Be rnad and merry, or go hang yourselves.
But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
Nay. look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret ;
I will be master of what is mine own.
She is my goods, my chattels ; she is my house,
My household-stuff, my field, my barn,
My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing :
And here she stands ; touch her whoever dare :
I '11 bring mine action on the proudest he
That stops my way in Padua. Grumio,
Draw forth thy weapon ; we 're beset with thieves :
Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man.
Fear not, sweet wench ; they shall not touch thee, Kate :
I '11 buckler thee against a million.
[Exeunt PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and GRUMIO,
Bap. Nay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones.
Ore. Went they not quickly, I should die with
Tra. Of all mad matches never was the like.
Luc. Mistress, what 's your opinion of your sister ?
Bian. That, being mad herself, she 's madly mated,
Gre. I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated.
Bap. Neighbours and friends, though bride and
For to supply the places at the table,
You know, there wants no junkets at the feast.
Lucentio, you shall supply the bridegroom's place,
And let Bianca take her sister's room.
Tra. Shall sweet Bianca. practise how to bride it ?
Bap. She shall, Lucentio. Come, gentlemen ; let 's
SCENE I. A Hall in PETRUCHIO'S Country House.
Gru. Fie, fle, ou all tired jades, on all mad mastery
128 TAMING OF THE SHREW. ACI. IV
and all foul ways ! Was ever man so beaten ? was
ever man so rayed 1 ? was ever man so weary ? I am
sent before to make a fire, and they are coming after
to warm them. Now. were not I a little pot, and soon
hot, my very lips might freeze to my teeth, my tongue
to the roof of my mouth, my heart in my belly, ere I
should come by a fire to thaw me ; but, I, with blow-
ing the fire, shall warm myself, for. considering the
weather, a taller man than I will take cold. Holla,
hoa ! Curtis !
Curt. Who is that, calls so coldly ?
Gru. A piece of ice : if thou doubt it, thou may'st
slide from my shoulder to my heel, with no greater a
run but my head and my neck. A fire, good Curtis.
Curt. Is my master and his wife coming, Grumio ?
Gru. 01 ay, Curtis, ay; and therefore fire, fire:
cast on no water.
Curt. Is she so hot a shrew as she 's reported ?
Gru. She was, good Curtis, before this frost ; but
thou know'st, winter tames man, woman, and beast,
for it hath tamed my old master, and my new mistress,
and thyself, fellow Curtis.
Curt. Away, you three-inch fool ! I am no beast.
Gru. Am I but three inches ? why, thy horn is a
foot ; and so long am I at the least. But wilt thou make
a fire, or shall I complain on thee to our mistress, whose
hand (she being now at hand) thou shalt soon feel, to
thy cold comfort, for being blow in thy hot office ?
Curt. I pr'ythee, good Grumio, tell me, how goes
the world ?
Gru. A cold world, Curtis, in every office but thine ;
and, therefore, fire. Do thy duty, and have thy duty,
for my master and mistress are almost frozen to death.
Curt. There 's fire ready ; and therefore, good Gru-
mio. the news ?
Gru. Why, " Jack, boy ! ho boy !" a and as much
news as thou wilt.
Curt. Come, you are so full of conycatching 3 .
Gru. Why, therefore, fire : for I have caught extreme
cold. Where 's the cook ? is supper ready, the house
trimmed, rushes strewed, cobwebs swept ; the serviug-
1 Bewrayed, dirtied. 2 The first words of an old drinking round
Jacks, were leathern drinking jugs. 3 Trickery, cheating.
SO. I. TAMING OF THE SHREW. 129
men in their new fastian, their white stockings, and
every officer his wedding-garment on ? Be the" Jacks
fair within, the Jills' fair without, the carpets laid, and
every thing in order ?
Curt, All ready; and therefore, I pray thee, news?
Gru. First, know, my horse is tired ; my master and
mistress fallen out.
Gru. Out of their saddles into the dirt ; and thereby
oangs a tale.
Curt. Let 's ha't, good Grumio.
Gru. Lend thine ear.
Gru. There. [Striking him.
Curt. This 't is to feel a tale, not to hear a tale.
Gru. And therefore 't is called, a sensible tale ; and
this cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beseech
listening. Now I begin : Imprimis, we came down a
foul hill, my master riding behind my mistress.
Curt. Both of* one horse ?
Gru. What 's that to thee ?
Curt. Why, a horse.
Gru. Tell thou the tale: but hadst thou not
crossed me, thou shouldst have heard how her horse
fell, and she und^r her horse ; thou shouldst have
heard, in how miry a place ; how she was bemoiled ;
how he left her with the horse upon her ; how he beat
me because her horse stumbled ; how she waded
through the dirt to pluck him off me ; how he swore ;
how she prayed, that never prayed before ; how I
cried ; how the horses ran away ; how her bridle was
burst ; how I lost my crupper ; with many things of
worthy memory, which now shall die in oblivion, and
thou return unexperienced to thy grave.
Curt. By this reckoning he is more shrew than
Gru. Ay; and that thou and the proudest of you all
shall find, when he comes home. But what talk I of
this ? -Call forth Nathaniel, Joseph, Nicholas, Philip,
Walter, Sugarsop, and the rest : let their heads be
sleekly combed, their blue coats brushed, and their
garters of an indifferent knit* : let them curtsey with
their left legs, and not presume to touch a hair of my
i Pewter drinking cups, on. a Matched.
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ISO TAMING OF THE SHREW. ACT IV.
master's horse-tail, till they kiss their hands. Are
they all ready ?
Curt. They are.
Gru. Call them forth.
Curt. Do you hear? ho ! you must meet my master,
to countenance my mistress.
Gru. Why, she hath a face of her own.
Curt. Who knows not that ?
Gru. Thou, it seems, that callest for company to
Curt. I call them forth to credit her.
Gru. Why, she comes to borrow nothing of them.
Enter several Servants.
Nath. Welcome home, Grumio.
Phil. How now, Grumio ?
Jos. What. Grumio !
Nick. Fellow Grumio !
Nath. How now, old lad ?
Gru. Welcome, you : how how, you ; what, you ;
fellow, you ; and thus much for greeting. Now, my
spruce companions, is all ready, and all things neat ?
Nath. All things is ready. How near is our master?
Gru. E'en at hand, alighted by this ; and therefore
be not, Cock's passion, silence ! I hear my master.
[All servants frightened. 1
Enter PETRUCHIO and KATHARINA.
Pet. Where be these knaves ? What ! no man at
To hold my stirrup, nor to take my horse.
Where is Nathaniel, Gregory. Philip ?
All Serv. Here, here, sir ; here, sir.
Pet. Here, sir ! here, sir ! here, sir ! here, sir ?
You logger-headed and unpolish'd grooms !
What, no attendance ? no regard ? no duty ?
Where is the foolish knave I sent before ?
Gru. Here, sir ; as foolish as I was before.
Pet. You peasant swain ! you whoreson malt-horse
Did I not bid thee meet me in the park,
And bring along these rascal knaves with thee ?
Gru. Nathaniel's coat, sir, was not fully made,
And Gabriel's pumps were all unpink'd i' the heel j
There was no link to colour Peter's hat,
i Not in f. e.
BC. I. TAMING OF THE SHREW. 131
And Walter's dagger was not come from sheathing :
There were none fine, but Adam, Ralph, and Gregory
The rest were ragged, old, and beggarly ;
Yet, as they are, here are they come to meet you.
Pet. Go, rascals, go, and fetch my supper in.
[Exeunt some of the Servants.
" Where is the life that late I led'" [Sings.
Where are those ? Sit down, Kate, and welcome.
Soud, soud, soud, soud !
Re-enter Servants, with supper.
Why, when, I say ? Nay, good sweet Kate, be merry.
Off with my boots, you rogues ! you villains, when ?
" It was the friar of orders grey, [Sings*
As he forth walked on his way :"
Out, you rogue ! you pluck my foot awry :
Take that, and mend the plucking of the other.
[Kicks him. 3
Be merry, Kate : some water, here ; what, ho !
Enter Servant, with water.
Where 's my spaniel Troilus ? Sirrah, get you hence,
And bid by cousin Ferdinand come hither :
One, Kate, that you must kiss, and be acquainted with.
Where are my slippers ? Shall I have some water ?
[A bason is presented to him.
Come, Kate, and wash, and welcome heartily.
You whoreson villain ! will you let it fall ? [Strikeshim.
Kath. Patience. I pray you ; 't was a fault unwilling.
Pet. A whoreson, beetleheaded, flap-ear'd knave !
[Meat served in,
Come, Kate, sit down: I know you have a stomach.
Will you give thanks, sweet Kate, or else shall I ?
What's this? mutton?
1 Serv. Ay.
Pet. Who brought it?
1 Serv. I.
Pet. 'T is burnt ; and so is all the meat.
What do^s are these ! Where is the rascal cook?
How durst you, villains, bring it from the dresser, , <
And serve it thus to me that love it not?
There, take it to you, trenchers, cups, and all.
[Throws the meat, Stc. all aftoitt,
You heedless joltheads, and unmanner'd slaves !
i Not in f. e. 3 strikes Mm : i:i f. e.
132 TAMING OF THE SHREW. ACT IV.
What ! do you grumble ? I '11 be with you straight.
Kath. I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet :
The meat was well, if you were so contented.
Pet. 1 tell thee, Kate, 't was burnt and dried away ;
And I expressly am forbid to touch it,
For it engenders choler, planteth anger :
And better 't were, that both of us did fast,
Since, of ourselves, ourselves are choleric,
Than feed it with such over-roasted flesh.
Be patient ; to-morrow 't shall be mended,
And for this night we '11 fast for company.
Come, I will bring thee to thy bridal chamber.
[Exeunt PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and CURTIS.
Nath. Peter, didst ever see the like ?
Peter. He kills her in her own humour.
Gru. Where is he ?
Curt. In her chamber.
Making a sermon of continency to her ;
And rails, and swears, and rates, that she, poor soul,
Knows not which way to stand, to look, to speak,
And sits as one new-risen from a dream.
Away, away ! for he is coming hither. [Exeunt, running. 11
Pet. Thus have I politicly begun my reign,
And 't'is my hope to end successfully.
My falcon now is sharp, and passing empty,
And, till she stoop, she must not be full-gorg'd.
For then she never looks upon her lure.
Another way I have to man my haggard,
To make her come, and know her keeper's call ;
That is, to Watch her, as we watch those kites,
That bate, and beat, and will not be obedient.
She ate no meat to-day, nor none shall eat ;
Last night she slept not. nor to-night she shall not
As with the meat, some undeserved fault
I '11 find about the making of the bed.
And here I '11 fling the pillow, there the bolster,
/This way the coverlet, another way the sheets :
Ay. arid amid this hurly, I intend,
That all is done in reverend care of her ;
And, in conclusion, she shall watch all night :
And, if she chance to nod, I '11 rail, and brawl,
1 This word is not added in f. e.
SO. II. TAMING OF THE SHREW. 133
And with the clamour keep her still awake.
This is the way to kill a wife with kindness ;
And thus I '11 curb her mad and headstrong humour.
He that knows hotter how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak : 't is charity to shew. [Exit.
SCENE II. Padua. Before BAPTISTA'S House.
Enter TRANIO and HORTENSIO.
7V i. Is 't possible, friend Licio, that mistress Bianca
Doth fancy any other but Lucentio ?
I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand.
Hor. Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said,
Stand by, and mark the manner of his teaching.
[They stand aside.
Enter BIANCA and LUCENTIO.
Luc. Now, mistress, profit you in what you read ?
Bian. What, master, read you? first resolve me
Luc. I read that I profess, the Art to Love.
Bian. And may you prove, sir, master of your art !
Luc. While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my
heart. [They retire.
Hor. [Coming forward.] Quick proceeders, marry! '
Now. tell me, I pray,
You that durst swear that your mistress Bianca
Lov'd none in the world so well as Lucentio.
Tra. 0, despiteful love ! unconstant womankind !
I tell thee, Licio, this is wonderful.
Hor. Mistake no more : I am not Licio,
Nor a musician, as I seem to be,
But one that scorns to live in this disguise.
For such a one, as leaves a gentleman,
And makes a god of such a cullion.
Know, sir. that I am call'd Hortensio.
Tra. Signior Hortensio, I have often hevrd
Of your entire affection to Bianca ;
And since mine eyes are witness of her li H atness,
I will with you, if you be so contented.
Forswear Bianca and her love for ever.
Hor. See, ho\v they kiss and court !- Signior Lu
Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow
Never to woo her more ; but do forswear her,
A.S ore unworthy all the former favours
134 TAMING OF THE SHREW. ACT IV.
That I have fondly flalter'd her withal.
Tra. And here I take the like unfeigned oath,
Never to marry her, 1 though she entreat."
Fie on her ! see, how beastly she doth court him.
Hor. Would all the world, but he, had quite for.
sworn her ! 3
For rne, that I may surely keep mine oath,
I will be married to a wealthy widow,
Ere three days pass, which hath as long lov'd me,
As I have lov'd this proud, disdainful haggard.
And so farewell, signior Lucentio.
Kindness in women ! not their beauteous looks,
Shall win my love : and so I take my leave,
In resolution as I swore before.
[Exit HORTKNSIO. LUCENTIO and BIANCA advance.]
Tra. Mistress Bianca, bless you with such grace,
As 'longeth to a lover's blessed case !
Nay, I have ta'en you napping, gentle love
And have forsworn you. with Hortensio.
Bian. Tranio, you jest. But have you both for-
sworn me ?
Tra. Mistress, we have.
Luc. Then we are rid of Licio.
Tra. I' faith, he '11 have a lusty widow now,
That shall be woo'd and wedded in a day.
Bian. God give him joy !
Tra. Ay, and he '11 tame her.
Bian. He says so. Tranio.
Tra. 'Faith, he is gone unto the taming-school.
Bian. The taming-school ! what, is there such a
Tra. Ay. mistress, and Petruchio is the master;
That teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long,
To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue
Enter BIONDELLO. running.
Bion. master, master ! I have watch'd so long
That I ; m dog-weary : but at last I spied
An ancient ambler* coming down the hill,
Will serve the turn.
Tra. What is he, Biondello ?
Bion. Master, a mercatante, or a pedant,
I know not what; but formal in apparel,
' with her : in p . e. a would entreat : in f. e. 3 This word \s no^
ui f. e. * engle in f. e.
SC. i . TAMING OF THE SHREW. 135
In gait and countenance surely like a father.
Luc. And what of him, Tranio ?
Tra. If he be credulous, and trust my tale,
I '11 make him glad to seem Vincentio,
And give assurance to Baptista Minola,
As if he were the risht Vincentio.
T' ke in your love, and then let me alone.
[Exeunt LUCENTIO and BIANCA.
Enter a Pedant.
Ped. God save you, sir !
Tra. And you, sir : you are welcome.
Travel you far on, or are you at the farthest?
Ped. Sir, at the farthest for a week or two j
But then up farther, and as far as Rome,
And so to Tripoly, if God lend me life.
Tra. What countryman, I pray ?
Ped. Of Mantua.
Tra. Of Mantua, sir ? marry, God forbid !
And come to Padua, careless of your life ?
Ped. My life, sir ! how, I pray ? for that goes hard.
Tra. 'T is death for any one in Mantua
To come to Padua. Know you not the cause ?
Your ships are stay'd at Venice ; and the duke,
For private quarrel 'twixt your duke and him,
Hath published and proclaim'd it openly.
'T is marvel ; but that you are but newly come,
You might have heard it else proclaim'd about.
Ped. Alas, sir ! it is worse for me than so ;
For I have bills for money by exchange
From Florence, and must here deliver them.
Tra. Well, sir, to do you courtesy
This will I do, and this I will advise you.
First, tell me, have you ever been at Pisa ?
Ped. Ay, sir, in Pisa have I often been ;
Pisa, renowned for grave citizens.
Tia. Among them, know you one Vincentio?
Ped I know him not, but I have heard of him :
A merchant of incomparable wealth.
Tra. He is my father, sir ; and, sooth to say,
In countenance somewhat doth resemble you.
Jiion. [Aside] As much as an apple doth an oyster
and all one.
Tra. To save your life in this extremity,
This favour will I do you for his sake,
136 TAMING OF THE SHREW. ACT IIL
And think it not the worst of all your fortunes
That you are so like to Vincentio.
His name and credit shall you undertake,
And in my house you shall be friendly lodg ; d.
Look, that you take upon you as you should :
You understand me, sir; so shall you stay
Till you have done your business in the city.
If this be courtesy, sir, accept of it.
Fed. ! sir, I do ; and will repute you ever
The patron of my life and liberty.
Tra. Then go with me, to make the matter good.
This, by the way, I let you understand :
My father is here look'd for every day,
To pass assurance of a dower in mamage
'Twixt me and one Baptista's daughter here :
In all these circumstances I '11 instruct you.
Go with me, to clothe you as becomes you. [Exeunt,
SCENE III. A Room in PETRUCHIO'S House.
Enter KATHARINA and GRUMIO.
Gru. No, no, forsooth ; I dare not, for my life.
Kath. The more my wrong, the more his spite appears.
What, did he marry me to famish me ?
Beggars, that come unto my father's door,
Upon entreaty, have a present alms :
If not, elsewhere they meet with charity :
But, I, who never knew how to entreat,
Nor never needed, that I should entreat,
Am starv'd for meat, giddy for lack of sleep ;
With oaths kept waking, and with brawling fed.
And that which spites me more than all these wants,
He does it under name of perfect love ;
As who should say, if I should sleep, or eat.
'T were deadly sickness, or else present death.
I pr'ythee go, and get me some repast ;
I care not what, so it be wholesome food.
Gru. What say you to a neat's foot ?
Kath. 'T is passing good : I pr'ythee let me have >*
Gru. I fear, it is too choleric a meat.
How say you to a fat tripe, finely broil'd ?
Kath. I like it well : good Grumio fetch it mo
Gru. I cannot tell ; I fear, 't is choleric
What say you to a piece of beef, and mustard?
Kath. A dish that I do love to feed upon.
SC. III. TAMING OF THE SHREW. 137
Gru. Ay, but the mustard is too hot a little.
Kath. Why, then the beef, and let the mustard rest.
Gru. Nay, that I will not: you shall have the
Or else you get no beef of Grumio.
Kath. Then both, or one, or any thing thou wilt
Gru. Why then, the mustard without the beef.
Kath. Go, get thee gone, thou false deluding slave,
That feed r st me with the very name of meat.
Sorrow on thee, and all the pack of you,
That triumph thus upon my misery !
Go : get thee gone, I say.
Enter PETRUCHIO with a dish of meat, and HORTENSIO.
Pet. How fares my Kate? What, sweeting, all amort? 1
Hor. Mistress, what cheer ?
Kath. 'Faith, as cold as can be.
Pet . Pluck up thy spirits : look cheerfully upon me
Here, love ; thou seest how diligent I am,
To dress thy meat myself, and bring it thee :
[Sets the dish m a table.
I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness merits thanks.
What ! not a word ? Nay then, thou lov'st it not,
And all my pains is sorted to no proof 3 .
Here, take away this dish.
Kath. I pray you, let it stand.
Pet. The poorest service is repaid with thanks,
And so shall mine, before you touch the meat.
Kath. I thank you, sir.
Hor. Signior Petruchio, fie ! you are to blame.
Come, mistress Kate, I '11 bear you company.
Pet. [Aside.] Eat it up all, Hortensio. if thou lovV.
[To her.] Much good do it unto thy gentle heart !
Kate, eat apace. And now, my honey love,
Will we return unto thy father's house,
And revel it as bravely as the best,
With silken coats, and caps, and golden rings,
With ruffs, and cuffs, and farthingales, and things ;
With scarf's, and fans, and double change of bravery,
With amber l/acelets, beads, and all this knavery.
What ! ha> i thou din'd ? The tailor stays thy leisure
To deck thy body with his ruffling treasure.
' Dispirited. 2 Approof, approbatioa.
