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Faith, sirrah, an you 'll not knock, I'll ring it;
[He wrings him by the ears. Gru. Help, masters, help! my master is mad. Pet. Now, knock when I bid you, sirrah
Enter HORTENSIO. Hor. How now! what's the matter? My old 20 friend Ġrumio! and my good friend Petruchio ! How do you all at Verona? Pet. Signior Hortensio, come you to part the
fray? •Con tutto il cuore, ben trovato,' may I
say. Hor. ‘Alla nostra casa ben venuto, molto honorato signor mio Petruchio.' Rise, Grumio, rise: we will compound this
quarrel. Gru. Nay, 'tis no matter, sir, what he 'leges in Latin. If this be not a lawful cause for me to leave his service, look you, sir, he bid me knock him and rap him soundly, sir : well, was it fit for a servant to use his master so, being perhaps, for aught I see, two and thirty, a pip out? Whom would to God I had well knock'd at first, Then had not Grumio come by the worst.
Pet. A senseless villain ! Good Hortensio,
Gru. Knock at the gate! O heavens! Spake you not these words plain, 'Sirrah, knock me 40 here, rap me here, knock me well, and knock me 24. Con tutto, etc., with all out, drunk.
* The expression my heart, well met.
was derived from the game of 25. Alla nostra, etc., wel- Bone-ace, or One-and-thirty' come to our house.
(Halliwell); a 'pip' being a 33. two and thirty, a pip spot on cards.
soundly'? And come you now with, “knocking at the gate'?
Pet. Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise you.
Hor. Petruchio, patience; I am Grumio's pledge : Why, this' a heavy chance 'twixt him and you, Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grumio. And tell me now, sweet iriend, what happy gale Blows you to Padua here from old Verona ? Pet. Such wind as scatters young men through
But in a few,
Hor. Petruchio, shall I then come roundly to thee
Pet. Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as we
46. this', this is (a common committed a homicide, he was contraction).
promised life on condition of 52. in a few, in brief.
answering the question 'what 56. Haply, at haphazard.
desire.' An 69. Florentius' love. Knight 'olde lothly woman offered Florent was the hero of him the answer provided he famous mediæval riddle-story engaged himself to marry her.
in Gower's Confessio The marriage complete, she Amantis, book i. Having became young and beautiful.
As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd
Gru. Nay, look you, sir, he tells you flatly what his mind is : why, give him gold enough and marry him to a puppet or an aglet-baby; or an old trot with ne'er a tooth in her head, though 80 she have as many diseases as two and fifty horses : why, nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal.
Hor. Petruchio, since we are stepp'd thus far in,
Hor. Her father is Baptista Minola,
Pet. I know her father, though I know not her ; And he knew my deceased father well.
79. aglet-baby, a small image carved on the tag of a point or lace ('aiguillette,' 'aglet').
I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her;
Gru. I pray you, sir, let him go while the humour lasts. O’ my word, an she knew him as well as I do, she would think scolding would do little good upon him : she may perhaps call him 110 half a score knaves or so: why, that's nothing ; an he begin once, he 'll rail in his rope-tricks. I'll tell you what, sir, an she stand him but a little, he will throw a figure in her face and so disfigure her with it that she shall have no more eyes to see withal than a cat. You know him not, sir.
Hor. Tarry, Petruchio, I must go with thee,
Gru. Katharine the curst!
Hor. Now shall my friend Petruchio do me grace,
105. give you over, leave you. ib. encounter, meeting.
114. throw a figure in her face, "make
face ' figure.'
112. rope-tricks, tricks that deserve hanging ;
Grumio's word for 'rhetoric.'
113. stand him, stand her ground against him ; thwart him.
121. other, others.
126. this order ... ta'en, made this regulation.
And offer me disguised in sober robes
Gru. Here's no knavery! See, to beguile the old folks, how the young folks lay their heads together!
Enter Gremio, and LUCENTIO disguised. Master, master, look about you: who goes there,
ha ? Hor. Peace, Grumio! it is the rival of my
love. Petruchio, stand by a while.
Gru. A proper stripling and an amorous !
Gre. O, very well; I have perused the note.
Luc. Whate’er I read to her, I'll plead for you
Gre. ( this learning, what a thing it is!
134. well seen, accomplished. 147. at any hand, in any case. 144. proper, handsome.
151. paper, probably the
• note' (v. 145), them' refer145. note, list (of books). ring to the books.