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Laun. That makes amends for her four breath.
Laun. It's no matter for that, so The Neep not in her talk.
Speed. Item, She is now in words.
Laun. O villain! that set down among her vices ! To be low in words, is a woman's only virtue : I pray thee, out with't; and place it for her chief virtue.
Speed. Item, She is proud.
Laun. Out with that too; it was Eve's legacy, and cannot be ta’en from her..
Speed. Item, She hath no teeth.
Laun. I care not for that neither, because I love crusts.
Speed. Item, She is curft.
Laun. If her liquor be good, she shall : if she will · not, I will; for good things should be praised.
Speed. Item, S She is too liberal.
Laun. Of her tongue she cannot; for that's writ down, she is slow of: of her purse she shall not ; for that I'll keep shut: now of another thing the may; and that I cannot help. Well, proceed.
now vulgarly called a faveet tooth, a luxurious desire of dainties and fiveetmeats. JOHNSON.
How a luxurious defire of dainties can make amends for offenfive breath, I know not : I rather believe that by a sweet mouth is meant that she sings fwectly. In Twelfth Night we have heard of a sweet breast as the recomiendation of a singer. It may however mean a liquorish mouth, in a wanton senfe. So in Measure for Measure : “ Their faucy faveetness that do coin heaven's image, &c."
STEEVENS. 4- praise her liquor.] That is, thew how well the likes it by drinking often. Johnson.
S.- Me is too liberal.) Liberal, is licentious and gross in language. So in Othello : “ Is he not a profane and very Liberal counfellor?" JOHNSON,
Speed. Item, She hath more hair than wit, and more faults than hairs, and more wealth than faults,
Laun. Stop there; I'll have her: she was mine, and not mine, twice or thrice in that last article: Rehearse that once more.
Speed. Item, She hath more hair than wit, · Laun. More hair than wit, it may be ; I'll prove it: The coyer of the falt hides the falt, and therefore it is more than the salt : the hair, that covers the wit, is more than the wit; for the greater hides the less. What's next?
Speed. .- And more faults than hairs· Laun. That's monstrous : Oh, that that were out!
Speed. - And more wealth than faults.
Laun. Why, that word makes the faults gracious?: Well, I'll have her: And if it be a match, as nothing is impossible,
Speed. What then ?
Laun. Why, then will I tell thee,-that thy master stays for thee at the north gate,
Speed. For me?
Laun. For thee? ay; who art thou ? he hath staid for a better man than thee. • Speed. And must I go to him ?
Laun. Thou must run to him, for thou hast staid so long, that going will scarce serve the turn.
6-she hath more hair than wit, -— ] An old English proverba See Ray's Collection :
*** Bush natural, more hair than wit." Again, in Decker's Satiromaflix :
“ Hair! 'tis the baseft stubble; in fcorn of it
* This proverb fprung-He has more hair than wit,” Again, in Rhodon and Iris, 16313
" Now is the old proverb really perform'd,
" More hair than wit.” STEEVENS. 7- makes the faults gracious:] Gracious, in old language, means graceful. So in K. John: " There was not such a gracious creature born.”
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Speedo Speed. Why didst not tell me sooner? pox on your love-letters !
Laun. Now will he be swing'd for reading my letter; An unmannerly flave, that will thrust himself into secrets !-I'll after, to rejoice in the boy's cora rection.
Thu. Since his exile she hath despis'd me moft,
Duke. This weak impress of love is as a figure
Pro. Gone, my good lord.
Duke. So I believe; but Thurio thinks not fo.-
Pro. Longer than I prove loyal to your grace, Let me not live to look upon your grace.
Duke, Thou know'st, how willingly I would effect The match between fir Thurio and my daughter.
8 Trenched in ice ;- ] Cut, carved in ice, Trancher, to cut, French. JOHNSON. So in Arden of FeverMam, 1633 : “ Is deeply trenched in my blushing brow.” STEEVENS.
Pro. I do, my lord. :
Duke. And also, I do think, thou art not ignorant How fhe opposes her against my will.
Pro. She did, my lord, when Valentine was here,
Duke. Ay, and perversely she persevers fo. What might we do to make the girl forget The love of Valentine, and love fir Thurio?
Pro. The best way is, to flander Valentine With falfhood, cowardice, and poor descent ;. Three things that women highly hold in hate.
Duke. Ay, but she'll think, that it is spoke in hate,
Pro. Ay, if his enemy deliver it; Therefore it must, ? with circumstance, be spoken By one, whom the esteemeth as his friend.
Duke. Then you must undertake to flander hiin.
Pro. And that, my lord, I shall be loth to do:
Pro. You have prevail'd, n.y lord : if I can do it,
with circumstance, ] With the addition of such im cidental particulars as may induce belief. Johnson. · his very friend.] Very is immediate. So in Macbeth:
" And the very points they blow.” STEEVENS. ? as you un vind ber love - ] As you wind off her love from him, make me the bottom on which you wind it. The housewife's term for a ball of thread wound upon a central body, is a bottom of thread, Johnson,
Lest it fhould ravel, and be good to none, .. "
Pro. As much as I can do, I will effect :- .. But you, fir Thurio, are not sharp enough; You must lay : lime, to tangle her defires, . . By wailful sonnets, whose coinposed rhimes in Should be full fraught with serviceable vows. Duke. Ay, Much is the force of heaven-bred
poely. Pro. Say, that upon the altar of her beauty You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart ; Write, till your ink be dry; and with your tears Moist it again ; and frame fome feeling line, That may discover such integrity :- For Orpheus' lute was strung with poets' finews;
So in Grange's Garden, 1577, in answer to a letter written unto him by Curtyzan :
" A bottonie for your filke it seemes
.6 My letters are become,
as Are wasted whole and some,” STEEVENS. 3 limi, - ] That is, birdlime. JOHNSON.
4 For Orpheus lute was strung with poets' finemus ;] This thews Shakespeare's knowledge of antiquity. He here assigns Orpheus his true character of legiflator. For under that of a poct only, or