« PreviousContinue »
BAPTISTA: A RICH GENTLEMAN OF PADUA.
TAILOR, HABERDASHER, AND SERVANTS ATTENDING
ON BAPTISTA AND PETRUCHIO.
SCENE-Padua; Petruchio's House.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
SCENE I. A Hedge-Tavern on a Heath.
Enter Hostess and SLY.
SLY. I'll pheeze you,' in faith.
HOST. A pair of stocks, you Rogue!
SLY. Y'are a baggage: the Slys are no rogues; look in
HOST. I know my remedy; I must go fetch the third-
Wind horns. Enter a Lord from hunting,
with his Train.
LORD. Huntsman, I charge thee, tender well my hounds:
Trash Merriman-the poor cur is emboss'd;"
And couple Clowder with the deep-mouth'd brach.8
Saw'st thou not, Boy, how Silver made it good'
At the hedge-corner, in the coldest fault?
I would not lose the dog for twenty pound.
FIRST HUN. Why, Belman is as good as he, my Lord; 20
And twice to-day pick'd out the dullest scent:
Trust me, I take him for the better dog.
2 (slang) for pocas palabras='dry up.'
3 (slang)='trot!' 'outside!'
5 aptly, here and now. stay, slow down (by means of a trailing thong).
7 foaming with exertion, over-run.
9 picked up the scent.
INDUC. LORD. Thou art a fool: if Echo were as fleet,
I would esteem him worth a dozen such.
But sup them well, and look unto them all :
FIRST HUN. I will, my Lord.
LORD. What's here? one dead, or drunk? See, doth he
SEC. HUN. He breathes, my Lord.
Were he not warm'd
This were a bed but cold to sleep so soundly.
A most delicious banquet by his bed,
And brave2 attendants near him when he wakes:
FIRST HUN. Believe me, Lord, I think he cannot choose.
LORD. Even as a flattering dream or worthless fancy.
Carry him gently to my fairest chamber,
And hang it round with all my wanton pictures :
Balm his foul head in warm distilled waters,
And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet:
And, if he chance to speak, be ready straight,
And with a low submissive reverence
Say What is it your Honour will command?
Let one attend him with a silver basin
Full of rose-water, and bestrew'd with flowers;
And say Will't please your Lordship cool your hands?
And ask him what apparel he will wear;
And that his Lady mourns at his disease: