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Hor. You may go walk, [to LUCENTIO,] and give
me leave awhile;
Luc. Are you so formal, sir ? well, I must wait,
Bian. Why, I am past my gamut long ago.
A re, to plead Hortensio's passion;
C faut, that loves with all affection :
E la mi, show pity, or I die.
Enter a Servant. Serv. Mistress, your father prays you leave your
books, And help to dress your sister's chamber up; You know, to-morrow is the wedding-day. Bian. Farewell, sweet masters, both ; I must be gone.
[Exeunt BIANCA and Servant. Luc. 'Faith, mistress, then I have no cause to stay.
[Exit. Hor. But I have cause to pry into this pedant; Methinks, he looks as though he were in love :
But, i. e. unless.
but I be deceiv’d,]
Yet if thy thoughts, Bianca, be so humble,
The same. Before Baptista's House.
Enter BAPTISTA, GREMIO, TRANIO, KATHARINE,
BIANCA, LUCENTIO, and Attendants. Bap. Signior Lucentio, [to Tranio,] this is the
? — full of spleen ;] That is, full of humour, caprice, and inconstancy. JOHNSON.
+ Mr. Malone reads, “invite thein, and,” &c.
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 t, 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 hat, and an old jerkin ; a pair of old breeches, thrice turned ; 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
+ “vex a very saint," — Malone. 3 — two broken points :] i. e. two broken tags to the laces.
fashions, full of wind-galls, sped with spavins, raied with the yellows, 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 repair'd with knots: one girt six times pieced, and a woman's crupper of velure o, which hath two letters 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 8: 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.
*— infected with the fashions, — past cure of the fives,] Fashions. So called in the West of England, but by the best writers on farriery, farce ns or farcy. Fives. So called in the West : vives elsewhere, and avives by the French ; a distemper in horses, little differing from the strangles. GREY.
6 — ne'er legged before,] i. e. founder'd in his fore-feet. 6 — crupper of velure,] Velure is velvet. Velours, Fr. 7 -- stock — ] i. e. stocking.
8 — an old hat, and The humour of forty fancies pricked in't for a feather :) This was some ballad or drollery at that time, which the poet here ridicules, by making Petruchio prick it up in his foot-boy's hat for a feather. His speakers are perpetually quoting scraps and stanzas of old ballads, and often very obscurely; for, so well are they adapted to the occasion, that they seem of a piece with the rest. WARBURTON.
Bion. Who? that Petruchio came ?
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 many.
Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO. Pet. Come, where be these gallants? who is at home ? Bap. You are welcome, sir. Pet.
And yet I come not well. Bap. And yet you halt not. Tra.
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 frown: And wherefore gaze this goodly company ; As if they saw some wondrous monument, Some comet, or unusual prodigy ?
Bap. Why, sir, you know, this is your wedding-day: First were we sad, fearing you would not come ; Now sadder, that you come so unprovided. Fye! doff this habit, shame to your estate, An eye-sore to our solemn festival.
Tra. And tell us, what occasion of import
Pet. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear :
9- to digress ;) To deviate from my promise.