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D. WITII CRITICAL INTRODUCTIONS , NOTES , ETC. , ORIGINAL AND
SELECTED . IN THREE VOLUMES , V O L U ME I 1. - COMEDIES . NE W Y ( R K
: HARPER & BROTHERS , PUBLISHERS , HAR , JNIV STY ARY MAR 23 1961
On the contrary , the play is full of undeniable marks of the author , in its strong
resemblance in tasto and style to his earlier plays and poems , as well as in the
indications it gives of the author's future power of original humour and vivid ...
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 ...
... have collected from the old dramatists , clearly show to have “ - too harsh a
DESCANT ” — “ The descant ' formerly been a slang phrase of the day , to
express a courtezan . signified a variation of the original air ; the mean , ' or tenor
French original . “ – to walk like one of the lions ” –Ritson supposes “ My jerkin is
a doublet " — “ The jerkin , or jacket , that Shakespeare , in using the phrase “ the
lions , " was was generally worn over the doublet ; but occasionally the doublet ...
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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.