Imagens das páginas

"Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage; Dine with my father, drink a health to me; Which once perform'd, let all the world say, -no, For I must hence, and farewell to you all. I'll keep mine own, despite of all the world.

Tra. Let us entreat you stay till after dinner. Tra. That by degrees we mean to look into, Pet. It may not be. And watch our vantage in this business :


Let me entreat you. We'll over-reach the grey-beard, Gremio;

Pet. It cannot be. The narrow-prying father, Minola ;


Let me entreat you. The quaint 3 musician, amorous Licio;

Pet. I am content. All for my master's sake, Lucentio.


Are you content to stay ?

Pet. I am content you shall entreat me stay? Re-enter GREMIO.

But yet not stay, entreat me how you can. Signior Gremio, came you from the church ?

Kath. Now, if you love me, stay. Gre. As willingly as e'er I came from school. Pet.

Grumio, my horses. Tra. And is the bride and bridegroom coming Gru. Ay, sir, they be ready; the oats have eaten home?

the horses.
Gre. A bridegroom, say you ? 'tis a groom, indeed, Kath. Nay, then,
A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find. Do what thou canst, I will not go to-day ;

Tra. Curster than she ? why, 'tis impossible. No, nor to-morrow, nor till I please myself.
Gre. Why, he's a devil, a devil, a very fiend. The door is open, sir, there lies your way,
Tra. Why, she's a devil, a devil, the devil's dam. You may be jogging, whiles your boots are green;

Gre. Tut! she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him. For me, I'll not be gone, till I please myself ;
I'll tell you, sir Lucentio : When the priest 'Tis like, you'll prove a jolly surly groom,
Should ask — if Katharine should be his wife, That take it on you at the first so roundly.
Ay, by gogs-wouns, quoth he; and swore so loud, Pet. O, Kate, content thee; pr’ythee be not angry.
That, all amazed, the priest let fall the book : Kath I will be angry: What hast thou to do?
And, as he stoop'd again to take it up,

Father be quiet : he shall stay my leisure. The mad-brain'd bridegroom took him such a cuff, Gre. Ay, marry, sir : now it begins to work. That down fell priest and book, and book and priest ; Kalh. Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner :Vow lake them up, quoth he, if any list.

I see, a woman may be made a fool, Tra. What said the wench, when he arose again? If she had not a spirit to resist. Gre. Trembled and shook; for why, he stamp'd, Pet. They shall go forward, Kate, at thy comand swore,

mand : As if the vicar meant to cozen him.

Obey the bride, you that attend on her : But after many ceremonies done,

Go to the feast, revel and domineer, He calls for wine : - A health, quoth he ; as if

Be mad and merry,

- or go hang yourselves; He had been aboard carousing to his mates But for my bonny Kate, she must with me. After a storin;- Quaff”d off the muscadel 4, Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret ; And threw the sops all in the sexton's face;

I will be master of what is mine own: Having no other reason, —

She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house, But that his beard grew thin and hungerly, My household stuff, my field, my barn, And seem'd to ask him sops as he was drinking. My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing; This done, he took the bride about the neck; And here she stands, touch her whoever dare ; And kiss'd her lips with such a clamorous smack, I'll bring my action on the proudest he That, at the parting, all the church did echo. That stops my way in Padua. — Grumio, I, seeing this, came thence for very shame ; Draw forth thy weapon ; we're beset with thieves; And, after me, I know the rout is coming ; Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man:Such a mad marriage never was before :

Fear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch thee, Hark, hark! I hear the minstrels play. [Musick.

Kate :

I'll buckler thee against a million. Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, Bianca, Baptista,

[Ereuni PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and Grumio. HORTENSIO, Grumio, and Train.

Bap. Nay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones. Pet. Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for your Gre. Went they not quickly, I should die with pains :

laughing I know, you think to dine with me to-day,

Tra. Of all mad matches, never was the like! And have prepar'd great store of wedding cheer ; Luc. Mistress, what's your opinion of your sister? But so it is, my haste doth call me hence,

Bian. That being mad herself, she's madly mated. And therefore here I mean to take my leave.

Gre. I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated. Bap. Is't posssible, you will away to-night? Bap. Neighbours and friends, though bride and Pet. I must away to-day, before night come:

brišiegroom wants Make it no wonder; if you knew my business, For to supply the places at the table, You would entreat me rather go than stay,

You know, there wants no junkets ' at the feast ;And, honest company, I thank you all,

Lucentio, you shall supply the bridegroom's place; That have beheld me give away myself

And let Bianca take her sister's rooin. To this most patient, sweet, and virtuous wife : Tra. Shall sweet Bianca practise how to bride it?

Bap. She shall, Lucentio. — Come, gentlemen, 3 Strange

[Exeunt. • It was the custom for the company present to drink wine immediately after the marriage ceremony.

5 Delicacies


let's go.


SCENE I.- A Hall in Petruchio's Country House. came down a foul hill, my master riding behind my

mistress : Enter GRUMIO.

