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Kath. I never saw a better fashion'd gown, More quaint, more pleasing,, nor more commendable: Belike, you mean to make a puppet of me.
Pet. Why, true; he means to make a puppet or thee.
Tai. She says, your worship means to make a puppet of her.
Pet. O monstrous arrogance! Thou Iiest, thou thread, Thou thimble,5
Thou yard, three-quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail,
Tai. Your worship isdeceiv'd; the gown is made
Gru. I gave him no order, I gave him the stuff.
Tai. But how did you desire it should be made?
Gru. Marry, sir, with needle and thread.
Tai. But did you not request to have it cut?
Gru. Thou hast faced many things.7
Tai. I have.
Gru. Face not me: thou hast braved many men ;9 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: ergo, thou liest.
Thou thimble,] The tailor's trade, having an appearance of effeminacy, has always been, among the rugged English, liable to tarcasms and contempt. Johnson.
* 6e-mete —] i. e. be-measure thee.
7 faced many things.] i. e. turned up many gowns, &c.
with facings, Sec.
s braved many men;] i. e. made many men fine. Bravery
was the ancient term for elegance of dress.
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Tai. Why, here is the note of the fashion to testify.
Pet. Read it.
Gru. The note lies in his throat, if he say I said so.
Tai. Imprimis, a loose-bodied gown:
Gru. Master, if ever I said loose-bodied gown, sew me in the skirts of it, and beat me to death with a bottom of brown thread: I said, a gown.
Tai. With a small compassed cape ;9
Gru. I confess the cape.
Tai. With a trunk sleeve;
Gru. I confess two sleeves.
Tai. The sleeves curiously cut.
Pet. Ay, there's the villainy.
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 shoud'st know it.
Gru. I am for thee straight: take thou the bill, give me thy mete-yard,1 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.
9 a small compassed cape;] A compassed cape is a round
cape. To compass is to come round. Johnson.
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
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.
Pet. Well, come, my Kate; we will unto your
Even in these honest mean habiliments;
Katli. I dare assure you, sir, 'tis almost two;
And 'twill be supper-time, ere you come there.
Pet. It shall be seven, ere I go to horse:
Hor. Why, so! this gallant will command the sun. [Exewnt.
Enter Tranio, and the Pedant dressed like
Tra. Sir, this is the house; Please it you, that I call?
Fed. Ay, what else? and, but I be deceived,"
And hold your own, in any case, with such
Fed. I warrant you: But, sir, here comes your
boy; 'Twere good, he were school'd.
Tra. Fear you not him. Sirrah, Biondello, Now do your duty throughly, I advise you; Imagine 'twere the right Vincentio.
Bion. Tut! fear not me.
* but / be deceived,"] But, i. e. unless.
Tra. But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista?
Bion. I told him, that your father was at Venice; And that you look'd for him this day in Padua.
Tra. Thou'rt a tall fellow; hold thee that to
drink. Here comes Baptista:—set your countenance, sir.
Enter Baptista and Lucentio.
Signior Baptista, you are happily met:—
Sir, [To Me Pedant.]
This is the gentleman I told you of;
I pray you, stand good father to me now,
Give me Bianca for my patrimony.
Fed. Soft, son!—
Sir, by your leave; having come to Padua
Bap. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say;—
4 For curious J cannot be with you,] Curious is scrupulous.