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Tai. But did you not request to have it cut?
Gru. Face not me: thou hast braved many men; brave not 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.
Tai. Why, here is the note of the fashion to testify.
Pet. Read it.
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.
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.
Tui. This is true, that I say; an I had thee in place where, thou shoud'st know it,
3 Turned up many garments with facings.
4 A round cape.
Gru. I am for thee straight: take thou the bill, give me thy mete-yard, 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.
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?
Take up my mistress' gown to his master's use!
[Aside. Go take it hence; be gone, and say no more. Hor. Tailor, pay
thee for thy gown to-morrow. Take no unkindness of his hasty words : Away, I say; commend me to thy master.
[Exit Tailor. Pet. Well, come, my Kate; we will unto you
father's, Even in these honest mean habiliments; Our
purses shall be proud, our garments poor : For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich; And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, So honour peereth in the meanest habit. What, is the jay more precious than the lark, Because his feathers are more beautiful ?
Or is the adder better than the eel,
poor furniture, and mean array.
Kath. I dare assure you, sir, 'tis almost two;
Pet. It shall be seven, ere I go to horse :
Padua. Before Baptista's House.
Enter TRANIO, and the Pedant dressed like
Near twenty years ago, in Genoa, where
'Tis well; And hold your own, in any case, with such Austerity as 'longeth to a father.
Ped. I warrant you: But, sir, here comes your
boy; 'Twere good, he were school'd.
Tra. Fear you not him. Sirrah, Biondello,
Bion. Tut! fear ņot me.
Bion. I told him, that your father was at Venice;
drink. Here comes Baptista :-set your countenance, sir.
Enter BAPTISTA and LUCENTIO.
Signior Baptista, you are happily met :-
Ped. Soft, son!
Of love between your daughter and himself:
Bap. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say;
best, We be affied ;8 and such assurance ta’en, As shall with either part's agreement stand?
Bap. Not in my house, Lucentio; for, you know, Pitchers have ears, and I have
many servants : Besides, old Gremio is heark'ning still ; And, happily, 9 we might be interrupted.
Tra. Then at my lodging, an it like you, sir :
7 Assure or convey.