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Which, at more leisure, I will so excuse
As you shall well be satisfied withal.
But, where is Kate? I stay too long from her;
The morning wears, 'tis time we were at church.

Tra. See not your bride in these unreverent robes;
Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.

Pet. Not I, believe me; thus I'll visit her.
Bap. Bat thus, I trust, you will not marry her.
Pet. Good sooth, even thus; therefore have done

with words;
To me she's married, not unto my clothes :
Could I repair what she will wear in me,
As I can change these poor accoutrements,
"Twere well for Kate, and better for myself.
But what a fool am I, to chat with you,
When I should bid good morrow to my bride,
And seal the title with a lovely kiss?

[Exeunt Petruchio, Grumio, and Biondello:
Tra. He hath some meaning in his mad attire :
We will persuade him, be it possible,
To put on belter ere he go to church.
Bap. I'll after him, and see the event of this. [Erit.

Tra. But, sir, to her love concerneth us to add
Her father's liking: Which to bring to pass,
As I before imparted to your worship,
I am to get a man,-whate'er he be,
It skills not much“: we'll fit bim to our turn,
And he shall be Vincentio of Pisa ;
And make assurance, here in Padua,
Of greater sums than I have promised.
So shall you quietly enjoy your hope,
And marry sweet Bianca with consent.

Luc. Were it not that my fellow schoolmaster
Doth watch Bianca's steps so narrowly,
"Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage;
Which once perform’d, let all the world say—no,
I'll keep inine own, despite of all the world.

Tra. That by degrees we mean to look into,
And watch our 'vantage in this business :
We'll over-reach the greybeard, Gremio ;

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And after me, I know, the rout is coming :

THE SHREW.

me;

[Exeunt Petruchio, Grumio, and Biondelds That all amazd, the priest let fall the book:

That down fell priest and book, and book and priest;
Bap. I'll after him, and see the event of this. ILTI. Now take them up, quoth he, if any list.

Tra. What said the wench, when he arose again?
Gre. Trembled and shook; for why, he stamp'd and
He calls for wine :-A health, quoth he; as if
He had been aboard carousing to his mates
This done, he took the bride about the neck;
And kiss'd her lips with such a clamorous smack,
That, at the parting, all the church did echo.
1, seeing this, came thence for very shame;

45 with words;

[swore,

Which, at more leisure, I will so excuse
As you shall well be satisfied withal.
But, where is Kate? I stay too long from her;
The morning wears, 'tis time we were at church.

Tra. See not your bride in these unreverent robes;
Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.

Pet. Not I, believe thus I'll visit her.
Bap. Bat thus, I trust

, you will not marry her.
Pet. Good sooth, even thos; therefore bare dore
To me she's married, not unto my clothes :
Could I repair what she will wear in me,
As I can change these poor accoutrements,
"Twere well for Kate, and better for myself.
But what a fool am I, to chat with you,
When I should bid good morrow to my bride,
And seal the title with a lovely kiss?

Te narrow-prying father, Minola ;
The quaint musician, amorous Licio;
All for my master's sake, Lucentio.

Re-enter GREMIO.
Siguior Gremio! came you from the church?

as e'er I came from school.
Tra. And is the bride and bridegroom coming home?
Gre. A bridegroom, say you? 'tis a groom, indeed,
A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.
Tra. Curster than she? why, 'tis impossible,
Gre. Why, he's a devil, a devil, a very fiend,
Tra. Why, she's a devil, a devil, the devil's dam.
Gre. Tut! she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him.
I'll tell you, sir Lucentio; When the priest
Should ask-if Katharine should be his wife,

heso

loud, And,

as he stoop'd again to take it up, The mad-brain'd bridegroon took him such a cuff,

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Tra. He hath some meaning in his mad attire:
We will persuade him, be it possible,
To put on better ere he

go

to church.
Tra. But, sir, to her love concerneth us to add
Her father's liking: Which to bring to pass,
As I before imparted to your worship,
I am to get a man,—whate'er he be,
It skills not much: we'll fit him to our turn,-
And he shall be Vincentio of Pisa ;
And make assurance, here in Padua,
Of greater soms than I have promised.
So shall you quietly enjoy your hope,
And marry sweet Bianca with consent.

Luc. Were it not that my fellow schoolmaster
Doth watch Bianca's steps so narrowly,
T'were good, methinks, to steal our marriage;
hich once perform’d, let all the world say–no,
eep mine own, despite of all the world.

That by degrees we mean to look into, vatch our 'vantage in this business : over-reach the greybeard, Gremio;

After a storm :-Quaff?d off the muscadel,
And threw the sops all in the sexton's face;

no other reason,
But that his beard grew thin and hungerly,
And seem'd to ask him sops as he was drinking.

Such a mad marriage

Hark, hark!
I hear the minstrels play.

never was before;

[Music

Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, BIANCA, BAP

TISTA, HORTENSIO, GRUMJó, and Train. Pet. Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for your pains: I know, you think to dine with me to-day, And have prepar'd great store of wedding cheer; But so it is, my haste doth call me hence, And therefore here I mean to take my leave.

