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* Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolv'd: -
For I have more to commune with Bianca. (Erit.
Hath. Why, and I trust, I may go too, May - - f riot?
What, shall I be appointed hours; as though, belike, I knew not what to take, and what to leave? Ha! - - - [Exit. * 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 mails 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 ori 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, H 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 eur fair mistress, and be happy rivals in Bianca's love, – to labour and effect one thing 'specially. Gre. What's that, I pray ? JHor, Marry, Sir, to get a husband for her sister. Gre. A husband a devil. For. I say, a husband. Gre. I say, a devil: Think'st thou, Hortensio, though
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 highcross every morning. -
Hor, ‘Faith, as you say, there's, small choice in rotten appies. But, come; since this bar in lavv makes us friends it shall be so far forth friendly maintain'd, - till by helping Baptista's cliest daughter to a husband, we set his youngest frce for a husband, and then have to't afresh. — Sweet Bianca'! - Happy mall be his dole!. He that runs fastest, gets the ring. How say you, Signior Gremio 2 * *
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.
- ". [Exetent GREMIo, and HoHTENSIo.
Tra. [Advancing. ) I pray, Sir, tell me, - Is it
possible That love should of a sudden take such hold? Lt.c. O, Tranio, till I found it to be true, *
But see! while idly I stood idly looking on,
Assist me, Tranio, for I know thou wilt. + 1 ' Tra. Master, it is no time to chide you now; Affection is not rated from the hcart: a If love have touch'd you, nought remains but so, Redime te captum quam quea 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 savy sweet beauty in her face, $nch 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 mo more? mark'd you not, how her - - sister Began to scold; and raise up such a storm, That mortal ears might hardly endure the dino 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, them, 'tis time to stir him from his trance. I pray, awake, Sir; If you love the maid, -
stands : — Her elder sister is so curst and shrewd, That, till the fathcr 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 * To get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct her?, Tra. Ay, marry, am I, Sir; and now.'tis plotted. Luc. I have it, Tramio. Tra. Master, for my hand, Bet our inventions meet and jump in onc. - ---, i.
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Lac. Tell me time first. \,
That's your device.
And be in Padua here Vincentio's son 2
Keep house, and ply his book; welcome his friends;
Visit his countrymen, and banquet them 2
Luc. Basta; content thee; for I have it full.
• Keep house, and port, and servants, as I should
I will some other be; some FIorentine, -
But I will charm him first to keep his tongue.
Tra. So had you need. "[They exchange habits.
Itte. Trania, be so, because Lucentio loves:
whose sudden sight hath thrall'd my wounded eye.
Enter BI on Dr.L.Lo. Here comes the rogue, – Sirrah, where have you * - been 2
Bion. Where have I been? Nay, how now, where are you ? Master, has my fellow Tranio stol'n your clothes? Or you stolen his 2 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.Tramio 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, I kill'd a man, and fear I was descried: Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes, While I make way from hence to save my life: ... " You understand me? . , -o Biort. ‘I, Sir? ne'er a whit. Luc. And not a jot of Tramio in your mouth; Tranio is chang'd into Lucentio. Bion. The better for him; 'Would, I were so too! Tra. So would I, , 'faith, boy, to have the next wish after, – That Lucentio indeed had Baptista's youngest daughter. But, sirrah, – not for my sake, but your master's,
- - I advise You use your manners discreetly in all kind of com’ - panies: -