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Sly. Ay, it stands so, that I may hardly tarry | We could at once put us in readiness; 60 long. But I would be loath to fall into my And take a lodging, fit to entertain dreams again; I will therefore tarry, in despite Such friends, as time in Padua shall beget. of the flesh and the blood.

But stay aw

hile: What company is this:

Tra. Master, some show, to welcome us to Enter a Servant.

town. Sero. Your honour's players, hearing your Enter BAPTISTA, KATHARINA, BIANCA, GREMIO, amendment,

and Hortensio. LUCENTIO and TRANIO stand Are come to play a pleasant comedy,

aside. Fæ so your doctors hold it very meet; Seeing too much sadness hath congeal'd your) Bap. Gentlemen, importune me no further, blood,

For how I firmly am resolv'd you know; And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy, That is,-not to bestow my youngest daughter, Therefore, they thought it good you hear a play, Before I have a husband for the elder: And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, If either of you both love Katharina, Which bars a thousand harms, and lengthens Because I know you well, and love you well, life.

Leave shall you have to court her at your Siy. Marry, I will ; let them play it: Is not pleasure. a commonty, * a Christmas gambol, or a tum Gre. To cart her rather: She's too rough for bling trick?'

me:Page. No, my good lord; it is more pleasing There, there, Hortensio, will you any wife ? stuff.

Kath. I pray you, Sir, [To Bap.) is it your Sly. What, household stuff ?

will Page. It is a kind of history.

To make a stale of me amongst these mates! Sly. Well, we'll see't: Come, madam wife, Hor. Mates, maid! bow mean you that? no sit by my side, and let the world slip; we shall mates for you, ne'er be younger.

[They sit down. Unless you were of gentler, milder mould.

Kath. I'faith, Sir, you shall never need to ACT J.

I wis,t it is not half way to her heart: [fear; SCENE 1.-Padua.--A public Place.

But, if it were, doubt not her care should be Enter Lucentio and Tranio.

To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool,

And paint your face, and use you like a fool. Luc. Tranio, since--for the great desire I had Hor. From all such devils, good Lord, deliTo see fair Padua, nursery of arts,

ver us! I am arriv'd for fruitful Lombardy,

Gre. And me too, good Lord ! The pleasant garden of great Italy;

Tru. Hush, master! here is some good pasAnd, by my father's love and leave, am arm'd

time toward; With his good will, and thy good company, That wench is stark mad, or wonderful froward. Most trusty servant, well approv'd in all; Luc. But in the other's silence I do see Here let us breathe, and happily institute Maids' mild behaviour and sobriety. A course of learning, and ingenioust studies.

Peace, Trapio. Pisa, renowned for grave citizens,

Tru. Well said, master: mum! and gaze your Gave me my being, and my father first,

fill. A merchant of great traffic through the world, Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii.

Whai I have said,- Bianca, get you in: Vincentio his son, brought up in Florence, And let it not displease thee, good Bianca; It shall become, to serve all hopes conceiv'd, For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl. To deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds: Kath. A pretty peat!: 'tis best And therefore, Tranio, for the time I study, Put finger in the eye,-an she knew why. Virtue, and that part of philosophy

Bian. Sister, content you in my discontent.Will I apply, that treats of happiness

Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe : By virtue specially to be achiev'd.

My books, and instruments, shall be my comTell me thy mind: for I have Pisa left,

. pany; And am to Padua come; as he that leaves On them to look, and practise by myself. A shallow plash,t to plunge him in the deep, Luc. Hark, Tranio! thou may'st hear MinerAnd with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.

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[Aside. Tra. Mi perdonate, gentle master mine, Hor. Signior Baptista, will you be so strange? I am in all affected as yourself;

Sorry am I, that our good will effects
Glad that you thus continue your resolve, Bianca's grief.
To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy, 1. Gre. Why, will you mewş her up,
Only, good master, while we do admire Signior Baptista, for this fiend of bell,
This virtue, and this moral discipline,

And make her bear the penance of her tongue ? Let's be no stoics, nor no stocks, I pray; Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolv'd :Or so devote to Aristotle's checks,

Go in, Bianca.

