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And every day I cannot come to woo.
Pet. And, for that dowry, I'll assure her of
Bap. Ay, when the special thing is well obtain'd,
ther, I am as peremptory as she proud-minded; And where too raging fires meet together, They do consume the thing that feeds their fury: Though little fire grows great with little wind, Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all: So I to her, and so she yields to me; For I am rough, and woo not like a babe. Bap. Well may'st thou woo, and happy be thy
speed! But be thou arın'd for some unhappy words. Pet. Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for
winds, That shake not, though they blow perpetually.
Re-enter Hortensio, with his head broken.
Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good mu
sician? Hor. I think, she'll sooner prove a soldier; Iron may hold with her, but never lutes. Bap. Why, then thou canst not break her to
the lute? Hor. Why, no; for she hath broke the lute to me. I did but tell her, she mistook her frets, And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering; When, with a most impatient devilish spirit, Frets, call you these quoth she: I'll fume with
them: And, with that word, she struck me on the head, And through the instrument my pate made way; And there I stood amazed for a while, As on a pillory, looking through the lute: While she did call me,-rascal fiddler, And-twangling Jack;' with twenty such vile terms, As she had studied to misuse me so.
Pet. Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench; I love her ten times more than e'er I did: O, how I long to have some chat with her! Bap. Well, go with me, and be not so discom
fited: Proceed in practice with my younger daughter; She's apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.Signior Petruchio, will you go with us; Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you? Pet. I pray you do; I will attend her here,
Exeunt BAPTISTA, GREMIO, TRANIO,
d e her frets,] A fret is that stop of a musical instrument which causes or regulates the vibration of the string. JOHNSON.
5 And-twangling Jack;] To twungle is a provincial expression, and signifies to flourish capriciously on an instrument, as performers often do after having tuned it, previous to their beginning a regular composition,
And woo her with some spirit when she comes.
ried: But here she comes; and now, Petruchio, speak.
Enter KATHARINA. 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
Kath. Mov’d! in good time: let him that mov'd
- you hither,
Why, what's a moveable?
· Kath. A joint-stool.
Thou hast hit it: come, sit on me.'
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
Pet. Should be? should buz.
Well ta’en, and like a buzzard.
sting? In his tail.
Kath. In his tongue.
come again, Good Kate; I ain a gentleman. Kath.
That I'll try.
[Striking him. Pet. I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again.
O A joint-stool.] This is a proverbial expression :
See Ray's Collection,
Kath. So may you lose your arms:
Pet. A herald, Kate? O, put me in thy books.
Had I a glass, I would.
'Tis not with cares. . . Kath.
I care not.
Pet. No, not a whit; I find you passing gentle.
?_ u 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.