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Seeing too much sadness hath congeal'd your blood, Page. No, my good lord; it is more pleasing stuff. And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy,

Sly. What, household stuff? Therefore, they thought it good you hear a play,

Page. It is a kind of history.
And frame your mind to mirth and merriment,

Sly. Well, we 'll see 't:
Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens life. Come, madam wife, sit by my side,

Sly. Marry, I will let them play: Is it not a com- | And let the world slip; we shall ne'er be younger.* monty, a Christmas gambol, or a tumbling-trick ?

[They sit down

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for you,

SCENE I.- Padua. A public Place. Enter BAPTISTA, KATHARINA, BIANCA, GREMIO, and

HORTENSIO. LUCENTIO and Tranio stand aside.
Enter LUCENTIO and TRANIO.

Bap. Gentlemen, importune me no farther,
Luc. Tranio, since, for the great desire I had For how I firmly am resolvid you know :
To see fair Padua, nursery of arts,

That is, not to bestow my youngest daughter,
I am arriv'd for fruitful Lombardy,

Before I have a husband for the elder :
The pleasant garden of great Italy;

If either of you both love Katharina,
And, by my father's love and leave, am arm'd Because I know you well, and love you well,
With bis good will, and thy good company,

Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure. My trusty servant, well as prov'd in all;

Gre. To cart her rather: She's too rough for me: Here let us breathe, and haply a institute

There, there, Hortensio, will you any wife ? A course of learning, and ingenious studies.

Kath. I pray you, sir, (to Bap.] is it your will Pisa, renowned for grave citizens,

To make a stale of me amongst these mates ? ! Gave me my being, and my father first,

Hor. Mates, maid ! how mean you that ? no mates A merchant of great traffic through the world, Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii.

Unless you were of gentler, milder mould. Vincentio's son, brought up in Florence,

kath. I' faith, sir, you shall never need to fear; It shall become, to serve all hopes conceiv'd,

I wis, it is not half way to her heart: To deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds : 5

But, if it were, doubt not her care should be And therefore, Tranio, for the time I study,

To comb your noddle with a three-legg‘d stool, Virtue, and that part of philosophy

And paint your face, and use you like a fool. Will I apply, that treats of happiness

Hor. From all such devils, good Lord, deliver us! By virtue 'specially w be achiev d.

Gre. And me too, good Lord ! Tell me thy mind : for I have Pisa left,

Tra. Hush, master! here is some good pastime And am to Padua come, as he that leaves

toward; A shallow plash, to plunge him in the deep,

That wench is stark mad, or wonderful froward. And with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.

Luc. But in the other's silence do I see Tra. Mi perdonate, gentle master mine,

Maids' mild behaviour and sobriety. I am in all affected as yourself;

Peace, Tranio. Glad that you thus continue your resolve,

Tra. Well said, master; mum! and gaze your To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.

fill. Only, good master, while we do admire

Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good This virtue, and this moral discipline,

What I have said, Bianca, get you in : Let's be no stoics, nor no stocks, I pray;

And let it not displease thee, good Bianca; Or so devote to Aristotle's checks.

For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl. As Ovid be an outcast quite abjur'd :

Kath. A pretty peat;c 't is best Balke logic with acquaintance that you have,

Put finger in the eye-an she knew why. And practise rhetoric in your common talk :

Bian. Sister, content you in my discontent. Music and poesy use to quicken you;

Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe : The mathematics, and the metaphysics,

My books and instruments shall be my company ; Fall to them, as you find your stomach serves you : On them to look, and practise by myself, No profit grows where is no pleasure ta’en ;

Luc. Hark, Tranio! thou mayst hear Minerva speak. In brief, sir, study what you most affect.

[Aside. Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou advise. Hor. Signior Baptista, will you he so strange? If, Biondello, thou wert come ashore,

Sorry am I that our good will effects We could at once put us in readiness;

Bianca's grief. And take a lodging, fit to entertain

Gre. Why, will you mew her, Such friends as time in Padua shall beget.

Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell, But stay awhile: What company is this?

And make her bear the penance of her tongue ? Tra. Master, some show, to welcome us to town Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolvd :

Go in, Bianca.

[Exit BIANCA, * Haply-in the sense of probably.

And, for I know she taketh most delight • Pisa yave

me my being, and also first gave my father being in music, instruments, and poetry, -that father was Vincentio, &c. It shall becume Vincentio's son, that he may fulfil the hopes conceived of him, to deck his * We priut these lines as in the original, where they stand as fortune with his virtuous deeds.

verse. Are they not a portion of an olu song, and inteuded to Balk. Tranio draws a distinction between the dry and the be sung? greeable of the liberal sciences. Balk logic--pass over logic- b A stale is a thing stalled-exposed for common sale. Bapwith your acquaintance, but practise rhetoric in your common tista has offered Katharina to Gremio and Hortensio, * either talk ; --use (o the legitimate sense of resorting to frequently) of you ;" and she is justly indignant at being set up for the music and poetry to quicken you, but fall to mathematics and bidéling of these companions. metaphysics as you find your inclination serves.

l'eat-pet, spoiled child,

Schoolmasters will I keep within my house,

Tra. Master, you look'd so longly on the maid, Fit to instruct her youth. If you, Hortensio,

Perhaps you mark'd not what 's the pith of all. Or, signior Gremio, you know any such,

Luc. O yes, I saw sweet beauty in her face, Prefer them hither; for to cunning men

Such as the daughter of Agenor had, I will be very kind, and liberal

That made great Jove to humble him to her hand, To mine own children in good bringing-up;

When with his knees he kiss'd the Cretan strand. And so farewell. Katharina, you may stay;

Tra. Saw you no more ? mark'd you not, how her Fa I have more to commune with Bianca. [Erit.

sister
Kath. Why, and I trust I may go too. May I not? Began to scold; and raise up such a storm,
What, shall I be appointed hours; as though, belike, That mortal ears might hardly endure the din?
I knew not what to take, and what to leave ? Ha! (Exit. Luc. Tranio, I saw her coral lips to move,

Gre. You may go to the devil's dam; your gifts are And with her breath she did perfume the air; so good here's none will hold you. Their love is not Sacred, and sweet, was all I saw in her. so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our nails toge- Tra. Nay, then, 't is time to stir him from his ther, and fast it fairly out; our cake 's dough on both

trance. sides

. Farewell :—Yet, for the love I bear my sweet I pray, awake, sir: If you love the maid, Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit man to Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus it stands :teach her that wherein she delights, I will wish him b to Her elder sister is so curst and shrewd, her father.

That, till the father rids his hands of her, Hor. So will I, signior Greinio: But a word, I pray: Master, your love must live a maid at home; Toough the nature of our quarrel yet never brooked And therefore has he closely mew'd her up, parle, know now, upon advice, it toucheth us both,— Because she shall not be annoy'd with suitors. that we may yet again have access to our fair mistress, Luc. Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father is he! and be happy rivals in Bianca's love,—to labour and But art thou not advis’d, he took some care effect one thing specially.

To get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct her? Gre. What's that, I pray?

Tra. Ay, marry, am I, sir; and now 't is plotted. Hor. Marry, sir, to get a husband for her sister. Luc. I have it, Tranio. Gre. A husband! a devil.

Tra.

Master, for my hand, Hor. I say, a husband.

Both our inventions meet and jump in one. Gre. I say, a devil: Think'st thou, Hortensio, though Luc. Tell me thine first. her father be very rich, any man is so very a fool as to Tra.

You will be schoolmaster, be married to hell?

And undertake the teaching of the maid : Hor. Tush, Gremio, though it pass your patience That 's your device. and mine to endure her loud alaruins, why, man, there Luc.

It is : May it be done? be good fellows in the world, an a man could light on Tra. Not possible. For who shall bear your part, them, would take her with all faults, and money And he in Padua here Vincentio's son ? enough.

