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The thickest and the tallest ? it is so ; That we must stand and play the murderer
in ? truth is truth . For . Hereby , upon the edge of yonder coppice ; An your waist ,
mistress , were as slender as my wit , A stand where you may make the fairest ...
Nerissa , and the rest , stand all aloof.Let music sound , while he doth make his
choice ; Then , if he lose , he makes a swan - like end , Fading in music : that the
comparison May stand more proper , my eye shall be the stream , And watery ...
You see me , lord Bassanio , where I stand , Such as I am : though , for myself
alone I would not be ambitious in my wish , To wish myself much better ; yet for
you I would be trebled twenty times myself ; A thousand times more fair , ten ...
A kind M. Mason proposed to read of sweet wine , made of raisins , then much
used - from In grace to stand , and virtue ... It is used here with a double The text ,
as it stands , accords with the pervading commeaning . pressed and broken style
I'll see thee to stand up . The congregated college have concluded Laf . Then
here's a man stands , that has brought That labouring art can never ransom
nature his pardon . From her inaidable estate , I say , we must not I would , you
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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.