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That, 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. [Musick.

than stay.


TISTA, HORTENSIO, GRUMIO, 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

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.

Let me entreat you.
Pet. It cannot be.

Let me entreat you,
Pet. I am content.


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


me, stay. Pet.

Grumio, my horses. Gru. Ay, sir, they be ready ; the gats 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 í please myself;,'Tis like, you'll prove a jolly surly groom, That take it on you at the first so roundly. Pet. O, Kate, content thee; prythee, be nat

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 com

mand :
Obey the bride, you that attend on her:
Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
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 any thing ;
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,

I'll buckler thee against a million.


GRUM10. 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 sister?
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; Lucentio, you shall 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, Lucentio. - Come, Gentlemen,


let's go.



A Hall in Petruchio's Country House.

Enter GRUMI0.

Gru. Fye, fye, on all tired jades, on all mad masters ! and all foul ways! Was ever man so beaten ? was ever man so rayed? 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 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 !

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Enter Curtis.

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Curt. Who is that, calls so coldly ?

Gru. A piece ofice: If thou doubt it, thou may'st slide from


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 ; for it hath tamed my old master, and my new mistress, and myself, fellow Curtis.

Curt. Away, you three-inch fool! I am no beast.

Gru. Am I but three inches ? why, thy 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 soon feel, to thy cold comfort, for being slow 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 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 extreme cold. Where's the 'cook? is supper ready, the house trimmed, rushes strewed ; cobwebs-swept ; the serving-men in their new fustian, their white stockings, and every officer his wedding-garment

on ? Be the jacks fair within, the jills fair without, the carpets laid, and every thing in order ? Curt. All ready; And therefore, I pray thee,

news ? Gru. First, know, my horse is tired; my master and mistress fallen out.

Curt. How?

Gru. Out of their saddles into the dirt ; And thereby hangs a tale.

Curt. Let's ha't, good Grumio.
Gru. Lend thine ear.
Curt. Here.
Gru. There.

[ Striking him. Curt. This is to feel a tale, not to hear a tale.

Gru., And therefore 'tis 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 mistress :

Curt. Both on one horse ?
Gru. What's that to thee?
Curt. Why, a horse.

Gru. Tell thou the tale : But hadst thou not crossed me, thou should'st have heard how her horse fell, and she under her horse; thou should'st have heard, in how miry a place: how she was bemoiled ?; how he left her with the horse upon her; 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 unexperienced to


thy grave.

Curt. By this reckoning, he is more shrew than she.

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