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Speed. Item, She hath a sweet mouth.?
Laun. It's no matter for that, so she sleep not in her talk.
Speed. Item, She is slow in words.
Laun. O villain, that set this down among her vices ! To be slow in words, is a woman's only virtue :) 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.
Laun. If her liquor be good, she shall : if she will not,
Speed. Item, She is too liberal.9
Laun. Of her tongue she cannot ; for that's writ down she is slow 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 there ; I'll have her : she was mine, and not mine, twice or thrice in that last article : Rehearse that once more.
Speed. Item, 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 salt, 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,
“ Bush natural, more hair thun wit." STEEV.
luxurious desire of dainties and sweet meats.
Well, I'll have her: And if it be a match, as nothing is impossible,
Speed. What then?
Laun Why, then I will 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 of your love-letters !
[Exit. Laun. Now will he be swinged for reading my letter : An unmannerly slave, that will thrust himself into secrets! -I'll after, to rejoice in the boy's correction. [Exit.
SCENE II. The same.
A room in the Duke's palace. Enter Duke and
THURIO ; Proteus behind.
Thu. Since his exíle she hath despis’d me most,
Duke. This weak impress of love is as a figure
Pro. Gone, my good lord.
Duke. So I believe ; but Thurio thinks not so.
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 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 slie persévers so. What might we do, to make the girl forget The love of Valentine, and love sir Thurio ?
Pro. The best way is to slander Valentine With falsehood, cowardice, and poor descent; Three things that women highly hold in hate.
Duke. Ay, but sheʼll think, that it is spoke in hate.
Pro. Ay, if his enemy deliver it :
Pro. And that, my lord, I shall be loth to do:
Duke. Where your good word cannot advantage him,
Pro. You have prevailid, my lord : if I can do it,
Thu. Therefore, as you unwind her love from him,
Duke. And, Proteus, we dare trust you in this kind ; Because we know, on Valentine's report, You are already love's firm votary, And cannot soon revolt and change your mind. Upon this warrant shall
with Silvia may confer at large ; For she is lumpish, heavy, melancholy, And, for your friend's sake, will be glad of you;
 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.
Where you may temper her, by your persuasion,
Pro. As much as I can do, I will effect :-
Duke. Ay, much the force of heaven-bred poesy.
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 some feeling line, That
discover such integrity :
Duke. This discipline shows thou hast been in love.
Thu. And thy advice this night I'll put in practice :
Duke. About it, gentlemen.
 That is, birdlime. JOHNSON.
This shews Shakespeare's knowledge of antiquity. He here assigns Orpheus bis true character of legislator. For under that of a poet only, or lover, the quality given to his lute is unintelligible. But, considered as a lawgiver, the thought is noble, and the imagery exquisitely beautiful. For by his lute is to be understood his system of laws; and by the poet's sinepus, the power of numbers, which Orpheus actually employed in those laws to make them received by a fierce and barbarous people. WARBURTON.
Proteus is describing to Thurio the powers of poetry, and gives no quality to the lute of Orpheus, but those usually and vulgarly ascribed to it. It would be strange indeed it, in order to prevail ópon the ignorant and stupid Thurio to write a sonnet to bis mistress, he should enlarge upon the legislative powers of Orpheus, which were nothing to the purpose. Warburton's observations frequently tend to prove Shakespeare more profound and learned than the occasion required, and to make the Poet of Nature the most unnatural that ever wrote. M. MASON.
 A dump was the ancient term for a mournful elegy. STEEVENS.'
And afterward determine our proceedings.
Duke. Even now about it ; I will pardon you.
SCENE 1-A Forest near Mantua. Enter certain Out
Enter VALENTINE and SPEED.
Speed. Sir, we are undone ! these are the villains
Val. My friends,
3 Out. Ay, by my beard, will we; For he's a proper man.
Val. Then know, that I have little wealth to lose ;
2 Out. Whither travel you ?
Val. Some sixteen months; and longer might have staid,
1 Out. What, were you banish'd thence ?
Val. For that which now torments me to rehearse :