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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.
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?
Bion. Why, Petruchio is coming, in a new had 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
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.
Pet. Come, where be these gallants ? who is at
And yet I come not well.
Not so well apparell’d
Pet. Were it better I should rush in thus.
eye-sore to our solemn festival,
Tra. And tell us, what occasion of import
Pet. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear :
you shall well be satisfied withal.
Tra. See not your bride in these unreverent robes;
Pet. Not I, believe me; thus I'll visit her.
To me she's married, not unto nay clothes :
[Exeunt PETRUCHO, 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.
deed, A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.
Tra. Curster than she ? why, 'tis impossible.
Gre. Tut! she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him.
list. Tra. What said the wench, when he arose again?
Gre. Trembled and shook; for why, he stamp'd, As if the vicar meant to cozen him. 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 : Quaff'd off the muscadel 4, 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,
· and swore,
4 It was the custom for the company present to drink wine immediately after the marriage-ceremony.