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PADUA. BEFORE BAPTISTA'S HOUSE.
Enter Tranio, and the Pedant dressed like Vincentio. Tra. Sir, this is the house; Please it you, that I call?
Ped. Ay, what else? and, but I be deceived, Signior Baptista may remember me,
Near twenty years ago, in Genoa, where
We were lodgers at the Pegasus.
And hold your own, in any case, with such
Ped. I warrant you: But, sir, here comes your boy; 'Twere good, he were school'd.
Tra. Fear you not him. Sirrah, Biondello, Now do your duty throughly, I advise you; Imagine 'twere the right Vincentio.
Bion. Tut! fear not me.
Tra. But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista? Bion. I told him, that your father was at Venice; And that you look'd for him this day in Padua. Tra. Thou'rt a tall fellow; hold thee that to drink. Here comes Baptista:-set your countenance, sir.—
Enter Baptista and Lucentio.
Signior Baptista, you are happily met:-
This is the gentleman I told you of;
I pray you, stand good father to me now,
Ped. Soft, son!
Sir, by your leave; having come to Padua
Signior Baptista, of whom I hear so well.
Bap. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say ;-
Your son shall have my daughter with consent.
We be affied; and such assurance ta'en,
As shall with either part's agreement stand?
Bap. Not in my house, Lucentio; for, you know, Pitchers have ears, and I have many servants: Besides, old Gremio is heark'ning still;
And, happily, we might be interrupted.
Tra. Then at my lodging, an it like you, sir: There doth my father lie; and there, this night, We'll pass the business privately and well: Send for your daughter by your servant here, My boy shall fetch the scrivener presently. The worst is this,-that, at so slender warning, You're like to have a thin and slender pittance. Bap. It likes me well:-Cambio, hie you home, And bid Bianca make her ready straight: And, if you will, tell what hath happened:Lucentio's father is arriv'd in Padua, And how she's like to be Lucentio's wife.
Luc. I pray the gods she may, with all my heart! Tra. Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone. Signior Baptista, shall I lead the way?
Welcome! one mess is like to be
I follow you.
[Exeunt Tranio, Pedant, and Baptista.
What say'st thou, Biondello?
Bion. You saw my master wink and laugh upon
Luc. Biondello, what of that?
Bion. 'Faith, nothing; but he has left me here behind, to expound the meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.
Luc. I pray thee, moralize them.
Bion. Then, thus:-Baptista is safe, talking with the deceiving father of a deceitful son.
Luc. And what of him?
Bion. His daughter is to be brought by you to
Luc. And then?
Bion. The old priest at saint Luke's church is at your command at all hours.
Luc. And what of all this?
Bion. I cannot tell; except they are busied about a counterfeit assurance: Take you assurance of her, cum privilegio ad imprimendum solùm: to the church;—take the priest, clerk, and some sufficient honest witnesses:
If this be not that you look for, I have no more to
But, bid Bianca farewel for ever and a day.
Luc. Hear'st thou, Biondello?
Bion. I cannot tarry: I knew a wench married in an afternoon as she went to the garden for parsley to stuff a rabbit; and so may you, sir; and so adieu, sir. My master hath appointed me to go to saint Luke's, to bid the priest be ready to come against you come with your appendix. [Exit.
Luc. I may, and will, if she be so contented: She will be pleas'd, then wherefore should I doubt; Hap what hap may, I'll roundly go about her; It shall go hard, if Cambio go without her.
A PUBLICK ROAD.
Enter Petruchio, Katharina, and Hortensio. Pet. Come on, o'God's name; once more toward our father's.
Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the
Kath. The moon! the sun; it is not moonlight
Pet. I say, it is the moon that shines so bright.
It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
And be it moon, or sun, or what you please:
And if you please to call it a rush candle,
Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.
Pet. I say, it is the moon.
I know it is.
Pet. Nay, then you lie; it is the blessed sun. Kath. Then, God be bless'd, it is the blessed
But sun it is not, when you say it is not;