sea of sands , Vouchsafe me yet your picture
for my ...
I claim the promise for her heavenly picture . Jul . She hath been fairer , madam ,
than she is . ... lively acted with my tears , As , heaven it knows , I would not have
him speed . That my poor mistress , moved therewithal , Wept bitterly ; and ...
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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.