Keep house, and ply his book; welcome his friends ; Gre. I cannot tell; but I had as lief take her dowry Visit his countrymen, and banquet them? with this condition,—to be whipped at the high-cross Luc. Basta; content thee; for I have it full. Every morning.

We have not yet been seen in any house; Hor. 'Faith, as you say, there 's small choice in rotten Nor can we be distinguish'd by our faces, apples. But, come; since this bar in law makes us For man or master : then it follows thus ;friends, it shall be so far forth friendly maintained, till, Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead, by helping Baptista's eldest daughter to a husband, we Keep house, and port, and servants, as I should : xt his youngest free for a husband, and then have to 't I will some other be ; some Florentine, afresh--Sweet Bianca !-Happy man be his dole! He Some Neapolitan, or meaner man of Pisa. that runs fastest gets the ring. How say you, signior 'T is hatch'd, and shall be so :— Tranio, at once Gremio

Uncase thee, take my colour'd hat and cloak:b Gre. I am agreed : and 'would I had given him the When Biondello comes, he waits on thee; best horse in Padua to begin his wooing, that would But I will charm him first to keep his tongue. thomaghly woo her, wed her, and bed her, and rid the Tra. So had you need. [They exchange habits. house of her. Come on. [Exeunt Gre. and Hor. In brief, sir, sith it your pleasure is, Tra. (Adrancing.] I pray, sir, tell me,—Is it And I am tied to be obedient, possible

(For so your father charg‘d me at our parting; That lore should of a sudden take snch hold?

« Be serviceable to my son," quoth he, Luc. O Tranio, till I found it to be true,

Although, I think, 't was in another sense,) I never thought it possible, or likely;

I am content to be Lucentio, But see! while idly I stood looking on,

Because so well I love Lucentio. I fond the effect of love in idleness :

Luc. Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves : And now in plainness do confess to thee,–

And let me be a slave, t' achieve that maid That art to me as secret, and as dear,

Whose sudden sight hath thrall’d my wounded eye. As Anna to the queen of Carthage was,Tranio, I bam, I pine, I perish, Tranio,

Enter BIONDELLO. If I achieve not this young modest girl:

Here comes the rogue.-Sirrah, where have you been ? Comsel me, Tranio, for I know thou canst ;

Bion. Where have I been? Nay, how now, where Assist me, Tranio, for I know thou wilt.

are you? Tra. Master, it is no time to chide you now; Master, has my fellow Tranio stol'n your clothes ? Affection is not rated from the heart :

Or stol’n his? or both? pray, what 's the news ? Ir love bare touch'd you, nought remains but s0,-- Luc. Sirrah, come hither ; 't is no time to jest, Redime te captum quam queas minimo.

Lae. Gramercies, lad; go forward, this contents ; + Port--state, show.
The rest will cornfort, for thy counsel's sound.

Colour'd hat and cloak. Servants formerly wore clothes of

sober lue-black or sad colour; their masters bore about their Ceaning-knowing, learned.

hues of the rainbow in their doublets and mantles, and hats and • Il'ish --commend him.

frathers. Such gay vestments were called emphatically colourech * Aglet-baby. Aglet is aiguillette-a point. The baby wiese A 'Leges-alleges.

you

[Exeunt.

And therefore frame your manners to the time. Whom, 'would to God, I had well knock d at first, Your fellow Trapio here, to save my life,

Then had not Grumio come by the worst. Puts my apparel and my countenance on,

Pet. A senseless villain !-Good Hortension And I for my escape have put on his ;

I bade the rascal knock upon your gate, For in a quarrel, since I came ashore,

And could not get him for my heart to do it. I kill'd a man, and fear I was descried.

Gru. Knock at the gate!-0 Heavens! Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes,

Spake you not these words plain,—“Sirrah, knock me While I make way from hence to save my life;

here, You understand me?

