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An awful rule, and right supremacy;
Bap. Now, fair befal thee, good Petruchio!
wager thou hast won; and I will add
Pet. Nay, I will win my wager better yet ;
· Re-enter Katharina, with Bianca, and Widow. See, where she comes; and brings your froward
[Katharina pulls off her cap, and throws it down. Wid. Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh, Till I be brought to such a silly pass !
Bian. Fye! what a foolish duty call you this?
Luc. I would your duty were as foolish too : The wisdom of your duty, fair Bianca, Hath cost me an hundred crowns since supper-time.
Bian. The more fool you, for laying on my duty. Pet. Katharine, I charge thee, tell these head
strong women What duty they do owe their lords and husbands. Wid. Come, come, you're mocking; we will have
no telling Pet. Come on, I say; and first begin with her. Wid. She shall not. Pet. I say, she shall ;-and first begin with her. Kath. Fye, fye! unknit that threat'ning unkind
brow; And dart not scornful glances from those eyes, To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor : It blots thy beauty, as frosts bite the meads; Confounds thy fame, as whirlwinds shake fair buds ; And in no sense is meet, or amiable.
A woman mov’d, is like a fountain troubled,
pare, That seeming to be most, which we least are. Then vail your stomachst, for it is no boot; And place your hands below your husband's foot : In token of which duty, if he please, My hand is ready, may it do him ease. * Gentle temper.
of Abate your spirit.
Pet. Why, there's a wench !-Come on, and kiss
Luc. Well, go thy ways, old lad; for thou shalt
ha't. Vin. 'Tis a good hearing, when children are to
ward. Luc. But a harsh hearing, when women are fro
ward. Pet. Come, Kate, we'll to bed :We three are married, but you two are sped. 'Twas I won the wager, though you hit the white ;
[To Lucentio. And, being a winner, God give you good night!
[Exeunt Petruchio and Kath. Hor. Now, go thy ways, thou hast tam’d a curst
shrew. Luc. 'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tam’d so.
of this play the tivo plots are so well united, that they can hardly be called two, without injury to the art with which they are interwoven. The attention is entertained with all the variety of a double plot, yet is not distracted by unconnected incidents.
The part between Katharine and Petruchio is eminently spritely and diverting. At the marriage of Bianca, the arrival of the real father, perhaps, produces more perplexity than pleasure. The whole play is very popular and diverting.JOHNSON
END OF VOL. III.