a cause to sigh


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“See where she comes, and brings your froward wives as prisoners to her womanly persuasion. Katharine, that cap of yours does not become you; off with that bauble, and throw it under foot.” Katharine instantly took off her cap, and threw it down. “Lord!” said Hortensio’s wife, “may I never have a cause to sigh till I am brought to such a silly pass!” And Bianca, she too said, “Fie, what foolish duty call you this?”

Tales From Shakespeare by Charles Lamb

Does 'have a cause to sigh' mean run into trouble?
Please help. Thank you.
  • Chez

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    I would interpret it as: I think it will be a very long time before anyone makes me take off my cap and throw it on the ground. Therefore, may I never have any problems/worries until that time (meaning: because it will be a really long time and it would be nice not to have any problems for that length of time).
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