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Speed. Iteni, she can knit.
Laun. What need a man care for a stock with a wench, when she can knit him a stock.
Speed. Item, she can wash and scour.
Laun. A special virtue; for then she need not to be wash'd and fcour'd.
Speed. Item, he can spin.
Laun. Then may I set the world on wheels, when she can spin for her living.
Speed. Item, she hath many nameless virtues.
Laun. That's as much as to say, Bastard virtues ; that, indeed, know not their fathers, and therefore have no names.
Speed. Here follow her vices.
Speed. Item, 3 she is not to be kiss’d fafting, in re-
Laun. Well, that fault may be mended with a breakfast: read on.
Speed. Item, foe hath a 4 sweet mouth.
Laun. It's no matter for that, so she sleep not in her talk.
Speed. Item, me is flow in words.
Laun. O villain! that set down among her vices ! To be Now in words is a woman's only virtue: I pray thee, out with’t ; and place it for her chief virtue.
Speed. Item, she is proud.
Laun. Out with that too: it was Eve's legacy, and cannot be ta'en from her.
Speed. Item, she hath no teeth.
3 fe is not to be kiss'd fafting, -] The old copy reads,
-she is not to be fafting, &c. The necessary word kiss'd was first added by Mr. Rowe, Steevens.
-fweet mouth.] This I take to be the fame with what is now vulgarly called a sweet tooth, a luxurious desire of dainties and sweetmeats. JOHNSON.
Laun. I care not for that neither, because I love crusts.
Speed. Item, he is curft.
Laun. If her liquor be good, she shall : if she will not, I will; for good things should be praised.
Speed. Item, fe is too liberal
Laun. Of her tongue she cannot, for that's writ down, she is now of: of her purse she shall not, for that I'll keep shut : now of another thing she may, and that I cannot help. Well, proceed.
Speed. Item, she hath more hair than wit, and more faults than hairs, and more wealth than faults.
Laun. Stop here; I'll have her : she was mine, and not mine, twice or thrice in that article. Rehearse that once more.
Speed. Item, 7 she hath more hair than wit
Laun. More hair than wit-it may be; I'll prove it: the cover of the salt hides the falt, and therefore it is more than the salt: the hair, that covers the wit, is more than the wit; for the greater hides the less. What's next?
Speed. And more faults than hairs
Laun. Why, that word makes the faults gracious : well, I'll have her : and if it be a match, as nothing is impossible
Speed. What then?
-praise her liquor.] That is, fhew how well she likes it by drinking often. Johnson.
he is too liberal.] Liberal, is licentious and grofs in language. So in Othello, “ Is he not a profane and very liberal “ counsellor.” JOHNSON.
7-jhe hath more hair than wit-] An old English proverb. See Ray's Proverbs :
" Buth natural, more hair than wit." STEEVENS.
Laun. Why then will I tell thee, that thy master stays for thee at the north-gate.
Speed. For me?
Laun. For thee? ay; who art thou ? he hath staid for a better man than thee.
Speed. And must I go to him?
Laun. Thou must run to him, for thou hast staid so long, that going will scarce serve the turn.
Speed. Why didst not tell me sooner ? pox on your love-letters!
Laun. Now will he be swing’d for reading my letter: an unmannerly slave, that will thrust himself into secrets !-I'll after, to rejoice in the boy's correction.
Enter Duke and Thurio.
Thu. Since his exile she hath despis’d me most,
Duke. This weak imprefs of love is as a figure
How now, Sir Protheus? Is
Sir Protheus ? Is your countryman,
Pro. Gone, my good lord.
* Trenched in ice,–] Cut, carved in ice. Trencher, to cut, French. JOHNSON.
Pro. A little time, my lord, will kill that grief.
Duke. So I believe; but Thurio thinks not fo.
Pro. Longer than I prove loyal to your grace,
Duke. Thou know'st, how willingly I would effect The match between Sir Thurio and my daughter.
Pro. I do, my lord.
Duke. And also, I do think, thou art not ignorant How she opposes her against my will.
Pro. She did, my lord, when Valentine was here.
Duke. Ay, and perversely she persevers fo. What might we do to make the girl forget The love of Valentine, and love Sir Thurio ?
Pro. The best way is to flander Valentine With falfhood, cowardice, and poor descent ; Three things that women highly hold in hate.
Duke. Ay, but she'll think that it is spoke in hate.
Pro. Ay, if his enemy deliver it : Therefore it must, 9 with circumstance, be spoken By one whom she esteemeth as his friend.
Duke. Then you must undertake to Nander him.
Pro. And that, my lord, I shall be loth to do:
Pro. You have prevail'd, my lord. If I can do it,
with circumstance, -] With the addition of such incidental particulars as may induce belief. Johnson.
But say, this weed her love from Valentine,
Thu. Therefore ' as you unwind her love from him,
you have access,
Pro. As much as I can do, I will effect:
Duke. Ay, much is the force of heaven-bred poefy.
Pro. Say, that upon the altar of her beauty You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart: Write, 'till your ink be dry; and with your tears Moist it again; and frame fome feeling line, That may discover such integrity :3 For Orpheus' lute was strung with poets' sinews ;
-as you unwind her love_] As you wind off her love from him, make me the bottom on which you wind it. The housewife's term for a ball of thread wound upon a central body, is a bottom of thread. Johnson.
2-lime,-) That is, birdlime. JOHNSON.
3 For Orpheus' lute was firung with poet's finews ;] This thews Shakeipeare's knowledge of antiquity. He here aligns Orpheus his true character of legiflator. For under that of a