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... AND ADONIS , first printed in 1592 , he himself has ( in his dedication )
designated as " the first heir of his invention , " and may probably have been
written before he removed to London , —and before , or not long after , his
twentieth year .
They Broad breast , full eye , small head , and nostrils wide , were usually of
silver , and probably their fashion was High crest , short ears , straight legs and
passing strong , Thin mane , thick tail , broad buttocks , tender hide . much
attended to ...
... from it , in the collection called “ England's Parnassus , ” ( 1600 , ) which has
aided in adjusting several literary dates of this period . This last - mentioned fact
is probably to be accounted for from the comedy not having been in print long ...
From all these concurring causes , there are many passages of obscure or
doubtful meaning , some of which would perhaps remain so , even if we had
them as the author left them ; while others are probably darkened by
typographical errors .
Dyce insists that the old probably had to collect in kind . When he puts this
spelling should be retained , as “ an old form of the speech , therefore , in the
mouth of the Clown , we may word . " reasonably conclude that he knew , of his
own expe“ ...
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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.