Rap me here, knock me well, and knock me soundly"? Bion. I, sir? ne'er a whit.

And come you now with knocking at the gate ? Luc. And not a jot of Tranio in your mouth ; Pet. Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise you. Tranio is chang'd into Lucentio.

Hor. Petrucio, patience; I am Grumio's pledge: Bion. The better for him. 'Would I were so too! Why, this a heavy chance 'twixt him and you; Tra. So would I, faith, boy, to have the next wish Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant, Grumio. after,

And tell me now, sweet friend,-what happy gale That Lucentio indeed had Baptista's youngest daughter. Blows you to Padua here, from old Verona? But, sirrah, not for my sake, but your master's, I advise Pet. Such wind as scatters young men through the You use your manners discreetly in all kind of com

world, panies;

To seek their fortunes farther than at home, When I am alone, why, then I am Tranio;

Where small experience grows. But, in a few, But in all places else, your master Lucentio.

Signior Hortensio, thus it stands with me :Luc. Tranio, let 's go:

Antonio, my father, is deceas d ; One thing more rests, that thyself execute;

And I have thrust myself into this maze, To make one among these wooers : If thou ask me Haply to wive, and thrive, as best I may: why,

Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home, Sufficeth, my reasons are both good and weighty. And so am come abroad to see the world.

Hor. Petrucio, shall I then come roundly to thee, (The Presenters abwe speak.)

And wish thee to a shrewd ill-favour'd wife?
1 Serv. My lord, you nod; you do not mind the play. Thou 'dst thank me but a little for my counsel :

Sly. Yes, by saint Anne, do I. A good matter, surely. And yet I 'll promise thee she shall be rich,
Comes there any more of it?
Page. My lord, 't is but begun.

And very rich :-but thou 'rt too much my friend, Sly. 'T is a very excellent piece of work, madam lady. And I 'll not wish thee to her. 'Would 't were done!

[They sit and mark.

Pet. Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as we SCENE II.— The same. Before Hortensio's House.

Few words suffice: and, therefore, if thou know

One rich enough to be Petrucio's wife,
Enter Petrucio and GRUMIO.

(As wealth is burthen of my wooing dance,) Pet. Verona, for a while I take my leave,

Be she as foul as was Florentius' love, my friends in Padua; but, of all,

As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd · beloved and approved friend,

As Socrates' Xantippe, or a worse, Hortensio; and, I trow, this is his house :

She moves me not, or not removes, at least, Here, sirrah Grumio; knock, I say.

Affection's edge in me. Were she as rough Gru. Knock, sir! whom should I knock? is there As are the swelling Adriatic seas; any man has rebused your worship?

I come to wive it wealthily in Padua ; Pet. Villain, I say, knock me here soundly. If wealthily, then happily in Padua.

Gru. Knock you here, sir ? why, sir, what am I, sir, Gru. Nay, look you, sir, he tells you flatly what his that I should knock you here, sir ?

mind is : Why, give him gold enough and marry him Pet. Villain, I say, knock me at this gate,

to a puppet, or an aglet-baby ;' or an old trot with ne er And rap me well, or I 'll knock your knave's pate. a tooth in her head, though she have as many diseases Gru. My master is grown quarrelsome : I should as two-and-fifty horses : why, nothing comes amiss, so knock you first,

money comes withal. And then I know after who comes by the worst.

Hor. Petrucio, since we are stepp'd thus far in, Pet. Will it not be ?

I will continue that I broach'd in jest. "Faith, sirrah, an you 'll not knock, I 'll wring it; I can, Petrucio, help thee to a wife I'll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it.

With wealth enough, and young, and beauteous;
(He wrings Grumio by the ears. Brought up as best becomes a gentlewoman :
Gru. Help, masters, help! my master is mad. Her only fault (and that is faults enough)
Pet. Now, knock when I bid you : sirrah! villain! Is,—that she is intolerable curst,
Enter HORTENSIO.

