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Luc. 'Faith, mistress, then I have no cause to kindred : besides, possessed with the glanders, and stay.
[Erit. like to mose in the chine; troubled with the Hor. But I have cause to pry into this pedant; lampass, infected with the fashions, full of windMethinks, he looks as though he were in love : galls, sped with spavins, raied with the yellows, past Yet if thy thoughts, Bianca, be so humble,
cure of the fives, stark spoiled with the staggers, To cast thy wand'ring eyes on every stale,
begnawn with the bots; swayed in the back, and Seize thee, that list: If once I find thee ranging, shoulder-shotten; ne'er legged before, and with a Hortensio will be quit with thee by changing. half-checked bit, and a head-stall of sheep's leather;
[Erit. which, being restrained to keep him from stum
bling, hath been often burst, and now repaired with SCENE II. — The same. Before Baptista's House. knots: one girt six times pieced, and a woman's Enter BAPTISTA, Gremio, TranIO, KATHARINA, crupper of velure, which hath two letters for her BIANCA, LUCENTIO, and Attendants.
name, fairly set down in studs, and here and there
pieced with packthread. Ba?. Signior Lucentio, (to Tranio.) this is the Bap. Who comes with him? 'pointed day
Bion. O, sir, his lackey, for all the world caThat Katharine and Petruchio should be married, parisoned like the horse ; with a linen stock on And yet we hear not of our son-in-law :
one leg, and a kersey boot-hose on the other, garWhat will be said ? what mockery will it be, tered with a red and blue list; an old hat, and The To want the bridegroom, when the priest attends humour of forty fancies prieked in't for a feather : a To speak the ceremonial rites of marriage ?
monster, a very monster in apparel; and not like a What says Lucentio to this shame of ours?
Christian footboy, or a gentleman's lackey. Kath. No shame but mine : I must, forsooth, be Tra. 'Tis some odd humour pricks him to this forcod
fashion ; To give my hand, opposd against my heart, Yet oftentimes he goes but mean apparell'd. Unto a mad-brain rudesby, full of spleen;
Bap. I am glad he is come, howsoe'er he comes. Who woo'd in haste, and means to wed at leisure.
Bion. Why, sir, he comes not. I told you, I, he was a frantick fool,
Bap. Didst thou not say, he comes ? Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behaviour :
Bion. Who? that Petruchio came ? And, to be noted for a merry man,
Bap. Ay, that Petruchio came. Ile'll woo a thousand, 'point the day of marriage, Bion. No, sir ; I say, his horse comes with him Make friends, invite, yes, and proclaim the banns ; on his back. Yet never means to wed where he hath woo'd.
Bap. Why, that's all one. Now must the world point at poor Katharine, Bion. Nay, by saint Jamy, I hold you a penny,
- Lo, there is mad Petruchio's wife, A horse and a man is more than one, and yet not If it would please him come and marry her.
many Tra. Patience, good Katharine, and Baptista too;
Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO. Upon my life, Petruchio means but well,
Pet. Come, where be these gallants? who is at Whatever fortune stays him from his word :
home? Though he be blunt, I know him passing wise ; Bap. You are welcome, sir. Though he be merry, yet withal he's honest.
And yet I come not well. Kath. 'Would Katharine had never seen him Bap. And yet you halt not. though!
Not so well apparell'd [Erit, weeping, followed by Bianca, and others.
As I wish you were.
But where is Kate? where is my lovely bride? Much more a shrew of thy impatient humour. How does my father? - Gentles, methinks you
frown: Enter BIONDELLO.
And wherefore gaze this goodly company, Bion. Master, master! news, old news, and such As if they saw some wondrous monument, news as you never heard of!
Some comet, or unusual prodigy? Bap. Is it new and old too? how may that be? Bup. Why, sir, you know, this is your wedding Bion. Why, is it not news, to hear of Petruchio's
day: coming ?
First were we sad, fearing you would not come; Bap. Is he come?
