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The turban head - dress is worn by the principal herald ; but the nobles generally
have caps or bonnets of cloth or velvet placed on the side of the head ,
sometimes over a caul of gold , and ornamented with feathers , in some instances
Enter Sir ANDREW AGUE - CHEEK , with his head Clo . O ! he's drunk , sir Toby ,
an ... Away with him ! Who hath made this havoc Sir And . He has broke my head
across , and has with them ? given sir Toby a bloody coxcomb too . For the love ...
In the city of Julio , ( sometime under the dominion of Corvinus , king of Hungary
and Bohemia , ) there was a law , that what man soever committed adultery
should lose his head , and the woman offender should wear some disguised
Alack ! how may I do it , having the hour of you . Look you , sir ; here is the hand
and seal limited , and an express command , under penalty , to of the Duke : you
know the character , I doubt not , deliver his head in the view of Angelo ?
Quick , despatch , and send the head to Angelo . ( Exit Prorost . Now will I write
letters to Angelo , ( The provost , he shall bear them , ) whose contents Shall
witness to him , I am near at home , And that by great injunctions I am bound To
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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.