|The Taming of the Shrew|
| Taming of the Shrew
| Act 4, Scene 1
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Fie, fie on all tired jades, on all mad masters, andCURTIS
all foul ways! Was ever man so beaten? was ever
man so rayed? was ever man so weary? I am sent
before to make a fire, and they are coming after to
warm them. Now, were not I a little pot and soon
hot, my very lips might freeze to my teeth, my
tongue to the roof of my mouth, my heart in my
belly, ere I should come by a fire to thaw me: but
I, with blowing the fire, shall warm myself; for,
considering the weather, a taller man than I will
take cold. Holla, ho! Curtis.
Who is that calls so coldly?GRUMIO
A piece of ice: if thou doubt it, thou mayst slideCURTIS
from my shoulder to my heel with no greater a run
but my head and my neck. A fire good Curtis.
Is my master and his wife coming, Grumio?GRUMIO
O, ay, Curtis, ay: and therefore fire, fire; castCURTIS
on no water.
Is she so hot a shrew as she's reported?GRUMIO
She was, good Curtis, before this frost: but, thouCURTIS
knowest, winter tames man, woman and beast; for it
hath tamed my old master and my new mistress and
myself, fellow Curtis.
Away, you three-inch fool! I am no beast.GRUMIO
Am I but three inches? why, thy horn is a foot; andCURTIS
so long am I at the least. But wilt thou make a
fire, or shall I complain on thee to our mistress,
whose hand, she being now at hand, thou shalt soon
feel, to thy cold comfort, for being slow in thy hot office?
I prithee, good Grumio, tell me, how goes the world?GRUMIO
A cold world, Curtis, in every office but thine; andCURTIS
therefore fire: do thy duty, and have thy duty; for
my master and mistress are almost frozen to death.
There's fire ready; and therefore, good Grumio, the news.GRUMIO
Why, 'Jack, boy! ho! boy!' and as much news asCURTIS
Come, you are so full of cony-catching!GRUMIO
Why, therefore fire; for I have caught extreme cold.CURTIS
Where's the cook? is supper ready, the house
trimmed, rushes strewed, cobwebs swept; the
serving-men in their new fustian, their white
stockings, and every officer his wedding-garment on?
Be the jacks fair within, the jills fair without,
the carpets laid, and every thing in order?
All ready; and therefore, I pray thee, news.GRUMIO
First, know, my horse is tired; my master andCURTIS
mistress fallen out.
Out of their saddles into the dirt; and therebyCURTIS
hangs a tale.
Let's ha't, good Grumio.GRUMIO
Lend thine ear.CURTIS
This is to feel a tale, not to hear a tale.GRUMIO
And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale: and thisCURTIS
cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beseech
listening. Now I begin: Imprimis, we came down a
foul hill, my master riding behind my mistress,--
Both of one horse?GRUMIO
What's that to thee?CURTIS
Why, a horse.GRUMIO
Tell thou the tale: but hadst thou not crossed me,CURTIS
thou shouldst have heard how her horse fell and she
under her horse; thou shouldst have heard in how
miry a place, how she was bemoiled, how he left her
with the horse upon her, how he beat me because
her horse stumbled, how she waded through the dirt
to pluck him off me, how he swore, how she prayed,
that never prayed before, how I cried, how the
horses ran away, how her bridle was burst, how I
lost my crupper, with many things of worthy memory,
which now shall die in oblivion and thou return
unexperienced to thy grave.
By this reckoning he is more shrew than she.GRUMIO
Ay; and that thou and the proudest of you all shallCURTIS
find when he comes home. But what talk I of this?
Call forth Nathaniel, Joseph, Nicholas, Philip,
Walter, Sugarsop and the rest: let their heads be
sleekly combed their blue coats brushed and their
garters of an indifferent knit: let them curtsy
with their left legs and not presume to touch a hair
of my master's horse-tail till they kiss their
hands. Are they all ready?
Call them forth.CURTIS
Do you hear, ho? you must meet my master toGRUMIO
countenance my mistress.
Why, she hath a face of her own.CURTIS
Who knows not that?GRUMIO
Thou, it seems, that calls for company toCURTIS
I call them forth to credit her.GRUMIO
Why, she comes to borrow nothing of them.NATHANIEL
Enter four or five Serving-men
Welcome home, Grumio!PHILIP
How now, Grumio!JOSEPH
How now, old lad?GRUMIO
Welcome, you;--how now, you;-- what, you;--fellow,NATHANIEL
you;--and thus much for greeting. Now, my spruce
companions, is all ready, and all things neat?
