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So shall you quietly enjoy your hope,
And marry sweet Bianca with consent.

Luc. Were it not, that my fellow school-master
Doth watch Bianca's steps so 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 grey-beard Gremio,
The narrow-prying Father Minola,
The quaint musician amorous Licio ;
All for my master's sake, 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 Thall find.

Ira. Curster than she ? 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 ;
And as he stoop'd again to take it up,
This mad-brain’d Bridegroom took him such a cuff,
That down fell priest and book, and book and priest.
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 stamp'd and

As if the Vicar meant to cozen him.
But after many ceremonies done,
He calls for wine : a health, quoth he ; as if
H’ad been aboard carowsing to his Mates
After a storm ; quafft off the muscadel,


And threw the sops all in the sexton's face ;
Having no other cause, but that his beard
Grew thin and hungerly, and seem'd to ask
His sops as he was drinking. This done, he took
The Bride about the neck, and kift 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 Baptista.
Pet. Gentlemen and friends, I thank


your pains : 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


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

Pet. I must away to day, before night comes.
Make it no wonder ; if



You would entreat me rather go than stay.
And, honest Company, I thank you all,
That have beheld me give away my
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 dinner.
Pet. It may not be.
Gre. Let me intreat you.. :
Pet. It cannot be.
Cath. Let me intreat you..
Pet. I am content
Cath. Are you content to stay ?

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

Cath. Now, if you love me, stay,
Pet. Grumia, my horses.



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Gru. Ay, Sir, they be ready : the oats have eated the horses.

Cath. Nay, then,
Do what thou canst, I will not go to day;
No, nor to morrrow, nor 'till I please my self:
The door is open, Sir, there lyes your way,
You may be jogging, while

For me, I'll not go, 'till I please my self :
"Tis like, you'll prove a jolly surly groom,
That take it on you at the first so roundly.
Pet. O, Kate, content thee, pr’ythee, be not angry.

Cath. I will be angry; what haft thou to do? Father, be quiet ; he shall stay my leisure.

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

Cath. Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner.
I fee, a woman may be made a fool,
If fhe 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 ;
Carowse full measure to her maiden-head;
Be mad and merry, or go hang your selves ;
But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor ftare, nor frety
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 horse, my ox, my afs, 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'W buckler thee against a million.

[Exeunt Pet. and Cath.
Bap. Nay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones.
Gre. Went they not quickly, I thould die with


Tra. Of all mad matches, never was the like.
Luc. Mistress, what's your opinion of your Sister ?
Bian. That, being mad her self, she's madly mated.
Gre. I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated.

Bap. Neighbours and Friends, tho' Bride and Bride-
For to supply the places at the table;
You know, there wants no junkets at the feast :
Lucentio, you supply the Bridegroom's place;
And let Bianca take her Sister's room.

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


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I E, fie on all tired jades, and all mad masters, and all foul ways ! was ever man fo beaten ? was

ever man fo raide ? was ever man fo 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 foon hot, my very lips might freeze to my teeth, my tongue to the roof of my mouth, my heart in


belly, ere I should come by a fire to thaw me; but I with blowing the fire shall warm my self; for, considering the weather, a taller man than I will take cold : holla, hoa, Curtis !

Enter Curtis:
Curt. Who is it that calls so coldly?
Gru. A piece of ice. If thou doubt it, thou may ft


head and my

side from my shoulder to my heel, with no greater a run but my

neck. A fire, good Curtis. Curt. Is my master and his wife coming, Gramio ?

Gru. Oh, 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 beaft; for it hath tam'd my old master, and my new mistress, and my self, fellow Curtis.

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

Gru. 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, the being now at hand, thou shalt soon feel to thy cold comfort, for being flow 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 Græmio, 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, rushes strew'd, cobwebs swept, the servingmen in their new fuftian, their white stockings, and every officer his wedding garment on? be the Jacks fair within, the Hills 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 mistress fall’n out. Curt. How


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