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Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good
What I have said, -Bianca, get you
And let it not displease thee, good Bianca ;
For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl.

KATH. A pretty peat ! 'tis best
Put finger in the eye,man she knew why.
Bian. Sister, content you in


discontent. Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe : My books, and instruments, shall be my company; On them to look, and practise by myself. Luc. Hark, Tranio! thou may'st hear Minerva speak.

Hor. Signior Baptista, will you be so strange?
Sorry am I, that our good will effects
Bianca's grief.

Gre. Why, will you mew her up,
Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell,
And make her bear the penance of her tongue ?

BAP, Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolv'd :-
Go in, Bianca.

[Exit BIANCA. And for I know, she taketh most delight In musick, instruments, and poetry, Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Fit to instruct her youth.—If

you, Hortensio, Or fignior Gremio, you-know Prefer them hither; for to cunning men

/ I will be very kind, and liberal To mine own children in good bringing-up ; And so farewell. Katharina you may stay; For I have more to commune with Bianca. [Exit.

KATH. Why, and I trust, I may go too, May I not? What, shall I be appointed hours; as though, belike, I knew not what to take, and what to leave? Ha! [Exit. VOL. II.


any such,

GRE. You may go to the devil's dam ; your gifts are so good, here is none will hold you. Their love is not so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our nails together, and fast it fairly out; our cake's dough on both sides. Farewell :-Yet, for the love I bear my

sweet Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit man, to teach her that wherein she delights, I will wish him to her father.

Hor. So will I, signior Gremio : But a word, I pray. Though the nature of our quarrel yet never brook'd parle, know now, upon advice, it toucheth us both, that we may yet again have access to our fair mistress, and be happy rivals in Bianca's love,-to labour and effect one thing 'specially.

Gre. What's that, I pray ?
Hor. Marry, sir, to get a husband for her fifter.
GRE. A husband ! a devil.
Hor. I say, a husband.

Gre. I say, a devil: Think'st thou, Hortensio, though her father be very rich, any man is so very a fool to be married to hell ?

Hor. Tush, Gremio! though it pass your patience, and mine, to endure her loud alarums, why, man, there be good fellows in the world, an a man could light on them, would take her with all faults, and money enough.

GRE. I cannot tell : but I had as lief take her dowry with this condition,-to be whipp'd at the high-cross every morning.

Hor. ’Faith, as you say, there's small choice in rotten apples. But, come ; since this bar in law makes us friends, it shall be so far forth friendly maintain’d, till by helping Baptista's eldest daughter to a husband, we set his youngest free for a husband, and then have

to't afresh._Sweet Bianca !-Happy man be his dole! He that runs fastest, gets the ring.—How say you, fignior Gremio ?

GRE. I am agreed : and 'would I had given him the best horse in Padua to begin his wooing, that would thoroughly woo her, wed her, and bed her, and rid the house of her. Come on.

[Exeunt GREMIO and HORTENSIO. Tra. (Advancing.] I pray, sir, tell me,—Is it possible That love should of a sudden take such hold ?

Luc. O, Tranio, till I found it to be true,
I never thought it possible, or likely;
But see! while idly I stood looking on,
I found the effect of love in idleness :
And now in plainness do confess to thee,
That art to me as secret, and as dear,
As Anna to the queen of Carthage was,-
Tranio, I burn, I pine, I perish, Tranio,
If I achieve not this young modest girl :
Counsel me Tranio, for I know thou canst ;
Assist me, Tranio, for I know thou wilt.

Tra. Master, it is no time to chide you now;
Affection is not rated from the heart :
If love have touch'd you, nought remains but so,-
Redime te captum quam queas minimo.

. Luc. Gramercies, lad; go forward : this contents; The rest will comfort, for thy counsel's sound.

Tra. Master, you look’d so longly on the maid,
Perhaps you mark'd not what's the pith of all.

Luc. O yes, I saw sweet beauty in her face,
Such as the daughter of Agenor had,
That made great Jove to humble him to her hand,
When with his knees he kiss'd the Cretan strand.


Tra. Saw you no more ? mark'd you not, how her

sister Began to scold ; and raise

such a storm, That mortal ears might hardly endure the din ?

Luc. Tranio, I saw her coral lips to move, And with her breath she did perfume the air ; Sacred, and sweet, was all I saw in her.

Tra. Nay, then, 'tis time to stir him from his trance. I pray, awake, sir; If you love the maid, Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus it stands: Her elder sister is so curst and shrewd, That, till the father rid his hands of her, Master, your love must live a maid at home; And therefore has he closely mew'd her up, Because she shall not be annoy'd with suitors.

Luc. Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father's he! But art thou not advis'd, he took some care Το

get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct her? Tra. Ay, marry, am I, fir; and now 'tis plotted. Luc. I have it, Tranio.

Tra. Master, for my hand,
Both our inventions meet and jump in one.

Luc. Tell me thine first.

Tra. You will be schoolmaster,
And undertake the teaching of the maid :
That's your device.

Luc. It is: May it be done?

Tra. Not pollible; For who shall bear your part, And be in Padua here Vincentio's son ? Keep house, and ply his book ; welcome his friends ; Visit his countrymen, and banquet them?

Luc. Basta ; content thee; for I have it full. We have not yet been seen in any house;

Nor can we be distinguish'd by our faces,
For man, or master : then it follows thus ;
Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead,
Keep house, and port, and servants, as I should :
I will some other be; some Florentine,
Some Neapolitan, or mean man of Pisa.
'Tis hatch'd, and shall be so :-Tranio, at once
Uncase thee; take


colour'd hat and cloak :
When Biondello comes, he waits on thee;
But I will charm him first to keep his tongue.

TRA. So had


[They exchange habits.
In brief, fir, fith it your pleasure is,
And I am tied to be obedient;


father charg'd me at our parting;
Be serviceable to my son, quoth he,
Although, I think, 'twas in another sense,)
I am content to be Lucentio,
Because so well I love Lucentio.

Luc. Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves :
And let me be a slave, to achieve that maid
Whose sudden light hath thrall’d my


eye. Enter BIONDELLO. Here comes the rogue.-Sirrah, where have you been ?

Bion. Where have I been ? Nay, how now, where are

(For so



Master, has

fellow Tranio stol'n


clothes ?

you stol’n his? or both ? pray, what's the news ?
Luc. Sirrah, come hither; 'tis no time to jest,
And therefore frame your manners to the time.
Your fellow Tranio here, to save my life,
Puts my apparel and my countenance on,
And I for my escape have put on his ;
For in a quarrel, since I came ashore,


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