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And speak I will; I am no child, no babe :
Pet. Why, thou fay'st true ; it is a paltry cap,
Cat. Love me, or love me not, I like the cap;
[Taylor lays forth the Gorun. O, mercy, heav'n ! what making stuff is here ! What's this ? a sleeve? 'ris like a demi-cannon : What! up and down, carv'd like an apple-tart? Here's snip, and nip, and cut, and fish, and flash, Like to a censer in a barber's shop: Why, what, o'devil's name, tailor, call’At thou this ? Hor. I see, she's like to have neither cap nor gown.
[Aside. Tai. You bid me make it orderly and well, According to the fashion, and the time.
Pet. Marry, and did ; but, if you be remember'd, I did not bid you mar it to the time. Go, hop me over every kennel home, For you shall hop without my custom, fir; I'll none of it; hence, make your best of it.
Cat. I never saw a better fashion'd gown, More quaint, more pleasing, nor more commendable : Belike, you mean to make a puppet of me.
Pet. Why, true; he means to make a puppet of thee. Tai. She says, your worship means to make a puppet
of her. Pet. O monstrous arrogance ! - Thou ly'ft, thou
thread, thou thimble, Thou yard, three quarters, half yard, quarter, nail,
* The oblique manner in which Petruchio works upon the re. fractory disposition of his crooked rib, is very ludicrous and well conceived.
Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter-cricket thou :-
rag, thou quantity, thou remnant :
Tai. Your worship is deceiv'd; the gown is made
him the ftuff.
Gru. Face not me: thou haft brav'd many men; brave not me, I will neither be fac'd nor brav’d. I say unto thee, I bid thy master cut out the gown ; but I did not bid him cut it to pieces : ergo, thou ly'st.
Tai. Why, here is the note of the fashion to testify.
Gru. Maiter, if ever I said loose-body'd gown, low me in the skirts of it, and beat me to death with a bottom of brown thread : I said, a gown.
Gru: Error i' th' bill, fir; error i' th' bill:-I commanded the sleeves should be cut out, and sow'd up again; and that I'll prove upon thee, though thy little finger be armed in a thimble..
Tai. This is true, that I say ; an i had thee in place where, thou should't know it.
Gru. I am. for thee straight : take thou the bill, give me thy mete-yard, and spare not me.
“ Hor. Heaven-a-mercy, Grumio ! then he shall have
“ Gru. Villain, not for thy life: Take op my misu “ tress' gown for thy mafter's use !
“ Pet. Why, fir, what's your conceit in that?
“ Gru. O, fir, the conceit is deeper than you think “ for :. Take up my mistress' gown to his master's use ! “ O, fie, fie, fie !
Pet. Hortenfio, say, thou'lt see the taylor pay'd. [Afrde. Go, take it hence; be gone, and say no more.
Hor. Taylor, I'll pay thee for thy gown to-morrow. Take no unkindness of his hafty words : Away, I say ; commend me to thy mafter.
(Exit Taylor Pet. Well; come, my Kate; we will unto your father's, Even in these honest mean habiliments; Our purses Thall be proud, our garments poor :For 'iis the mind that makes the body rich ; And as the son breaks through the darkest clouds, So honour peereth in the meaneft habit. " What, is the jay more precious than the lark,, “. Because his feathers are more beautiful : " Or is the adder better than the eel, “ Because his painted kin contents the eyer “ O, no, good Kate; neither art thou the worse “ For this poor furniture, and mean array. “ If thou account'st it shame, lay it on me : “ And therefore, frolick; we will bence forthwith, “ To feast and sport us at thy father's house. Go, call my men, and let us straight to him ; And bring our horses unto Long-lane end, There will we mount, and thicher walk afout. Let's see ; I think, 'tis now some seven o'clock, And well we may come there by dinner-time.
The whole of this scene is unusually pleasant; there is a malterly mixture of character, and the dialogue is apt, Spirited, and concise
Cat. I dare assure you, fir, 'tis almost two; And 'twill be supper-time, ere you come there.
Pet. It shall be seven, ere I go to horse : Look, what I speak, or do, or think to do, You are still crossing it.-Sirs, let's alone: I will not go to-day; or, ere I do, It shall be what o'clock I say it is ll. Hor. Why, fo! this gallant will command the fun.
[Exeunt: SCENE III. Padua. Before Baptifta's House. Enter Tranio ; and the Pedant, booted, and drejt like
Ped. Ay, fir; what else? and, but be deceiv'd,
Tra. Where you were lodgers at the Pegasus. "Tis well; and hold your own, in any case, With such aufterity as 'longeth to a father.
Enter. Biondello. Ped. I warrant you : But, fir, here comes your boy;; 'Twere good, that he were school'd.
Tra. Fear you not him.-
Bio. Tut!. fear not me.
Bio. I told him, that your father was at Venice ;
Tra. Thou’rt a.tall fellow; hold thee that to drink.. Here comes Baptista :-set your countenance, fir.
Enter Baptista, and Lucentio. Signior Baptifta, you are happily met :Sir,
(to the Pedant. # The variations of Petruchio are naturally, conceived and not too much multiplied ; his expressions are very poignant, and happily adapted,
This is the gentleman I told you of;
Ped. Soft, son !
Bap. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say :
Tra. I thank you, fír: Where then do you know beft,
Bap. Not in my house, Lucentio ; for, you know,
Tra. Then at my lodging, an it like you,