present profession a tinker ? Ask Marian Hacket , the fat alewife of Wincot , if she
know me not : if she say I am not fourteen pence on the score for sheer ale , score
me up for the lyingest knave in Christendomn . What ! I am not bestraught .
Where will you find men worthy enough fable : some certain special honours it
pleaseth his to present them ? greatness to impart to Armado , a soldier , a man
of Hol . Joshua , yourself ; myself , or this gallant travel , that hath seen the world ...
... as those of Juliet . The only intelligible reason is , that such was not the
prevailing mood of the author's mind at the time , nor congruous with the main
objects on which he had fixed his attention — that the play was thrown into its
It thus becomes manifest that the Winter's Tale was written at some time about
1610 , in the reign of James II . , some years after Othello , and not very long
before or after the production of CYMBELINE in its present formthe two of our
—There may be in the cup 1 Lady . She is spread of late A spider steep'd , and
one may drink , depart , Into a goodly bulk : good time encounter her ! And yet
partake no venom , for his knowledge now , nose Is not infected ; but if one
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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.