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Tra. Patience, good Katharine, and Baptista too;. Upon my life, Petruchio means but well, Whatever fortune stays him from his word : Though he be blunt, I know him passing wise ; Though he be merry, yet withal he's honest. Kath. 'Would Katharine had never seen him
though! [Exit, weeping, followed by BIANCA, and others. Bap. Go, girl; I cannot blame thee now to weep; For such an injury would vex a saint, Much more a shrew of thy impatient humour.
Enter BIONDELLO. Bion. Master, master! news, old news, and such news as you never heard of!
Bap. Is it new and old too? how may that be?
Bion. Why, is it not news, to hear of Petruchio's coming ?
Bap. Is he come?
To thine old news. Bion. Why, Petruchio is coming, in a new hat and an old jerkin; a pair of boots that have been candle-cases, one buckled, another laced ; an old rusty sword ta'en out of the town armory, with a broken hilt, and chapeless; with two broken points: His horse hipped with an old mothy saddle, the stirrups of no kindred : besides, possessed with the glanders, and like to mose in the chine ; troubled with the lampass, infected with the fashions?, full of wind-galls, sped with spavins, raied with the yel
and sees you
lows, past cure of the fives, stark spoiled with the staggers, begnawn with the bots; swayed in the back, and shoulder-shotten; ne'er-legged before, and with a half-checked bit, and a head-stall of sheep's leather ; which, being restrained to keep him from stumbling, hath been often burst, and now repaired with knots: one girt six times pieced, and a woman's crupper
of velure ', which hath twoʻletters for her name, fairly set down in studs, and here and there pieced with packthread.
Bap. Who comes with him?
Bion. O, sir, his lackey, for all the world caparisoned like the horse ; with a linen stock' on one leg, and a kersey boot-hose on the other, gartered with a red and blue list ; an old hat, and The humour of forty fancies pricked in't for a feather: a monster, a very monster in apparel ; and not like a christian footboy, or a gentleman's lackey. Tra. 'Tis some odd humour pricks him to this
Bap. I am glad he is come, howsoe'er he comes.
Bion. No, sir ; I say, his horse comes with him on his back,
Bap. Why, that's all one.
Bion. Nay, by Saint Jamy, I hold you a penny: A horse and a man is more than one, and yet not
8 Vives ; a distemper in horses, little differing from the strangles. 9 Velvet.
Enter PETRUchio and GRUM10.
Pet. Come, where be these gallants ? who is at'
And yet I come not well.
Not so well apparell'd 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 you
Tra. And tell us, what occasion of import
from And sent you hither so unlike yourself?
Pet. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear : Sufficeth, I am come to keep my word, Though in some part enforced to digress ; 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.
with words ;
To me she's married, not unto nay clothes :
[Exeunt PETRUCHIO, Grumio, and
Luc. Were it not that my fellow schoolmaster
Tra. That by degrees we mean to look into,
Signior Gremio! came you from the church.?
Gre. As willingly as e'er I came from school.
Tra. Curster than she ? why, 'tis impossible.
Gre. Tut! she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him.
· and swore,
As if the vicar meant to cozen him.
sops - was drinking. This done, he took the bride about the neck; And kiss'd' her lips with such a clamorous smack,
4 It was the custom for the company present to drink wine immediately after the marriage-ceremony.