Exit BIANCA. As Ovid be an outcast quite abjur'd:

And for I know, she taketh most delight Talk logic with acquaintance that you have, In music, instruments, and poetry, Add practise rhetoric in your common talk: Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Music and poesy use to quicken you: Fit to instruct her youth.-1f you, Hortensio, The mathematics, and the metaphysics,

Or signior Gremio, you,-know any such, Fall to them, as you find your stomach serves Prefer|| them hither; for to cunningl men you:

I will be very kind, and liberal No profit grows, where is no pleasure ta'en ;-) To mine own children in good bringing up; In brief, Sir, study what you most affect. And so farewell. Katharina you may stay; and

Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou ad. For I have more to commune with Bianca. 11, Biondello, thou wert come ashore, [vise.

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+ Think. 1 Pet. Pardon me 1 Harsh rules. Animate.

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Kath. Why, and I trust I may go too; May! Luc. ( yes, I saw sweet beauty in her face, I not?

Tbelike, such as the daughter of Agenor had, What, shall I be appointed hours; as though, That made greai Jove to humble him to her I knew not what to take, and what to leave?

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(Exit. When with his knees he kiss'd the Cretan Gre. You may go to the devil's dam; your Tra. Saw you no more ? mark'd you not how gifts* are so good, here is none will hold you.

her sister Their love is not so great, Hortensio, but we Began to scold; and raise up such a storm, may blow our nails together, and fast it fairly That mortal ears might hardly endure the din? out; our cake's dough on both sides. Fare Luc. Tranio, I saw her coral lips to move, well :-Yet, for the love I bear my sweet | And with her breath she dia perlu

| And with her breath she did perfume the air; Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit Sacred, and sweet, was all I saw in her. man, to teach her that wherein she delights, Tra. Nay, then, 'tis time to stir him from his I will wish him to her father.

trance. Hor. So will I, signior Gremio : But a word, I pray, awake, Sir; if you love the maid, I pray. Though the nature of our quarrel yet | Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus never brook'd parle, know now, upon advice,

it stands : it toucheth us both,—that we may yet again

Her elder sister is so curst and shrewd, have access to our fáir mistress, and be happy That, till the father rid his hands of her, rivals in Bianca's love,-to labour and effect Master, your love must live a maid at home; one thing 'specially.

| And therefore has he closely mew'd her up, Gre. What's that, I pray?

Because she shall not be annoy'd with suitors. Hor. Marry, Sir, to get a husband for her Luc. Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father's he! sister.

But art thou not advis'd, he took some care Gre. A husband ! a devil.

To get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct Hor. I say, a husband.

her? Gre. I say, a devil: Think'st thou, Hortensio, Tra. Ay, marry, am I, Sir; and now 'tis though her father be very rich, any man is so

plotted. very a fool to be married to hell ?

Luc. I have it, Tranio. Hor. Tush, Gremio, though it pass your pa

Tra. Master, for my hand, tience, and mine, to endure her loud alarums, Both our inventions meet and jump in one. why, man, there be good fellows in the world, Luc. Tell me thine first. an a man could light on them, would take her | Tru. You will be schoolmaster, with all faults, and money enough.

And undertake the teaching of the maid: Gre. I cannot tell; but I had as lief take her | That's your device. dowry with this condition,-to be whipped at

Luc. It is : May it be done? the high-cross every morning.

Tra. Not possible; For who shall bear your Hor. 'Faith, as you say, there's small choice | And be in Padua here Vincentio's son? (part, in rotten apples. But, come; since this bar | Keep house, and ply his book; welcome his in law makes us friends, it shall be so far

friends; forth friendly maintained, -till by helping Bap Visit his countrymen, and banquet them? tista's eldest daughter to a husband, we set his! Luc, Basta ;t content thee; for I have it fall. youngest free for a husband, and then have | We have not yet been seen in any house; to't afresh.—Sweet Bianca !- Happy man be Nor can we be distinguished by our faces, his dole! He that runs fastest gets the ring. For man or master: then it follows thus ;How say you, signior Gremio

Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead, Gre. I am agreed : and 'would I had given | Keep house, and port, and servants, as I him the best horse in Padua to begin his woo- . should; . ing, that would thoroughly woo her, wed her, I will some other be ; some Florentine, and bed her, and rid the house of her. Come

| Some Neapolitan, or mean man of Pisa. on. [Exeunt GREMIO and HORTENSIO.