And shrewd, and froward : so beyond all measure,

That, were my state far worser than it is, Hor. How now? what is the matter?-My old I would not wed her for a mine of gold. friend Grumio! and my good friend Petrucio!-How

Pet. Hortensio, peace; thou know'st not gold's effect do you all at Verona ?

Tell me her father's name, and 't is enough ; Pet. Signior Hortensio, come you to part the fray ? For I will board her, though she chide as loud Con tutto il core bene trovato, may I say.

As thunder, when the clouds in autumn crack. Hor. Alla nostra casa bene venuto,

Hor. Her father is Baptista Minola, Molto honorato signor mio Petrucio.

An affable and courteous gentleman : Rise, Grumio, rise; we wil. compound this quarrel. Her name is Katharina Minola,

Gru. Nay, 't is no matter, what he 'leges in Latin. Renown'd in Padua for her scolding tongue. If this be not a lawful cause for me to leave his

Pet. I know her father, though I know not her ; service,-Look you, sir,—he bid me knock him, and And he knew my deceased father well : rap him soundly, sir : Well, was it fit for a servant to I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her ; use his master so; being, perhaps, (for aught I see,) | And therefore let me he thus bold with you, two-and-thirty,—a -a pip out?

small carving on the point which carried the lacu.

To give yon over at this first encounter,

Hath promis’d me to help me to another, Unless you will accompany me thither.

A fine musician to instruct our mistress ; Gru. I pray you, sir, let him go while the humour So shall

I no whit be behind in duty lasts. 0° my word, an she knew him as well as I do, To fair Bianca, so belov'd of me. she would think scolding would do little good upon Gre. Belov'd of me, and that my deeds shall prore. bim: She may, perhaps, call him half a score knaves, Gru. And that his bags shall prove. (Aside. or so: why, that 's nothing; an he begin once, he 'll Hor. Gremio, 't is now no time to vent our love; nail in his rope-tricks. I 'll tell you what, sir,-an she Listen to me, and if you speak me fair, stand him but a little, he will throw a figure in her face, I 'll tell you news indifferent good for either. and so distigure her with it, that she shall have no Here is a gentleman, whom by chance I met, more eyes to see withal than a cat :* you know him Upon agreement from us to his liking, not, sir.

Will undertake to woo curst Katharine; Hor. Tarry, Petrucio, I must go with thee;

Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please. For in Baptista's keep my treasure is :

Gre. So said, so done, is well : He hath the jewel of my life in hold,

Hortensio, have you told him all her faults? His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca;

Pet. I know she is an irksome, brawling scold ; And her withholds from me, and other more

If that be all, masters, I hear no harm. Suitors to her, and rivals in my love:

Gre. No, say'st me so, friend? What countryman ? Supposing it a thing impossible,

Pet. Born in Verona, old Antonio's son: (For those defects I have before rehears'd,)

My father dead, my fortune lives for me; That ever Katharina will be wood,

And I do hope good days, and long, to see. Therefore this order hath Baptista ta'en,

Gre. 0, such life, with such a wife, were That none shall have access unto Bianca,

strange : Till Katharine the curst have got a husband.

But if you have a stomach, to 't o' God's name; Gru. Katharine the curst!

You shall have me assisting you in all. A title for a maid of all titles the worst.

But, will you woo this wild cat? Hor. Now shall my friend Petrucio do me grace;

Pet.

Will I live? And offer me, disguis'd in sober robes,

Gru. Will he woo her? ay, or I 'll hang her. (Asii'e. To old Baptista as a schoolmaster

Pet. Why came I hither, but to that intent? Well seen in music, to instruct Bianca :

Think you, a little din can daunt mine ears? That so I may by this device, at least,

Have I not in my time heard lions roar ? Have leave and leisure to make love to her,

Have I not heard the sea, puff'd up with win And, unsuspected, court her by herself.

Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat? Enter GREX10 ; with him LUCENTI0 disguised, with

Have I not heard great ordnance in the field ? books under his arm.