Now sadder, that you come so unprovided. Bion. Why, no, sir.
Fye! doff this habit, shame to your estate, Bap. What then ?
An eye-sore to our solemn festival. Bion. He is coming.
Tra. And tell us, what occasion of import Bap. When will he be here?
Hath all so long detain'd you from your wife, Bin. When he stands where I am,
and sees you
And sent you hither so unlike yourself? there.
Pet. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear : Tra. But, say, what: - To thine old news. Sufficeth, I am come to keep my word,
Bion. Why, Petruchio is coming, in a new hat, Though in some part enforced to digress; and an old jerkin; a pair of old breeches, thrice Which, at more leisure, I will so excuse turned ; a pair of boots that have been candle-cases, As you shall well be satisfied withal. one buchled, another laced; an old rusty sword ta'en But, where is Kate? I stay too long from her ; out of the town armory, with a broken hilt, and The morning wears, 'tis time we were at church. chapeless; with two broken points : His horse Tra. See not your bride in these unreverent robus hipped with an old mothy saddle, the stirrups of no Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.
Pet. Not I, believe me; thus I'll visit her. And seem'd to ask him sops as he was drinking.
That, at the parting, all the church did echo.
I, seeing this, came thence for very shame; Could I repair what she will wear in me,
And after me, I know, the rout is coming : As I can change these poor accoutrements,
Such a mad marriage never was before; "Twere well for Kate, and better for myself. Hark, hark! I hear the minstrels play. [Musick. But what a fool am I, to chat with you, When I should bid good-morrow to my bride,
Enter PetruchIO, KATHARINA, BIANCA, BAPTISTA, And seal the title with a lovely kiss?
HortensIO, Grumio, and Train. (Ereunt PETRUCHIO, Grumio, and BIONDELLO. Pet. Gentlemen and friends, I thank
you your Tra. He hath some meaning in his mad attire :
pains : We will persuade him, be it possible,
I know, you think to dine with me to-day, To put on better ere he go to church.
And have prepar'd great store of wedding cheer ; Bap. I'll after him, and see the event of this. But so it is, my haste doth call me hence,
(Erit. And therefore here I mean to take my leave. Tra. But, sir, to her love concerneth us to add Bap. l'st possible, you will away to-night? Her father's liking: Which to bring to pass,
Pet. I must away to-day, before night come: As I before imparted to your worship,
Make it no wonder; if you knew my business, I am to get a man, — · whate'er he be,
You would entreat me rather go than stay. It skills not much ; we'll fit him to our turn,
And, honest company,
I thank And he shall be Vincentio of Pisa ;
That have beheld me give away myself And make assurance, here in Padua,
To this most patient, sweet, and virtuous wife: Of greater sums than I have promised.
Dine with my father, drink a health to me; So shall you quietly enjoy your hope,
For I inust hence, and farewell to you all. And marry sweet Bianca with consent.
Tra. Let us entreat you stay till after dinner Luc. Were it not that my fellow schoolmaster Pet. It may not be. Doth watch Bianca's steps so narrowly,
Let me entreat you. 'Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage ;
Po. It cannot be. Which once perform’d, let all the world say - no,
Let me entreat you. I'll keep mine own, despite of all the world.
Pet. I am content. Tra. That by degrees we mean to look into,
Are you content to stay ? And watch our vantage in this business :
Pet. I am content you shall entreat me stay ; We'll over-reach the greybeard, Gremio,
But yet not stay, entreat me how you can. The narrow-prying father, Minola ;
Kath. Now, if you love me, stay. The quaint musician, amorous Licio;
Grumio, my horses. All for my master's sake, Lucentio.
Gru. Ay, sir, they be ready; the oats have eaten
Kath. Nay, then,
Gre. As willingly as e'er I came from school. No, nor to-morrow, nor till I please myself.
You may be jogging, whiles your boots are green; Gre. A bridegroom, say you ? 'tis a groom, in- For me, I'll not be gone, till I please myself: deed,
'Tis like, you'll prove a jolly surly groom, A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find. That take it on you at the first so roundly.
