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But love, fair looks, and true obedience;
ha't. Vin. 'Tis a good hearing, when children are
toward. Luc. But a harsh hearing, when women are fro
? — our soft conditions,] The gentle qualities of our minds. 3 Then vail your stomachs,] i. e. abate your pride, your spirit.
Pet. Come, Kate, we'll to-bed: We three are married, but you two are sped. 'Twas I won the wager, though you hit the white;s
[To LUCENTIO. And, being a winner, God give you good night!
[Exeunt PETRUCHIO and KATH. Hor. Now go thy ways, thou hast tam'd a curst
shrew. Luc. 'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tamn'd so.
4— you two are sped.) i. e. the fate of you both is decided; for you have wives who exhibit early proofs of disobedience.
5- 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.
6 Of this play the two plots are so well united, that they can hardly be called two without injury to the art with which they are interwoven. The attention is entertained with all the variety of a double plot, yet is not distracted by unconnected incidents.
The part between Katharine and Petruchio is eminently spritely and diverting. At the marriage of Bianca the arrival of the real father, perhaps, produces more perplexity than pleasure. The whole play is very popular and diverting. Johnson.
• WINTER'S TALE.) This play, throughout, is written in the very spirit of its author. And in telling this homely and simple, though agreeable, country tale,
Our sweetest Shakspeare, fancy's child,
Warbles his native wood-notes wild. This was necessary to observe in mere justice to the play; as the meanness of the fable, and the extravagant conduct of it, had misled some of great name into a wrong judgment of its merit; which, as far as it regards sentiment and character, is scarce inferior to any in the whole collection. WARBURTON.
At Stationers' Hall, May 22, 1594, Edward White entered “ A booke entitled A Wynter Nught's Pastime." STEEVENS.
The story of this play is taken from the Pleasant History of Dorastus and Fawnia, written by Robert Greene. Johnson. In this novel, the King of Sicilia, whom Shakspeare names Leontes, is called......
..... Egistus. Polixenes K. of Bohemia. ...
..... Pandosto. Mamillius P. of Sicilia...
.. Garinter. Florizel P. of Bohemia. ........
...... Dorastus. Camillo...........ver
..... Franion. Old Shepherd.......
.............. Bellaria. Perdita.................................Faunia.
Mopsa. ................................Mopsa. The parts of Antigonus, Paulina, and Autolycus, are of the poet's own invention; but many circumstances of the novel are omitted in the play. STEEVENS.
Dr. Warburton, by“ some of great name," means Dryden and Pope. See the Essay at the end of the Second Part of The Conquest of Grenada: “ Witness the lameness of their plots; [the plots of Shakspeare and Fletcher;] many of which, especially those which they wrote first, (for even that age refined itself in some measure,) were made up of some ridiculous incoherent story, which in one play many times took up the business of an age. I suppose I need not name, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, [and here, by-the-by, Dryden expressly names Pericles as our author's production,) nor the historical plays of Shakspeare; besides many of the rest, as The Winter's Tale, Love's Labour's Lost, Measure for Measure, which were either grounded on impossibilities, or at least so meanly written, that the comedy neither caused your mirth, nor the serious part your concernment.” Mr. Pope, in the Preface to his edition of our author's plays, pronounced the same ill-considered judgnient on the play before us: “ I should conjecture (says he,) of some of the others, particularly Love's Labour's Lost, The WINTER'S TALE, Comedy of Errors, and Titus Andronicus, that only some cha