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Gru. Villain, not for thy life: Take up my mistress' gown for thy master's use !
Pet. Why, sir, what's your conceit in that ?
for : Take up my mistress' gown to his master's use! O, fye, fye, fye! Pet. Hortensio, say thou wilt see the tailor paid :
[ Aside. Go take it hence; be gone, and say no more.
Hor. Tailor, I'll pay thee for thy gown to-mor
Take no unkindness of his hasty words.
Erit Tailor. Pet. Well, come, my Kate ; we will unto your
father's, Even in these honest mean habiliments ; Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor : For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich ; And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, So honour peereth in the meanest habit. What, is the jay more precious than the lark, Because his feathers are more beautiful? Or is the adder better than the eel, Because his painted skin contents the eye? O, no, good Kate; neither art thou the worse For this poor furniture, and mean array. If thou account'st it shame, lay it on me: And therefore, frolick; we will hence forthwith, To feast and sport us at thy father's house.Go, call my men, and let us straight to him; And bring our horses unto Long-lane end, There will we mount, and thither walk on foot. Let's see; I think, 'tis now some seven o'clock, And well we may come there by dinner time. Kath. I dare assure you, sir, 'tis almost two;
And 'twill be supper-time, ere you come there.
Pet. It shall be seven, ere I go to horse: Look, what I speak, or do, or think to do, You are still crossing it.--Sirs, let't alone: I will not go to-day; and ere I do, It shall be what o'clock I say it is. Hor. Why, so! this gallant will command the
a. 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. Tra.
'Tis well; And hold your own, in any case, with such Austerity as ’longeth to a father.
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.
- but I be dleccited,] But, i. c, unless.
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.
pray you, stand good father to me now, Give me Bianca for my patrimony.
Ped. Soft, son! Sir, by your leave; having come to Padua To gather in some debts, my son Lucentio Made me acquainted with a weighty cause Of love between your daughter and himself: And,- for the good report I hear of you; And for the love he beareth to your daughter, And she to him,-to stay him not too long, I am content, in a good father's care, To have him match’d; and,—if you please to like No worse than I, sir,—upon some agreement, Me shall you find most ready and most willing With one consent to have her so bestow'd; For curious I cannot be with Signior Baptista, of whom I hear so well.
Bap. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say ;Your plainness, and your shortness, please me well. Right true it is, your son Lucentio here Doth love my daughter, and she loveth him, Or both dissemble deeply their affections: And, therefore, if you say no more than this, That like a father you will deal with him,
* For curious I cannot be with you,] Curious is scrupulous.
pass my daughter a sufficient dower," The match is fully made, and all is done: Your son shall have my daughter with consent. Tra. I thank you, sir. Where then do you know
best, 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 niglit, We'll
pass the business privately and well:
Bap. It likes me well:-Cainbio, hie you home,
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 Come, sir; we'll better it in Pisa. Bap.
[Exeunt Tranio, Pedant, and Baptista.
may, with all
I follow you.
s And pass my daughter a sufficient dower,] To pass is, in this place, synonymous to assure or contey; as it sometimes occurs in the covenant of a purchase deed, that the granter has power to bargain, sell, &c. " and thereby to puss and convey" the premises to the grantee.
o We be affied;] i. e. betrothed.
? And, happily] Happily, in Shakspeare's time, signified accidentally, as well as fortunately.
What say'st thou, Biondello? Bion. You saw my master wink and laugh upon you?
Luc. Biondello, what of that?
Bion. 'Faith nothing; but he has left me here behind, to expound the meaning or moralo 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?
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
say, But, bid Bianca farewell for ever and a day.
[Going, Luc. Hear'sự 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
or moral —] i. e, the secret purpose.
cum privilegio ad imprimendum solim:] It is scarce necessary to observe, tiat these are the words which commonly were put on books where an exclusive right had been granted to particular persons for printing them. REED.
to the church;] i.e. go to the church, &c.