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And woo her with some spirit when she comes.
ried:But here she comes ; and now, Petruchio, speak.
Good-morrow, Kate ; for that's your name, I hear. Kath. Well have you heard, but something hard
of hearing; They call me-Katharine, that do talk of me. Pet. You lie, in faith ; for you are call'd plain
Why, what's a moveable?
Kath. A joint-stool.
Thou hast hit it: come, sit on me. Kath. Asses are made to bear, and so are you. Pet. Women are made to bear, and so are you. Kath. No such jade, sir, as you, if me you
mean. Pet. Alas, good Kate! I will not burden thee: For, knowing thee to be but young and light,
Kath. Too light for such a swain as you to
And yes, catch light
And yet as heavy as my weight should be.
Pet. Should be? should buz.
Well ta'en, and like a buzzard.
thee? Kath. Ay, for a turtle; as he takes a buzzard. Pet. Come, come, you wasp; i'faith, you are too
angry. Kath. If I be waspish, best beware my sting. Pet. My remedy is then, to pluck it out. Kath. Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies. Pet. Who knows not where a wasp doth wear his
sting? In his tail.
Kath. In his tongue.
well. Pet. What, with my tongue in your tail? nay,
come again, Good Kate; I am a gentleman. Kath.
That I'll try.
[Striking him. Pet. I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again.
• A joint-stool.] This is a proverbial expression :
See Ray's Collection.
Kath. So may you lose your arms:
Pet. A herald, Kate? Ó, put me in thy books.
Had I a glass, I would.
Well aim'd of such a young one. Pet. Now, by Saint George, I am too young for you. Kath. Yet you are wither'd. Pet.
'Tis not with cares. Kath.
I care not. Pet. Nay, hear you, Kate: in sooth, you 'scape
not so. Kath. I chafe you, if I tarry; let me go
Pet. No, not a whit; I find you passing gentle. 'Twas told me, you were rough, and coy, and sullen, And now I find report a very liar; For thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing courteous; But slow in speech, yet sweet as spring-time flowers: Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance, Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will; Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk;
i- a craven.] A craven is a degenerate, dispirited cock. Craven was a term also applied to those who in appeals of battle became recreant, and by pronouncing this word, called for quarter from their opponents; the consequence of which was they were for ever after deemed infamous.
But thou with mildness entertain'st thy wooers,
Kath. Where did you study all this goodly speech?
Yes; keep you warm.
bed: And therefore, setting all this chat aside, Thus in plain terms: Your father hath consented That you shall be my wife; your dowry 'greed on; And, will you, nill you, I will marry you. Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn; For, by this light, whereby I see thy beauty, (Thy beauty, that doth make me like thee well,) Thou must be married to no man but me: For I am he, am born to tame you, Kate; And bring you from a wild cat to a Kate Conformable, as other houshold Kates. Here comes your father; never make denial, I must and will have Katharine to my wife.
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How but well, sir? how but well?
your dumps ? Kath. Čall you me, daughter? now I promise
Pet. Father, 'tis thus,-yourself and all the world,
Kath. I'll see thee hang'd on Sunday first.
night our part ! Pet. Be patient, gentlemen; I choose her for
myself; If she and I be pleas'd, what's that to you? 'Tis bargain'd 'twixt us 'twain, being alone, That she shall still be curst in company. I tell you, 'tis incredible to believe How much she loves me: O, the kindest Kate!She hung about my neck; and kiss on kiss She vied so fast, protesting oath on oath,
8 She vied so fast,] Vye and revye were terms at cards, now superseded by the more modern word, brag,