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Pet. Petruchio is my name: Antonio's son, A man well known throughout all Italy.'
Bap. I know him well: you are welcome for his sake.
Gre. Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray, Let us, that are poor petitioners, speak too : Baccare !m
you are marvellous forward. Pet. O, pardon me, signior Gremio; I would fain be doing. Gre. I doubt it not, sir; but you will curse your
wooing: Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am sure of it. To express the like kindness myself, that have been more kindly beholden to you than any, I freely give unto you this young scholar, (presenting LUCENT10,] that hath been long studying at Rheims ; as cunning in Greek, Latin, and other languages, as the other in musick and mathematicks: his name is Cambio; pray accept his service.
Bap. A thousand thanks, signior Gremio : welcome, good Cambio.—But gentle sir, [to TRAN10,] methinks, you walk like a stranger; May I be so bold to know the cause of your coming ?
Tra. Pardon me, sir, the boldness is unine own;
Bap. Lucentio is your name ? of whence, I pray? m Beccare!] A cant word, meaning stand back; used in allusion to a proverbial saying, “Bachare quoth Mortimer to bis sow;" probably in ridicule of some men who affected a knowledge of Latin without having it.---FARMER.
this small packet of Greek and Latin books :] In queen Elizabeth's time young ladies of quality were usually instructed in the learned languages, if any pains were bestowed on their minds at all. Lady Jane Grey and her sisters, Queen Elizabeth, &c. are trite instances.-Pency.
Tra. Of Pisa, sir; son to Vincentio.
Bap. A mighty man of Pisa: by report
you (to HoR.] the lute, and you [to Luc.] the set
of books, You shall go see your pupils presently. Holla, within !
Enter a Servant. Sirrah, lead These gentlemen to my daughters; and tell them both These are their tutors; bid them use them well.
[Exit Servant, with HORTENSIO, LUCENTIO,
Pet. Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,
Bap. After my death, the one half of my lands:
Pet. And, for that dowry, I'll assure her of o
Bap. Ay, when the special thing is well obtained,
Pet. Why, that is nothing ; for I tell you, father,
-of-] Perhaps we should read on. In the old copies of and on are frequently confounded by the printers' inattention.-STEEVENS.
Though little fire grows great with little wind,
Bap. Well may’st thou woo, and happy be thy speed ! But be thou arm’d for some unhappy words.
Pet. Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for winds, That shake not, though they blow perpetually.
Re-enter HORTENSIO, with his head broken. Bap. How now, my friend? why dost thou look so
Hor. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.
Hor. I think she'll sooner prove a soldier;
may hold with her, but never lutes. Bap. Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute ?
Hor. Why, no ; for she hath broke the lute to me.
Pet. Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench;
Bap. Well, go with me, and be not so discomfited :
her frets,] A fret is that stop of a musical instrument which causes or regulates the vibration of the string.-Johnson. 9 And—twangling Jack ;] To twangle
” is a provincial expression, and signifies to flourish capriciously on an instrument, as performers often do after having tuned it, previous to their beginning a regular composition.--HENLEY.
Signior Petruchio, will you go with us ;
[Exeunt BAPTISTA, GREMIO, TRANIO,
hearing; They call me—Katharine, that do talk of me.
Pet. You lie, in faith ; for you are call'd plain Kate,
Why, what's a moveable ?
Kath. A joint-stool.
Thou hast hit it: come, sit on me..
Pet. Alas, good Kate! I will not burden thee : For, knowing thee to be but young and light
Kath. Too light for such a swain as you to catch ;
Pet. Should be? should buz.
Well ta’en, and like a buzzard.
Pet. Who knows not where a wasp doth wear his sting? ?
In his tongue. Pet.
Whose tongue? Kath. Yours, if you talk of tails ; and so farewell. Pet. What, with my tongue in your tail ? -nay, come
again, Good Kate; I am a gentleman. Kath.
That I'll try.
[Striking him. Pet. I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again.
Kath. So may you lose your arms:
Pet. A herald, Kate ? O, put me in thy books.
“Cry you mercy, I took you for a join'd stool.”-See Ray's Collection.STEËVENS.
.- for a turtle as he takes a buczard.] i. e. He may take me for a turtle, but he should find me a hawk.-Johnson. This expression also seems to have been proverbial.-STEEVENS.