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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 dut..

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 car.
Curt. Here.
Gru. There.

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

Gru. And therefore 'tis called, a serisible tale: and this cuff was but to kilock at your car, and be seech listening. Now I begin: Imprimis, we came down a foul hill, my master riding behind my mis'tregs :

Curt. Both on one horse?

Gru. What's that to thee? 1. Curt. Why, a horse.

Gru.. Tell thou the tale: But hadst thou not crossd 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 bemoil'd; how he left her, with the horse npon 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 pray'd that never pray'd 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 dic in oblivion, and thou resurn unexperienced io ly grave.

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

Gru, Ay; and that thou and the proudest of your all shall find, when he comes home. But wliai iałk

I of this ? - call forth Nathaniel, Joseph, Nicholas, Philip, Walter, Sugar op, and the rest: let their heads be sleekly combed, their blue coats brushed, and their garters of an indifferent linit: let them curi'sy with their left legs; and not presume to touch a hair of my master's horse - tail, till they kiss their hands. Are they all ready?

Otirt. They are.
Gru. Call them forth.

Curt. Do you hear, ho? you must meet my master, 10 countenance my mistress.

Gru. Why, she hath a face of her owni.
Curt. Who knows not that?
Grue. Thou, it seems; that call'st for company to
conntenance her.

Curt. I call them forth to credit her.
Gru. Why, she comes to borrow nothing of them.

Enter several Servants..
Nath. Welcome home, Grumio.
Phil. How now, Grumio ?
Jos. What, Grumio!
Nich. Fellow Grumio!
Nath. How now, old lad ?
Gru. Welcome, you; how now, you;

what, you; fellow, you; and thus much for greeting. Now, my spruce companions, is all ready, and all things neat?

Nath. All things is ready: How near is our master? Gru. E'en at hand, alighted by this; and therefore

Cock's passion, silence!

be not,

I hear my

master.

Enter PETRUCHIO and KATHARINA. Pet. Where be these knayes ?. What, no man ta

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To hold my stirrur, nor to take my horse!
Where is Nathaniel, Gregory, Philip?
All Serv. Here, here, Sir; here Sir.

Pet. Here, Sir! here, Sir! here, Sir! here, Sir!
You loggerheaded and unpolish'd grooms !
What, no attendance? 10 regard ? ņo duty ?
Where is the foolish knaye I sent before?

Gru. Here, Sir; as foolish as I was before.
Pet. You peasant swain! you whorson malthorse

drudge!
Did I not bid thee meet me in the park,
And bring along these rascal kuaves with thee?

Gru. Nathaniel's coat, Sir, was not fully made, And Gabriel's pumps were all unpink'd i' the heel; There was no link to colour Peter's hat, And Walter's dagger was not come from sheathing: There were none fine, but Adam, Ralph, and Gregory, The rest were ragged, old, and beggarly Yet, as they are, here are they come to meet yout. Pet. Go, rascals, go, and fetch.my supper iu..

[Exeunt some of the Servants. Where the life that late I led

[Sings. Where are those Sit down, Kate, and welcome. Soud, soud, soud, soud!

Re-enter Servants, with supper. Why, when, I say? - Nay, good sweet Kate, bemerry. Off with my boots, you rogues, you villains; When?,

It was the friar of orders grey, (Sings.

As he forth walked on his way:-
Out, out, you rogue! you pluck my foot awry:
Take that, and mend the plucking off the other.

[ Strikes him. Be merry, Kate: Some water, here; what ho! Where's my spaniel Troilus? - Sirrah, get you hence, And bid my cousin Ferdinand come hither;

[ Exit Servant. One, Kate, that you must kiss, and be acquainted

with. Where are my slippers ? Shall I have some water ?

[ A bason is presented to him. Come, Kate, and wash, and welcome heartily:

(Servailt lets the ewer fall. You whbreson villain! will you let it fail?

{ Strikes him. Kath. Patience, I pray you; 'twas a fanlt uuwilling

Pet. A whorson, beetleheaded, Aapear'd knave! Gome, Kate, sit down; I know you have a stomach. Will you give thanks spect Kate; or else shall I ? What is this? mutton ?

1 Serv. Ay. 1 Pet. Who brought it ?

1 Serv. I.

Pet. Tis burnt; and so is all the meat: What dogs are these? Where is the rascal cook? How durst you, villains, bring it from the dresser, And serve it thus to me that love it not? There, take it to you, trenchers, cups, and all:

[Throws the meat, etc. about the stage. You'heedless joliheads, and unmanner'd slaves! What, do you grutmble? I'll be with you straight.

Kath. I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet; The meat was well, if you were so contented.

Pet. I tell thee, Kate, 'twas burilt, and dried away; And I expressly am forbid to touch it, For it engenders choler, plantcth anger; And better 'twere, that both of us did fast, Since, of ourselves, oursclves, are cholerick, Thạn feed it with such over- roasted flesh. Be pasient;. to-morrow it shall be meuded, And, for this night, we'll fast for company;

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Come, I will bring thee to thy bridal chamber.

(Exeunt PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and CURTIS, Nath. (Advancing.) Peter, didst ever see the like? Peter. He kills her in her own humour.

Re-enter CURTIS. Gru. 'Where is he?

Curt. In her chamber, Making a sermor of continency to hér: And rails, and swears, and rates; that she, poor soul, Knows noi which way to stand, to look, to speak; And sits as one new-risen from a dream. Away, away! for he is coming hither.' ( Exeunt.

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Re-enter PETRUCHIO.
Pet. Thus have I politickly begun my reign,
And 'tis my hope io end successfully:
My faulcon now is sharp, and passing empty;
And, till she stoop, she must not be full górg'd,"
For then she never looks upon her" lnre.
Another way I have to man my haggard,
To make her come, and know her keeper's call;
That is,

to watch her, as we watch these kites,
That bate, and beat, and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to - day, nor none shall eat;
Last night she slept not, nor 'to night she shall nots.
As with the meat, some undeserved fault
I'll find about the making vf the bed; ·
And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets:
Ay, and amid this hurly, I intend,
That all is done in reverend care of her;
And, in conclusion; she shall watch all night:
And, if she chance to nod, I'll rail, and brawl,
And with the clamour keep her still awake.
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness;

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