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Both suffer under this complaint we bring,
Ber. My lord, I neither can nor will deny
Dia. Why do you look so strange upon your wife ?
Dia. If you shall marry,
Laf. Your reputation [T. BERTRAM) comes too short for my daughter, you are no husband for her.
Ber. My lord, this is a fond and desperate creature,
King. Sir, for my thoughts you have them ill to friend,
Dia. Good my lord,
King. What say'st thou to her?
Ber. She's impudent, my lord;
Dia. He does me wrong, my lord; if I were so,
Count. He blushes, and 'tis it:
King. Methought, you said,
Dia. I did, my lord, but loath am to produce
Laf. I saw the man to-day, if man he be.
Ber. What of him ?
+ A common woman.
Whose nature sickens, but* to speak a truth:
King. She hath that ring of yours.
er. I think, she has : certain it is, I liked her,
Dia. I must be patient;
Ber. I have it not.
Dia. Sir, much like
King. You boggle shrewdly, every feather starts you.
Dia. Ay, my lord.
King. Tell me, sirrah, but, tell me true, I charge you,
Par. So please your majesty, my master hath been an honourable gentleman; tricks he hath had in him, which gentlemen
King. Come, come, to the purpose : Did he love this woman?
King. As thou art a knave, and no knave :-
Par. I am a poor man, and at your majesty's command.
Par. Yes, so please your majesty; I did go between them, as I said ; but more than that, he loved her,-for, indeed, he was mad for her, and talked of Satan, and of limbo, and of furies, and I know not what: yet I was in that credit with them at that time, that I knew of their going to bed ; and of other motions, as promising her marriage, and things that would derive me ill will to speak of, therefore I will not speak what I know.
King. Thou hast spoken all already, unless thou canst say they are married : But thou art too fine* in thy evidence: therefore stand aside.This ring, you say, was yours?
Dia. Ay, my good lord.
King. If it were yours by none of all these ways,
Dia. I never gave it him.
Laf. This woman 's an easy glove, my lord; she goes off and on at pleasure.
King. This ring was mine, I gave it his first wise.
King. Take her away, I do not like her now;
Dia. I'll never tell you.
Dia. Because he's guilty, and he is not guilty:
an's wife. (Pointing to LAFEU. King. She does abuse our ears; to prison with her. Dia. Good mother, fetch my bail. --Stay, royal Sir;
[Exit Widow. The jeweller, that owest the ring, is sent for, And he shall surety me. But for this lord, Who hath abused me, as he knows himself,
+ Common woman.
Though yet he never harm'd me, here I quit him:
Re-enter WIDOW, with HELENA.
Hel. No, my good lord ;
Ber. Both, both, O pardon !
Hel. O, my good lord, when I was like this maid,
Ber. If she, my liege, can make me know this clearly,
Hel. If it appear not plain, and prove untrue,
Laf. Mine eyes smell onions, I shall weep anon:-Good Tom Drum [To PAROLLES), lend me a handkerchief: So, I thank thee; wait on me home, I'll make sport with thee: Let'thy courtesies alone, they are scurvy ones.
King. Let us from point to point this story know,
TAMING OF THE SHREW.
PERSONS REPRESENTED. A LORD.
| TRANIO, Servants to LucenCHRISTOPHER SLY,
BIONDELLO, } tio. a drunken Tinker, Persons in GRUMIO, Servants to Petru. HOSTESS, PAGE, PLAY. (the Induc. CURTIS, S chio. ERS, HUNTSMEN, and ( tion.
PEDANT, an old Fellow set u other SERVANTS at.
personate Vincentio. tending on the LORD, BAPTISTA, a rich Gentleman of
Padua. VINCENTIO, an old Gentleman of KATHARINA, the Shrew, 1 Daugh. Pisa.
BIANCA, her Sister, S ters to LUCENTIO, Son to Vincentio, in love Baptista. with Bianca.
WIDOW. PETRUCHIO, a Gentleman of
rona, a Suitor to Katharina. TAILOR, HABERDASHER, and SERGREMIO,
VANTS attending on BAPTISTA XTENSIO. } Suitors to Bianca.1 HORTENS
and PETRUCHIO. SCENE.-Sometimes in PADUA; and sometimes in Petruchio's
House in the Country.
CHARACTERS IN THE INDUCTION To the original Play of The Taming of a Shrew, entered on the
Stationers' books in 1594, and printed in quarto, in 1607. A LORD, &c.
VALERIA, Servant to Aurelius. SLY.
SANDER, Servant to Ferando. A TAPSTER.
PHYLOTUS, a Merchant who per. PAGE, PLAYERS, HUNTSMEN, &c. sonates the Duke.
Daughters to Alphon.
PERSONS REPRESENTED. ALPHONSUS, a Merchant of Athens. JEROBEL, Duke of Cestus. AURELIUS, his Son, Suitors to the FERANDO,
Daughters of POLIDOR,
TAILOR, HABERDASHER, and SER-
SCENE.-Athens; and sometimes Ferando's Country House.