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That in a twink she won me to her love.
God send you joy, Petruchio! 'tis a match.
Gra. Tra. Amen, say we; we will be witnesses. Pet. Father, and wife, and gentlemen, adieu; I will to Venice, Sunday comes apace:We will have rings, and things, and fine array; And kiss me, Kate, we will be married o' Sunday. [Exeunt PETRUCHIO and KATHARINE, severally.
Gre. Was ever match clapp'd up so suddenly? Bap. Faith, gentlemen, now I play a merchant's part,
And venture madly on a desperate mart.
Tra. 'Twas a commodity lay fretting by you: "Twill bring you gain, or perish on the seas.
Bap. The gain I seek is quiet in the match.
Tra. And I am one, that love Bianca more
Gre. Youngling! thou canst not love so dear as I.
'tis a world to see,] i. e. it is wonderful to see. This expression is often met with in old historians as well as dramatic writers.
1A meacock wretch-] i. e. a timorous dastardly creature.
Tra. Grey-beard! thy love doth freeze. Gre. But thine doth fry. Skipper, stand back; 'tis age, that nourisheth. Tra. But youth, in ladies' eyes that flourisheth. Bap. Content you, gentlemen; I'll compound
'Tis deeds, must win the prize; and he, of both, That can assure my daughter greatest dower, Shall have Bianca's love.
Say, signior Gremio, what can you assure her? Gre. First, as you know, my house within the city
Is richly furnished with plate and gold;
Tra. That, only, came well in-Sir, list to me, I am my father's heir, and only son:
2 counterpoints,] These coverings for beds are at present called counterpanes; but either mode of spelling is proper. Counterpoint is the monkish term for a particular species of musick, in which, notes of equal duration, but of different harmony, are set in opposition to each other. In like manner counterpanes were anciently composed of patch-work, and so contrived that every pane or partition in them, was contrasted with one of a different colour, though of the same dimensions. STEEVENS.
If I may have your daughter to my wife,
Gre. Two thousand ducats by the year, of land!
Tra. Gremio, 'tis known, my father hath no less Than three great argosies; besides two galliasses, And twelve tight gallies: these I will assure her, And twice as much, whate'er thou offer'st next.
Gre. Nay, I have offer'd all, I have no more;
Tra. Why, then the maid is mine from all the world,
By your firm promise; Gremio is out-vied.*
Bap. I must confess, your offer is the best; And, let your father make her the assurance, She is your own; else, you must pardon me: If you should die before him, where's her dower? Tra. That's but a cavil; he is old, I young. Gre. And may not young men die, as well as old?
Bap. Well, gentlemen,
I am thus resolv'd:-On Sunday next you
two galliasses,] A galeas or galliass, is a heavy low-built vessel of burthen, with both sails and oars, partaking at once of the nature of a ship and a galley. STEEVENS.
out-vied. This is a term at the old game of gleek. When one man was vied upon another, he was said to be out-vied.
Now, on the Sunday following, shall Bianca.
And so I take my leave, and thank you both.
Gre. Adieu, good neighbour.-Now I fear thee not;
Sirrah, young gamester," your father were a fool
Tra. A vengeance on your crafty wither'd hide! Yet I have faced it with a card of ten." 'Tis in my head to do my master good:I see no reason, but suppos'd Lucentio Must get a father, call'd-suppos'd Vincentio; And that's a wonder: fathers, commonly, Do get their children; but, in this case of wooing, A child shall get a sire, if I fail not of my cunning.
SCENE I. A Room in Baptista's House.
Enter LUCENTIO, HORTENSIO, and BIANCA.
Luc. Fiddler, forbear; you grow too forward, sir: Have you so soon forgot the entertainment Her sister Katharine welcom'd you withal? Hor. But, wrangling pedant, this is
Sirrah, young gamester,] Gamester, in the present instance, has no reference to gaming, and only signifies-a wag, a frolicksome character.
Yet I have faced it with a card of ten.] That is, with the highest card, in the old simple games of our ancestors.
The patroness of heavenly harmony:
Luc. Preposterous ass! that never read so far
Hor. Sirrah, I will not bear these braves of thine.
Hor. You'll leave his lecture when I am in tune?
Luc. Here, madam:
Hac ibat Simois; hic est Sigeia tellus;
Hic steterat Priami regia celsa senis.
Luc. Hac ibat, as I told you before,-Simois, I am Lucentio,-hic est, son unto Vincentio of Pisa,— Sigeia tellus, disguised thus to get your love;-Hic steterat, and that Lucentio that comes a wooing,Priami, is my man Tranio,-regia, bearing my port, celsa senis, that we might beguile the old pantaloon.R
7 no breeching scholar-] i. e. no school-boy liable to corporal correction.
pantaloon.] The old cully in Italian farces.