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Pet. 0, Kate, content thee: pr'ythee, be not angry.
Father, be quiet; he shall stay 'my leisure.-
If she had not a spirit to 'resist.
'Obey the bride, you that attend on her:
(Exeunt. Petrucio and Grumio carry-out this plan with a high hand, and bear-off the unwilling Bride ; leaving their friends to go-on with the marriage festivities—as well as laughter will allow them.
Let us hasten onward before the well-matched pair can reach Petrucio's residence. But Grumio the servant has arrived before us! Listen-he is soliloquizing: Gru. Fie, fie on all tired jades, on all mad masters, and all
foul ways! Was ever man so 'beaten ? was ever man so 'rayed ?b was ever man so 'weary? I am sent' before, to make a fire; and they are coming 'after, to warm 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, 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 !
* defend as with a shield.
b streaked with dirt (bewrayed). can old proverb—"a little pot is soon hot.”
Curtis, Petrucio's aged and decrepit Servant, enters. Curt. Who is that calls so coldly? Gru. A piece of 'ice: if thou doubt it, thou may'st slide
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. But where's the 'Cook? is supper ready, the house trimmed? rushes strewed ? cobwebs swept? the serving-men in their new fustian? and every officer his 'wedding garment on? Be the Jacksb fair within the Jills' fair
without? the carpets“ laid ? and everything in order ? ort. 'All ready; and therefore, I pray thee, news?
Ι Gru. First, know, my horse is tired; my master and mis
tress fallen out-out of their 'saddles, into the dirt:
and thereby hangs a tale. Curt. Let 's ha ’t,o good Grumio. Gru. Lend thine ear ;-there.
He boxes his ear. Curt. This is to 'feel a tale, not to 'hear a tale. Gru. And therefore 't is called a 'sensible tale; and this
cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beseech listening. Now I begin : Imprimis,' we came down a foul
hill, my master riding behind my mistress,Curt. Both of one horse? Gru. What is that to thee? Tell 'thou the tale:—But,
hadst thou not 'crossed me, thou shouldst have heard 'how her horse fell, and she 'under her horse; thou shouldst have heard, in how miry a place; how she was bemoiled ;s 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 prayed 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 unexpe
rienced to thy grave. * but plenty of fuel. " large leather bags (for men) that must be washed inside.
c small metal drinking cups (for women) that must be polished outside drugs, then used as coverings for the table : (floors were strewed with rushes.)
fin the first place. & bemired, draggled in the mire.
e have it.
Curt. By this reckoning, 'he is more shrew than 'she?
find, when he comes home. But what talk I of this ?-
them forth. Curt. Do you hear, ho! Nathaniel ! Joseph ! Walter !a
The Servants confusedly hasten-in; and, while they are welcom-
You logger-headed and unpolished grooms !
Where is the foolish knave I sent 'before?
Did I not bid thee meet me in the Park,
And bring along these rascal-knaves with thee ?
And Gabriel's pumps were all unpinkedo i’ the heel ;
Yet, as they are, here are they come to meet you.
He walks about the room singing, while the Servants spread the table :
[Sings.) Where is the life that late 1 led-
As he forth wulkéd way :
(Re-enter Servants, with supper.
c without eyelet holes. d torch ; (old faded hats were blackened with the smoke of a torch-link). neat, well dressed. f from a “Sonet" in "A Handful of Pleasant Delites," 1684
h fragmentary part of an old poem: see Percy's “ Reliques."
A three inserted words.
& sweet! sweet!
(Throws the meat, &c., at them.
Be merry, Kate.-Some water here; what, ho!
Where are my slippers ?—Shall I have some water? A Servant enters with a basin and ewer, which he drops :
You careless villain ! have you let it fall ?
Come, Kate, and wash,' and welcome heartily.
Come, Kate, sit down; I know you have a stomach.
He dashes the dishes at the Servants, who run away :
The meat was well, if you were so contented.
As they withdraw, some of the Servants peep in :
Grumio cautiously enters, meeting old Curtis :
Making a sermon of 'forbearance to her ;
• As “fingers were made before forks," it was customary to wash the hands before every meal. b very small in size (like a wooden mallet.)
can appetite d I 'll punish you directly.
But sits as one new-risen from a dream.
Away, away! for he is coming hither.
And 't is my hope to end 'successfully.
But the worst is not yet over with poor Katharine. Next day she
What! did he marry me to 'famish me?
I care not what, so it be 'wholesome food.
How say you to a fat 'tripe, finely broiled ?
What say you to a piece of 'beef-and mustard ? Kath. A dish that I do 'love to feed upon ! Gru. Ay, ... but the mustard is too 'hot a little. Kath. Why, then, the 'beef ;-and let the mustard rest.
can allusion to a popular Comedy of the day-"A Woman Killed with Kindness," by Thomas Haywood, 1607. *the foot of a calf or any bovine animal. fexceedingly. & causing irascibility.
bO. R. I intend.
d O. R. shew.