Tra. Curster than she ? why, 'tis impossible. Pet. O Kate, content thee; pr’ythee be not Gre. Why he's a devil, a devil, a very fiend.
angry. Tra. Why, she's a devil, a devil, the devil's dam. Kath. I will be angry; What last thou to do?
Gre. Tut! she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him. Father, be quiet : he shall stay my leisure. I'll tell you, sir Lucentio ; When the priest
Gre. Ay, marry, sir : now it begins to work. Should ask if Katharine should be his wife,
Kath. Gentlemen, forward tr the bridal dinner:Ay, by gogs-wouns, quoth he; and swore so loud I
see, a woman may be made a fool, That, all amaz'd, the priest let fall the book : If she had not a spirit to resist. And, as he stoop'd again to take it up,
Pet. They shall go forward, Kate, at thy comThe mad-brain'd bridegroom took him such a cuff,
Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
Be mad and merry,
or go hang yourselves;
But for my bonny Kate, she must with me. As if the vicar meant to cozen him.
Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret ; But after many ceremonies done,
I will be master of what is mine own : He calls for wine: - A health, quoth he ; as if She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house, He had been abroad, carousing to his mates
My household-stuff, my field, my barn, After a storm :- Quafl”d ofl' the muscadel,
My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing; And threw the sops all in the sexton's face;
And here she stands, touch her whoever dare ; Having no other reason, —
I'll bring my action on the proudest he But that his beard grew thin and hungerly,
That stops my way in l'adua. - Glumio,
Draw forth thy weapon, we're beset with thieves ; Bian. That, being mad herself, she's madly irated. Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man :
Gre. I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated. Fear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch thee, Bap. Neighbours and friends, though bride and Kate;
bridegroom wants I'll buckler thee against a million.
For to supply the places at the table, (Ereunt Petruchio, Katharina, ani Grumio. You know there wants no junkets at the feast ; Bap. Nay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones. Lucentio, you shall supply the bridegroom's place ; Gre. Went they not quickly, I should die with And let Bianca take her sister's room. laughing
Tra. Shall sweet Bianca practise how to bride it? Tra. Of all mad matches, never was the like! Bap. She shall, Lucentio. Come, gentlemen, Luc. Mistress, what's your opinion of your sister?
SCENE I. - A Hall in Petruchio's Country Be the jacks fair within, the jills fair without, the House.
carpets laid, and every thing in order ?
Curt. All ready; And, therefore, I pray thee, Enter GRUMIO.
news? Gru. Fye, fye, on all tired jades! on all mad Gru. First, know, my horse is tired; my master masters! and all foul ways! Was ever man so and mistress fallen out. beaten ? was ever man so rayed ? was ever man so Curt. How? weary? I am sent before to make a fire, and they Gru. Out of their saddles into the dirt; And are coming after to warm them. Now, were not I a thereby hangs a tale. little pot, and soon hot, my very lips might freeze to Curt. Let's ha't, good Grumio. my teeth, my tongue to the roof of my mouth, my Gru. Lend thine ear. heart in my belly, ere I should come by a fire to Curt. Here. thaw me:- But, I, with blowing the fire, shall Gru. There.
[Striking him. warm myself; for, considering the weather, a taller Curt This is to feel a tale, not to hear a tale. man than I will take cold. Holla, hoa! Curtis ! Gru. And therefore 'tis called, a sensible tale :
and this cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beEnter Curtis.
seech listening. Now I begin : Imprimis, we came Curt. Who is that, calls so coldly?
down a foul hill, my master riding behind my misGru. A piece of ice: If thou doubt it, thou
tress : may'st slide from my shoulder to my heel, with no Curt. Both on one horse? greater a run but my head and my neck. A fire, Gru. What's that to thee? good Curtis.
