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'Tis ten to one it maim'd you two outright:
Bap. Now, in good sadness, son Petruchio, I think thou hast the veriest shrew of all.
Pet. Well, I say--no: and therefore, for assurance,
Hor. Content:- What is the wager?
Pet. Twenty crowns !
Luc. A hundred then.
Luc. That will 1.--Go,
[Exit. Bap. Son, I will be your half, Bianca comes. Luc. I'll have no halves ; I'll bear it all myself.
Re-enter BIONDELLO. How now! what news ?
Bion. Sir, my mistress sends you word That she is busy, and she cannot come.
Pet. How! she is busy, and she cannot come!
Gre. Ay, and a kind one too :
Pet. I hope, better.
Hor. Sirrah, Biondello, go, and entreat my wife To come to me forthwith.
. [Exit BIONDELLO Pet. 0, ho! entreat her! Nay, then she must needs come.
Hor. I am afraid, sir,
Bion. She says, you have some goodly jest in hand; She will not come ; she bids you come to her.
Pet. Worse and worse; she will not come ! O vile,
Intolerable, not to be endur'd!
Hor. I know her answer.
Swinge me them soundly forth unto their husbands :
[Exit KATHARINA Luc. Here is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder. Hor. And so it is ; I wonder what it bodes?
Pet. Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life,
Bap. Now fair befal thee, good Petruchio !
Pet. Nay, I will win my wager better yet ;
Re-enter KATHARINA, with Bianca and Widow.
[KATH. pulls off her cap, and throws it down Wid. Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh, Till I be brought to such a silly pass !
Bian. Fye! what a foolish duty call you this ? .
Luc. I would, your duty were as foolish too :
Bian. The more fool you, for laying on my duty.
Pet. Katharine, I charge thee, tell these headstrong
women What duty they do owe their lords and husbands.. Wid. Come, come, you're mocking; we will have no
Kath. Fye! fye! unknit that threat’ning unkind brow;
My heart as great; my reason, haply, more,
Pet. Come, Kate, we'll to-bed:-
[To LUCENTIO. And, being a winner, God give you good-night!
[Exe. PETRUCHIO and KATHARINA. Hor. Now go thy ways, thou hast tam'd a curst
shrew.s Luc. 'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tam'd so.
(5) i. e. abate your pride, your spirit. STEEVENS.
 i. e. the fate of you both is decided; for you have wives who exhibit early proofs of disobedience. STEEVENS.
171 To bit the white is a phrase borrowed from archery : the mark was commonly white. Here it alludes to the name, Bianca, or white. JOHNSON.
 As this was meant for a rhyming couplet, it should be observed that anciently the word-shrew was pronounced as if it had been written-shrow. Thus, in Mr. Lodge's Mustrations of English History, Vol. JI. p. 164, Burghley calls Lord Shrewsbury-Shrowsbury. See, also, the same work, Vol. II. p. 168–9.
STEEVENS.  At the conclusion of this piece, Mr. Pope continued his insertions from the old play, as follows: • Enter two Servants, bearing Sly in his own apparel, and leaving him on the stage.
Then enter a Tapster. “ Sly. [awuking.) Sim, give's some more wine. What, all the players gone ! Am I not a lord ?
" Tap. A lord, with a murrain !--Come, art thou drunk stili?
“ Sly. Who's this! Tapster! Oh, I have had the bravest dream that ever thou heard'st in all thy life.
“ Tap. Yea, marry, but thou hadst best get thee home, for your wife will curse you for dreaming here all night.
Sly. Will she! I know how to tame a shren. I dreamt upon it all this night, and thou hast wak'd me out of the best dream that ever I had. But I'll to my wife, and tame her too, if she anger me."
These passages, which have been hitherto printed as part of the work of Shakesveare, I have sunk into the notes, that they may be preserved, as they seem be
necessary to the integrity of the piece, though they really compose to part or it, being not published in the folio, 1623. Mr. Pope, however, has quoted them with & depree of inaccuracy which would have deserved censure, bad they uren of greater consequence than they are. The players delivered down this comedy, among the rest, as one of Shakespeare's own; and its intrinsic merit bears sufficient evidence to the propriety of their decision.
May I add a few reasons why I neither believe the former comedy of The Taming of the Shrew, 1607, nor the old play of King John, in two Parts, to have been the work of Shakespeare! He generally followed every novel or history from whence he took his plots, as closely as he could; and is so often indebted to these originals for his very thoughts and expressions, that we may fairly pronounce him not to have been above borrowing, to spare himself the labour of invention. It is therefore probable, that both these plays, (like that of King Henry V. in which Oldcastle is introduced) were the unsuccessful performances of contemporary players. Shakespeare saw they were meanly written, and yet that their pians were such as would furnish incidents for a better dramatist. He therefore might lazily adopt the order of their scenes, still writing the dialogue anew, and insertiog little more from either piece, than a few lines which he might think worth pre. serving, or was too much in haste to alter. It is no uncommon thing in the literary worlu, to see the track of others followed by those who would never have given themselves the trouble to mark out one of their own. STEEVENS.