| 'Tis hatch'a, and shall be so :-Tranio, at once Tra. [Advancing.) I pray, Sir, tell me,- Is it Uncase thee; take my colour'd hat and cloak: possible

When Biondello comes, he waits on thee; That love should of a sudden take such hold ? But I will charm him first to keep his tongue. Luc. ( Tranio, till I found it to be true,

Tra. So had you need. [They exchange habits. I never thought it possible, or likely;

In brief then, Sir, sith it your pleasure is, But see! while idly I stood looking on,

And I am tied to be obedient; I found the effect of love in idleness :

|(For so your father charg'd me at our parting; And now in plainness do confess to thee, Be serviceable to my son, quoth he, That art to me as secret, and as dear,

Although, I think, 'twas in another sense) As Anna to the queen of Carthage was, I am content to be Lucentio, Tranio, I burn, i pine, I perish, Tranio, Because so well I love Lucentio. If I achieve not this young modest girl:

Luc. Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves : Counsel me, Tranio, for Üknow thou canst; | And let me be a slave, to achieve that maid Assist me, Tranio, for I know thou wilt. Whose sudden sight hath thrall’d my wounded Tru, Master, it is no time to chide you now;

eye. Affection is not rated from the heart: [so,

Enter BIONDELLO. If love have touch'd you, nought remains but | Here comes the rogue.-Sirrah, where have Redime te captum quam queas minimo.

you been ? Luc. Gramercies, lad; go forward : this Bion. Where have I been? Nay, how now: contents;

where are you?

[clothes? She rest will comfort. for thy counsel's sound. | Mast • has my 1

ellow Tranio S Tra. Master, you look'd so longlyll on the Or you stolen his ? or both? pray, what's tr maid,

news? ..erhaps you mark'd not what's the pith of all. Luc. Sirrah, come hither; 'tis no time to jest, • Endowments. + Consideration. Gain or lot. * Europa. + 'Tis enough. Show, appearanet. Driven out by chiding. Longingly.

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And therefore frame your manners to the time. Rise, Grumio, rise; we will compound this Your fellow Tranio here, to save my life,

quarrel. Puts my apparel and my countenance on, | Gru. Nay, 'tis no matter, what he 'leges* in And I for my escape have put on his; Latin.-- If this be not a lawful cause for me to For in a quarrel, since I came ashore,

leave his service,-Look you, Sir,-he bid me I kill'd a man, and fear I was descried :* knock him, and rap him soundly, Sir: Well, Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes, was it fit for a servant to use his master so; beWhile I make way from hence to save my life : ing, perhaps, (for aught I see,) two and thirty, You understand me?

a pip out?' Bion. I. Sir, ne'er a wbit.

Whom, 'would to God, I had well knock'd at Lac. And not a jot of Tranio in your mouth ; Tranio is chang'd into Lucentio.

Then had not Grumio come by the worst. Bion. The better for him ; Would I were so Pet. A senseless villain-Good Hortensio, too!

I bade the rascal knock upon your gate, Tra. So would I, faith, boy, to have the next And could not get him for my heart to do it.. wish after,

daughter. Gru. Knock at the gate? -o heavens! That Lucentio indeed had Baptista's youngest Spake you not these words plain,-Sirrah, But, sirrah,not for my sake, but your mas

knock me here,

soundly? ter's, I advise

Rap, me here, knock me well, and "knock me You use your manners discreetly in all kind of And come you now with-knocking at the companies :

gate ? When I am alone, why, then I am Tranio; Pet. Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise But in all places else, your master Lucentio.

you. Luc. Tranio, let's go :

Hor. Petruchio, patience; I am Grumio's One thing more rests, that thyself execute;

pledge: To make one among these wooers: If thou ask why, this a heavy chance 'twixt him and you ; me why,

Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grumio. Sufficeth, my reasons are both good and And tell me now, sweet friend, what happy weighty.

[Exeunt. 1 Serv. My lord, you nod; you do not mind the Blows you to Padua here, from old Verona ? play.

Pet. Such wind as scatters young men Sly. Yes, by saint Anne, do I. A good matter,

he world, surely; Comes there any more of it?

