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Hor. Peace, Grumio ; 'tis the rival of my love: Petruchio, stand by a while.
400 Gru. A proper strippling, and an amorous !
Gre. O, very well; I have perus’d the note. Hark you, sir; I'll have them very fairly bound : All books of love, see that at any hand; And see you read no other lectures to her : You understand me:-Over and beside Signior Baptista's liberality, I'll mend it with a largess :-Take your papers too, And let me have them very well perfum'd; For she is sweeter than perfume itself,
410 To whom they go. What will you read to her?
Luc. What'er I read to her, I'll plead for you,
you were a scholar, sir. Gre. O this learning! what a thing it is! Gru. O this woodcock! what an ass it is! Pet. Peace, sirrah. Hor. Grumio, mum !-God save you, signior Gremio !
420 Gre. And you are well met, signior Hortensio.
Whither I am going ?- To Baptista Minola.
Fit for her turn; well read in poetry,
Hor. 'Tis well: and I have met a gentleman,
430 A fine musician to instruct our mistress; So shall I no whit be behind in duty To fair Bianca, so belov'd of me.
Gre. Belov'd of me and that my deeds shall prove.
Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our love :
440 Will undertake to woo curst Katharine ; Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please.
Gre. So said, so done, is well :-
Pet. I know she is an irksome brawling scold;
Gre. No, say’st me so, friend ? What countryman?
Pet. Born in Verona, old Antonio's son:
Gru. Will he woo her? ay, or I'll hang her.
[ Aside. 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? Have I not heard the sea, puff'd up with winds, 460 Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat? Have I not heard great ordnance in the field, And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies? Have I not in a pitched battle heard Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang! And do you tell me of a woman's tongue ; That gives not half so great a blow to the ear, As will a chesnut in a farmer's fire? Tushi, tush ! fear boys with bugs. Gru. For he fears none.
[ Aside, Gre. Hortensio,-hark !
471 This gentleman is happily arriv’d, My mind presumes, for his own good, and ours.
Hor. I promis’d, we would be contributors,
Gre. And so we will; provided, that he win her.
[ Aside. To them Tranio bravely apparell'd, and BIONDELLO.
Tra. Gentlemen, God save you! If I may be bold, Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way To the house of signior Baptista Minola?
i 480 Gre.
Gre. He that has the two fair daughters ? is't lie you mean?
Tra. Even he, Biondello!
[ Aside. Hor. Sir, a word ere you go ;Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea, or no? Tra. An if I be, sir, is it any offence?
491 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.
Gre. For this reason, if you'll know;
Hor. That she's the chosen of signior Hortensio.
Tra. Softly, my masters ! if you be gentlemen,
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.
511 Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these words?
Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you,
Tra. No, sir ; but hear I do, that he hath two:
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.
520 Pet. Sir, understand you this of ine, 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 eldest sister first be wed : The younger then is free, and not before.
Tra. If it be so, sir, that you are the man Must stead us all, and me amongst the rest ; An if you break the ice, and do this featAchieve the elder, set the younger free
530 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,