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And 'tis my hope to end successfully:
My faulcon now is sharp, and passing empty;
And, till she stoop, she must not be full-gorg'd, 190
For then she never looks upon her lure.
Another way I have to man my haggard,
To make her come, and know her keeper's call;
That is to watch her, as we watch these kites,
That bate, and beat, and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, nor none shall eat ;
Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not :
As with the meat, some undeserved fault
I'll find about the making of the bed ;
And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster, 200
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets :--
Ay, and amid this hurly, I intend,
That all is done in reverend care of her ;
And, in conclusion, she shall watch all night:
And, if she chance to nod, I'll rail and brawl,
And with the clamour keep her still awake.
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness;
Aad thus I'll curb her mad and head-streng hu-
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak; 'tis charity, to shew.
Before BAPTISTA's House. Enter TRANIO, and Hor.
Tra. Is’t possible, friend Licio, that mistress Bianca
Doth fancy any other but Lucentio ?
I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand.
Hor. Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said,
Stand by, and mark the manner of his teaching.
[They stand by.
Enter BIANCA, and LUCENTIO.
Luc. Now, mistress, profit you in what you read?
Bian. What, master, read you? first, resolve me
Luc. I read that I profess the art of love.
Bian. And may you prove, sir, master of your art!
Luc. While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my
[They retire backward. Hor. Quick proceeders, marry! Now tell me, I
You that durst swear that your mistress Bianca
Lov'd none in the world so well as Lucentio,
Tra. O despightful love! unconstant womankind!
I tell thee, Licio, this is wonderful.
Hor. Mistake no more : I am not Licio,
Nor a musician, as I seem to be ;
But one that scorn to live in this disguise,
For such a one as leaves a gentleman,
And makes a god of such a cullion :
Know, sir, that I am call'd-Hortensio.
Tra. Signior Hortensio, I have often heard
Of your entire affection to Bianca;
And since mine eyes are witness of her lightness,
I will with you—if you be so contented-
Forswear Bianca and her love for ever.
Hor. See, how they kiss and court Signior
Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow-
Never to woo her more; but do forswear her,
As one unworthy all the former favours 240
That I have fondly flatter'd her withal.
Tra. And here I take the like unfeigned oath-
Never to marry her, though she would entreat:
Fye on her! see, how beastly she doth court him.
Hor. 'Would all the world, but he, had quite for-
For me that I may surely keep mine oath,
I will be marry'd to a wealthy widow,
Ere three days pass; which hath as long lov'd me,
As I have lov'd this proud disdainful haggard :
And so farewel, signior Lucentio.
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks,
Shall win my love :--and so I take my leave,
In resolution as I swore before.
Tra. Mistress Bianca, bless you with such grace
As 'longeth to a lover's blessed case !
Nay, I have ta’en you napping, gentle love ;
And have forsworn you, with Hortensio.
(LUCENTIO and BIANCA come forward. Bian. Tranio, you jest; But have you both for
Tra. Mistress, we have.
Luc. Then we are rid of Licio.
Tra. I'faith, he'll have a lusty widow now,
That shall be woo'd and wedded in a day.
Bian. God give him joy!
Tra. Ay, and he'll tame her.
Bian. He says so, Tranio.
Tra. 'Faith he is gone unto the taming school.
Bian. The taming school! what, is there such a
Tra. Ay, mistress, and Petruchio is the master ;
That teacherh tricks eleven and twenty long 269
To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue.
Enter BIONDELLO, running.
Bion. Oh master, master, I have watch'd so long
That I'm dog-weary; but at last I spied
An ancient angel coining down the hill,
Will serve the turn.
Tra. What is he, Biondello ?
Bion. Master, a mercatanté, or a pedant,
I know not what ; but formal in apparel,
In gait and countenance surely like a father.
Luc. And what of him, Tranio ?
Tra. If he be credulous, and trust my tale, 282 I'll make him glad to seem Vincentio;
And give assurance to Baptista Minola,
As if he were the right Vincentio.
Take in your love, and then let me alone.
[Exeunt Lucentio, and BIANCA.
Ped. God save you, sir !
Tra. And you, sir ! you are welcome.
on, or are you at the farthest ? Ped. Sir, at the farthest for a week or two : But then up farther; and as far as Rome; And so to Tripoly, if God lend me life, 290 1. Trai What countryman, I pray? Ped. Of Mantua.
Tra. Of Mantua, sir ?-marry, God forbid ! And come to Padua, careless of your life? · Ped. My life, sir! how, I pray? for that goes
hard, Tra. 'Tis death for any one in Mantua To come to Padua; Know you not the cause : Your ships are staid at Venice; and the duke (For private quarrel 'twixt your duke and him) Hath publish'd and proclaim'd it openly: 300 'Tis marvel ; but that you're but newly come, You might have heard it else proclaim'd about.
Ped. Alas, sir, it is worse for me than so;
For I have bills for money by exchange
From Florence, and must here deliver them.
Tra. Well, sir, to do you courtesy,
This will I do, and this will I advise you ;-