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And I for my escape have put on his;
Gru. Nay, 'tis no matter, what he 'leges in For in a quarrel, since I came ashore,
Latin. - If this be not a lawful cause for me to I kill'd a man, and fear I was descried.
leave his service. - Look you, sir, — he bid me Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes, knock him, and rap him soundly, sir: Well, was While I make way from hence to save my life : it fit for a servant to use his master so; being, You understand me?
perhaps, (for aught I see,) two and thirty, - a Bion. I, sir ? ne'er a whit.
pip out? Luc. And not a jot of Tranio in your mouth; Whom, 'would to God, I had well knock'd at first, Tranio is chang'd into Lucentio.
Then had not Grumio come by the worst. Bion. The better for him ; 'Would'I were so too ! Pet. A senseless villain ! - Good Hortensio, Tra. So would I, faith, boy, to have the next I bade the rascal knock upon your gate, wish after,
And could not get him for my heart to do it. That Lucentio indeed had Baptista's youngest Gru. Knock at the gate ? — O heavens ! daughter
Spake you not these words plain, — Sirrah, knock But, sirrah, — not for my sake, but your master's,
me here, I advise
Rap me here, knock me well, and knock me sourdly? You use your manners discreetly in all kind of com- And come you now with — knocking at the gate ? panies :
Pet. Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise you. When I am alone, why, then I am Tranio ;
Hor. Petruchio, patience; I am Grumio's But in all places else, your master Lucentio.
pledge: Luc. Tranio, let's go :
Why, this a heavy chance 'twixt him and you ; One thing more rests, that thyself execute ; Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grumio. To make one among these wooers : If thou ask me And tell me now, sweet friend, - what happy gale why,
Blows you to Padua here, from old Verona? Sufficeth, my reasons are both good and weighty. Pet. Such wind as scatters young men through
the world, 1 Serv. My lord, you nod; you do not mind the
To seek their fortunes further than at home, play.
Where small experience grows. But, in a few, Sly. Yes, by saint Anne, do 1. A good matter, Signior Hortensio, thus it stands with me : surely; Comes there any more of it?
Antonio, my father, is deceas'd; Page. My lord, 'tis but beyun.
And I have thrust myself into this maze, Sly., 'Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam Haply to wive, and thrive, as best I may : lady; 'Would 'twere done!
Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home,
And so am come abroad to see the world. SCENE II. - The same.
Before Hortensio's Hor. Petruchio, shall I then come roundly to House.
And wish thee to a shrew'd ill-favour'd wife? Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO.
Thoud'st thank me but a little for my counsel : Pet. Verona, for a while I take my leave, And yet I'll promise thee she shall be rich, To see my friends in Padua ; but, of all,
And very rich : — but thou'rt too much my friend, My best beloved and approved friend,
And I'll not wish thee to her. Hortensio; and, I trow, this is his house :
Pet. Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as me, Here, sirrah Grumio ; knock, I say.
Few words suffice : and, therefore, if thou know Gru. Knock, sir! whom should I knock? is One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife, there any man has rebused your worship?
(As wealth is burden of my wooing dance,) Pet. Villain, I say, knock me here soundly. Be she as foul as was Florentius' love,
Gru. Knock you here, sir ? why, sir, what am I, | As old as Sybil, and as curst and shrewd sir, that I should knock you here, sir ?
As Socrates' Xantippe, or a worse,
I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
Gru. Nay, look you, sir, he tells you flatly what 'Faith, sirrahı, an you'll not knock, I'll wring it; his mind is: Why, give him gold enough and marty I'll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it.
him to a puppet, or an aglet-baby; or an old trot [He wrings Grumio by the ears. with ne'er a tooth in her head, though she have as Gru. Help, masters, help! my master is mad. many diseases as two and fifty horses : why, nothin: Pet. Now, knock when I bid you : sirrah ! comes amiss, so money comes withal. villain!
Hor. Petruchio, since we have stepped thus far
ins Enter HORTENSIO.
I will continue that I broach'd in jest. Hor. How now? what's the metter? - My old I can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife friend Grumio! and my good friend Petruchio ! With wealth enough, and young, and beauteous ; How do you all at Verona ?
Brought up, as best becomes a gentlewoman : Pet. Signior Hortensio, come you to part the fray? | Her only fault (and that is faults enouga,) Con tutto il core bene trorato, may I say.
Is, that she is intolerably curst, Hor. Alla nostra casa bene venuto,
And shrewd, and froward : so beyond all measure, Molto honorato signor mio Petruchio.
That, were my state far worser than it is, Rise. Grumio, rise; we will compound this quarrel. I would not wed her for a mine of gold.
Pd. Hortensio, peace; thou know'st not gold's | As firmly as yourself were still in place : 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. Fx 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! Her. Her father is Baptista Minola,
Pet. Peace, sirrah. An affable and courteous gentleman :
Hor. Grumio, mum! - God save you, signior He name is Katharina Minola,
Gremio ! Renown'd in Padua for her scolding tongue.
