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• Loud larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets.clangue? And do you tell me of a woman's tongue,

That gives not half so great a blow to th’ear, - As will a chesnut in a farmer's fire ? Tush, tush, fear boys with bugs.

Cru. For he fears none.

Gre. Hortenfio, hark :
This gentleman is happily arriv’d,
My mind prefumes, for his own good, and our's..

Hor. I promis'd we would be contributors;
And bear his charge of wooing whatsoe'er,

Gre. And so we will, provided that he win here:
Gru. I would I were as fure of a good dinner,

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S CE N E VII. To them Tranio bravely apparellid, and Biondello.. Tra. Gentlemen, God save you. If I may be bold,

I tell me, I beseech

you,

which is the readiest way to the house of Signior Baptiita Minola ?

Bici. He that has the two fair daughters?' is't he you mean?

Tra. Even he, Biondello.
Gre. Hark you, Sir, you mean not her, to
Tra. Perhaps him and her; what have you to dot
Pet. Not her that cliides, Sir, at any hand, I pray.
Tra, I love no chiders, Sir: Biondello, let's away.
Luc. Well begun, Tranio.

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Hor. Sir, a word, ere you go:
Are you a fuitor to the maid you talk of, yea or no?
Tra. An if I be, Sir, is it

any.

offence? Gre. No, if without more words you will get you

hence. Tra. Why, Sir, I pray, are not the streets as free For me as for you?

Gre. But so is not she.
Tra. For what reason, I beseech you a ?

Gre. For this realon, if you'll know:
That ihe's the choice love of Signior Gremio.

Hor. That she's the chosen of Signior Hortensio.

Tra. Sofily, my Masters; if you be gentlemen, Do me this right; hear ine with patience.

Baptista

a or, no?

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Baptista is a noble gentleman,
To whom my father is not all unknown;
And were his daughter fairer than she is,
She may more suitors have, and me for one.
Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers;
Then well one more may fair Bianca have,
And so the thail. Lucentio fhall make one,
Though Paris came, in hope to speed alone.

Gre. What! this gentleman will out-talk us all!
Luc. Sir, give him head; I know he'll prove a jade.
Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these words?

Hor. Sir, let me be fo bold as to ask you,
Did you yet ever fee Baptista's daughter?

Tra. No, Sir; but hear I do that he hath two:
The one as famous for a scolding tongue,
As the other is for beauteous modesty.

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. Sír, understand you this of
The youngest daughter, whom you harken for,
Her father keeps from all access of fuitors;
And will not promise her to any man,
Until the eldest sister first be wed :
The younger then is free, and not before.

Tra. If it be fo, Sir, that you are the man
Must steed us all, and me among the rest ;
And if you break the ice, and do this feat,
Atchieve the elder, set the younger free
For our access; whose hap shall be to have her,
Will not so graceless be, to be ingrate.

Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do conceive:
And since you do profefs to be a fuitor,
You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman,
To whom we all rest generally beholden.

Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack; in sign whereof,
Please ye, we may contrive this afternoon,
And quaff carouses to our mistress' health ;
And do as adversaries do in law,
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
Grum. Bion. O excellent motion! fellows, let's be gone.

Hor.

me, insooth:

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Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it fo. Petruchio, I shall be your

ben venuto. [Exeunt.

[The presenters above fpeak here. 1 Man. My Lord, you nod; you do not mind the play.

Sly. Yea, by St. Ann, de l: a good matter, surely! comes there any more of it ?

Lady. My Lord, 'tis but bagun.

Sly. 'Tis a very excellent piece of work, Madam Lady. Would 'twere done!.

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ACT II. S C Ε Ν Ε Ι.

Baptifta's house in Padua,

Enter Catharina and Bianca.
Bian. OOD sister, wrong me not, nor wrong your.

felf,
To make a bondmaid and a slave of me;
That I disdain; but for thefe other gawds,
Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself;
Yea, all my raiment to my petticoat;
Or what you will command me, will I do ;
So well I know my duty to my elders,

Cath. Of all thy suitors here, I charge thee tell
Whom thou lov'st beft: see thou diffemble not.