To seek their fortunes further than at home, Page. My lord, 'tis but begun.

Where small experience grows. But, in a few,t Sly. 'Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam Signior Hortensio, thus it stands with me :lady; 'Would't were done!

Antonio, my father, is deceas'd;

And I have thrust myself into this maze, SCENE II.-The same. Before HORTENSIO's Haply to wive, and thrive, as best I may: House.

Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home, Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO. And so am come abroad to see the world. Pet. Verona, for a while I take my leave,

Hor. Petruchio, shall I then come roundly

to thee. To see my friends in Padua; but, of all, My best beloved and approved friend,

And wish thee to a shrewd ill-favour'd wise? Hortensio; and, I trow, this is his house :

Thoud'st thank me but a little for my counsel : Here, sirrah Grumio; knock, I say.

And yet I'll promise thee she shall be rich, Gru. Knock, Sir! whom should I knock? is

And very rich:-but thou'rt too much my friend, there any man' has rebused your worship?

And I'll not wish thee to her. Pet. Villain, I say, knock me here soundly.

Pet. Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such friends Gru. Knock you here, Sir? why, Sir, what

as we, am I, Sir, that I should knock you here, Sir ?

Few words suffice: and, therefore, if thou know Pet. Villain, I say, knock me at this gate,

One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife, And rap me well, or I'll knock your knave's

(As wealth is burden of my wooing dance,)

Be she as foul as was Florentius' love, pate. Gru. My master is grown quarrelsome: I

As old as Sybil, and as curst and shrewd should knock you first,

As Socrates' Xantippe, or a worse, And then I know after who comes by the worst.

She moves me not, or not removes, at least, Pet. Will it not be?

Affection's edge in me; were she as rough Paith, sirrah, an you'll not knock, I'll wring

As are the swelling Adriatic seas : I'll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it. fit;

I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; [He wring's GRUMIO by the ears.

If wealthily, then happily in Padua. Gru. Help, masters, help! my master is

Gru. Nay, look you, Sir, he tells you flatly mad.'

what his mind is : Why, give him gold enough Pet. Now, knock when I bid you; sirrah !

and marry him to a puppet, or an aglet-baby ;s villain!

or an old trot with ne'er a tooth in her head,

though she have as many diseases as two and Enter HORTENSIO.

fifty horses: why nothing comes amiss, so Hor. How now? what's the matter?-My

money comes withal. old friend Grumio! and my good friend Petru

Hor. Petruchio, since we have stepp'd thus chio!-How do you all at Verona?

far in, Pet. Signior Hortensio, come you to part the

I will continue that I broach'd in jest. fray?

I can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife [ous; Con tutto il core bene trovuto, may I say.

With wealth enough, and young, and beauteHor. Alla nostra casa bene venuto,

* Alleges.

+ Few words. Molto honoruto signor mio Petruchio.

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Brought up, as best becomes a gentlewoman: And let me have them very well perfum'd;
Her only tault (and that is faults enough,) For she is sweeter than perfume itself,
Is-that she is intolerably curst, [sure, To whom they go. What will you read to her!
And shrewd, and froward; so beyond all mea. Luc. Whate'er I read to her, I'll plead for
That, were my state far worser than it is,

you, I would not wed her for a mine of gold. | As for my patron, (stand you so assur'd,) Pet. Hortensio, peace; thou know'st not As firmly as yourself were still in place : gold's effect:

Yea, and (perhaps) with more successful words Tell me her father's name, and 'tis enough; | Than you, unless you were a scholar, Sir, For I will board her, though she chide as loud Gre. O this learning! what a thing it is! As thunder, when the clouds in autumn crack. Gru. O this woodcock! what an ass it is! Hor. Her father is Baptista Minola,

Pet. Peace, sirrah. An affable and courteous gentleman:

Hor. Grumio, mum!—God save you, signior Her name is Katharina Minola,

Gremio! Renown'd in Padua for her scolding tongue. Gre. And you're well met, signior HortenPet. I know her father, though I know not

sio. Trow you,

Whither I am going to Baptista Minola. And he knew my deceased father well : I promis'd to enquire carefully I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her; | About a schoolmaster for fair Bianca: And therefore let me be thus bold with you, And, by good fortune, I have lighted well To give you over at this first encounter, On this young man; for learning, and be Unless you will accompany me thither.

