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To cast thy wandering eyes on every stale,
SCENE II. The Same. Before BAPTISTA's House.
LUCENTIO, and others, Attendants.
What says Lucentio to this shame of our's ?
To give my hand oppos'd against my heart
Upon my life, Petruchio means but well,
Though he be merry, yet withal he's honest.
[exit weeping. Bap. Go, Girl; I cannot blame thee now to weep;
Such injury would vex a very Saint,
Bion. Master, Master! news, old' news, and such news
as you never heard of!
old jerkin; a pair of old breeches thrice turn’d; a pair of boots that have been candle - cases, one buckled, another lac'd ; an old rusty sword ta'en out of the town - armoury, with a broken hilt, and chapeless ;? with two broken points :: his horse hipp'd with an old mothy saddle, and stirrups of no kindred; besides, possess'd with the glanders, and like to mose in the chine ;5 troubled with the lampass, infected with the fashions, full of windgalls, sped with spavins, ray'd with the yellows, past cure of the fives,' stark spoild with the staggers, begnawn with the bots; sway'din the back, and shoulder-shotten ;' near-legg'd before,10 and with a half-cheek’d" bit, and a headstall of sheep's leather, which, being restrain'd to keep him from stumbling, hath been often burst, and now repair'd with knots; one girth six times piec'd, and a woman's crupper of velure, which hath two letters for her name fairly set down in studs, and here and there piec'd
with packthread. Bap. Who comes with him? Bion. O, Sir, his lackey, for all the world caparison'd
like the horse; with a linen stock on one leg, and a kersey boot-hose on the other, garter'd with a red
1 (slang) 'tip-top. no tip to the scabbard. s tagged laces between doublet and hose. + stable slang for 'mourn.' 5 Fr. 'mortdeschyon the death of the back'; 'a disease akin to glanders.' 6 stable slang for 'farcy.' 7 id. for 'vives'=an inflammation of the parotid glands. 8 strained. 9 heavy-shouldered. 10 narrow in front.' 11 (1) with one cheek only; or (2) with one, or both, cheeks broken.
12 velvet. III : F
and blue list; an old hat, and The Humour of Forty Fancies prick'd in 't for a feather : a monster, a very monster in apparel; and not like a Christian footboy
or a gentleman's lackey. TRA. 'Tis some odd humour pricks him to this fashion ; Yet oftentimes he
Didst thou not say he comes ?
Ay; that Petruchio came.
Nay, by Saint Jamy,
A horse and a man
Is more than one,
Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO.
And yet I come not well.
Not so well apparell’d
But where is Kate ? where is my lovely bride?
Some comet or unusual prodigy?
First were we sad, fearing you would not come ;
An eye-sore to our solemn festival !
Hath all so long detain'd you from your wife,
PET. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear :
Sufficeth I am come to keep my word,
shall be well satisfied withal.
The morning wears, 'tis time we were at church.
Go to my chamber; put on clothes of mine.
you, When I should bid good morrow to my bride, And seal the title with a lovely kiss!
(exit. TRA. He hath some meaning in his mad attire:
We will persuade him, be it possible,
to church. Bap. I'll after him, and see the event of this.
(exit. Manent TRANIO and LUCENTIO. TRA. Sir, to her love concerneth us to add
Her father's liking : which to bring to pass,
And marry sweet Bianca with consent.
Doth watch Bianca's steps so narrowly,
ACT III TRA. That by degrees we mean to look into,
We'll over-reach the graybeard, Gremio,
A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.
I'll tell you, Sir Lucentio : when the priest
Now take them up, quoth he, if any list !
2 for God's wounds.