Curt. Why, a horse. Curt. Is my master and his wife coming, Grumio? Gru. Tell thou the tale: But hadst thou not
Gru. O, ay, Curtis, ay: and therefore fire, fire ; crossed me, thou should'st have heard how her horse cast on no water.
fell, and she under her horse; thou should'st have Curt. Is she so hot a shrew as she's reported ? heard, in how miry a place : how she was bemoiled;
Gru. She was, good Curtis, before this frost : how he left her with the horse upon her; how he but, thou know'st, winter tames man, woman, and beat me because her horse stumbled; how she waded beast ; for it hath tamed my old master, and my through the dirt to pluck him off' me ; how he swore; new mistress, and myself, fellow Curtis.
how she prayed - that never pray'd before; how I Curt. Away, you three inch fool! I am no beast. cried; how the horses ran away; how her bridle was
Gru. Am I but three inches ? why, thy horn is a burst; how I lost my crupper; with many things foot; and so long am I, at the least. But wilt thou of worthy memory; which now shall die in oblivion, make a fire, or shall I complain on thee to our mis- and thou return unexperienced to thy grave. tress, whose hand (she being now at hand,) thou Curt. By this reckoning, he is more shrew than shalt soon feel, to thy cold comfort, for being slow
she. in thy hot office ?
Gru. Ay; and that, thou and the proudest of you Curt. I pr’ythee, good Grumio, tell me, How all shall find, when he comes home. But what talk goes the world?
I of this? - call forth Nathaniel, Joseph, Nicholas, Gru. A cold world, Curtis, in every office but Philip, Walter, Sugarsop, and the rest; let their thine ; and, therefore, fire: Do thy duty, and have heads be sleekly combed, their blue coats brushed, thy duty; for my master and mistress are almost and their garters of an indifferent knit: let them frozen to death.
curtsey with their left legs; and not presume to Curt. There's fire ready; And, therefore, good touch a hair of my master's horse-tail, till they kiss Grumio, the news?
their hands. Are they all ready? Gru. Why, Jack boy ! ho boy! and as much Curt. They are. news as thou wilt.
Gru. Call them forth. Curt. Come, you are so full of conycatching : Curt. Do you hear, ho? you must meet my
Gru. Why, therefore, fire ; for I have caught ex- master, to countenance my mistress. treme cold. Where's the cook? is supper ready, Gru. Why, she hath a face of her own. the house trimmed, rushes strewed, cobwebs swept; Curt. Who knows not that ? the serving-men in their new fustian, their white Gru. Thou, seems; that callest for company stockings, and every officer his wedding-garment on? to countenance her.
Curt. I call them forth to credit her.
Kath. Patience, I pray you ; 'twas a fault unGru. Why, she comes to borrow nothing of them.
Pet. A whoreson, beetleheaded, flap-ear'd knave! Enter several Servants.
Come, Kate, sit down; I know you have a stomach. Nath. Welcome home, Grumio.
Will you give thanks, sweet Kate; or else shall I ?Phil. How now, Grumio ?
What is this? mutton ? Jos. What, Grumio!
Ay. Vich. Fellow Grumio!
Who brought it? Vath. How now, old lad ?.
I. Gru. Welcome, you ; - how now, you ;
- what, Pet. 'Tis burnt; and so is all the meat : you ;- fellow, you ; -—and thus much for greeting. What dogs are these? - Where is the rascal cook ? Now, my spruce companions, is all ready, and all How durst you, villains, bring it from the dresser, things neat?
And serve it thus to me that love it not ? Naih. All things is ready: Ilow near is our There, take it too you, trenchers, cups, and all : master?
[ Throws the meat, &-c. about the stage. Gru. E'en at hand, alighted by this; and there- You heedless joltheads, and unmanner'd slaves ! fore be not, Cock's passion, silence ! I What, do you grumble? I'll be with you straight. hear my master.
Kath. I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet ;
The meat was well, if you were so contented.