And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies?

Have I not in a pitched battle heard Gru. Here's no knavery! See; to beguile the old Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang? folks, how the young folks lay their heads together! And do you tell me of a woman's tongue; Master, master, look about you : Who goes there? ha! That gives not half so great a blow to hear,

Hor. Peace, Grumio; it is the rival of my love :- As will a chestnut in a farmer's fire ? Petrucio, stand by a while.

Tush! tush! fear boys with bugs." Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous !

Gru.

For he fears none. [Aside. [They retire. Gre. Hortensio, hark! Gre. O, very well : I have perus'd the note. This gentleman is happily arriv'd, Hark you, sir, I'll have them very fairly bound : My mind presumes, for his own good, and yours. All books of love, see that at any hand;

Hor. I promis'd, we would be contributors, And see you read no other lectures to her :

And bear his charge of wooing, whatsoe'er. You understand me :-Over and beside

Gre. And so we will, provided that he win her. Signior Baptista's liberality,

Gru. I would I were as sure of a good dinner. [Aside. I ll mend it with a largess :- Take your papers too, And let me have them very well perfum'd;

Enter Tranio, bravely appareled; and BIONDELLO. For she is sweeter than perfume itself,

Tra. Gentlemen, God save you! if I may be bold, To whom they go. What will you read to her ? Tell

me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way Luc. Whate'er I read to her, I 'll plead for you, To the house of signior Baptista Minola ? As for my patron, (stand you so assurd,)

Bion. He that has the two fair daughters :—is 't he As firmly as yourself were still in place : Yes, and perhaps with more successful words

Tra. Even he, Biondello. Than yon, unless you were a scholar, sir.

Gre. Hark you, sir ; You mean not her toGre. O this learning! what a thing it is!

Tra. Perhaps, him and her, sir. What have you to do 9 Gru. O this woodcock! what an ass it is!

Pet. Not her that chides, sir, at any hand, I pray. Pet. Peace, sirrah.

Tra. I love no chiders, sir.-Biondello, let 's away. Hor. Grumio, mum!-God save you, signior Gremio! Luc. Well begun, Tranio.

Aside. Gre. And you 're well met, signior Hortensio. Trow Hor. Sir, a word ere you go;you

Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea or no ? Whither I am going ?–To Baptista Minola.

Tra. An if I be, sir, is it any oflence ? I promisd to inquire carefully

Gre. No; if, without more words, you will get you: Atot a school master for the fair Bianca ;

hence. And, by good fortune, I have lighted well

Tra. Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free On this young man; for learning, and behaviour, For me, as for you? Fit for her tum; well read in poetry

Gre.

But so is not she. And other books.good ones, I warrant ye.

Tra. For what reason, I beseech you? Hor. "Tis well: and I have met a gentleman,

Gre. For this reason, if you 'll know, * Grumio was not a person to be very correct in his similes.

That she's the choice love of signior Gremio. b Well seen in music-well versed.

a Fear boys with bugs—frighten boys with hohgoblins.

you mean?

Tor. That she 's tne chosen of signior Hortensio. The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for,

Tra. Softly, my masters! if you be gentlemen, Her father keeps from all access of suitors, Do me this right-hear me with patience.

And will not promise her to any man, Baptista is a noble gentleman,

Until the elder sister first be wed : To whom my father is not all unknown;

The younger then is free, and not before. And, were his daughter fairer than she is,

Tra. If it be so, sir, that yon are the man She may more suitors have, and me for one.

Must stead us all, and me amongst the rest ; Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers ;

An if you break the ice, and do this feat,Then well one more may fair Bianca have:

Achieve the elder, set the younger free And so she shall; Lucentio shall make one,

For our access,—whose hap shall be to have her, Though Paris came, in hope to speed alone.

Will not so graceless be to be ingrate. Gre. What! this gentleman will out-talk us all. Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do conceive; Luc. Sir, give him head; I know, he 'll prove a And since you do profess to be a suitor, jade.