Bian. Believe me, filter, of all men alive
I never yet beheld that special face,
Which I could fancy more than any

other.
Cath. Minion, thou lyest; is't not Hortenfio ?

Bian. If you affect him, filter, here I swear, I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have hin.

Cath Oh, then, belike you fancy riches more;
You will have Gremio, to keep you fair.

Bian. Is it for him you do fo envy me?
Nay, then you jest; and now, I well perceive,
You have but jeited with me all this while;
I pr’ythee, fiiter Kate, untie my hands.
Cath. If that be jest, then all the relt was fo.

[Strikes her.
Enter Baptista.
Bap. Why, how now, dame, whence grows this info-
Bianca, stand alide; poor girl, she weeps;

[lence?

Go ply thy needle, meddle not with her.
For shame, thou hilding of a devilish spirit,
Why doit thou wrong her, that did ne er wrong thee ?"
When did she crois thee with a bitrer word ?
Cath. Her filence flouts me; and I'll be revenge'.

[Flies after bianca. Bap. What, in my fight? Bianca, get thee in.

[Exit Bianca. Cath. Will you not fuffer

nay, now I fee,
She is your treasure ; the must have a huband;
I must dance bare-foot on her wedding-day,
And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell.
Talk not to me, I will

go Till I can find occasion of rerenge. [Exit. Cath.

Bep. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I ? But who comes here?

me

fit and weeps

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SCENE II. Enter Gremio ; Lucentio in the habit of a mean 11n ;

Petruchio, with Horicnlio like a mufician ; Tranio and Biondello bearing a lute and books. Gre. Good morrow, neighbour Baptifta.

Bap. Good morrow, neighbour Greinio. God save you, Gentlemen.

Pet. And you, good Sir. Pray, have you not a daughter called Catharina, fair and virtuous ?

Bap. I have a daughter, Sir, called Catharina.
Gre. You are too blunt; go to it orderly.

Pet. You wrong me, Signior Gremio, give me leave,
I am a gentleman of Verona, Sir,
That, hearing of her beauty and her wit,
Her affability and bathful modeity.
Her wonderous qualities, and mild behaviour,
Am bold to shew myself a forward guest
Within your house, to make mine eye the witness
Of that report, which I so oft have heard.
And, for an entrance to my entertainment,

[Presenting Hor. I do present you with a man of mine, Cunning in music, and the mathematics, To instruct her fully in thofe sciences, VOL. II.

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Whereof

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 fake.
But for my daughter Catharine, this I know,
She is not for your turn, the more's my grief.

Pet. I tee you do not mean to part with her; Cr else you like not of my company.

Bap. Miftale nie nci, I speak but what I find. Whence are you, Sir ? what may I call your name?

Pet. Petruchio is my name, Antonio's fon, A man well known throughout all Italy.

Bap. I know hin well : you are welcome for his fake.

Gre. Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray, let us that are poor petitioners speak too. Buccalare !- you are inarvellous forward.

Pet. Oh, pardon me, Signior Gremio, I would fain be doing.

Cre. I doubt it not, Sir, but you will curse your wooing.-- Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am fure of it. To express the like kindnefs myself, that have been more kindly beholden to you than any, free leave give to this young scholar, that hath been Inng studying at Reims, [Presenting Luc.], as cunning in Grock, Latin, and other languages, as the other in music and mathematics ; his name is Cambio ; pray accepi his service.

Bapt. A thousand thanks, Sigrior Gremio: welcome, good Cambio. But, gentle Sir, methinks you walk like a franger, [To Trainio.] ; may I be fo bold to know the cause of your coming?

Tra. Pardon me, Sir, the boldness is mine own,
That, being a stranger in this city here,
Do make myself a fuitor to your daughter,
Unto Bianca, fair and virtuous :
Nor is your firm refolve unknown to me,
In the preferment of the eldest sister.
This liberty is all that I request;
That, upon knowledge of my parentage,
I may have welcome 'mongit the relt that wod,
And free access and livour as the reft.
And, toirard the education cf your daughters,

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