Bap. Is't possible, you will away to-night?

Pet. I must away to-day, before night come :-
Make it no wonder; if you knew my business,
You would entreat me rather go than stay.
And, honest company, I thank you all,
That have beheld me give away myself
To this most patient, sweet, and virtuous wife:
Dine with my father, drink a health to me;
For I must hence, and farewell to you all.

Tra. Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.
Pet. It may not be.
Gre.

Let me entreal you.
Pet. It cannot be.
Kath.

Let me entreat you.
Pet. I am content.
Kath.

Are you content to stay?
Pet. I am content you shall entreat me stay;
But yet not stay, entreat me how you can.
Kath. Now, if you love me, stay.
Pet.

Grumio, my horses. Gru. Ay, sir, they be ready; the oats have eaten the horses.

Kath. Nay, then,
Do what thou canst, I will not go to-day;
No, nor to-morrow, nor till I please myself.
The door is open, sir, there lies your way,
You may be jogging, whiles your boots are green;
For me, I'll not be gone, till I please myself:-
"Tis like, you'll prove a jolly sarly groom,
That take it on you at the first so roundly.

Pet. 0, Kate, content thee; prythee, be not angry.

Kath. I will be angry; What hast thou to do?Father, be quiet; he shall stay my leisure.

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THE SHREW.

iny

Be mad and merry

Gre, Ay, marry, sir: now it begins to work.
Kath. Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner :-
I see a woman may be made a fool,
If she had not a spirit to resist.
Pet

. They shall go forward, Kate, at thy command :-
Obey the bride, you that attend on her:
Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
Carouse full measure to her maidenhead,
But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.

-or go hang yourselves ;
Nay
, look not big,

nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret ;
She is my goods, my chattels ; she is my house,
My household-stuff, my field, 'my barn,
My horse, my ox, my ass, my anything;
And here she stands, touch her whoever dare;

I'll bring my action on the proudest he
That stops my way in Padua. Grumio,
Draw forth thy weapon, we're beset with thieves;
Pear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch thee, Kate;
I'll buckler thee against a million.
Gre. Went they not quickly, I should die with laugh-
Tra. Of all mad matches, never was the like!
Luc. Mistress, what's your opinion of your sister?
Bian. That, being mad herself, she's madly mated.
Gre. I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated.

Bap. Neighbours and friends, though bride and
For to supply the places at the table,
You know, there wants no junkets at the feast;
Lucentio, you shall supply the bridegroom's place;
And let Bianca take her sister's room,

Tra. Shall sweet Bianca practise how to bride it?

Bap. She shall, Lucentio.-Come, geutlemen, let's 46

47 [Exeunt Pet. Kath. and Gru.

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TAMING OF
Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, BIANCA, BAP-

TISTA, HORTENSIO, Grumsó, and Train.
Pet. Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for your pains:
I know, you think to dine with me to-day,
And have prepar'd great store of wedding cheer;
But so it is, my haste doth call me hence,
And therefore here I mean to take

leave.
Bap. Is't possible, you will away to-night?
Pet. I must away to-day, before night come:-
Make it no wonder'; if you knew my business,
You would entreat me rather than stay.
And, honest company, I thank you all,
That have beheld me give away myself
To this most patient, sweet, and virtuous wife:
Dine with my father, drink a health to me;
For I must hence, and farewell to you all.

Tra. Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.
Pet. It
Gre.

Let me entreal you.
Pet. It cannot be.
Kath.

Let me entreat you.
Pet. I am content.
Kath.

Are you content to stay?
Pet. I am content you shall entreat me stay;
But yet not stay, entreat me how you can.
Kath. Now, if you

love me, stay.
Pet.

Gru. Ay, sir, they be ready; the oats have eaten the
horses.

Kath. Nay, then,
Do what thou canst, I will not go to-day;,
No, por to-morrow, nor till I please myself.

door is open, sir, there lies your way,
may be jogging, whiles your boots are green;
I'll not be gone, till I please myself:-

you'll prove a jolly sárly groom,
te it on you at the first so roundly.
0, Kate, content thee; proythee, be not angry.
I will be angry; What hast thou

to do:
s, be quiet; be shall stay my leisure.

Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man:

Bap. Nay, let them go, a conple of quiet ones.

ing:

Grumio, my horses

bridegroom wants

go.

Exeunt.

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SCENE 1. A Hall in PETRUCHIO's Country House.

Enter GRUMIO. Gru. Fie, fie, on all tired jades! on all mad masters ! and all foul ways! Was ever man so beaten? was ever man so rayed? was ever man so weary? I am sent before to make a fire, and they are coming after to warm them. Now, were not I a little pot, and soon hot, my very lips might freeze to my teeth, my tongue to the roof of my mouth, my heart in my belly, ere I should come by a fire to thaw me:—But I, with blowing the tire, shall warm myself; for, considering the weather, a taller man than I will take cold. Holla, hoa! Curtis!

Enter CURTIS. Curt. Who is that calls so coldly? Gru. A piece of ice: If thou doubt it, thou may'st slide from my shoulder to my heel, with no greater a run but my head and my neck. A fire, good Curtis.

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