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PERSONS REPRESENTES } DUKE OF MILAN , Father to SILVIA VALENTINE ,
Gentleman of VERONA , PROTEUS , ANTONIO , Father to PROTEUS . TEURIO ,
a foolish Rival to VALENTINE EGLAMOUR , Agent for SILVIA , in her escape ...
Thus will I fold them one upon another : Now kiss , embrace , contend , do what
you will . Re - enter LUCETTA . Luc . Madam , Dinner is ready , and your father
stays . Jul . Well , let us go . Luc . What ! shall these papers lie like tell - tales here
Now come I to my father ; Father , your blessing : ” now should not the shoe
speak a word for weeping : now should I kiss my father ; well , he weeps on . Now
come I to my mother , ( O , that she could speak now ! ) like a wood woman : —
well , I ...
Here comes To have a look of such a worthy mistress . any father . Val . Leave off
discourse of disability :Sweet ... Sir Valentine , your father's in good health :
Servant , you are welcome to a worthless mistress . What say you to a letter from
Fie on thee , jolt - head ! thou canst not Those at her father's churlish feet she
tender'd , read . With them , upon her knees , her humble self ; Speed . Thou liest
, I can . Wringing her hands , whose whiteness so became Launce . I will try thee .
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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.