Curt. Both on one horse ? Gru. Fye, fye, on all tired jades, on all mad Gru. What's that to thee? masters! and all foul ways! Was ever man so Curt. Why, a horse. beaten ? was ever man so rayed ? 6 was ever man so Gru. Tell thou the tale : But hadst thou not weary? I am sent before to make a fire, and they crossed me, thou shouldst have heard how her horse are coming after to warm them. Now, were I not fell, and she under her horse ; thou shouldst have a little pot, and soon hot, my very lips might freeze heard in how miry a place: how she was bemoiled 7; to my teeth, ere I should come by a fire to thaw how he left her with the horse upon her; how he me: - But, I, with blowing the fire, shall warm beat me because her horse stumbled; how she waded myself: for, considering the weather, a taller man through the dirt to pluck him off me; how he swore; than I will take cold. Holla, hoa! Curtis ! how she prayed

that never prayed before ; how

I cried; how the horses ran away; how her bridle Enter Curtis.

was burst ; how I lost my crupper ; — with many Curt. Who is that, calls so coldly?

things of worthy inemory; which now shall die in Gru. A piece of ice: If thon doubt it, thou mayst oblivion, and thou return unexperienced to thy grave. slide from my shoulder to my heel, with no greater Curt. By this reckoning, he is more shrew than a run but my head and my neck. A fire, good she. Curtis.

Gru. Ay; and that, thou and the proudest of Curt. Is my master and his wise coming, Grumio? you all shall find, when he comes home. But what

Gru. O, ay, Curtis, ay: and therefore fire, fire ; talk I of this ? - call forth Nathaniel, Joseph, cast on no water.

Nicholas, Philip, Walter, Sugarsop, and the rest ; Curt. Is she so hot a shrew as she's reported ? let their heads be sleekly combed, their blue coats

Gru. She was, good Curtis, before this frost ; brushed, and their garters of an indifferent 8 knit : but, thou know'st, winter tames man, woman, and let them curtsey with their left legs; and not prebeast ; for it hath tamed my old master, and my sume to touch a hair of my master's horse-tail, till new mistress, and myself, fellow Curtis.

they kiss their hands. Are they all ready ? Curt. Away, you three-inch fool! I am no beast. Curt. They are.

Gru. Am I but three inches? why, thy horn is a Gru. Call them forth. foot; and so long am I, at the least. But wilt thou Curt. Do you hear, ho! you must meet my make a fire, or shall I complain on thee to our mis- master, to countenance my mistress. tress, whose hand (she being now at hand) thou Gru. Why, she hath a face of her own. shalt soon feel, to thy cold comfort, for being slow Curt. Who knows not that ? in thy hot office ?

Gru. Thou, it seems; that callest for company Curt. I pr’ythee, good Grumio, tell me, How to countenance her. goes the world?

Curt. I call them forth to credit her. Gru. A cold world, Curtis, in every office but Gru. Why, she comes to borrow nothing of them. thine ; and, therefore, fire: Do thy duty, and have thy duty; for my master and mistress are almost

Enter several Servants. frozen to death,

Nath. Welcome home, Grumio. Curt. There's fire ready : And therefore, good Phil. How now, Grumio ? Grumio, the news?

Jos. What, Grumio ! Gru. Why, Jack boy ! ho boy! and fire ; for I have Nich. Fellow Grumio! caught extreme cold. Where's the cook ? is supper

Nath. How now, old lad? ready, the house trimmed, rushes strewed; cobwebs Gru. Welcome, you; – how now, you ; what, swept; the serving-men in their new fustian ; their you; - fellow, you - and thus much for greeting. white stockings, and every officer his wedding- Now, my spruce companions, is all ready and all garment on ? Be the jacks fair within, the jills fair things neat ? without, the carpets laid, and every thing in order ? Nath. All things are ready: How near is our

Curt. All ready; and therefore, I pray thee, news? master?

Gru. First, know, my horse is tired; my master Gru. E'en at band, alighted by this; and thereand mistress fallen out.

fore be not,

silence ! - I hear my master. Curt. How ? Gru. Out of their saddles into the dirt; And

Enter PETRUCHIO and KATHARINA. thereby hangs a tale.

Pet. Where be these knaves? What, no man at Curt. Let's ha't, good Grumio.

door, Gru. Lend thine ear.

To hold my stirrup, nor to take my horse ! Curt. Here.

Where is Nathaniel, Gregory, Philip? Gru. There.

[Striking him. AU Serv. Here, here, sir ; here, sir. Curt. This is to feel a tale, not to bear a tale. Pet. Here, sir! here, sir! here, sir, here, sir!

Gru. And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale: You logger-headed and unpolish'd grooms ! and this cuff was but to knock at your ear, and What, no attendance ? no regard ? no duty ? bescech listening. Now I begin : Imprimis, we Where is the foolish knave I sent before ?

7 Bemired.

& Not different one from the othec.

