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prove the better by the help of good Epilogues. What a case am I in then, that am neither a good Epilogue, "nor can infinuate with you in the behalf of a good play! I am not furnish'd like a beggar; therefore to beg will not become me. · My way is to conjure you, and I'll begin with the women. í charge you, O women, for the love you bear to men, to like as much of this Play as pleafes you: and I charge you, O men, for the love you bear to women, (as I perceive by your fimpring, none of you hate them) that between you and the women, the Play may please. If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of you as had beards that pleas'd me, complexions that lik’d me, and breaths that I defy'd not: and, I am sure, as many as have good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths, will for my kind offer, when I make curt'sy, bid me farewel.
Characters in the Induction.
to be played. Chriftopher Sly, a drunken Tinker. Hoflefs. Page, Players, Huntsmen, and orber Servants attending on
Baptifta, Father to Catharina and Bianca ; very rich.
Pretenders to Bianca.
Servants to Lucentio.
Catharina, the Shrew.
Taylor, Haberdofbers; with Servants attending on
Baptista, and Petruchio.
SCENE, fometimes in Padua, and sometimes in
Petruchio's House in the Country.