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Curt. Both on one horse?
Gru. Tell thou the tale. - But hadst thou not croft me, thou should’st have heard how her horse fell, and the 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 upon her, how he beat me because her horse stumbled, how the waded through the dirt to pluck him off me; how he swore, how the pray'd that never pray'd before; how I cry'd, how the horses ran away ; how her bridle was burst, how I lost my crupper ; with many things of worthy memory, which now shall die in oblivion, and thou return unexperienc'd to thy grave.
Curt. By this reckoning he is more shrew than the. Gru. Ay, and that thou and the proudest of you
all Thall find, when he comes home. But what talk I of this ? call forth Nathaniel, Joseph, Nicholas, Philip, Walter, Sugerfop, and the rest: let their heads be sleekly comb'd, their blue coats brush'd, and their garters of an indifferent knit; let them curt'fie 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
Gurt. They are.
Curt. Do you hear, ho? you must meet my master to countenance my
mistress. Gru. Why, she hath a face of her own. Curt. Who knows not that?
Gru. Thou, it seems, that call'st for company to countenance her.
Curt. I call them forth to credit her.
Enter four or five Serving-men. Gru. Why, she comes to borrow nothing of them. Nat. Welcome home, Grumio. Phil. How now, Grumio ? Fos. What, Gruinio!
Nich. Fellow Grumio!
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?
Nat. All things are ready; how near is our master?
Gru. E'en at hand, alighted by this; and therefore be not
cock’s pallion, silence! I hear my master.
Enter Petruchio and Kate.
Pet. Where be these knaves? what, no man at door to hold my stirrup, nor to take my horse? where is Nathaniel, Gregory, Philip?
All Serv. Here, here, Şir; here, Sir.
Pet. Here, Sir, here, Sir, here, Sir, here, Sir?
Gru. Here, Sir, as foolish as I was before.
Gru. Nathaniel's coat, Sir, was not fully made: And Gabriel's pumps were all unpink'd i'th' 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 you. Pet. Go, rascals, go, and fetch my supper in.
[Exeunt Servants. Where is the life that late I led ?
[Singing. Where are those sit down, Kate, And welcome. Şoud, soud, soud, foud.
Enter Servants with Supper. Why, when, I say? nay, good sweet Kate, be merry, Off with my boots, you rogue : you villains, when?
It was the Friar of Orders grey,
[Strikes him. Be merry, Kate: some water here; what hoa!
Enter one with water.
Cath. Patience, I pray you, 'twas a fault unwilling.
Pet. A whoreson, beatle-headed, flap-ear'd knave:
1 Ser. Yes.
Pet. 'Tis burnt, and so is all the meat:
Throws the meat, &c. about the stage,
Cath. I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet;
Pet. I tell thee, Kate, 'twas burnt and dry'd away,
And for this night we'll fast for company.
Enter Servants severally.
Enter Curtis, a Servant.
neney to her,
SCEN E, before Baptista's House.
Enter Tranio and Hortensio.
Hor. To satisfy you, Sir, in what I said,
[They fand by
[They retire backward. Hor. Quick proceeders!. marry! now, tell me, I pray, you that durft swear that your mistress Bianca loy'd none in the world so well as Lucentio.
(19) Is't possible, friend Licio, &c.] This Scene Mr. Pope, upon what Authority I can't pretend to guess, has in his Editions made the Fira of the Fifth A&: in doing which, he has shewn the very Power and Force of Criticism. The Consequence of this judicious Regulation is, that two unpardonable Absurdities are fix'd upon the Author, which he could not possibly have committed. For, in the first place, by this Shuffling the Scenes out of their true Position, we find Hortenfio, in the fourth A&, already gone from Baptifta's to Petruchio's Countryhouse; and afterwards in the Beginning of the fifth A&t we find him first forming the. Resolution of quitting Bianca; and Tranio immediately informs Us, he is gone to the Taming-School to Petruchio. There is a Figure, indeed, in Rhetorick, calld, Usceg Teitepor: But this is an Abuse of it, which the Rhetoricians will never adopt upon Mr. Pope's Authority. Again, by this Misplacing, the Pedant makes his firit Entrance, and quits the Stage with Tranio in order to go and dress himself like Vincentio, whom he was to personate: but his Second Entrance is
the very Heels of his Exit; and without any Interval of an Act, or one Word intervening, he comes out again equipp'd like Vincentio. If such a Critick be fit to publish a Stage-Writer, I shall not envy Mr. Pope's Admirers, if they should think fit to applaud his Sagacity. I have replac'd the Scenes in that Order, in which I found çhem in the Old Books.