138 TAMING- OF THE SHREW. ACT JV
Come, tailor, let us see these ornaments ;
Lay forth the gown. What news with you, sir ?
Hob. Here is the cap your worship did bespeak.
Pet. Why, this was moulded on a porringer ;
A velvet dish : fie, fie ! 't is lewd and filthy.
Why, 't is a cockle or a walnut shell,
A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby's cap ;
Away with it ! come, let me have a bigger.
Kath. I '11 have no bigger : this doth fit the time,
And gentlewomen wear such caps as these.
Pet. When you are gentle, you shall have one too ;
And not till then.
Hor. [Aside} That will not be in haste
Kath. Why, sir, I trust, I may have leave to speak,
And speak I will ; I am no child, no babe :
Your betters have endur'd me say my mind,
And, if you cannot, best you stop your ears.
My tongue will tell the anger of my heart,
Or else my heart, concealing it, will break :
And. rather than it shall, I will be free,
Even to the uttermost, as I please, in words.
Pet. Why. thou say'st true : it is a paltry cap,
A custard-coffin 1 , a bauble, a silken pie.
I love thee well, in that thou lik'st it not.
Kath. Love me, or love me not, I like the cap,
And it I will have, or I will have none.
Pet. Thy gown? why, ay : come, tailor, let us see'r,
0, mercy, God ! what masking stuff is here ?
What 7 s this ? a sleeve ? 't is like a demi-cannon :
What ! up and down, carv'd like an apple-tart ?
Here 's snip, and nip, and cut, and slish, and slash,
Like to a censer in a barber's shop.
Why, what, o' devil's name, tailor, call'st thou this ?
Hor. [Aside} I see, she 's like to have neither cap
Tai. You bid me make it orderly and well,
According to the fashion, and the time.
Pet. Marry, and did ; but if you be remember'^,
I did not bid you mar it to the time.
Go, hop me over every kennel home,
For you shall hop without my custom, sir.
1 The cnst of a pie was so called.
SO 1.1. TAMING OF THE SHREW. 139
I '11 none of it : hence ! make your best of it.
Kath. I never saw a better-fashion' d gown,
More quaint, more pleasing, nor more commendable.
Belike, you mean to make a puppet of me.
Pet. Why, true; he means to make a puppet of
Tai. She says, your worship means to make a puppet
Pet. 0, monstrous arrogance ! Thou liest, thou
Thou yard, three-quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail !
Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter cricket thou !
Brav'd in mine own house with a skein of thread ?
Away ! thou rag, thou quantity, thou remnant,
Or I shall so be-mete thee with thy yard,
As thou shalt think on prating whilst thou liv'st.
I tell thee, I, that thou hast marr'd her gown.
Tai. Your worship is deceiv'd : the gown is made
Just as my master had direction.
Grumio gave order how it should be done.
Gru. I gave him no order : I gave him the stuff.
Tai. But how did you desire it should be made?
Gru. Marry, sir, with needle and thread.
Tai. But did you not request to have it cut ?
Gru. Thou hast faced many things.
Tai. I have.
Gru. Face not me : thou hast braved 1 many men :
brave not me : 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.
Gru The note lies in 's throat, if he say I said so.
Tai " Imprimis, a loose-bodied gown."
GI-J. 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.
Tai. " With a small compassed cape."
Gru. I confess the cfc^/e.
Tai. li With a trunk sleeve."
Gru. I confess two sleeves.
> Bravery was the old -word for finery
!40 TAMING OF THE SHREW. ACT. IV
Tai. " The sleeves curiously cut,"
Pet. Ay, there 's the villany.
Gru. Error i' the bill, sir ; error i' the bill. I com-
manded the sleeves should be cut out, and sewed up
au;iiii; and that I'll prove upon thee, though thy little
finger be armed in a thimble.
Tai. This is true, that 1 say : an I had thee in place
where, thou shouldst know it.
Gru. I am for thee straight : take thou the bill 1 , give
me thy mete-yard, and spare not me.
Hor. God-a-mercy. Grumio : then he shall have no
Pet. Well, sir, in brief, the gown is not for me.
Gru. You are i' the right, sir: 'tis for my mistress.