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    Act 4, Scene I

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    SCENE I. PETRUCHIO'S country house.

    Enter GRUMIO
    GRUMIO
    Fie, fie on all tired jades, on all mad masters, and
    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.

    Enter CURTIS

    CURTIS
    Who is that calls so coldly?

    GRUMIO
    A piece of ice: if thou doubt it, thou mayst slide
    from my shoulder to my heel with no greater a run
    but my head and my neck. A fire good Curtis.

    CURTIS
    Is my master and his wife coming, Grumio?

    GRUMIO
    O, ay, Curtis, ay: and therefore fire, fire; cast
    on no water.

    CURTIS
    Is she so hot a shrew as she's reported?

    GRUMIO
    She was, good Curtis, before this frost: but, thou
    knowest, winter tames man, woman and beast; for it
    hath tamed my old master and my new mistress and
    myself, fellow Curtis.

    CURTIS
    Away, you three-inch fool! I am no beast.

    GRUMIO
    Am I but three inches? why, thy horn is a foot; and
    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?

    CURTIS
    I prithee, good Grumio, tell me, how goes the world?

    GRUMIO
    A cold world, Curtis, in every office but thine; and
    therefore fire: do thy duty, and have thy duty; for
    my master and mistress are almost frozen to death.

    CURTIS
    There's fire ready; and therefore, good Grumio, the news.

    GRUMIO
    Why, 'Jack, boy! ho! boy!' and as much news as
    will thaw.

    CURTIS
    Come, you are so full of cony-catching!

    GRUMIO
    Why, therefore fire; for I have caught extreme cold.
    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?

    CURTIS
    All ready; and therefore, I pray thee, news.

    GRUMIO
    First, know, my horse is tired; my master and
    mistress fallen out.

    CURTIS
    How?

    GRUMIO
    Out of their saddles into the dirt; and thereby
    hangs a tale.

    CURTIS
    Let's ha't, good Grumio.

    GRUMIO
    Lend thine ear.

    CURTIS
    Here.

    GRUMIO
    There.

    Strikes him

    CURTIS
    This is to feel a tale, not to hear a tale.

    GRUMIO
    And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale: and this
    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,--

    CURTIS
    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,
    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.

    CURTIS
    By this reckoning he is more shrew than she.

    GRUMIO
    Ay; and that thou and the proudest of you all shall
    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?

    CURTIS
    They are.

    GRUMIO
    Call them forth.

    CURTIS
    Do you hear, ho? you must meet my master to
    countenance my mistress.

    GRUMIO
    Why, she hath a face of her own.

    CURTIS
    Who knows not that?

    GRUMIO
    Thou, it seems, that calls for company to
    countenance her.

    CURTIS
    I call them forth to credit her.

    GRUMIO
    Why, she comes to borrow nothing of them.

    Enter four or five Serving-men

    NATHANIEL
    Welcome home, Grumio!

    PHILIP
    How now, Grumio!

    JOSEPH
    What, Grumio!

    NICHOLAS
    Fellow Grumio!

    NATHANIEL
    How now, old lad?

    GRUMIO
    Welcome, you;--how now, you;-- what, you;--fellow,
    you;--and thus much for greeting. Now, my spruce
    companions, is all ready, and all things neat?

    NATHANIEL
    All things is ready. How near is our master?

    GRUMIO
    E'en at hand, alighted by this; and therefore be
    not--Cock's passion, silence! I hear my master.

    Enter PETRUCHIO and KATHARINA

    PETRUCHIO
    Where be these knaves? What, no man at door
    To hold my stirrup nor to take my horse!
    Where is Nathaniel, Gregory, Philip?
    ALL SERVING-MEN Here, here, sir; here, sir.

    PETRUCHIO
    Here, sir! here, sir! here, sir! here, sir!
    You logger-headed and unpolish'd grooms!
    What, no attendance? no regard? no duty?
    Where is the foolish knave I sent before?

    GRUMIO
    Here, sir; as foolish as I was before.

    PETRUCHIO
    You peasant swain! you whoreson malt-horse drudge!
    Did I not bid thee meet me in the park,
    And bring along these rascal knaves with thee?

    GRUMIO
    Nathaniel's coat, sir, was not fully made,
    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.

    PETRUCHIO
    Go, rascals, go, and fetch my supper in.

    Exeunt Servants

    Singing

    Where is the life that late I led--
    Where are those--Sit down, Kate, and welcome.--
    Sound, sound, sound, sound!

    Re-enter Servants with supper

    Why, when, I say? Nay, good sweet Kate, be merry.
    Off with my boots, you rogues! you villains, when?

    Sings

    It 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 him

    Be 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 water

    Come, Kate, and wash, and welcome heartily.
    You whoreson villain! will you let it fall?

    Strikes him

    KATHARINA
    Patience, I pray you; 'twas a fault unwilling.

    PETRUCHIO
    A whoreson beetle-headed, flap-ear'd knave!
    Come, Kate, sit down; I know you have a stomach.
    Will you give thanks, sweet Kate; or else shall I?
    What's this? mutton?

    First Servant
    Ay.

    PETRUCHIO
    Who brought it?

    PETER
    I.

    PETRUCHIO
    'Tis burnt; and so is all the meat.
    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 stage

    You heedless joltheads and unmanner'd slaves!
    What, do you grumble? I'll be with you straight.

    KATHARINA
    I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet:
    The meat was well, if you were so contented.

    PETRUCHIO
    I tell thee, Kate, 'twas burnt and dried away;
    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.

    Exeunt

    Re-enter Servants severally

    NATHANIEL
    Peter, didst ever see the like?

    PETER
    He kills her in her own humour.

    Re-enter CURTIS

    GRUMIO
    Where is he?

    CURTIS
    In her chamber, making a sermon of continency to her;
    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.

    Exeunt

    Re-enter PETRUCHIO

    PETRUCHIO
    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.

    Exit
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