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Duke. My heart is split !
D'Av. Take courage, be a prince in resolution : I knew it would nettle you in the fire of your composition, and was loth to have given the first report of this more than ridiculous blemish to all patience or moderation : but, 0, my lord, what would not a subject do to approve his loyalty to his sovereign ? Yet, good sir, take it as quietly as you can : I must needs say 'tis a foul fault; but what man is he under the sun that is free from the career of his destiny? May be she will in time reclaim the errors of her youth; or 'twere a great happiness in you, if you could not believe it; that's the surest way, my lord, in my poor counsel.
Duke. The icy current of my frozen blood
D'Av. As for that, 'would it were as good as I would make it! I can, if you will temper your distractions, but bring you where you shall see it; no more.
Duke. See it! ' D'Av. Ay, see it, if that be proof sufficient. I, for my part, will slack no service that may testify my simplicity.
Sir, the abbot
We will give him welcome
[Exit with FERNANDO. D'Av. Excellent! now for a horned moon. [Music within.] But I hear the preparation for the entertainment of this great abbot. Let him come and go, that matters nothing to this ; whiles he rides abroad in hope to purchase a purple hat, our duke shall as earnestly heat the pericranion of his noddle with a yellow hood at home. I hear 'em coming.
Loud music. Enter Servants with torches; then the Duke,
followed by FERNANDO, BIANCA, FIORMONDA, PETRUCHIO, and NIBRASSA, at one side ; two Friars, the Abbot and Attendants at the other. The Duke ana Abbot meet and salute; BIANCA and the rest salute, and are saluted; they rank themselves, and pass over
the stage ; the Choir singing. On to your victuals; some of ye, I know, feed upon wormwood.
SCENE IV.-Another Apartment in the Palace. Enter PETRUCHIO and NIBRASSA with napkins, as from
supper. Pet. The duke's on rising : are you ready? ho ! [Within.] All ready. Nib. Then, Petruchio, arm thyself with courage and resolution; and do not shrink from being stayed on thy own virtue.
Pet. I am resolved.-- Fresh lights !--I hear 'em coming.
Enter Attendants with lights, before the Duke, Abbot,
BIANCA, FIORMONDA, FERNANDO, and D'Avolos. Duke. Right reverend uncle, though our minds be
Great duke, your worthy honours
Our humble duty !-
Enter, in an antic fashion, FERENTES, ROSEILLI, and
MAURUCCIO at several doors; they dance a short time. Suddenly enter to them COLONA, JULIA, and MORONA in odd shapes, and dance: the men gaze at them, and are invited by the women to dance. They dance together sundry changes ; at last FERENTES is closed in, MAURUCCIO and ROSEILLI being shook off, stand at different ends of the stage gazing. The women join hands and dance round FERENTES with divers complimental offers of courtship; at length they suddenly fall upon him and stab him ; he falls, and they run out at several doors. The music ceases.
Feren. Uncase me; I am slain in jest. A pox upon your outlandish feminine antics ! pull off my visor; I shall bleed to death ere I have time to feel where I
am hurt.—Duke, I am slain : off with my visor; for
FERENTES) :--we are betrayed :
Abbot. Holy Saint Bennet, what a sight is this !
with a child in her arms.
Col. I was “ too quickly won,” you slave !
Jul. I,—and I never shall forget the wrong,--
[Stabs him. Feren. 0, 0, 0 !
Duke. Forbear, you monstrous women ! do not add Murder to lust: your lives shall pay this forfeit.
Feren. Pox upon all cod-piece extravagancy! I am peppered—0, 0, 0 !-Duke, forgive me !--Had I rid any tame beasts but Barbary wild colts, I had not been thus jerked out of the saddle. My forfeit was in my blood; and my life hath answered it. Vengeance on all wild
whores, I say !-0, 'tis true-farewell, generation of hackneys !-0!
. [Dies. Duke. He is dead. To prison with those monstrous strumpets !
I'll answer for my daughter.
And I for mine. —
. I for yon gentlewoman, sir. Mau. Good my lord, I am an innocent in the business.
Duke. To prison with him! Bear the body hence.