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Now trust me , madam , it came hardly off ; Val . Madam , they are for you . For ,
being ignorant to whom it goes , Sil . Ay , ay ; you writ them , sir , at my request , I
writ at random , very doubtfully . But I will none of them : they are for you . Si .
Madam , please you peruse this letter.A slave that still an end turns me to shame .
Pardon me , madam , I have unadvis'd [ Exit LAUNCE . Deliver'd you a paper that
I should not : Sebastian , I have entertained thee , This is the letter to your ...
Madam . And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy : Sly . Alce madam , or Joan
madam ? Therefore , they thought it good you hear a play , Lord . Madam , and
nothing else : so lords call And frame your mind to mirth and merriment , Jadies .
I have been , madam , a wicked creature , as you and all flesh and blood are ;
and , indeed , I do Enter CountESS , Steward , and Clown . marry that I may
repent . Count . I will now hear : what say you of this Count . Thy marriage ,
sooner than ...
1 1 Pardon me , madam . ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL . [ Reads . ] " When
thou canst get the ring upon Whoever shoots at him , I set him there ; my finger ,
which never shall come off , and Whoever charges on his forward breast , show
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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.