haviour, Gru. I pray you, Sir, let him go while the Fit for her turn; well read in poetry, humour lasts. 'O' my word, an she knew him And other books,--good ones, I warrant you. as well as I do, she would think scolding | Hor. 'Tis well: and I have met a gentleman, would do little good upon him : She may, per- Hath promis'd me to help me to another, haps, call him half a score knaves, or so: why, A fine musician to instruct our mistress! that's nothing; an he begin once, he'll rail in So shall I do whit be behind in duty his rope-tricks. I'll tell you what, Sir,-an To fa

so belov'd of she standt him but a little, he will throw a Gre. Belov'd of me, and that my deeds figure in her face, and so disfigure her with it,

shall prove. that she shall have no more eyes to see withal Gru. And that his bags shall prove, (Aside. than a cat: You know him not, Sir.

Hor. Gremio, 'tis now po time to vent our Hor. Tarry, Petruchio, I must go with thee; Listen to me, and if you speak me fair, [love: For in Baptista's keept my treasure is : I'll tell you news indifferent good for either. He hath the jewel of my life in hold,

Here is a gentleman, whom by chance I met, His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca; Upon agreement from us to his liking, And her withholds from me, and other more Will undertake to woo curst Katharine; Suitors to her, and rivals in my love:

Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please. Supposing it a thing impossible,

Gre. So said, so done, is well: (For those defects I have before rehears'd,)

Hortensio, have you told him all her faults! That ever Katharina will be woo'd,

Pet. I know, she is an irksome brawling Therefore this orders hath Baptista ta'en ;

scold; That none shall have access unto Bianca, If that be all, masters, I hear no harm. Till Katharine the curst have got a husband. Gre. No, say'st me so, friend ? What coudGru. Katharine the curst!

tryman? A title for a maid, of all titles the worst. + Pet. Born in Verona, old Antonio's son: Hor. Now shall my friend Petruchio do me My father dead, my fortune lives for me;

And I do hope good days, and long, to see. And offer me, disguis'd in sober robes,

Gre, 0, Sir, such a life, with such a wife, To old Baptista as a schoolmaster

were strange: Well seen in music, to instruct Bianca: But, if you have a stomach, to't o'God's name; That so I may by this device, at least, | You shall have me assisting you in all. Have leave and leisure to make love to her, But will you woo this wild cat ? And, unsuspected, court her by herself.

Pet. Will I live? Enter GREMIO ; with him Lucentio disguised,

Gru. Will he woo her ? ay, or I'll hang her.

Aside. with books under his arm.

Pet. Why came I hither, but to that intent? Gru. Here's no knavery! See ; to beguile Think you, a little din can daunt mine ears? the old folks, how the young folks lay their Have I not in my time heard lions roar? heads together! Master, master, look about Have I not heard the sea, putrd up with winds, you : Who goes there? ha!

Rage like an angry boar, chased with sweat! Hor. Peace, Grumio; 'tis the rival of my

Have I not heard great ordnance in the field, Petruchio, stand by a while. [love :-)

And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies? Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous! Have I not in a pitched battle heard

[They retire. Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets Gre. 0, very well; I have perus'd the note.

clang? Hark you, Sir; I'll have them very fairly | And do you tell me of a woman's tongue; bound :

That gives not half so great a blow to the ear, All books of love, see that at any hand ;/ As will a chesnut in a farmer's fire ? And see you read no other lectures to her:

Tush! tush! fear boys with bugs." You understand me :-Over and beside

Gru. For he fears none.

[Asude. Signior Baptista's liberality,

[too, Gre. Hortensio, hark! I'll mendit with a largess:**_Take your papers| This gentleman is happily arriv'd, [yours.

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Hor. I promis'd, we would be contributors, For our access, whose hap shall be to have And bear his charge of wooing, whatsoe'er. Will not so graceless be, to be ingrate.* [her, Gre. And so we will; provided, that he win Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do her.

conceive; Gru, I would, I were as sure of a good din | And since you do profess to be a suitor, ner.

[Aside. | You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman,

To whom we all rest generally beholden. Eater Tranio, bravely apparelled ; and Bion.

Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack: in sign whereof, DELLO.

