The ladies ( we learn from Vecellio ) wore the same sort of turbaned head - dress
as the men , resplendent with various colours , and embroidered with gold and
silk in the form of rose - leaves and other devices . Their neckchains and girdles ...
He after honour hunts , I after love : He leaves his friends to dignify them more ; I
leave myself , my friends , and all for love . Thou , Julia , thou hast metamorphosd
me ; Made me neglect my studies , lose my time , War with good counsel , set ...
Give him leave , madam : he is a kind of Val . Nay , sure , I think , she holds them
prisoncameleon . Thu. That hath more mind to feed on your Sil . Nay , then he
should be blind ; and , being , blood , than live in your air . blind , Val . You have ...
To leave my Julia , shall I be forsworn Lest it should burn above the bounds of
reason . To love fair Silvia , shall I be forsworn ; Jul . The more thou damm'st it up
, the more it To wrong my friend , I shall be much forsworn ; burns . And even that
All that is mine I leave at thy dispose , My goods , my lands , my reputation ; Only ,
in lieu thereof , dispatch me hence . Come ; answer not , but to it presently : I am
impatient of my tarriance . [ Ereunt . ACT [ Reads . Val . What would your grace ...
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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.