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And then pursue me as you draw your bow.-
You are welcome all.

[Exeunt BIANCA, KATHARINA, and Widow. Pet. She hath prevented me. — Here, seignior Tranio, This bird you aimed at, though you hit her not; Therefore, a health to all that shot and missed.

Tra. O, sir, Lucentio slipped me like his greyhound, Which runs himself, and catches for his master.

Pet. A good swift simile, but something currish.

Tra. 'Tis well, sir, that you hunted for yourself; 'Tis thought, your deer does hold you at a bay.

Bap. O ho, Petruchio, Tranio hits you now.'
Luc. I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio.
Hor. Confess, confess, hath he not hit you here?

Pet. ’A has a little galled me, I confess;
And, as the jest did glance away from me,
'Tis ten to one it maimed you two outright.

Bap. Now, in good sadness, son Petruchio, I think thou hast the veriest shrew of all.,

Pet. Well, I say-no; and therefore, for assurance
Let's each one send unto his wife; i
And he whose wife is most obedient
To come at first when he doth send for her,
Shall win the wager which we will propose.

Hor. Content. - What is the wager?
Luc.

. Twenty crowns.
Pet. Twenty crowns !
I'll venture so much on my hawk, or hound,
But twenty times so much upon my wife. . .

Luc. A hundred, then.
Hor.

Content.
Pet.

A match; 'tis done.
Hor. Who shall begin ?
Luc.

That will I. Go,
Biondello, bid your mistress come to me.
Bion. I go.

[Exit. Bap. Son, I will be your half, Bianca comes. Lnic. I'll have no halves : I'll bear it all myself.

Re-enter BIONDELLO.
How now! what news ?
Bion. .

Sir, my mistress sends you word That she is busy, and she cannot come.

Pet. How! she is busy, and she cannot come! Is that an answer ?

Gre.

Ay, and a kind one too. Pray God, sir, your wife send you not a worse. · Pet. I hope, better. "

Hor. Sirrah, Biondello, go, and entreat my wife To come to me forthwith.

[Exit BIONDELLO. Pet.

O ho! entreat her!
Nay, then she must needs come.
Hor.

I am afraid, sir,
Do what you can, yours will not be entreated.

Re-enter BIONDELLO. Now where's my wife?

Bion. She says, you have some goodly jest in hand; She will not come; she bids you come to her.

Pet. Worse and worse; she will not come! O vile,
Intolerable, not to be endured!
Sirrah, Grumio, go to your mistress; .
Say, I command her come to me. [Exit GRUMIO.

Hor. I know her answer.
Pet.

What?
Hor.

She will not. Pet. The fouler fortune mine, and there an end.

Enter KATHARINA. Bap. Now, by my holidame, here comes Katharina ! Kath. What is your will, sir, that you send for me? Pet. Where is your sister, and Hortensio's wife? Kath. They sit conferring by the parlor fire.

Pet. Go fetch them hither; if they deny to come, Swinge me them soundly forth unto their husbands. Away, I say, and bring them hither straight.

[Exit KATHARINA. Luc. Here is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder. Hor. And so it is; I wonder what it bodes.

Pet. Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life;
An awful rule, and right supremacy;
And, to be short, what not, that's sweet and happy.

Bap. Now fair befall thee, good Petruchio!
The wager thou hast won; and I will add
Unto their losses twenty thousand crowns;
Another dowry to another daughter,
For she is changed, as she had never been.

Pet. Nay, I will win my wager better yet;
And show more sign of her obedience,
Her new-built virtue and obedience.

Re-enter KATHARINA, with BIANCA and Widow. See, where she comes; and brings your froward wives As prisoners to her womanly persuasion. Katharina, that cap of yours becomes you not; Off with that bauble ; throw it under foot. [KATHARINA pulls off her cap, and throws

it down. Wid. Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh, Till I be brought to such a silly pass !

Bian. Fie! what a foolish duty call you this?

Luc. I would your duty were as foolish too.
The wisdom of your duty, fair Bianca,
Hath cost me a hundred crowns since supper-time.

Bian. The more fool you for laying on my duty.
Pet. Katharine, I charge thee, tell these headstrong

women What duty they do owe their lords and husbands. Wid. Come, come, you're mocking; we will have no

telling.
Pet. Come on, I say; and first begin with her.
Wid. She shall not.
Pet. I say, she shall;— and first begin with her.

Kath. Fie, fie! unknit that threatening, unkind brow;
And dart not scornful glances from those eyes,
To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor.
It blots thy beauty, as frosts do bite the meads;
Confounds thy fame, as whirlwinds shake fair buds;
And in no sense is meet or amiable.
A woman moved, is like a fountain troubled,
Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty;
And, while it is so, none so dry or thirsty
Will deign to sip, or touch one drop of it.
Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee
And for thy maintenance; commits his body
To painful labor, both by sea and land;
To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
While thou liest warm at home, secure and safe;
And craves no other tribute at thy hands,
But love, fair looks, and true obedience ;
Too little payment for so great a debt.
Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
Even such a woman oweth to her husband.
And, when she's froward, peevish, sullen, sour,
And not obedient to his honest will,

What is she, but a foul, contending rebel,
And graceless traitor to her loving lord ?
I am ashamed, that women are so simple
To offer war, where they should kneel for peace;
Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,
When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.
Why are our bodies soft, and weak, and smooth,
Unapt to toil and trouble in the world,
But that our soft conditions and our hearts
Should well agree with our external parts?
Come, come, you froward and unable worms !
My mind hath been as big as one of yours;
My heart as great; my reason, haply, more,
To bandy word for word, and frown for frown;
But now, I see, our lances are but straws;
Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,-
That seeming to be most, which we indeed least are.
Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot;
And place your hands below your husband's foot.
In token of which duty, if he please,
My hand is ready; may it do him ease.
Pet. Why, there's a wench! - Come on, and kiss me,

Kate.
Luc. Well, go thy ways, old lad; for thou shalt ha't.
Vin. 'Tis a good hearing when children are toward.
Luc. But a harsh hearing when women are froward.

Pet. Come, Kate, we'll to bed. We three are married, but you two are sped. 'Twas I won the wager, though you hit the white;

[To LUCENTIO. And, being a winner, God give you good night!

[Exeunt PETRUCHIO and Kath. Hor. Now go thy ways; thou hast tamed a curst shrew. Luc. 'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tamed so.

[Exeunt.

WINTER'S TAL E.

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