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And thither will I bring thee , Valentine . Val . Sweet Proteus , no ; now let us take
our leave . To Milan let me hear from thee by letters , Of thy success in love , and
what news else Betideth here in absence of thy friend , And I likewise will visit ...
And I will help thee to prefer her too : She shall be dignified with this high honour
,To bear my lady's train , lest the base earth Should from her vesture chance to
steal a kiss , And , of so great a favour growing proud , Disdain to root the
Hath made me publisher of this pretence . Pro . My gracious lord , that which I
would dis Duke . Upon mine honour he shall never know cover , That I had any
light from thee of this . The law of friendship bids me to conceal ; Pro . Adieu , my
Silvia , this night I will enfranchise thee : " l'al . A woman sometimes scorns what
best con ' Tis so ; and here's the ladder for the purpose.tents her . Why , Phaëton ,
( for thou art Merops ' son , ) Send her another ; never give her ' o'er , Wilt thou ...
Fie on thee , jolt - head ! thou canst not Those at her father's churlish feet she
tender'd , read . With them , upon her knees , her humble self ; Speed . Thou liest
, I can . Wringing her hands , whose whiteness so became Launce . I will try thee .
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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.