Please ye we may contrive this afternoon,

And quaff carouses to our mistress' health; Tra. Gentlemen, God save you! If I may be And so as adversaries do in law,bold,

(way Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends. Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest Gre. Bion. Ő excellent motion! Fellows,t To the house of signior Baptista Minola ?

let's begone. Gre. He that has the two fair daughters :

Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it is't (Aside to Tranio.) he you mean? Tra. Even he. Biondello!

Petruchio, 'I shall be your ben venuto. [Exeunt. Gre. Hark you, Sir; You mean not her to Tra. Perhaps, him and her, Sir; What havo

ACT II. you to do?

SCENE 1.The same.--A Room in BAPTISTA's Pet. Not her that chides, Sir, at any band, I

House. pray. Tra. I love no chiders, Sir :-Biondello, let's Enter KATHARINA and BIANCA. away.

Bian. Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong Luc. Well begun, Tranio.

(Aside. Hor. Sir, a word ere you go;

yourself, Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea,

To make a bondmaid and a slave of me;

That I disdain: but for these other gawds, or no ?

Unbind my hands,

nds, I'll pull them off' myself, Tra. An if I be, Sir, is it any offence? Gre. No; if, without more words, you will

Yea, all my raiment to my petticoat;

Or, what you will command me will I do, get you bence.

So well I know my duty to my elders.
Tra. Why, Sir, I pray, are not the streets as
For me, as for you?

Kath. Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, [free

tell Gre. But so is not she.

Whom thou lov'st best; see thou dissemble not. Tra. For what reason, I beseech you? Gre. For this reason, if you'll know,

Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive,

| I never yet beheld that special face That she's the choice love of signior Gremio.

| Which I could fancy more than any other. " Hor. That she's the chosen of signior Hor

Kath. Minion, thou liest; Is't not Hortensio? tensio.

Biun. If you affects him, sister, here I swear, Tra. Softly, my masters! if you be gentlemen, Do me this right, hear me with patience.

I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have

him, Baptista is a noble gentleman,

Kath. O then, belike, you fancy riches more; To whom my father is not all unknown;

You will have Gremio to keep you fair.
And, were his daughter fairer than she is,

Bian. Is it for him you do envy me so?
She may more suitors have, and me for one.
Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers;

Nay, then you jest; and now I well perceive,

You have but jested with me all this while: Then well one more may fair Bianca have:

I pr'ythee, sister Kate, untie my hands.
And so she shall: Lucentio shall make one,
Though Paris came, in hope to speed alone.

Kath. If that be jest, then all the rest was so.

[Strikes her. Gre. What! this gentleman will out-talk us all.

Enter BAPTISTA. Luc. Sir, give him head; I know, he'll prove

Bap. Why, how now, dame! whence grows a jade. Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these

this insolence ? words?"

Bianca, stand aside ;-poor girl! she weeps: hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you,

Go ply thy needle ; meddle not with her.Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter?

For shame, thou hilding|| of a devilish spirit, Tra. No, Sir; but hear I do, that he hath

Why dost thou wrong her that did ne'er wrong

thee? The one as famous for a scolding tongue,

When did she cross thee with a bitter word ? As is the other for beauteous modesty.

Kalh. Her silence flouts me, and I'll be reveng'd.

(Flies after BIANCA. Pet. Sir, Sir, the first's for me; let her go by. Gre. Yéa, leave that labour to great Her

Bap. What, in my sight - Bianca, get thee

[Exit BIANCA. . cules; And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.

Kath. Will you not suffer me? Nay, now I Pet. Sir, understand you this of me, in

see sooth;

She is your treasure, she must have a husband; the youngest daughter, whom you hearken for,

I must dance bare-foot on her wedding-day, her father keeps from all access of suitors;

And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell. And will not promise her to any man,

Talk' not to me; I will go sit and weep, Until the elder sister first be wed:

Till I can find occasion of revenge.

(Erit KATHARINA. be younger then is free, and not before. Ira. If it be so, Sir, then you are the man

Bup. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I? Must stead us all, and me among the rest;

But who comes here? An if you break the ice, and do this feat, * Ungrateful + Companions. Trifling ornaments. Achieve the elder, set the younger free

Love.

U A worthless womalle

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