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And every day I cannot come to woo.
Pet. And, for that dowry, I'll assure her of
Bap. Ay, when the special thing is well obtain'd, This is,-her love; for that is all in all.
Pet. Why, that is nothing; for I tell you, fa
I am as peremptory as she proud-minded;
speed! But be thou arm’d for some unhappy words. Pet. Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for
winds, That shake not, though they blow perpetually.
Re-enter Hortensio, with his head broken. Bap. How now, my friend? why dost thou look
so pale? Hor. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.
Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good mu
sician? Hor. I think, she'll sooner prove a soldier; Iron may hold with her, but never lutes. Bap. Why, then thou canst not break her to
the lute? Hor. Why, no; for she hath broke the lute to me. I did but tell her, she mistook her frets, And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering; When, with a most impatient devilish spirit, Frets, call you these quoth she: I'll fume with
them: And, with that word, she struck me on the head, And through the instrument my pate made way; And there I stood amazed for a while, As on a pillory, looking through the lute: While she did call me, rascal fiddler, And-twangling Jack;' with twenty such vile terms, As she had studied to misuse me so.
Pet. Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench; I love her ten times more than e'er I did: O, how I long to have some chat with her! Bap. Well, go with me, and be not so discom
fited: Proceed in practice with my younger daughter ; She's apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.Signior Petruchio, will you go with us; Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you? Pet. I pray you do; I will attend her here
Exeunt BAPTISTA, GREMIO, TRANIO,
- her frets,] A fret is that stop of a musical instrument which causes or regulates the vibration of the string. JOHNSON.
And-twangling Jack;] To twingle is a provincial expression, and signifies to fourish capriciously on an instrument, as performers often do after having tuned it, previous to their beginning a regular composition,
And woo her with some spirit when she comes.
Good-morrow, Kate; for that's your name, I hear. Kath. Well have you heard, but something hard
of hearing ; They call me—Katharine, that do talk of me. Pet. You lie, in faith ; for you are call'd plain
wife. Kath. Movd! in good time: let him that mov'd
Remove you hence: I knew you at the first,
Why, what's a moveable?
Kath. A joint-stool.
Thou hast hit it: come, sit on me.
mean. Pet. Alas, good Kate! I will not burden thee: For, knowing thee to be but young and light,Kath. Too light for such a swain as you to
Pet. Should be? should buz.
Well ta'en, and like a buzzard.
thee? Kath. Ay, for a turtle; as he takes a buzzard. Pet. Come, come, you wasp; i'faith, you are too
angry. Kath. If I be waspish, best beware my sting. Pet. My remedy is then, to pluck it out. Kath. Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies. Pet. Who knows not where a wasp doth wear his
sting In his tail. Kath.
In his tongue. Pet.
Whose tongue? Kath. Yours, if you talk of tails; and so fare
well. Pet. What, with my tongue in your tail ? nay,
come again, Good Kate; I ain a gentleman. Kath,
That I'll try.
Pet. I swear I'll cuff
you strike again.
• A joint-stool.] This is a proverbial expression:
See Ray's Collection,
Kath. So may you lose your arms:
Pet. A herald, Kate? O, put me in thy books.
Kath. It is my fashion, when I see a crab.
Had I a glass, I would.
Well aim'd of such a young one.
'Tis not with cares. Kath.
I care not. Pet. Nay, hear you, Kate: in sooth, you 'scape
not so. Kath. I chafe you, if I tarry; let me go.
Pet. No, not a whit; I find you passing gentle. 'Twas told me, you were rough, and coy, and sullen, And now I find report a very liar; For thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing courteous; But slow in speech, yet sweet as spring-time flowers: Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance, Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will; Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk;
u craven.] A craven is a degenerate, dispirited cock. Craven was a term also applied to those who in appeals of battle became recreant, and by pronouncing this word, called for
quarter from their opponents; the
of which was they were for ever after deemed infamous.