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My father dead, my fortune lives for me;
Gre. O, sir, such a life, with such a wife, were strange :
Will I live? Gru. Will he woo her? ay, or I'll hang her.
a woman's tongue;
For he fears none.
[Aside, Gre. Hortensio, hark ! This gentleman is happily arriv'd, My mind presumes, for his own good, and yours.
Hor. I promis'd, we would be contributors,
Gre. And so we will; provided, that he win her.
Tra. Gentlemen, God save you! If I may be bold,
Bion. He that has the two fair daughters :*-is't [aside to TRANIO] he you mean?
with bugs.] i. e. With bugbears. e He that has the two fair daughters :-) Mr. Tyrwhitt attributes this speech to Gremio; but as there is no need for any such deviation from the old copy, I have followed Malone in restoring it to the original proprietor.
Tra. Even he. Biondello!
[Aside. Hor. Sir, a word ere you go ;Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea, or no?
Tra. An if I be, sir, is it any offence?
But so is not she.
Gre. For this reason, if you'll know,-
Hor. That she's the chosen of signior Hortensio.
Tra. Softly, my masters ! if you be gentlemen,
Gre. What! this gentleman will out-talk us all.
Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you,
Tra. No, sir; but hear I do, thạt he hath two;
Pet. Sir, sir, the first's for me; let her go by.
Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules; And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.
Pet. Sir, understand you this of me, insooth;
The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for,
Tra. If it be so, sir, that you are the man
Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do conceive;
Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack : in sign whereof,
Gru. Bion. O excellent motion! Fellows, let's begone."
Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it so ;Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto.
Scene I.-The same. A Room in Baptista's House.
Enter KATHARINA and BIANCA. Bian. Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself, To make a bondmaid and a slave of me: That I disdain; but for these other gawds, Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,
contrive this afternoon,] i. e. Wear out the afternoon : contrive, from contero. So, in the Hecyra of Terence, totum hunc contrivi diem.-Steevens.
6 — as adversaries do in law,] By adversaries in law, I believe, our author means not suitors, but barristers, who, however warm in their opposition to each other in the courts of law, live in greater harmony and friendship in private, than perhaps those of any other of the liberal professions. Their ients seldom“ eat and drink with their adversaries as friends."-MALONE.
Fellows, let's begone.] Fellows means fellow-servants. Grumio and Biondello address each other.-MALONE.
Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;
Kath. Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tell
Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive,
Kath. Minion, thou liest; Is't not Hortensio?
Bian. If you affect him, sister, here I swear, I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him. .
Kath. O then, belike, you fancy riches more :
Bian. Is it for him you do envy me so?
Bap. Why, how now, dame! whence grows this inso
[Flies after BIANCA. Bap. What, in my sight?-Bianca, get thee in.
[Exit. BIANCA. Kath. Will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see, She is your treasure, she must have a husband; I must dance bare-foot on her wedding-day, And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell. '
keep you fair.] i. e. Keep you richly.
hilding- ] The word hilding or hindeling, is a low wretch: it is applied to Katharine for the coarseness of her behaviour.—Johnson.
lead apes in hell.] This phrase is still in use, and though Mr. Hayley, in Essay on Old Maids, gives several fanciful conjectures as to the origin of the
Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep,
Bap. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I?
Enter GREMIO, with Lucentio in the habit of a mean man;
PETRUCHIO, with HORTENSIO as a musician; and TRA-
Bap. Good-morrow, neighbour Gremio: God save you, gentlemen!
Pet. And you, good sir! Pray, have you not a daughter Callid Katharina, fair, and virtuous ?
Bap. I have a daughter, sir, callid Katharina.
Pet. You wrong me, signior Gremio; give me leave.--
[Presenting HORTENSIO. Cunning in musick, and the mathematicks, To instruct her fully in those sciences, Whereof, I know, she is not ignorant : Accept of him, or else you do me wrong ; His name is Licio, born in Mantua.
Bap. You're welcome, sir ; and he for your good sake:
Pet. I see you do not mean to part with her;
Bap. Mistake me not, I speak but as I find.