You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman, Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these words ? To whom we all rest generally beholden. Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as ask you,

Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack : in sign whereof, Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter ?

Please ye we may contrive this afternoon," Tra. No, sir; but hear I do, that he hath two; And quaff carouses to our mistress' health ; The one as famous for a scolding tongue,

And do as adversaries do in law,As is the other for beauteous modesty.

Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends. Pet. Sir, sir, the first 's for me ; let her go hy.

Gru. Bion. O excellent motion! Fellows, let's beGre. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules;

gone. And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.

Hor. The motion 's good indeed, and be it so ;Pet. Sir, understand you this of me, in south ;- Petrucio, I shall be your ben venuto. (Ezeunt.

ACT II.

SCENE 1.— The same. A Room in Baptista's House. | And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell.b

Talk not to me. I will go sit and weep,
Enter KATHARINA and BIANCA.

Till I can find occasion of revenge.

[Exit Kata. Bian. Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself, Bap. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I ? To make a bondmaid and a slave of me;

But who comes here?
That I disdain : But for these other gawds,
Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,

Enter Gremio, with Lucentio in the habit of a mean Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;

man; PETRUCIO, with HORTENSIO as a musician; Or, what you will command me, will I do,

and Tranio, with BIONDELLO bearing a lute and So well I know my duty to my elders.

books. Kath. Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tell Gre. Good morrow, neighbour Baptista. Whom thou lov'st best: see thou dissemble not.

Bap. Good morrow, neighbour Gremio: God sare Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive,

you, gentlemen! I never yet beheld that special face

Pet. And you, good sir! Pray, have you not a Which I could fancy more than any other.

daughter Kath. Minion, thou liest: Is 't not Hortensio? Callid Katharina, fair and virtuous ? Bian. If you affect him, sister, here I swear.

Bap. I have a daughter, sir, call'd Katharina. I 'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him. Gre. You are too blunt, go to it orderly. Kath. O then, belike, you fancy riches more;

Pet. You wrong me, signior Gremio; give me leave. You will have Gremio to keep you fair.

I am a gentleman of Verona, sir,
Bian. Is it for him you do envy me so ?

That, hearing of her beauty, and her wit,
Nay, then you jest ; and now I well perceive, Her affability, and bashful morlesty,
You have but jested with me all this while:

Her wondrous qualities, and mild behaviour,
I prithee, sister Kate, untie my hands.

Am bold to show myself a forward guest Kath. If that be jest, then all the rest was so. Within your house, to make mine eye the witness

[Strikes her. Of that report which I so oft have heard. Enter BAPTISTA.

And, for an entrance to my entertainment,

I do present you with a man of mine, [Presenting Hor. Bap. Why, how now, dame! whence grows this in- Cunning in music, and the mathematics, solence ?

To instruct her fully in those sciences, Bianca, stand aside ;-poor girl! she weeps :

Whereof, I know, she is not ignorant: Go ply tny needle; meddle not with her,

Accept of him, or else you do me wrong; For shame, thou hilding," of a devilish spirit,

His name is Licio, born in Mantua. Why dost thou wrong her that did ne'er wrong thee? Bap. You 're welcome, sir; and he for your good sake: When did she cross thee with a bitter word ?

But for my daughter Katharine, this I know, Kath. Her silence flouts me, and I 'll be reveng'd. She is not for your turn, the more my grief.

[Flies after BIANCA. Pet. I see you do not mean to part with her; Bap. What, in my sight?-Bianca, get thee in. Or else you like not of my company.

(Esrit BIANCA. Bap. Mistake me not, I speak but as I find. Kath. What, will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see Whence are you, sir? what may I call your name? She is your treasure, she must have a husband ; I must danse harefoot on her wedding-day,

* Contrive this afternoon-wear away the afternoon.

5. A proverbial expression, applied to the ill-used class of nd! * Hilding-a mean-spirited person.

paids.

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