Of greater sums than I have promised:
So fh all you quietly enjoy your hope,
And marry sweet Bianca with confent.

Luc. Were it not, that my fellow school-matter
Doth watch Biance's ftéps fo narrowly,
'Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage;
Which once perform’d, let all the world say no,
I'll keep my own, despight of all the world.

Tra. That by degrees we mean to look into,
And watch our vantage in this business:
We'll over-reach the gray-beard Gremio,
The narrow-prying father Minola,
The quaint musician amorous Lisio;
All for my master's fake, Lucentio.

Enter Gremio.
Now, Signior Gremio, came you from the church?

Gre. As willingly as e'er I came from school.
Tra. And is the bride and bridegroom coming home?

Gre. A bridegroom, say you? 'tis a groom, indeed, A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.

Tra. Curster than me? why, 'tis impossible.
Gre. Why, he's a devil, a devil, a very fiend.
Tra. Why, she's a devil, a devil, the devil's dam,

Gre. Tut, she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him:
I'll tell you, Sir Lucentio; when the priest
Should ask, if Catharine should be his wife?
Ay, by gogs-woons, quoth he; and swore so loud,
That, all-amaz'd, the priest let fall the book; 1.
And as he stoop'd again to take it up,
This mad-brain'd bridegroom took him such a cuff,
That down fell prieit and book, and book and prieft.
Now take them up, quoth he, if any lift.)
Tra. What said the wench, when he rose

up again! Gre. Trembled and shook for why, he kamp'd and As if the vicar meant to cozen him,

[fwonego But after many ceremonies done, He calls for wine: a health, quoth he; as it H’ad been ahoard carousing to his mates After a korm; quafft off the muscadel, And threw the fops all in the sexton's face ;

Having no other cause, but that his beard
Grew thip and hungerly, and feem'd to ask
His fops as he was drinking. This done, he took:
The bride about the neck, and kist her lips
With such a clamorous smack, that at the parting
All the church echo'd; and I seeing this,
Came thence for very shame; and after me,
I know, the rout is coming : Such a mad marriage
Ne'er was before. -Hark, hark, I hear the minstrels.

[Mufick plays. Enter Petruchio, Catharina, Bianca, Hortenfio,

and Baptifta. Pet. Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for your paips: I know, you think to dine with me to-day, And have prepar'd great store of wedding cheer; But so it is, my hafte doth call me hence; And therefore here I mean to take my

leave. Bap. Is't poflible, you will away to-night?

Pet. I must away to day, before night come.
Make it so wonder; if you business,
You would intreat me rather

And, honeft company, I thank you all,
That have beheld me give away myself
To this most patient, sweet and virtuous wife.
Dine with my father, drink a health to me,
For I must hence, and farewel to you all.

Tra. Let us intreat you stay 'till after dinnen
Pet. It may not be.
Gre. Let me intreat you.
Per. It cannot be.
Cath. Let me intreat you.
Pet. I am content
Cath. Are you content to stay?

Pet. I am content, you fhall intreat me, kay;
But yet not stay, intreat me how you can.

Cath. Now, if you love me, ftay.
Pet. Grumio, my horses.

Gru. Ay, Sir, they be ready : . The oats have eaten the horses. Cath. Nay, then,


knew my

than ftay.

Do what thou canst, I will not go to-day;
No, nor to-morrow, nor 'till I please myself:
The door is open, Sir, there lies your way,
You may be jogging, while your boots are green;
For me, I'll not go, 'till I please myself:
'Tis like, you'll prove a jolly surly groom,
That take it on you at the first so roundly.

Pet. O, Kare, content thee; prythee, be not angry.

Cath. I will be angry; what halt thou to do? Father, be quiet; he hall stay my leifure.

Gre. Ay, marry, Sir; now it begins to work.

Cath. Gentlemen forward to the bridal-dinner.
I see a woman may be made a foal,
If she had not a spirit to refift.

