Thus , Julia and Silvia are , both of them , evidently early studies of female love
and loveliness , from the unpractised “ ' prentice hand " of the same great artist ,
who was afterwards to pourtray with matchless delicacy and truth the deeper ...
Ay , so true love should do : it cannot speak ; For truth hath better deeds , than
words , to grace it . Enter Paxthino . Pant . Sir Proteus , you are stay'd for . Pro .
Go ; I come , I come.Alas ! this parting strikes poor lovers dumb . Exeunt . SCENE
Then speak the truth by her : if not divine , Yet let her be a principality , Sovereign
to all the creatures on the earth . Pro . Except my mistress . Val . Sweet , except
not any , Except thou wilt except against my love . Pro . Have I not reason to ...
By longing for that food so long a time . Jul . Now , as thou lov'st me , do him not
ibat Didst thou but know the inly touch of love , wrong , pot . To bear a hard
opinion of his truth : Only 19 ACT II . SCENE VII TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
One , lady , if you knew his pure heart's truth , You would quickly learn to know
him by his voice . Enter Silvia above , at her window . Sil . Sir Proteus , as I take it
. Sil . Who calls ? Pro . Sir Proteus , gentle lady , and your servant . Egl . Your ...
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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.