Pet. I tell thee, Kate, 'twas burnt and dried away; Pet. Where be these knaves ? What, no man at And I expressly am forbid to touch it, door,
For it engenders choler, planteth anger; To hold my stirrup, nor to take my horse!
And better 'twere that both of us did fast, Where is Nathaniel, Gregory, Philip ?
Since, of ourselves, ourselves are cholerick, All Serv. Here, here, sir ; here, sir.
Than feed it with such over-roasted flesh. Pet. Here, sir! here, sir! here, sir! here, sir ! Be patient; to-morrow it shall be mended, You logger-headed and unpolish'd grooms! And, for this night, we'll fast for company : What, no attendance ? no regard ? no duty ? Come, I will bring thee to thy bridal chamber. Where is the foolish knave I sent before?
[Exeunt PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and Gru. Here, sir ; as foolish as I was before.
CURTIS. Pet. You peasant swain ! you whoreson malt- Nath. [Advancing.] Peter, didst ever see the horse drudge!
like? Did I not bid thee meet me in the park,
Peter. He kills her in her own humour.
Curt. In her chamber,
And rails, and swears, and rates ; that she, poor
soul, The rest were ragged, old, and beggarly;
Knows not which way to stand, to look, to speak; Yet, as they are, here are they come to meet you.
And sits as one new-risen from a dream. Pet. Go, rascals, go, and fetch my supper in. Away, away! for he is coming hither. (Ereunt. (Ereunt some of the Servants.
Re-enter PETRUCHIO. Where is the life that lade I led
(Sinus. Where are those Sit down, Kate, and welcome. Pet. Thus have I politickly begun my reign, Soud, soud, soud, soud!
And 'tis my hope to end successfully :
My falcon now is sharp, and passing empty :
And, till she stoop, she must not be full-gorg'd, Why, when, I say? - Nay, good sweet Kate, be For then she never looks upon her lure. merry.
Another way I have to man my haggard, Off with my boots, you rogues, you villains; When? To make her come, and know her keeper's call,
That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites, It was the friar of orders grey, [Sings. That bate, and beat, and will not be obedient. As he forth walked on his way :
She eat no meat to-day, nor none shall eat; Out, out, you rogue ! you pluck my foot awry : Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not ? Take that, and mend the plucking off the other. As with the meat, some undeserved fault
(Strikes him. I'll find about the making of the bed ; Be merry, Kate: - Some water, here; what, ho! And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster, Where's my spaniel Troilus? — Sirrah, get you hence, This way the coverlet, another way the sheets: And bid my cousin Ferdinand come hither : Ay, and amid this hurly, I intend,
[Exit Servant. That all is done in reverend care of her ; One, Kate, that you must kiss, and be acquainted | And, in conclusion, she shall watch all night: with.
And, if she chance to nod, I'll rail and brawl, Where are my slippers ? - Shall I have some And with the clamour keep her still awake.
water? [A bason is presented to him. This is a way to kill a wife with kindness; Come, Kate, and wash, and welcome heartily :- And thus I'll curb her mad and headstrong huje
[Servant lets the cuer fall. You whoreson villain! will you let it fall?
He that knows better how to tame a shrew, (Strikes him. Now let him speak; 'tis charity to show. [Exit.
Bun. God give him joy! SCENE II. — Padua. Before Baptista's House. Tra. Ay, and he'll tamc her.
Ile says so, Tranio. Enter Tranio and HORTENSIO.
Tra. ’Faith, he is gone unto the taming-school. Tra. Is't possible, friend Licio, that Bianca Biun. The taming-school! what, is there such Doth fancy any other but Lucentio ?
a place? I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand.
Tra. Ay, mistress, and Petruchio is the master; Hor. Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said, That teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long, Stand by, and mark the manner of his teaching. To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue.
[They stand aside.
Enter BIONDELLO, running,
Bion. O master, master, I have watch'd so long Luc. Now, mistress, profit you in what you That I'm dog-weary ; but at last I spied read?
