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Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good
KATH. A pretty peat ! 'tis best
discontent. Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe : My books, and instruments, shall be my company; On them to look, and practise by myself. Luc. Hark, Tranio! thou may'st hear Minerva speak.
Gre. Why, will you mew her up,
BAP, Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolv'd :-
[Exit BIANCA. And for I know, she taketh most delight In musick, instruments, and poetry, Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Fit to instruct her youth.—If
you, Hortensio, Or fignior Gremio, you-know Prefer them hither; for to cunning men
/ I will be very kind, and liberal To mine own children in good bringing-up ; And so farewell. Katharina you may stay; For I have more to commune with Bianca. [Exit.
KATH. Why, and I trust, I may go too, May I not? What, shall I be appointed hours; as though, belike, I knew not what to take, and what to leave? Ha! [Exit. VOL. II.
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 nails 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 on 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, I 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 our fair mistress, and be happy rivals in Bianca's love,-to labour and effect one thing 'specially.
Gre. What's that, I pray ?
Gre. I say, a devil: Think'st thou, Hortensio, 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 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, fignior Gremio ?
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. Tra. (Advancing.] I pray, sir, tell me,—Is it possible That love should of a sudden take such hold ?
Luc. O, Tranio, till I found it to be true,
Tra. Master, it is no time to chide you now;
. 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,
Luc. O yes, I saw sweet beauty in her face,
Tra. Saw you no more ? mark'd you not, how her
sister Began to scold ; and raise
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 trance. I pray, awake, sir; If you love the maid, Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus it stands: Her elder sister is so curst and shrewd, 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.
Luc. Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father's he! But art thou not advis'd, he took some care Το
get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct her? Tra. Ay, marry, am I, fir; and now 'tis plotted. Luc. I have it, Tranio.
Tra. Master, for my hand,
Luc. Tell me thine first.
Tra. You will be schoolmaster,
Luc. It is: May it be done?
Tra. Not pollible; 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,
colour'd hat and cloak :
[They exchange habits.
father charg'd me at our parting;
Luc. Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves :
eye. Enter BIONDELLO. Here comes the rogue.-Sirrah, where have you been ?
Bion. Where have I been ? Nay, how now, where are
you stol’n his? or both ? pray, what's the news ?