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“ Bia. Farewel, sweet masters both; I must be gone.
[Exeunt Ser. and Bia. .“ Luc. 'Faith, mistress, then I have no cause to stay.
[Exit Lucentio. “ Hor. But I have cause to pry into this pedant; “ Methinks, he looks as though he were in love :" Yet if thy thoughts, Bianca, be so humble, " To cast thy wand'ring eyes on every ftale, “ Seize thee, that list; if once I find thee ranging, “ Horte:fio will be quit with thee by changing.
SCENE I. The fame. Court before the House. Enter Baptifta, Gremio, 'Tranio, Catherine, Bianca, and Attendants ; Lucentio, and Hortensio among
That Catherine and Petruchio Mould be marry'd,
Cat. No shame but mine: I must, forsooth, be forc'd
# The whole of this scene is so immaterial, so improbable, and fo Atrained for humour, that our idcas consign it to neglect : the act, from Petrucbio's courthif, mult ever please, and rises cookderably above the first,
He'll wod a thousand, point the day of marriage,
Tra. Patience, good Catherine, and Baptista too;
[Exit, weeping : is followed by Bianca, Gremio,
Hortenfio, and others. Bap. Go, girl ; I cannot blame thee now to weep; For such an injury would vex a saint, Mach more a shrew of thy impatient temper.
Enter Biondello, bastily. Bio. Master, master, (to Tra.) news, old news, and such news as you never heard of!
Bap. Is it new and old too ? how may that be?
Bio. Why, is it not news, to hear of Petruchio's coming ?
Bap. Is he come?
there. Tra. But say, what be thine old news ? Bio. Why, Petruchio is coming, in a new hat, and an old jerkin ; a pair of old breeches, thrice turned; a pair of boots that have been candle-cases, one buckled, another lac'd; an old rusty sword ta'en out of the town armory, with a broken hilt, and chapeless, with two broken points: His horse hip'd with an old mothy faddle, the stirrops of no kindred : besides, poffeft with the glanders, and like to mofe in the chine; troubled with the lampass, infected with the falhions, full of wind.
galls, Sped with spavins, ray'd with the yellows, paft core of the vives, stark spoild with the staggers, begnawn with the bots; fway'd in the back, and shoulder-Thotten; near-leg'd before, and with a half-check'd bit, and a bead-fall of Theep's-leather ; which, being restrain's to keep him from fumbling, hach been often burst, and now.repaired with knots; one girth fix times piec'd, and a woman's crupper of velure ; which hath two let. ters for her name, fairly set down in ftuds, and here and there piec'd with pack.thread.
Bap. Who comes with him?
Bio. O, fir, his lacquey, for all the world caparison'd
Bap. I am glad, he's come though, howsoe'er he comes.
Bio. No, fir; I say, that his horfe comes, with him
Bap. Why, that's all one.
Bio. Nay, by faint Jamy ; I hold you a penny,
• This speech contains a whimgical luxuriance of risible description; there is abundant peculiarity of grotesque idea; Biondello requires great and uncommon distinctness and volubility, which are rarely fouad together.
Bap. You are welcome, fir.
halt not. Tra. Not so well appareld As I could wilh you were.
Pet. Tut! were it better, I should rush in thas. But where is Kate? where is my lovely bride How does my father ! --Gentles, methinks, you frown. And wherefore gaze this goodly company; As if they saw some wond'rous monument, Some comet, or unusual prodigy}
Bap. Why, fir, you know, this is your wedding-day: Firft were we fad, fearing you would not come ; Now fadder, that you come fo unprovided. Fie! doff this habit, tame to your eftate, An eye-fore to our folemn festival.
Tra. And tell us, what occasion of import Hath all so long detain’d you from your wife, And sent you hither so volike yourfelfi
Pet. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear i Sofficeth, I am come to keep my word: “ Though, in some part, enforced to digress; “ Which, at more leisure, I will so excuse " As you fall well be fatisfy'd 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 ;
Pet. Not I, believe me ; thus I'll visit her.
Exeunt Pet. Gru, and Bio.
Tra. He hath fome meaning in his mad attire:
[Exeunt Bap. and. Attendants. Tranio follows;
but is beckoned back by Lucentio, who con
verses awhile apart.
Luc. Were it'not that my fellow, schoolmaster
Tra. That, by degrees; we mean to look into,
Re-enter Gremio, laughing.
Gre. As willingly as e'er I came from school,
Gre. A bridegroom, say you? 'tis a groom, indeed, A grumbling groom, and that the girl thall-find.
Ira. Curlter than the ? why, 'tis impossible.
Gre. Tut! She's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him.