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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, signior Gremio ?
142 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.
Manent TRANIO, and Lucentio.
Tra. I pray, sir, tell me- -Is it possible
That love should of a sudden take such hold?
Luc. Oh, 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; 169
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
Began to scold; and raise up 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
I pray, awake, sir; If you love the maid,
Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus it
Her eldest sister is so curst and shrew'd,
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.
Lac. Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father's he!
But art thou not advis'd, he took some care
To get her cunning school-masters to instruct her ?
Tra. Ah, marry, am I, sir; 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 school-master,
And undertake the teaching of the maid :
That's your device.
Luc. It is: May it be done?
Tra. Not possible; 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 meaner man of Pisa.
'Tis hatch'd, and shall be so :-Tranio, at once 210
Uncase thee; take my 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 you need. [They exchange Habits. In brief, sir, sith it your pleasure is, And I am ty'd to be obedient
(For so your 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 sight hath thrall’d my wounded eye.
Here comes the rogue. Sirrah, where have you
Bion. Where have I been? Nay, how now, where
Master, has my fellow Tranio stoln your clothes ?
Or you stoln 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. 230
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,
I kill'd a man, and fear I am descry'd :
Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes,
While I make way from hence to save my life :
You understand me?
Bion. Ay, sir, ne'er a whit.
Luc. And not a jot of Tranio in your mouth; 240
Tranio is chang'd into Lucentio.
Bion. The better for him : 'Would I were so too!
Tra. So would 1, 'faith boy, to have the next wish
afterThat 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: When I am alone, why, then I am Tranio; But in all places else, your master Lucentio.
Luc. Tranio, let's go:One thing more rests, that thyself execute; 250 To make one among these wooers: If thou ask me
why Sufficeth, my reasons are both good and weighty.
[Exeunt, 1 Man. My lord you nod; you do not mind the play. : Sly. Yes, by saint Anne, do 1. A good matter, surely ; Comes there any more of it ?
Page. My lord, 'tis but begun.
Sly. 'Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam lady; 'Would, it were done!
Before HORTENSIO's House in Padua. Enter PETRU.
CHIO, and GRUMIO.
Pet. Verona, for a while I take my leave,
To see my friends in Padua! but, of all, 260