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Pet.How? she's busy and cannotcome: is that an answer?
Gre. Ay, and a kind one too :
Pet. I hope better.
Hor. Sirrah, Biondello, go and intreat my wife to come to me forthwith.
Éxit Biondello. Pet.Oh,ho! intreat her! nay, then she needs must come. Hor. I am afraid, Sir, do you what
Enter Biondello. Yours will not be intreated : now, where's my wife?
Bion. She says, you have some goodly jest in hand; She will not come: the bids you come to her.
Pet. Worse and worse, she will not come!
Enter Catharina. Bap. Now, by my hollidam, here comes Catharine ! Gath. What is your will, Sir; that you send for me? Pet. Where is your fifter, and Hortenfio's wife? Cath. They fit conferring by the parlour fire.
Pet. Go fetch them hither; if they deny to come, Swinge me them foundly forth unto their husbands : Away, I say, and bring them hither ftraight.
[Exit Catharina. Luc. Here is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder. Hor. And so it is: I wonder, what it bodes.
Pet, Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life, And awful rule, and right fupremacy: And, to be short, what not, that's sweet and happy.
Bap. Now fair befal thee, good' Petruchio! The wager
thou hast won; and I will add Unto their losses twenty thousand crowns, Another dowry to another daughter;
For she is chang'd, as she had never been.
Pet. Nay, I will win my wager better yet,
Enter Catharina, Bianca and Widow.
you not ; Off with that bauble, throw it under foot.
[She pulls off ber cap, and throws it down. Wid. Lord, let me never have a cause to figh, "Till I be brought to such a filly pass.
Bian. Fy; what a foolish duty call you this?
Bian. The more fool you; for laying on my duty.
Pet. Catharine, I charge thee tell these headftrong women, What duty they owe to their Lords and husbands.
Wid. Come, come, you're mocking; we'll have no
Cath. Fy! fy! unknit that threatning unkind brow,
While thou ly'ft warm at home, secure and safe,
peevith, fullen, sower,
with our external parts?
(26) Tben vale your ftomachs, &c.} This doctrine of conjugal obe dience, that runs thro' all Catbarine's speech, shews the business of the play to be compleated in her being so thoroughly reform’d. But this comedy has likewise a subfervient walk, which from the beginning is connected to, and made a part of the main plot; viz. the marriage of Bianca. This marriage, according to the regulation of all the copies, is executed and clear'd up in the fourth act i and the fifth act is not made to begin till the whole company meet at Lucentio's apartment. By this regulation, there is not only an unreasonable disproportion in length betwixt the 4th and 5th acts; but a manifest absurdity com: mitted in the conduct of the fable. By the division I have ventur'd at, these inconveniencies are remedied: and the action lies more uniforma For now the whole catastrophe is wound up in the 5th act: it begins with Lucentio going to church to marry Bianca : the true atia
In token of which duty, if he please,
Pet. Why, there's a wench: come on, and kiss me, Kate.
Pet. Come, Kate, we'll to bed ; (27) We three are married, but you two are sped. 'Twas I won the
hit the white; And being a winner, God give you good night.
[Exeunt Petruchio and Catharina. Hor. Now go thy ways, thou hast tam'd a curft threw. Luc. 'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tam'd fo.
[Exeunt omnes. Enter two servants bearing Sly in his own apparel, and
leave him on the Stage. Then enter a Tapfter. Sly awaking. ] Sim, give's fome more wine-what, all the Players gone ? am not I a Lord ?
Tap. A Lord, with a murrain! come, art thou drunk still?
Sly. Who's this? Tapster! oh, I have had the bravest dream that ever thou heardst in all thy life.
Tap. rea, marry, but thou hadft beft get thee home, for your wife will course you for dreaming here all night. arrives, to discover the imposture carried on by the Pedant : and after this eclaircissement is hung in suspence
(always a pleasure to an audience,) till towards the middle of the 5th act; the main business is wound up, of Catharine approving herself to be a convert; and an instructer, in their duty, to - the other new-married Ladies. If it be objected, that, by the change I make, the Lord and his servants (who are characters out of the Drama) speak in the middle of an act; that is a matter of no importance. Their short interlocution was never deSign'd to mark the intervals of the acts.
(27) We two are married, but you two are sped.] This is the reade ing only of the modern copies, I have chose to read with the older books. Petrucbio, I think verily, would say this : I, and you Lucentio, and you Hortensio, are all under the same predicament in one respect, we are all tbree married; but you two are finely help'd up with wives, that don't know the duty of obedience.