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GRE. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules; And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.

PET. Sir, understand you this of me, infooth ;The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for, Her father keeps from all access of suitors; And will not promise her to any man, Until the elder fifter firft be wed: The younger then is free, and not before.

TRA. If it be fo, fir, that you are the man Muft ftead us all, and me among the rest; An if you break the ice, and do this feat,'Achieve the elder, fet the younger free For our accefs,-whofe hap fhall be to have her, Will not fo graceless be, to be ingrate.

HOR. Sir, you fay well, and well you do conceive; And fince you do profefs to be a fuitor, You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman, To whom we all reft generally beholden.

TRA. Sir, I fhall not be flack: in fign whereof, Please ye we may contrive this afternoon,*

-this feat,] The old copy reads-this feek. The emendation was made by Mr. Rowe.

2 Pleafe ye we may contrive this afternoon,] Mr. Theobald asks what they were to contrive? and then fays, a foolish corruption pofJeffes the place, and fo alters it to convive; in which he is followed as he pretty conftantly is, when wrong, by the Oxford editor. But the common reading is right, and the critic was only ignorant of the meaning of it. Contrive does not fignify here to project but to spend, and wear out. As in this paffage of Spenfer:

"Three ages fuch as mortal men contrive."

Fairy Queen, B. XI. ch. ix. WARBURTON. The word is used in the fame sense of spending or wearing out, in Painter's Palace of Pleafure. JOHNSON.

So, in Damon and Pithias, 1571:

"In travelling countries, we three have contrived
"Full many a year," &c.

And quaff carouses to our mistress' health;
And do as adverfaries do in law,2-

Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.

GRU. BION. O excellent motion! Fellows, let's

begone.'

HOR. The motion's good indeed, and be it fo ;

Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto.

[Exeunt.

Contrive, I fuppofe, is from contero. So, in the Hecyra of Terence. "Totum hunc contrivi diem." STEEVENS.

2 as adverfaries do in law,] By adverfaries in law, I believe, our author means not fuitors, but barrifters, who, however warm in their oppofition to each other in the courts of law, live in greater harmony and friendship in private, than perhaps those of any other of the liberal profeffions. Their clients feldom "eat and drink with their adverfaries as friends." MALONE.

3 Fellows, let's begone.]

Fellows means fellow-fervants. Grumio and Biondello addrefs each other, and also the disguised Lucentio. MALONE.

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The fame. A Room in Baptifta's House.

Enter KATHARINA and BIANCA.

BIAN. Good fifter, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,+

To make a bondmaid and a flave of me;
That I difdain: but for thefe other gawds,-
Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,
Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;
Or, what you will command me, will I do,
So well I know my duty to my elders.

KATH. Of all thy fuitors, here I charge thee," tell
Whom thou lov'ft beft: fee thou diffemble not.
BIAN. Believe me, fifter, of all the men alive,
I never yet beheld that special face
Which I could fancy more than any other.

KATH. Minion, thou lieft; Is't not Hortenfio? BIAN. If you affect him, fifter, here I fwear, I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him. KATH. O then, belike, you fancy riches more; You will have Gremio to keep you fair.'

4 nor wrong yourself,] Do not act in a manner unbecoming a woman and a fifter. So, in The Merry Wives of Windjor: "Mafter Ford, this wrongs you." MALONE.

5 but for thefe other gawds,] The old copy reads-thefe other goods. STEEVENS.

This is fo trifling and unexpreffive a word, that I am fatisfied our author wrote gawds, (i. e. toys, trifling ornaments;) a term that he frequently uses and seems fond of. THEOBALD.

6- I charge thee,] Thee, which was accidentally omitted in the old copy, was fupplied by the editor of the fecond folio. MALONE. to keep you fair.] I wish to read—to keep you fine. But either word may ferve. JOHNSON.

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Is,—that she is intolerably curft,

And fhrewd, and froward; fo beyond all measure,
That, were my state far worser than it is,
I would not wed her for a mine of gold.

PET. Hortenfio, peace; thou know'ft not gold's effect:

Tell me her father's name, and 'tis enough;
For I will board her, though fhe chide as loud
As thunder, when the clouds in autumn crack.
HOR. Her father is Baptifta Minola,
An affable and courteous gentleman:
Her name is, Katharina Minola,

Renown'd in Padua for her scolding tongue.

PET. I know her father, though I know not her; And he knew my deceased father well:

I will not fleep, Hortenfio, till I fee her;
And therefore let me be thus bold with you,
To give you over at this first encounter,
Unless you will accompany me thither.

GRU. I pray you, fir, let him go while the humour lafts. O' my word, an fhe knew him as well as I do, fhe would think fcolding would do little good upon him: She may, perhaps, call him half a fcore knaves, or fo: why, that's nothing; an he begin once, he'll rail in his rope-tricks.' I'll tell you

4-brewd,] here means, having the qualities of a brew. The adjective is now used only in the fense of acute, intelligent.

MALONE. I believe brewd only fignifies bitter, fevere. So, in As you Like it, fc. ult:

"That have endur'd shrewd days and nights with us." STEEVENS.

5 -an he begin once, he'll rail in his rope-tricks.] This is obfcure. Sir Thomas Hanmer reads-he'll rail in his rhetorick; I'll tell you, &c. Rhetorick agrees very well with figure in the fucceeding part of the fpeech, yet I am inclined to believe that ropetricks is the true word. JOHNSON.

Talk not to me; I will go fit and weep,

Till I can find occafion of revenge.

[Exit KATHARINA. BAP. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I? But who comes here?

Enter GREMIO, with LUCENTIO in the habit of a mean man; PETRUCHIO, with HORTENSIO as a musician; and TRANIO, with BIONDELLO bearing a lute and books.

GRE. Good-morrow, neighbour Baptifta.

BAP. Good-morrow, neighbour Gremio: God fave you, gentlemen!

PET. And you, good fir! Pray, have you not a daughter

Call'd Katharina, fair, and virtuous?

BAP. I have a daughter, fir, call'd Katharina. GRE. You are too blunt, go to it orderly.

PET. You wrong me, fignior Gremio; give me leave.

I am a gentleman of Verona, fir,

That,-hearing of her beauty, and her wit,
Her affability, and bafhful modefty,

Her wondrous qualities, and mild behaviour,-
Am bold to fhow myself a forward guest

Within your house, to make mine eye the witness
Of that report which I fo oft have heard.
And, for an entrance to my entertainment,

to old maids. We meet with it again in Much ado about Nothing: "Therefore (fays Beatrice,) I will even take fix-pence in earnest of the bear-herd, and lead his apes to hell." MALONE.

That women who refused to bear children, fhould, after death, be condemned to the care of apes in leading-ftrings, might have been confidered as an act of pofthumous retribution. STEEVENS.

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