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Away, thou rag, thou quantity, thou remnant;
Tai. Your worship is deceiv'd; the gown is made
Gru. I gave him no order, I gave him the stuff.
many men; brave not me; I will neither be faced nor braved. I say unto thee,-I bid thy master cut out the gown; but I did not bid him cut it to pieces 12: ergo, thou liest.
Tai. Why, here is the note of the fashion to testify.
Gru. Master, if ever I said loose-bodied gown 13, sew me in the skirts of it, and beat me to death with a bottom of brown thread: I said, a gown.
I said so.
" Grumio quibbles upon to brave, to make fine, as he does upon facing.
12 Mr. Douce remarks that this scene appears to have been originally borrowed from a story of Sir Philip Caulthrop and John Drakes, a silly shoemaker of Norwich, related in Camden's Remains and Leigh’s Accedence of Armorie.
13 This being a very customary dress with women of abandoned character, was probably not much in repute,
14 A round cape.
Gru. I confess the cape.
Gru. Error i’the bill, sir; error i'the bill. I commanded the sleeves should be cut out, and sewed up again; and that I'll prove upon thee, though thy little finger be armed in a thimble.
Tai. This is true, that I say; an I had thee in place where, thou should'st know it.
Gru. I am for thee straight: take thou the bill 15, give me thy mete-yard, and spare not me.
Hor. God-a-mercy, Grumio! then he shall have no odds.
Pet. Well, sir, in brief, the gown is not for me. Gru. You are i’the right, sir; 'tis for my
mistress. Pet. Go, take it up unto thy master's use.
Gru. Villain, not for thy life: Take up my mistress' gown for thy master's use!
Pet. Why, sir, what's your conceit in that?
Gru. O, sir, the conceit is deeper than you think for: Take up my
mistress' gown to his master's use! O, fye, fye, fye! Pet. Hortensio, say thou wilt see the tailor paid :
[Aside. Go take it hence; be gone, and say no more.
Hor. Tailor, I'll pay thee for thy gown to-morrow. Take no unkindness of his hasty words: Away, I say; commend me to thy master.
[Erit Tailor. Pet. Well, come, my Kate; we will unto your
15 A quibble is intended between the written bill and the bill or weapon of a foot soldier.
For this poor
Even in these honest mean habiliments;
furniture, and mean array.
Kath. I dare assure you, sir, 'tis almost two;
Pet. It shall be seven, ere I go to horse:
it is. Hor. Why, so! this gallant will command the sun.
[Exeunt 16. 16 After this exeunt the characters, before whom the play is supposed to be exhibited, were introduced, from the old play, by Mr. Pope in his edition.
· Lord. Who's within there? [Enter Servants.] Asleep again! Go take him easily ap, and put him in his own apparel again. But see you wake him not in any case. Serv. It shall be done, my lord; come help to bear him hence.
[They bear of Sly.' Johnson thought the fifth act should begin here.
that I call ? Ped. Ay, what else ? and, but? I be deceived, Signior Baptista may remember me. Near twenty years ago, in Genoa, where We were lodgers at the Pegasus 2. Tra.
'Tis well : And hold your own, in any case, with such Austerity as 'longeth to a father.
Enter BIONDELLO. Ped. I warrant you: But, sir, here comes your
boy; 'Twere good, he were school'd.
Tra. Fear you not him. Sirrah, Biondello,
Bion. Tut! fear not me.
father was at Venice; And that
look'd for him this day in Padua. Tra. Thou’rt a tall 3 fellow; hold thee that to drink. Here comes Baptista :-set your countenance, sir.
1 See the note on Act iii. Sc. 1, at p. 393.
2 Shakspeare has here taken a sign out of London, and hung it up in Padua. The Pegasus is the arms of the Middle Temple, and is a very popular sign. 3 i. e. a high fellow, a brave boy, as we now say.
Vide note on. Merry Wives of Windsor, Act i. Sc. 4, p. 174. VOL. III.
Enter BAPTISTA and Lucentio.
Ped. Soft, son !
Bap. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say: Your plainness, and your shortness, please me well. Right true it is, your son Lucentio here Doth love my daughter, and she loveth him, Or both dissemble deeply their affections: And, therefore, if you say no more than this, That like a father you will deal with him, And pass my daughter a sufficient dower, The match is made, and all is done: Your son shall have my daughter with consent. Tra. I thank you, sir. Where then do you know
best, 4 i. e. scrupulous. 5 Assure, or convey; a law term.