6 Striped.

[merged small][graphic][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]
[ocr errors]

Gru. Here, sir; as foolish as I was before. And, for this night, we'll fast for company :

Pet. You peasant swain! you malt-horse drudge! Come, I will bring thee to thy bridal chamber. Did I not bid thee meet me in the park,

[Exeunt Petruchio, KATHARINA, and And bring along these rascal knaves with thee?

Curtis. Gru. Nathaniel's coat, sir, was not fully made, Nath. [Advancing. ] Peter, didst ever see the like? And Gabriel's pumps were all unpink'd i'the heel ; Peler. He kills her in her own humour. There was no link 9 to colour Peter's hat, And Walter's dagger was not come from sheathing:

Re-enter Curtis. There were none fine, but Adam, Ralph, and Gre- Gru. Where is he? gory ;

Curt. In her chamber. The rest were ragged, old, and beggarly;

Making a sermon of continency to her : Yet, as they are, here are they come to meet you. And rails, and swears, and rates; that she, poor soul Pet. Go, rascals, go, and fetch my supper in. Knows not which way to stand, to look, to speak;

[Ereunt some of the Servants. And sits as one new-risen from a dream. Where is the life that late I led

[Sings. | Away, away! for he is coming hither. [Ereunt. Where are those Sit down, Kate, and welcome. Soud, soud, soud, soud ! !


Pet. Thus have I politickly begun my reign, Re-enter Servants with Supper.

And 'tis my hope to end successfully: Why, when, I say? – Nay, good sweet Kate, be My falcon now is sharp, and passing empty; merry.

And, till she stoop, she must not be full-gorg'd, off with my boots, you rogues, you villains ; For then she never looks upon her lure. ? When ?

Another way I have to man my haggard,
It was the friar of orders gray, [Sings. To make her come, and know her keeper's call,
As he forth walked on his way:

That is, - to watch her, as we watch these kites,

That bate 4, and beat, and will not be obedient. Out, out, you rogue! you pluck my foot awry : Take that, and mend the plucking off the other.

She eat no meat to-day, nor none shall eat ; [Strikes him.

Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not:

As with the meat, some undeserved fault Be merry, Kate : Some water, here; what, ho !

I'll find about the making of the bed ; Where's my spaniel Troilus ? Sirrah, get you And here I'll Aing the pillow, there the bolster,

hence, And bid my cousin Ferdinand come hither :

This way the coverlet, another way the sheets :

[Erit Servant. Ay, and amid this hurly, I intend's, One, Kate, that you must kiss, and be acquainted That all is done in reverend care of her; with.

And, in conclusion, she shall watch all night: Where are my slippers ?- Shall I have some water? And, if she chance to nod, I'll rail and brawl, [A bason is presented to him.

And with the clamour keep her still awake. Come, Kate, and wash, and welcome heartily :

This is the way to kill a wife with kindness; [Servant lets the ewer fall. And thus I'll curb her mad and headstrong huYou villain! will you let it fall ? [Strikes him.

He that knows better how to tame a shrew, Kath. Patience, I pray you ; 'twas a fault unwilling.

Now let him speak ; 'tis charity to shew. [Exit. Pet. A beetle-headed, flap-ear'd knave! Come, Kate, sit down; I know you have a stomach. SCENE II. — Padua. Before Baptista's House. Will you give thanks, sweet Kate; or else shall I ? What is this ? mutton ?

Enter TRANIO and HORTENSIO. 1 Serv. Ay.

Tra. Is't possible, friend Licio, that Bianca Pet.

Who brought it. Doth fancy any other but Lucentio ? 1 Serv.

I. | I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand. Pet. 'Tis burnt; and so is all the meat :

Hor. Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said, What dogs are these ? . Where is the rascal cook? Stand by, and mark the manner of Iris teaching. How durst you, villains, bring it from the dresser,

[They stand aside. And serve it thus to me that love it not ?

Enter BIANCA and LUCENTIO. There, take it to you, trenchers, cups, and all : (Throws the meat, &c. about the stage. Luc. Now, mistress, profit you in what you

read? You heedless joltheads, and unmanner'd slaves ! Bian. What, master, read you? first resolve me What, do you grumble ? I'll be with you straight.

that. Kath. I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet ; Luc. I read that I profess, the art of love. The meat was well, if you were so contented.

Bian. And may you prove, sir, masterof your art! Pet. I tell thee, Kate, 'twas burnt and dried away; Luc. While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of And I expressly am forbid to touch it,

[ They retire. For it engenders choler, planteth anger;

Hor. Quick proceeders, marry! Now, tell me, I And better 'twere, that both of us did fast,

pray, Since of ourselves, ourselves are cholerick,

You that durst swear that your mistress Bianca Than feed it with such over-roasted flesh.

Lov'd none in the world so well as Lucentio. Be patient; to-morrow it shall be mended,


my heart.

2 A thing stuffed to look like the game which the hawk 9 A torch of pitch.

was to pursue. ' A word coined by Shakspeare to express the noise made 3 To tame my wild hawk, by a person heated and fatigueda

4 Flutter.

5 Pretend.

« AnteriorContinuar »