Imágenes de páginas

being of the most beautiful and pathetic simplicity, Dr. Percy has selected some of them, and connected them together with a few supplemental stanzas.

STEEVENS. Line 156. And bid my cousin Ferdinand come hither.] This cousin Ferdinand, who does not make his personal appearance on the scene, is mentioned, I suppose, for no other reason than to give Catharine a hint, that he could keep even his own relations in order, and make them obedient as his spaniel to his commands.

STEEVENS. Line 161. Come, Kate, and wash,] It was the custom in Shakspeare's time, and a long time before, to wash the hands at dinner and supper, before and after. If they ate with their fingers, as Mr. Steevens observes, it certainly was highly necessary.

-to man my haggard,] A haggard is a wild hawk; to man a hawk is to tame her.


Line 206.


Line 249.

[ocr errors]

Line 301.

-cullion :) A term of contempt. 299. Master, a mercatantè, or a pedant.] The old editions read marcantant. The Italian word mercatante is frequently used in the old plays for a merchant, and therefore I have made no scruple of placing it here.

STEEVENS. A pedant was a name synonimous to schoolmaster, or teacher of languages.

--surely like a father.) I know not what he is, says the speaker, however this is certain, he has the gait and countenance of a fatherly man.

WARBURTON. Line 356. To pass assurance-] To pass assurance has the

as the assignment of a conveyance, or of a deed. Line 359. Go with me, &c.] There is an old comedy called Supposes, translated from Ariosto, by George Gascoigne. Thence Shakspeare borrowed this part of the plot, (as well as some of the phraseology) though Theobald pronounces it bis own invention. There likewise he found the quaint name of Petruchio. My young master and his man exchange habits, and persuade a Scenæse, as he is called, to personate the father, exactly as in this play, by the pretended danger of his coming from Sienna to Ferrara, contrary to the order of the government.


same meaning


[ocr errors]

ACT IV. SCENE III. Line 398. what, sweeting, all amort?] Amort from the French ; dull, melancholy, despairing.

Line 408. And all my pains is sorted to no proof.] And all my labour has ended in nothing, or proved nothing. We tried an erperiment, but it sorted not. Bacon.

JOHNSON. Line 422. -farthingales, and things;] Though things is a poor word, yet I have no better, and perhaps the author had not another that would rhyme. I once thought to transpose the words rings and things, but it would make little improvement. JOHNS.

Line 428. Come, tailor, let us see these ornaments ;] In Shakspeare's time, mantua-making was more the occupation of men than women.

Line 441. Why, sir, I trust I may have leave to speak, &c.] Shakspeare has here copied nature with great skill. Petruchio, by frightening, starving, and overwatching his wife, had tamed her into gentleness and submission. And the audience expects to hear no more of the shrew : when on her being crossed, in the article of fashion and finery, the most inveterate folly of the sex, she flies out again, though for the last time, into all the intemperate rage of her nature.

WARBURTON. Line 460. -censer-) Censers, in barbers' shops, are now disused, but they may easily be imagined to have been vessels which, for the emission of the smoke, were cut with great number and varieties of interstices.

JOHNSON. Line 481. Thou thimble,] The taylor's trade having an appearance of effeminacy, has always been, among the rugged English, liable to sarcasms and contempt.

JOHNSON. Line 486. -bemete thee- -] Means be-measure thee.

- 498. -braved many men ;] To brave was to dress with some degree of elegance.

Line 512. - a small compassed cape ;] A compassed cape is a round cape. To compass is to come round.

JOHNSON Line 525. -thy mete-yard,] i, e. thy measuring-yard.


ACT IV. SCENE IV. Line 575. -but I be deceived,] But here signifies (as in a late instance) unless.

Line 620. And pass my daughter, &c.] To pass has the same meaning as the note in Act iv. Sc. ii. of this play. Line 625. We be affied ;] i. e. affianced, betrothed.

630. And, happily, we might be interrupted.] Happily for haply (as is now used) or accidentally.


Line 5. —and then come back to my master as soon as I can.] The editions all agree in the reading mistress: but what mistress was Biondello to come back to? he must certainly mean; Nay, faith, “sir, I must see you in the church ; and then for fear I should be “ wanted, I'll run back to wait on Tranio, who at present per

sonates you, and whom therefore I at present acknowledge for my master."

THEOBALD. Line 63.

a copatain hat,] Is, I believe, a hat with a conical crown, such as was anciently worn by well dressed men.

JOHNSON. Line 74. a sail-maker in Bergamo.] Chapman has a parallel passage in his Widow's Tears, a comedy, 1612.

-he draws the thread of his descent from Leda's distaff, “ when 'tis well known his grandsire cried coney-skins in Sparta."

Steevens. Line 95. --coney-catched-) i. e. defrauded.

118. Here's packing,] i. e. confederacy.

142. My cake is dough.] This is a proverbial expression which I meet with in the old interlude of Tom Tyler and his Wife, 1598. " Alas

poor Tom, his cake is dough." STEEVENS.


Line 165. My banquet-] A banquet was the same as our dessert, and not a feast.

Line 221. - swift,] besides the original sense of speedy in motion, signified witty, quick-witted. So in As You Like It, the Duke says of the Clown, He is very swift and sententious. Quick is now used in almost the same sense as nimble was in the


after that of our author. Heylin says of Hales, that he had known Laud for a nimble disputant.

JOHNSON. Line 361. Then vail your stomachs,] i. e. lower your resentments.

STEEVENS. Line 374. -though you hit the white;] To hit the white is a phrase borrowed from archery : the mark was commonly white. Here it alludes to the name Bianca, or white. JOHNSON







LINE 18.

. our entertainment, &c.] Though we cannot give you equal entertainment, yet the consciousness of our good-will shall justify us.

JOHNSON. Line 28. -royally attornied,] Nobly supplied by substitution of embassies, &c.

JOHNSON. Line 40. -physicks the subject,] Affords a cordial to the state ; has the power of assuaging the sense of misery. JOHNSON.

ACT I. SCENE II. Line 63.

-sneaping winds) i. e, nipping. 90. -this satisfaction—] We had satisfactory accounts yesterday of the state of Bohemia.

JOHNSON. Line 102. -behind the gest-) In the time of royal progresses, the king's stages, as we may see by the journals of them in the herald's office, were called his gests; from the old French word giste, diversorium.


« AnteriorContinuar »