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me ?

Say, I comman her come to me. (Exit Grumio. Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee. Hor. I know her answer.

And for thy maintenance: commits his body Pel.


To painful labour, both by sca and land ; Hor.

She will not come. To watch the night in storms, the day in cola, Pet. The fouler lortune mine, and there an end. While thou liest warm at home, secure and sal:

And craves no other tribute at thy hands,
Enter Katharina.

But love, fair looks, and true obedience, Bap. Now, by my holidame, here comes Katha- Too little payment for so great a debi. rina!

Such duty as the subject owes the prince, Kath. What is your will, sir, that you send for Even such, a woman oweth to her husban:.

And, when she's froward, peevish, sullen, sour, Pet. Where is your sister, and Hortensio's wife? And, not obedient to his honest will, Kalh. They sit conferring by the parlour fire. What is she, but a soul contending rebel, Pet. Go, letch them hither; if they deny to And graceless traitor to her loving lord ? come,

I am asham'd, that women are so simple Swinge me them soundly forth unto their husbands: To offer war, where they should kneel for peace Away, I say, and bring them hither straight. Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,

(Exit Katharina. When they are bound to serve, love, and obey. Luc. Here is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder. Why are our bodies soft, and weak, and smoothie Hor. And so it is : I wonder what it bodes. Unapt to toil and trouble in the world ; Pet. Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet But ihat our soft conditions,' and our hearts, lisc,

Should well agree with our external parts ? An awful rule, and right supremacy;

Come, come, you froward and unable worms! And, to be short, what not, that's sweet and happy. My mind hath been as big as one of yours,

Bap. Now lair befall thee, good Petruchio !" My heart as great; my reason, haply, more, The wager thou hast won; and I will add To bandy word for word, and frown for frown Unto their losses twenty thousand crowns; But now, I see our lances are but straws; Another dowry to another daughter,

Our strength as weak, our weakness past com For she is chang'd, as she had never been.

pare,Pet. Nay, I will win my wager better yet; That seeming to be most, which we least are. And show more sign of her obedience,

Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot; Her new-built virtue and obedience.

And place your hands below your husband's foot Re-enler Katharina, with Bianca, and Widow. My hand is ready, may it do him ease.

in token of which duty, if he please, See, where she comes ; and brings your froward Pet. Why, there's a wench !-Come on, and kiss

wives As prisoners to her womanly persuasion.

Luc. Well

, go thy ways, old lad; for thou shalt Katharine, that cap of yours becomes you not ;

ha't. Of' with that bauble, throw it under foot.

Vin. 'Tis a good hearing, when children are (Katharına pulls off her cap, and throros il down. toward. Wid. Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh, Luc. But a harsh hearing, when women are Till I be brought to such a silly pass !

froward. Bian. Fie! what a foolish duty call you this ? Pet. Come, Kate, we'll to bed :Luc. I would, your duty were as foolish loo: We three are married, but you two are sped. The wisdoin of your duty, fair Bianca,

l'Twas I won the wager, though you hit the white; Hath cost me a hundred crowns since supper-time.

(To Lucentis Bian. The more fool you, for laying on my And, being a winner, God give you good night! duty.

[Exeunt Petruchio and Kau. Pet. Katharine, I charge thee, tell these head- Hor. Now go thy ways, thou ha: I tam'd a cursi strong women

shrew. What duty they do owe their lords and husbands. Luc. 'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be Wid. Come, come, vu're mocking; we will tam'd so.

(Ereuni have no telling Pet. Come on, I say ; and first begin with her. Wid. She shall not. Pel. I say, she shall ;-and first begin with her. Kath. Fie, fie! unknit inat threatning unkind that they can hardly be called two, without injury

of this play the two plots are so well united, brow; And dart rot scornful glances from those eyes,

Lo the art with which they are interwoven. The

attention is entertained with all the variety of a To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor: double plot, yet is not distracted by unconnected It blots thy beauty, as frosts bile the weals ;

incidents, Confounds thy fame, as whirlwinds srubke fair buds ; And in no sense is meet, or amiable.

The part between Katharine and Petruchio is A woman mov'd, is like a fountain troubled,

eminently sprightly and diverting. At the marriage Muddy, ill-seeming, thich, berell of beauty;

of Bianca, the arrival of the real father, perhaps And, while it is so, none so dry or thirsty

produces more perplexity than pleasure. The Will deign to sip, or louch one drop of it. whole play is very popular and diverting. Thy brsband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,

JOHNSON (!) Gensle temper.

(2) Abate your spirits.

me, Kate,

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