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Luc. Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves.
are you? Master,
clothes ? Or you stol'n his? or both?
what's the news? Luc. Sirrah, come hither; 'tis no time to jest, And therefore frame your manners to the time. Your fellow Tranio here, to save my life, Puts my apparel and
I, sir, ne'er a whit.
Bion. The better for him: 'Would, I were so too!
Luc. Tranio, let's go :-
To make one among these wooers : If thou ask me
why,-Sufficeth, my reasons are both good and weighty.
[Exeunt 9. 1 Serv. My lord, you nod; you do not mind the play.
Sly. Yes, by Saint Anne, do I. A good matter, surely: Comes there any more of it?
Page. My lord, 'tis but begun.
Sly. 'Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam lady: 'Would, 'twere done!
SCENE II. The same. Before Hortensio's House.
Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO.
Gru. Knock, sir! whom should I knock ? is there any man has rebused your worship?
Pet. Villain, I say, knock me here soundly.
Gru. Knock you here, sir? why, sir, what am I, sir, that I should knock you here, sir1 ?
29 Here in the old copy we have, 'The presenters above speak;' meaning Sly, &c. who were placed in a balcony raised at the back of the stage. After the words. would it were done,' the marginal direction is They sit and mark.
1 Malone remarks that Grumio's pretensions to wit have a strong resemblance to Dromio's, in The Comedy of Errors; and the two plays were probably written at no great distance of time from each other. I have elsewhere had occasion to observe that the idiom, ‘ Knock me here,' is familiar to the French language, Thus Molière, in The Tartuffe, Act iii. Sc. 2:
*Ah! mon dieu ! je vous prie, Avant
que de parler, prenez-moi ce mouchoir.' Dumarsais, in his Principes de Grammaire, p. 388, thinks the same expletive form of speech is to be found in The Heautontimorumenos of Terence, Act í. Sc. 4:
fac me ut sciam.'
Pet. Villain, I say, knock me at this gate, And rap me well, or I'll knock your knave's pate. Gru. My master is grown quarrelsome: I should
knock you first, And then I know after who comes by the worst.
Pet. Will it not be? ’Faith, sirrah, an you'll not knock, I'll wring it; I'll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it.
[He wrings GRUMIO by the ears. Gru. Help, masters, help! my master is mad. Pet. Now, knock when I bid you: sirrah! villain!
Enter Hortensio. Hor. How now? what's the matter?—My old friend Grumio! and my good friend Petruchio !-How do you
all at Verona! Pet. Signior Hortensio, come you to part the fray? Con tutto il core bene trovato, may I say.
Hor. Alla nostra casa bene venuto, Molto honorato, signor mio Petruchio?. Rise, Grumio, rise; we will compound this quarrel.
Gru. Nay,’tis no matter what he leges 3 in Latin. -If this be not a lawful cause for me to leave his service.—Look you, sir, he bid me knock him, and rap him soundly, sir: Well, was it fit for a servant
? Gascoigne in his Supposes has spelt this name correctly Petrucio, but Shakspeare wrote it as appears in the text, in order to teach the actors how to pronounce it. So Decker writes Infeliche for Infelice.
3 i. e. what he alleges in Latin. Grumio mistakes the Italian spoken for Latin. Tyrwhitt suggests that we should read• Nay,'tis no matter what be leges in Latin, if this be not a lawful cause for me to leave his service. That is, “ 'Tis no matter what is law if this be not a lawful cause,' &c. Mason approves this, and says, as . Italian was Grumio's native language, he could not possibly mistake it for Latin. This is true, but it is not certain that Shakspeare's attention was awake to the circumstance, as his Italians speak English throughout the play, with the exception of a few colloquial phrases.
to use his master so; being, perhaps, (for aught I
Pet, A senseless villain—Good Hortensio,
Gru. Knock at the gate?—0 heavens !
me here, Rap me here, knock me well, and knock me soundly 4? And come you now with—knocking at the gate ?
Pet. Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise you,
Hor. Petruchio, patience; I am Grumio's pledge: Why, this a heavy chance 'twixt him and you; Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grumio. And tell me now, sweet friend,—what happy gale Blows
to Padua here, from old Verona?
4 This passage has escaped the commentators, and yet it is more obscure than many they have explained. Perhaps it was passed over because it was not understood ? The allusion is to the old game of Bone-ace or one-and-thirty. A pip is a spot upon a card. The old copy has it peepe. The same allusion is found in Massinger's Fatal Dowry, Act ii. Sc. 2: You think, because you served my lady's mother (you) are thirty-two years old, which is a pip out, you know. There is a secondary allusion (in which the joke lies) to a popular mode of inflicting punishment upon certain offenders. For a curious illustration of which the reader may consult Florio's Ital. Dict. in v. Trentuno.
5 In a few means the same as in short, in a few words. VOL. III.
Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home, And so am come abroad to see the world.
Hor. Petruchio, shall I then come roundly to thee, And wish thee to a shrewd ill favour'd wife? Thou’dst thank me but a little for my counsel : And yet I'll promise thee she shall be rich, And very rich:
:- But thou’rt too much my friend, And I'll not wish thee to her.
Pet. Signior Hortensio; 'twixt such friends as we Few words suffice: and, therefore, if thou know One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife, (As wealth is burthen of my wooing dance), Be she as foul as was Florentius' love, As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd As Socrates' Xantippe, or a worse, She moves me not, or not removes, at least, Affection's edge in me; were she as rough As are the swelling Adriatick seas ; I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; If wealthily, then happily in Padua.
Gru. Nay, look you, sir, he tells you flatly what his mind is: Why, give him gold enough and marry him to a puppet, or an aglet-baby?; or an old trot
6 This allusion is to a story told by Gower in the first book of his Confessio Amantis. Florent is the name of a knight who bound himself to marry a deformed hag provided she taught him the solution of a riddle on which his life depended. This story may have been taken from the Gesta Romanorum : Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale is of a similar kind.
7 i. e. 'a diminutive being, not exceeding in size the tag of a point,' says Steevens ; 'a small image or head cut on the tag of a point or lace,' says Malone. It was no such thing; an aglet was not only a tag of a point, but a brooch or“ jewel in one's cap,' as Baret explains it. An aglet-baby, therefore, was a diminutive figure carved on an aglet or jewel; such as Queen Mab is described :
• In shape no bigger than an agate stone
On the fore finger of an alderman.' Shakspeare was fond of the image, and refers to it again in Much Ado about Nothing :