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in apparel; and not like a Christian footboy, or a gentleman's lackey. Tra. "Tis some odd humour pricks him to this

fashion ; Yet oftentimes he goes but mean apparelld.

Bap. I am glad he is come, howsoe'er he comes. Bion. Why, sir, he comes not. Bap. Didst thou not say, he comes? Bion. Who? that Petruchio came. Bap. Ay, that Petruchio came. Bion. No, sir; I say, bis horse comes with him on his back.

Bap. Why, that's all one.

Bion. Nay, by saint Jamy, 1 hold you a penny, A horse and a man is more than one, and yet not many.

Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO. Pet. Come, where be these gallants? who is at home? Bap. You are welcome, sir. Pet.

And yet I come not well. Bap. And yet you halt not. Tra.

Not so well apparellid As I wish you were.

Pet. Were it better I should rush in thus.
But where is Kate? where is my lovely bride?
How does my father?—Gentles, methinks
And wherefore gaze this goodly company,
As if they saw some wondrous monument,
Some comet or unusual prodigy?

Bap. Why, sir, you koow, this is your wedding-day:
First were we sad, fearing you would not come ;
Now sadder, that you come so unprovided.
Fie! doff this habit, shame to your estate,
An eye-sore to our solemn festival.

Tra. And tell us, what occasion of import
Hath all so long detain'd you from your wife,
And sent you hither so unlike yourself?

Pet. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear :
Sufficeth, am come to keep my word,
Though in some part enforced to digress;

you frown:

my bride,

Which, at more leisure, I will so excuse
As you shall well be satisfied withal.
But, where is Kate? I stay too long from her;.
The morning wears, 'tis time we were at church.

Tra. See not your bride in these unreverent robes ; Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.

Pet. Not I, believe me; thus I'll visit her.
Bap. Bat thus, I trust, you will not marry her.
Pet. Good sooth, even thus; therefore have done

with words;
To me she's married, not unto my clothes :
Could I repair what she will wear in me,
As I can change these poor accoutrements,
"Twere well for Kate, and better for myself.
But what a fool am I, to chat with you,
When I should bid good morrow to
And seal the title with a lovely kiss?

[Exeunt Petruchio, Grumio, and Biondello:
Tra. He hath some meaning in his mad attire :
We will persuade him, be it possible,
To put on belter ere he go to church.
Bap. I'll after him, and see the event of this. [Erit,

Tra. But, sir, to her love concerneth us to add
Her father's liking: Wbich to bring to pass,
As I before imparted to your worship,
I am to get a man,—whate'er he be,
It skills not much: we'll fit bim to our turn,
And he shall be Vincentio of Pisa ;
And make assurance, here in Padua,
Of greater sums than I have promised.
So shall you quietly enjoy your hope,
And marry sweet Bianca with consent.

Luc. Were it not that my fellow schoolmaster
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 inine own, despite 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 greybeard, Gremio;

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The narrow-prying father, Minola;
The quaint musician, amorous Licio;
All for my master's sake, Lucentio.

Re-enter GREMIO.
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 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 Katharine should be his wife,
Ay, by gogs-wouns, 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,
The '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 list.
Tra. What said the wench, when he arose again?

Gre. Trembled and shook; for why, he stamp'd and As if the vicar meant to cozen him.

swore, But after many ceremonies done, He calls for wine :-A health, quoth he; as if He had been aboard carousing to his mates After a storm :-Quaffd off the muscadel, And threw the sops all in the sexton's face; Having no other reason,-. But that his beard grew thin and hungerly, And seem'd to ask him sops as he was drinking. This done, he took the bride about the neck; And kiss'd her lips with such a clamorous smack, Tliat, at the parting, all the church did echo. I, seeing this, came thence for very shame; And after me, I know, the rout is coming : Such a mad marriage never was before; Hark, hark! I hear the minstrels play. [Music

Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, BIANCA, BAP

TISTA, HORTENSIO, GRUMJó, and Train.
Pet. Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for 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 haste doth call me hence,
And therefore here I mean to take my leave.

Bap. Is't possible, you will away to-night?
Pet. I must away to-day, before night come:-
Make it no wonder; if you knew my business,
You would entreat me rather go than stay.
And, honest 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 farewell to you all.

Tra. Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.
Pet. It may not be.
Gre.

Let me entreal you.
Pet. It cannot be.
Kath.

Let me entreat you.
Pet. I am content.
Kath.

Are you content to stay?
Pet. I am content you shall entreat me stay;
But yet not stay, entreat me how you can.

Kath. Now, if you love me, stay.
Pet.

Grumio, my horses. Gru. Ay, sir, they be ready; the oats have eaten the horses.

Kath. Nay, then,
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, whiles your boots are green;
For me, I'll not be gone, till I please myself:-
"Tis like, you'll prove a jolly surly groom,
That take it on you at the first so roundly.

Pet. 0, Kate, content thee; pr’ythee, be not angry.

Kath. I will be angry; What hast thou to do?Father, be quiet; he shall stay my leisure.

Gre. Ay, marry, sir: now it begins to work.

Kath. Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner :I see a woman may be made a fool, If she had not a spirit to resist.

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 maidenhead, Be mad and merry,

-or go hang yourselves; But for my bonny Kate, she must with me. Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret; I will be master of what is mine own: She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house, My household-stuff, my field, my barn, My horse, my ox, my ass, my anything; And here she stands, touch her whoever dare; I'll bring my action on the proudest 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. Kath. and Gru. Bap. Nay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones. Gre. Went they not quickly, I should die with laugh

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Tra. Of all mad matches, never was the like!
Luc. Mistress, what's your opinion of your sister?
Bian. That, being mad herself, she's madly mated.
Gre. I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated.
Bap. Neighbours and friends, though bride and

bridegroom wants
For to supply the places at the table,
You know, there wants no junkets at the feast ;
Lacentio, you shall supply the bridegroom's place;
And let Bianca take her sister's room.

Tra. Sball sweet Bianca practise how to bride it?
Bap. She shall, Lucentio.-Come, geutlemen, let's

Exeunt.

go.

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