An ancient angel coming down the hill, Bian. What, master, read you ? first resolve me Will serve the turn. that.
What is he, Biondello ? Luc. I read that I profess, the art to love.
Bion. Master, a mercatante, or a pedant, Bian. And may you prove, sir, master of your I know not what ; but formal in apparel, art!
In gait and countenance surely like a father. Luc. While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of Luc. And what of him, Tranio?
[ They retire. Tra. If he be credulous, and trust my tale, Hor: Quick proceeders, marry! Now, tell me, I | I'll make him glad to seem Vincentio ; pray,
And give assurance to Baptista Minola, You that durst swear that your mistress Bianca As if he were the right Vincentio. Lov'd none in the world so well as Lucentio.
Take in your love, and then let me alone. Tra. O despiteful love! unconstant woman
[Excunt LUCENTIO and Bianca. kind! I tell thee, Licio, this is wonderful.
Enter a Pedant. Hor. Mistake no more : I am not Licio,
Ped. God save you, sir ! Nor a musician, as I seem to be ;
And you, sir! you are welcome. But one that scorn to live in this disguise,
Travel you far on, or are you at the furthest ? For such a one as leaves a gentleman,
Ped. Sir, at the furthest for a week or two : And makes a god of such a cullion :
But then up further; and as far as Rome ;
And so to Tripoly, if God lend me life.
Of Mantua. And since mine eyes are witness of her lightness, Tra. Of Mantua, sir? - marry, God forbid ! I will with you, - if you be so contented,
And come to Padua, careless of your life? Forswear Bianca, and her love for ever.
Pad. My life, sir! how, I pray ? for that goes Hor. See, how they kiss and court! - Signior
Tra. 'Tis death for any one in Mantua Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow
To come to Padua ; Know you not the cause ? Never to woo her more ; but do forswear her, Your ships are staid at Venice; and the duke As one unworthy all the former favours
(For private quarrel 'twixt your duke and him,) That I have fondly flatter'd her withal.
Hath publish'd and proclaim'd it openly: Tra. And here I take the like unfeigned oath, 'Tis marvel; but that you're but newly come, Ne'er to marry with her though she would entreat : You might have heard it else proclaim'u about. Fye on her! see, how beastly she doth court him. Ped. Alas, sir, it is worse for me than so; Hor. 'Would, all the world, but he, had quite For I have bills for money by exchange forsworn!
From Florence, and must here deliver them. For me, that I may surely keep mine oath,
Tra. Well, sir, to do you courtesy, will be married to a wealthy widow
This will I do, and this will I advise you : Ere three days pass; which hath as long lov'd me, First, tell me, have you ever been at Pisa ? As I have lov'd this proud disdainful haggard : Ped. Ay, sir, in Pisa have I often been : And so farewell, signior Lucentio.
Pisa, renowned for grave citizens. Kinlness in women, not their beauteous looks, Tra. Among them, know you one Vincentio ? Shall win my love: and so I take my leave,
Ped. I know him not, but I have heard of himn; In resolution as I swore before.
A merchant of incomparable wealth. (Erit HortexSIO. LUCENTIO and BIANCA Tra. He is my father, sir; and, sooth to say, advance.
In countenance somewhat doth resemble you. Tra. Mistress Bianca, bless you with such grace Bion. As much as an apple doth an oyster, and As 'longeth to a lover's blessed case !
[Aside. Nay, I have ta'en you napping, gentie love;
Tra. To save your life in this extremity, And have forsworn you with Hortensio.
This favour will I do you for his sake; Bian. Tranio, you jest ; But have you both for- And think it not the worst of all your fortunes, sworn me?
That you are like to sir Vincentio. Tra. Mistress, we have.
His name and credit shall you undertake, Luc.
Then we are rid of Licio. And in my house you shall be friendly lodg'd ;Tra. l'faith, he'll have a lusty widow now, Look, that you take upon you as you should ; Tiat shall be wood and wedded in a day.
You understand me, sir ; - 50 shall you stay