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Indeed , as a drama of character , however inferior to his own after - creations , it
is , when compared with the works of his predecessors and contemporaries ,
superior alike in taste and in originality ; for ( as Mr. Hallam justly observes ) “ it
The characters were not only new and uncopied from any dramatic model , but
the plot and incidents are abundantly equally original ; for , although Skottowe ,
and the other diligent searchers for the original materials of his dramas , have ...
Are visibly character'd and engravid , I fear me , he will scarce be pleas'd withal .
To lesson me ; and tell me some good mean , Jul . That is the least , Lucetta , of
my fear . How , with my honour , I may undertake A thousand oaths , an ocean of
... and addressed to Valentine ; but , on any other . ' Mr. Upton peremptorily
determines , that a general view of his character , we have no doubt of the if any
proof can be drawn from manner and style , genuineness of the present reading .
William Shakespeare Gulian Crommelin Verplanck. 11 | INTRODUCTORY
REMARK SOURCE OF THE PLOT , CHARACTER AND DATE.
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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.