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Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
[Exeunt PETRUCHIO, KATHARINE, and
Tra. Shall sweet Bianca practise how to bride it?
Enter GRUMIO. Gru. Fye, fye, on all tired jades! on all mad masters! and all foul ways! Was ever man so beaten? was ever man so rayed ?3 was ever man so weary? I am sent before to make a fire, and they are coming after to warın 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 fire, shall warm myself; for, considering the weather, a taller man than I will take cold. Holla, hoa! Curtis!
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.
Curt. Is my master and his wife coming, Grumio?
Gru. O, ay, Curtis, ay: and therefore fire, fire; cast on no water.
Curt. Is she so hot a shrew as she's reported ? Gru. She was, good Curtis, before this frost: but, thou know'st, winter tames man, woman, and beast; for it hath tamed my old master, and my new mistress, and myself, fellow Curtis.
man so rayed ?] i.e. bewrayed, made dirty.
Curt. Away, you three-inch fool! I am no beast. Gru. Am I but three inches? why, thy horn is a foot; and so long am I, at the least. But wilt thou make a fire, or shall I complain of thee to our mistress, whose hand (she being now at hand, thou shall soon feel, to thy cold comfort, for being slow in thy hot office?
Curt. I pr’ythee, good Grumio, tell me, How goes the world?
Gru. A cold world, Curtis, in every office but thine; and, therefore, fire: Do thy duty, and have thy duty; for my master and mistress are almost frozen to death.
Curt. There's fire ready; And therefore, good Grumio, the news ?
Gru. Why, Jack boy! ho boy ! 4 and as much news as thou wilt.
Curt. Come, you are so full of conycatching :
Gru. Why therefore, fire; for I have caught extreme cold. Where's the cook? is supper ready, the house trimmed, rushes strewed, cobwebs swept ; the serving-men in their new fustian, their white stockings, and every officer his wedding-garment on? Be the jacks fair within, the jills fair without, the carpets laid,' and every thing in order ?
Curt. All ready; And therefore, I pray thee, news?
Gru. First, know, my horse is tired; my master and mistress fallen out.
- Jack boy! ho boy!] Is the beginning of an old round in three parts.
s- Be the jacks fair within, the jills fair without,] i. e. Are the drinking vessels clean, and the maid servants dressed? Probably the poet meant to play upon the words Juck and Jill, which signify two drinking measures, as well as men and maid servants.
the cursets laid,] In our author's time it was customary to cover tables with carpets. Floors, as appears from the present passage and others, were strewed with rushes. VOL. III.
Gru. Out of their saddles into the dirt; And thereby hangs a tale.
Curt. Let's ha't, good Grumio.
[Striking him. Curt. This is to feel a tale, not to hear a tale.
Gru. And therefore 'tis called, a sensible tale: and this cuff was but to knock at your ear, and be. seech listening. Now I begin: Imprimis, we came down a foul hill, my master riding behind my mistress:
Curt. Both on one horse?
Gru. Tell thou the tale: But hadst thou not crossed me, thou should'st have heard how her horse fell, and she under her horse; thou should'st have heard, in how iniry a place: how she was bemoiled;? how he left her with the horse upon her; how he beat me because her horse stumbled; how she waded through the dirt to pluck him off me; how he swore; how she prayed—that never pray'd before; how I cried; how the horses ran away; how her bridle was burst;* how I lost my crupper;—with many things of worthy memory; which now shall die in oblivion, and thou return unexperienced to thy grave.
Curt. By this reckoning, he is more shrew than she.
Gru. Ay; and that, thou and the proudest of you all shall find, when he comes home. But what talk
7- hemoiled;] i. e. be-draggled; bemired. $ wus burst;] i. e. broken.
9 he is more shrew than she.] The term shreu was anciently applicablc to either sex.
I of this !--call forth Nathaniel, Joseph, Nicholas, Philip, Walter, Sugarsop, and the rest; let their heads be sleekly combed, their blue coats brushed,' and their garters of an indifferent knit:: let them curtsey with their left legs; and not presume to touch a hair of my master's horse-tail, till they kiss their hands. Are they all ready?
Curt. They are.
Curt. Do you hear, ho? you must meet my master, to countenance my mistress.
Gru. Why, she hath a face of her own.
Curt. I call them forth to credit her. .
Enter several Servants.
Gru. Welcome, you;-how now, you;—what, you;-fellow, you;—and thus much for greeting. Now, my spruce companions, is all ready, and all things neat?
Nath. All things is ready: How near is our master? Gru. E'en at hand, alighted by this; and there
1- their blue coats brushed,] The dress of servants at the time.
- garters of an indifferent knit:] Perhaps by “ garters of an indifferent knit," the author meant parti-colour'd garters; garters of a different knit. In Shakspeare's time indifferent was sometimes used for different.