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And I do hope good days, and long, to see.
, Gre. O, Sir, such a life, with such a wife, were
- strange :
But, if you have a stomach, to't o'God's name;
You shall have me assisting you in all.
Bnt will yon woo this wild cat?
Pet. will I live? . s
Gru. Will he woo her? ay, or I'll hang her.
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Pet. Why came I hither, but to that intent?
Think you, a little din can daunt mine ears?
Have I not in my time heard lions roar 2 -
Have I not heard the sea, puff"d up with winds,
1%age like an angry boar, Ghafed with sweat &
Have I not heard great ordnance in the field,
And heaven's artificry, thunder in the skies &
Have. I not in a pitched battle heard . . . .
Loud larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang?
And do you teli me of a woman's tongue;
That gives upt half so great a blow to the ear,
As will a chesnut in a farmer's fire?
Tush! tush fear boys with bugs. . -
, Gru. Tor he fears mone. [A fide.
Gre. Hortensio, harks, -
This gentleman is ‘. arriv'd, . .
My mind presumes, for his own good, and yours.
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 her.
Gru. I would, I were as sure of a good dinner.
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To the house of Signior Baptista Minolā’
Gre. He that has the two fair daughters: - ist

[Aside to TRANIo.] he you mean? - - -
Tra. Even he. Biondello!" * ,
Gre. Hark you, Sir; You mean not her to —
Tra. Perhaps, him and her, Sir; What have you

- to do 2

Pet. Not her that chides, Sir, at any hand, I pray.

Tra. I love no chiders, Sir: - Biondello, sets.

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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?
Gre. For this reason, if you'll know, -
That she's the choice of Signior Gremio. -
Hor. That she's the chosen of Signior Hortensio.
Tra. Softly, my Masters! if you be gentlemen,

Do me this right, — hear me with patience.

Baptista is a moble 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 she shall; Lucentio shall 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 so bold as to ask you, Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter? Tra. No, Sir ; but hear I do, that he hath two; The one as famous for a scolding tongue, ~ As is the other for beauteous modesty. Pet. Sir, Sir, the first's for me; let her go hy. 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, Her father keeps from all access of suitors; And will not promise her to any man, Until the elder sister first be wed: The younger them is free, and not before. Tra. If it be so, Sir, that you are the man Must stead us all, and me among the rest; An if you break the ice, and do this feat, - -Achieve 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 profess to be a suitor, 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 to as adversaries do in law, Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends. Gru. Lion. O excellent motion 1 Fellows, let's * * * . . . . . Begone... Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it so; – Petrochio , I shall be your beit venuto, [Ireunt.

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* Act 11 scene I. .

** The same. A Room in Baptista's House.


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 gavvds, - Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself, * * * Yea, alt my raiment, to my petticoat; or, what you will command me, will I do, $o well I know my duty to my elders, * . Hath. Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, ten Whom thou lov'st best : see thou dissemble not. Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive, 1 never yet beheld that special face Which I could fancy more than any other. Hath. Minion, thou liest; Is’t not Hortensio f Bian. If you affect him, sister, here I swear, " I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him. Kath. Othem, belike, you fancy riches more; You will have Gremio to keep you fair. “ Bian. Is it for him you do envy me so f Nay, them you jest; and now I well perceive, You have but jested with me all this while : I pr’ythee, sister Itate, untie my hands. Hath. If that be jest, then ałl the rest was so. [ Strikes her.

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- Erzter BAPTIs T.A. Bap. Why, how now, Dame! whence grows this - insolence 2 – Bianca, stand aside; — poor girl! she weeps: – ; Go Ply thy needle; meddle not with her. — For shame, thou hilding of a devilish spirit,

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