Pet. They shall go forward, Kate, at thy command,
Obey the bride, you that attend on her:
Go to the feast, revel and domineer;
Carouse full measure to her maiden-head;
Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves;
But for my bonny Kate, the muft with me.
Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor ftare, nor fret,
I will be master of what is mine own;
She is my goods,

my chattels, she is my house,
My houshold stuff, my field, my barn,
My horfe, my ox, my ass, my any thing;
And here she stands, touch her who ever dare.
I'll bring my action on the proudeft he,
That stops my way in Padua : Grumio,
Draw forth thy weapon; we're beset with thieves' ;
Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man:
Fear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch thee, Kate;
I'll buckler thee against a million. [Exeunt Pet. and Catho

Bap. Nay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones.
Gre.Went they not quickly,I should die with laughing:
Tra. Of all mad matches, never was the like.
Luc. Mistress, what's your opinion of your fifter?
Bian. That, being mad herself, she's madly mated.
Gre. I warrant him, Petruchio is kated.

Bap. Neighbours and friends, tho'bridesand bridegroom For to supply the places at the table;



You know, there wants no junkets at the feaft:
Lucentio, you supply the bridegroom's place;
And let Bianca take her fifter's room.

Tra. Shall sweet Bianca practise how to bride it?
Bap. She shall, Lucentio : Gentlemen, let's go. [Exeunt.


SCENE, Petruchio's Country House,

Enter Grumio.

GR UM 1.0. 'Y, fy on all tired jades, and all mad masters, and all

so raide ? was ever man so weary? I am sent before, to make a fire; and they are coming after, to warm them: Now were I not a little pot, and soon hot, my very lips might freeze to iny 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 Thall warm myself; for considering the weather, a taller man than ! will take cold: Holla, hoa, Curtis !

Enter Curtis. Cunt. Who is it that calls fo coldly?

Gru. A piece of ice. · "If thou doubt it, thou may'st side from my shoulder to my heel, with no greater a run but my head and my neck. A fire, good Curtis. Curt. Is


master and his wife coming, Grumio ? Gru. Oh, ay, Curtis, ay; and therefore fire, fire, caft on no water.

Curt. Is the so hot a shrew, as she's reported ?

Grtis She was, good Curtis, before this frost; but thou know'st, winter tanies man, woman and beaft; fór it hath tam'd my old master, and my new mistress, and myfelf, fellow Curtis.


Curt. Away, you three-inch'd fool; I am no beast.

Gru. (18) Am I but three inches ? why, my horn is a foot, and so long am I at the least. But wilt thou make a fire, or shall I'complain on thee to our mistress, whose hand, she being now at hand, thou shalt foon feel to thy cold comfort, for being slow in thy hot office.

Curt. I prythee, 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, and as much news as thou wilt.

Curt. Come, you are so full of conycatching.

Gru. Why, therefore, fire; for I have caught extream cold. Where's the cook? is fupper ready, the house trimm'd, rulhes strew'd, cobwebs swept, the servingmen in their new fuftian, their white ftockings, and every officer his wedding garment on ? be the Facks fair within, the Jills fair without, carpets laid, and every thing in order ?

Curt. All ready: And therefore, I pray thee, what news?

Gru. First, know, my horse is tired, my master and mitress fall'n out.

Curt. How?

Gru. Out of their saddles into the dirt, and thereby
bangs a tale,
Eurt. Let's ha’t, good Grumio

Gru. Lend thine ear.
Curt. Here,
Gru. There.

[Strikes him.
Curt. This is to feel a tale, not to hear a tale.
Gru. And therefore 'tis call'd a fenfible tale: And this


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(18) Am I but three inches? why, thy born is å foot, and so long am 1 at the leaf). This is said by Grumio to Curtis. But, though all the copies agree in the reading, what Florn had Curtis ? but Grumio rides post before his master, and bloevs his Horn to give notice of his own coming home, and his master's approache


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