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You understand me, sir; so shall you stay
Ped. O, sir, I do; and will repute you ever
Tra. Then go with me, to make the matter good. This, by the way, I let you understand;My father is here look'd 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.
A Room in Petruchio's House.
Enter KATHARINA and GRUMIO.
5 i. e. to agree upon a settlement of dower; Dotem firmare. Deeds are by law-writers called the common assurances of the realm, because thereby each man's property is assured to him. So in a subsequent scene : :--they are busied about a counterfeit
I pry’thee go, and get me some repast;
Gru. What say you to a neat's foot!
Gru. I fear, it is too cholerick a meat:-
Kath. I like it well; good Grumio, fetch it me,
Gru. I cannot tell; I fear, 'tis cholerick.
Kath. A dish that I do love to feed upon.
Kath. Then both, or one, or any thing thou wilt. Gru. Why, then the mustard without the beef. Kath. Go, get thee gone, thou false deluding slave,
[Beats him, That feed’st me with the very name of meat: Sorrow on thee, and all the pack of you, That triumph thus upon my misery! Go, get thee gone,
| This is agreeable to the doctrine of the times, In The Glasse of Humours, no date, p. 60, it is said, ‘But note here, that the first diet is not only in avoiding superfluity of meats, and surfeits of drinks, but also in eschewing such as are obnoxious, and least agreeable with our happy temperate state ; as for a cholerick man to abstain from all salt, 'scorched, dry meats, from mustard, and such like things as will aggravate his malignant humours, Petruchio before objects to the overroasted mutton.
2 That is, all sunk and dispirited. This gallicism is frequent in many of the old plays.
Hor. Mistress, what cheer?
'Faith, as cold as can be. Pet. Pluck up thy spirits, look cheerfully upon
Here, love; thou see'st how diligent I am,
[Sets the dish on a table,
Pray you, let it stand, Pet. The poorest service is repaid with thanks ; And so shall mine, before you touch the meat.
Kath. I thank you, sir.
Hor. Signior Petruchio, fye! you are to blame! Come, mistress Kate, I'll bear you company. Pet. Eat it up all, Hortensio, if thou lov’st me.
[Aside, Much good do it unto thy gentle heart! Kate, eat apace:-And now, my honey love, Will we return unto thy father's house; And revel it as bravely as the best, With silken çoats, and caps, and golden rings, With ruffs, and cuffs, and farthingales, and things; With scarfs, and fans, and double change of bra
With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knavery,
3 • And all my labour has ended in nothing, or proved nothing,' says Johnson. This can hardly be right. Mr. Douce's suggestion, that it means "all my labour 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 free quently 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.
caps as these.
What, hast thou din’d? The tailor stays thy leisure,
Hab. Here is the cap your worship did bespeak.
Pet. Why, this was moulded on a porringer?
Kath. I'll have no bigger; this doth fit the time, And gentlewomen wear such
Pet. When you are gentle, you shall have one too, And not till then. Hor.
That will not be in haste. [Aside. Kath. Why, sir, I trust, I may have leave to speak; And speak I will; I am no child, no babe: Your betters have endur'd me say my mind; And, if you cannot, best you stop your ears. My tongue will tell the anger of my heart; Or else my heart, concealing it, will break: And, rather than it shall, I will be free Even to the uttermost, as I please, in words.
Pet. Why, thou say'st true; it is a paltry cap, A custard-coffino, a bauble, a silken pie: I love thee well, in that thou lik’st it not.
5 To rufile, in Shakspeare's time, signified to flaunt, to strut, to swagger.
In Jonson's Cynthia's Revels, Act iii. Sc. ult. Amorphus says:
• Lady, I cannot rufle it in blue and yellow.' Ruffling treasure was therefore obviously the flaunting finery which Petruchio had just enumerated. In the poet's time women's apparel was usually made by men.
6 A coffin was the culinary term for the raised crust of a pie or custard.
Kath. Love me, or love me not, I like the
cap; And it I will have, or I will have none. Pet. Thy gown? why, ay :-Come, tailor, let us
see't. O mercy, God! what masking stuff is here? What's this ? a sleeve? 'tis like a demi-cannon: What! up and down, carv'd like an apple-tart? Here's snip, and nip, and cut, and slish, and slash, Like to a censer7 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 bid me make it orderly and well, According to the fashion, and the time.
Pet. Marry, and did; but if you be remember'd, 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
best of it. Kath. I never saw a better-fashion'd gown, More quaint 8, more pleasing, nor more commendable; Belike, you mean to make a puppet of me. Pet. Why, true; he means to make a puppet of
thee. Tai. She says, your worship means to make a puppet of her. Pet. O monstrous arrogance! Thou liest, thou
thread, Thou thimble, Thou yard, three-quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail, Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter cricket thou :Brav'd in mine own house with a skein of thread!
7 These censers resembled our brasiers in shape, they had pierced convex covers. 8 Quaint was used as a term of commendation by our ances
ns, when applied to dress, to have meant spruce, trim, neat, like the French cointe.