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But love, fair looks, and true obedience;-
sway, When they are bound to serve, love, and obey. Why are our bodies soft, and weak, and smooth, Unapt to toil and trouble in the world; But that our soft conditions, and our hearts, Should well agree with our external parts? Come, come, you froward and unable worms! My mind hath been as big as one of yours, My heart as great; my reason, haply, more, To bandy word for word, and frown for frown: But now, I see our lances are but straws; Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare, That seeming to be most, which we least are. Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot; And place your hands below your husband's foot: In token of which duty, if he please, My hand is ready, may it do him ease.
Pet. Why, there's a wench!-Come on, and kiss Luc. Well, go thy ways, old lad; for thou shalt
ha't. Vin. 'Tis a good hearing, when children are
toward. Luc. But a harsh hearing, when women are fro
our soft conditions,] The gentle qualities of our minds. · Then vail your stomachs,) i. e. abate your pride, your spirit,
Pet. Come, Kate, we'll to-bed:We three are married, but you two are sped. 'Twas I won the wager, though you hit the white;'
[To Lucentio. And, being a winner, God give you good night!
Exeunt PetruCHIO and Kath. Hor. Now go thy ways, thou hast tam'd a curst
shrew. Luc. 'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tam'd so.
you two are sped.) i. e. the fate of you both is decided; for you have wives who exhibit early proofs of disobedience.
though you hit the white;] To hit the white is a phrase borrowed from archery: the mark was commonly white. Here it alludes to the name, Bianca, or white.
• Of this play the two plots are so well united, that they can bardly be called two without injury to the art with which they are interwoven. The attention is entertained with all the variety of a double plot, yet is not distracted by unconnected incidents.
The part between Katharine and Petruchio is eminently spritely and diverting. At the marriage of Bianca the arrival of the real father, perhaps, produces more perplexity than pleasure. The whole play is very popular and diverting. Joussox.