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Tra. To save your life in this extremity,
Ped. O sir, I do; and will repute you ever
life and liberty. Tra. Then go with me, to make the matter good. This, by the way, I let you understand ;
father is here looked for every day, To pass assurance of a dower in marriage 'Twixt me and one Baptista's daughter here. In all these circumstances I'll instruct you : Go with me, sir, to clothe you as becomes you.
SCENE III. A Room in Petruchio's House.
Enter KATHARINA and GRUMIO.
Gru. No, no; forsooth; I dare not, for my life. Kath. The more my wrong, the more his spite ap
pears. What, did he marry me to famish me ? Beggars that come unto my father's door, Upon entreaty, have a present alms; If not elsewhere they meet with charity: But Iwho never knew how to entreatAm starved for meat, giddy for lack of sleep; With oaths kept waking, and with brawling fed : And that which spites me more than all these wants, He does it under name of perfect love; As who should say, if I should sleep, or eat, 'Twere deadly sickness, or else present death.
I prythee go, and get me some repast;
Gru. What say you to a neat's foot ?
Gru. I fear it is too choleric a meat.
Kath. I like it well; good Grumio, fetch it me.
Gru. I cannot tell; I fear 'tis choleric.
Kath. Å dish that I do love to feed upon.
Kath. Then both, or one, or any thing thou wilt.
thee gone, I
gone, 1 say.
Pet. How fares my Kate? What, sweeting, all
'Faith, as cold as can be.
[Sets the dish on a table. I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness merits thanks. What, not a word ? Nay then, thou lov’st it not ;
1 That is, all sunk and dispirited. This Gallicism is frequent in many of the old plays.
And all my pains is sorted to no 'proof."-
Pray you, let it stand.
Kath. I thank you, sir.
Hor. Seignior Petruchio, fie! you are to blame!
Hab. Here is the cap your worship did bespeak.
Pet. Why, this was moulded on a porringer!
I “And all my labor has ended in nothing, or proved nothing," says Johnson. This can hardly be right. Mr. Douce's suggestion, that it means “all my labor is adapted to no approof,” is much better; indeed, there can be no doubt that we should read "proof with a mark of elision for approof; but sort is used in the sense of sorter (French), to issue, to terminate." ' “ It sorted not” is frequently used by writers of that period for, It did not end so; or, It did not answer. Shakspeare uses sort for lot, chance, more than once.
Kath. I'll have no bigger; this doth fit the time,
. When you are gentle, you shall have one too, And not till then. Hor.
That will not be in haste. [Aside
Pet. Why, thou say'st true; it is a paltry cap,
Kath. Love me, or love me not, I like the cap;
and down, carved like an apple-tart ? Here's snip, and nip, and cut, and slish, and slash, Like to a censer? in a barber's shop:Why, what, o' devil's name, tailor, call'st thou this? Hor. I see, she's like to have neither cap nor gown.
[Aside. Tai. You bade me make it orderly and well, According to the fashion, and the time. Pet. Marry, and did; but if
be remembered, I did not bid you mar it to the time. Go, hop me over every kennel home, For you shall hop without my custom, sir. I'll none of it; hence, make your best of it.
Kath. I never saw a better-fashioned gown,
1 A coffin was the culinary term for the raised crust of a pie or custard.
2 These censers resembled our brasiers in shape ; they had pierced
More quaint,' more pleasing, nor more commendable ;
thee. Tai. She says, your worship means to make a pup
pet of her.
Pet. O monstrous arrogance! Thou liest, thou
Tai. Your worship is deceived; the gown is made
Gru. I gave him no order; I gave him the stuff. .
Gru. Face not me; thou hast braved 4 many men, brave not me; I will neither be faced not braved. I say unto thee,-I bid thy master cut out the gown; but I did not bid him cut it to pieces: ergo, thou liest.
Tai. Why, here is the note of the fashion to testify.
1 Quaint was used as a term of commendation by our ancestors. It seems, when applied to dress, to have meant spruce, trim, neat, like the French cointe.
2 Be-measure. 3 Turned up many garments with facings. 4 Grumio quibbles upon to brave, to make fine, as he does tipon facing.