All things is ready. How near is our master?GRUMIO
E'en at hand, alighted by this; and therefore bePETRUCHIO
not--Cock's passion, silence! I hear my master.
Enter PETRUCHIO and KATHARINA
Where be these knaves? What, no man at doorPETRUCHIO
To hold my stirrup nor to take my horse!
Where is Nathaniel, Gregory, Philip?
ALL SERVING-MEN Here, here, sir; here, sir.
Here, sir! here, sir! here, sir! here, sir!GRUMIO
You logger-headed and unpolish'd grooms!
What, no attendance? no regard? no duty?
Where is the foolish knave I sent before?
Here, sir; as foolish as I was before.PETRUCHIO
You peasant swain! you whoreson malt-horse drudge!GRUMIO
Did I not bid thee meet me in the park,
And bring along these rascal knaves with thee?
Nathaniel's coat, sir, was not fully made,PETRUCHIO
And Gabriel's pumps were all unpink'd i' the heel;
There was no link to colour Peter's hat,
And Walter's dagger was not come from sheathing:
There were none fine but Adam, Ralph, and Gregory;
The rest were ragged, old, and beggarly;
Yet, as they are, here are they come to meet you.
Go, rascals, go, and fetch my supper in.KATHARINA
SingingWhere is the life that late I led--
Where are those--Sit down, Kate, and welcome.--
Sound, sound, sound, sound!
Re-enter Servants with supperWhy, when, I say? Nay, good sweet Kate, be merry.
Off with my boots, you rogues! you villains, when?
SingsIt was the friar of orders grey,
As he forth walked on his way:--
Out, you rogue! you pluck my foot awry:
Take that, and mend the plucking off the other.
Strikes himBe merry, Kate. Some water, here; what, ho!
Where's my spaniel Troilus? Sirrah, get you hence,
And bid my cousin Ferdinand come hither:
One, Kate, that you must kiss, and be acquainted with.
Where are my slippers? Shall I have some water?
Enter one with waterCome, Kate, and wash, and welcome heartily.
You whoreson villain! will you let it fall?
Patience, I pray you; 'twas a fault unwilling.PETRUCHIO
A whoreson beetle-headed, flap-ear'd knave!First Servant
Come, Kate, sit down; I know you have a stomach.
Will you give thanks, sweet Kate; or else shall I?
What's this? mutton?
Who brought it?PETER
'Tis burnt; and so is all the meat.KATHARINA
What dogs are these! Where is the rascal cook?
How durst you, villains, bring it from the dresser,
And serve it thus to me that love it not?
Theretake it to you, trenchers, cups, and all;
Throws the meat, & c. about the stageYou heedless joltheads and unmanner'd slaves!
What, do you grumble? I'll be with you straight.
I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet:PETRUCHIO
The meat was well, if you were so contented.
I tell thee, Kate, 'twas burnt and dried away;NATHANIEL
And I expressly am forbid to touch it,
For it engenders choler, planteth anger;
And better 'twere that both of us did fast,
Since, of ourselves, ourselves are choleric,
Than feed it with such over-roasted flesh.
Be patient; to-morrow 't shall be mended,
And, for this night, we'll fast for company:
Come, I will bring thee to thy bridal chamber.
Re-enter Servants severally
Peter, didst ever see the like?PETER
He kills her in her own humour.GRUMIO
Where is he?CURTIS
In her chamber, making a sermon of continency to her;PETRUCHIO
And rails, and swears, and rates, that she, poor soul,
Knows not which way to stand, to look, to speak,
And sits as one new-risen from a dream.
Away, away! for he is coming hither.
Thus have I politicly begun my reign,
And 'tis my hope to end successfully.
My falcon now is sharp and passing empty;
And till she stoop she must not be full-gorged,
For then she never looks upon her lure.
Another way I have to man my haggard,
To make her come and know her keeper's call,
That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, nor none shall eat;
Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not;
As with the meat, some undeserved fault
I'll find about the making of the bed;
And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets:
Ay, and amid this hurly I intend
That all is done in reverend care of her;
And in conclusion she shall watch all night:
And if she chance to nod I'll rail and brawl
And with the clamour keep her still awake.
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness;
And thus I'll curb her mad and headstrong humour.
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak: 'tis charity to show.
| Taming of the Shrew
| Act 4, Scene 1
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