Gre. And you're well met, signior Hortensio. Pd. I know her father, though I know not her ; And he knew my deceased father well :
Whither I am going? - To Baptista Minola. I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her ;
I promis'd to enquire carefully
And, by good fortune, I have lighted well
On this young man ; for learning, and behaviour, Grue. I pray you, sir, let him go while the hu- Fit for her turn ; well read in poetry mour lasts. Oʻmy word, an she knew him as well and other books, – good ones, I warrant you. áldo, she would think scolding would do little good Hor. 'Tis well : and I have met a gentleman, upon him : She may, perhaps, call him half a score Hath promis'd me to help me to another, kaares, or so: why, that's nothing ; an he begin A fine musician to instruct our mistress ; care, he'll rail in his rope-tricks. I'll tell you So shall I no whit be behind in duty whai, sir, - an she stand him but a little, he will To fair Bianca, so belov'd of me. FOX a figure in her face, and so disfigure her with Gre. Belov'd of me, and that my deeds shall it , that she shall bave no more eyes to see withal
prove : than a cat: You know him not, sir.
Gru. And that his bags shall prove. (Aside. Har. Tarry, Petruchio, I must go with thee ; Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our For in Baptista's keep my treasure is :
love; He bath the jewel, of my life in hold,
Listen to me, and if you speak me fair, His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca ;
I'll tell you news indifferent good for either. And her withholds from me, and other more Here is a gentleman, whom by chance I met, Suitors to her, and rivals in my love :
Upon agreement from us to his liking, Supposing it a thing impossible,
Will undertake to woo curst Katharine; (For those defects I have before rehears'd,
Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please. That ever Katharina will be woo'd,
Gre. So said, so done, is well :Therefore this order hath Baptista ta'en ;
Hortensio, have you told him all her faults ? That none shall have access unto Bianca,
Pet. I know, she is an irksome brawling scold; Till Katharine the curst have got a husband. If that be all, masters, I hear no harm. Ghu Katharine the curst!
Gre. No, say'st me so, friend? What countryA title for a maid, of all titles the worst.
man ? Har. Now shall my friend Petruchio do me Pet. Born in Verona, old Antonio's son: grace;
My father dead, my fortune lives for me ; And offer me, disguis'd in sober robes,
And I do hope good days, and long, to see. To old Baptista as a schoolmaster
Gre. O, sir, such a life, with such a wife, were Well seen in musick, to instruct Bianca :
strange : That so I may by this device, at least,
But if you have a stomach, to't o'God's name;
But, will you woo this wild cat ?
Will I live? Enter Gazmio; with him LUCENTIO disguised, with
Gru. Will he woo her ? ay, or I'll hang her. books under his arm.
[ Aside. Gr. Here's no knavery! See; to beguile the Pet. Why came I hither, but to that intent? old folks, how the young folks lay their heads to Think you, a little din can daunt mine ears ; fether! Master, master, look about you : Who goes Have I not in my time heard lions roar ?
Huve I not heard the sea, puffod up with winds, Har. Peace, Grumio; 'tis the rival of my love : | Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat ? - Petriebio, stand by a while.
Have I not heard great ordnance in the field, Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous ! And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies ?
[They retire. Have I not in a pitched battle heard Gr. O, very well : I have perus'd the note. Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang?
sir; I'll have them very fairly bound : And do you tell me of a woman's tongue; Al books of love, see that at any hand ;
That gives not half so great a blow to the ear, and see you read no other lectures to her :
As will a chesnut in a farmer's fire ? You understand me:- Over and beside
Tush! tush! fear boys with bugs. Signior Baptista's liberality,
For he fears none. I'il mend it with a largess : – Take your papers too,
(Aside. And let me have them very well perfum'd;
Gre. Hortensio, hark ! Per she is sweeter than perfume itself,
This gentleman is happily arriv'd, To whom they go. What will you read to her ? My mind presumes, for his own good, and yours
Lut. Whate'er I read to her, I'll plead for you, Hor. I promis'd, we would be contributors, As for my patron, (stand you so assur’d,)
And bear his charge of wooing, whatsoe'er.
Gre. And so we will; provided, that he win her. And so she shall ; Lucentio shall make one,
[ Aside. Gre. What ! this gentleman will out-talk us all.
Luc. Sir, give him head; I know, he'll prove a Enter Tranio, bravely apparelld; and BIONDELLO.
jade. Tra. Gentlemen, God save you! If I may be Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these words? bold,
Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you, Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter ? To the house of Signior Baptista Minola ?
Tra. No, sir; but hear I do, that he hath two; Gre. He that has the two fair daughters :- is't The one as famous for a scolding tongue, [aside to Tranio.] he you mean?
As is the other for beauteous modesty. Tra. Even he. Biondello !
Pet. Sir, sir, the first's for me; let her go by. Gre. Hark you, sir ; You mean not her to. Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules; Tra. Perhaps, him and her, sir ; What have you And let it be more than Alcides' twelve. to do?
Pet. Sir, understand you this of me, insooth ;Pet. Not her that chides, sir, at any hand, I pray. The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for, Tra. I love no chiders, sir ; - Biondello, let's Her father keeps from all access of suitors; away.
And will not promise her to any man, Luc. Well begun, Tranio.
[Aside. Until the elder sister first be wed: Hor. Sir, a word ere you go;
The younger then is free, and not before.
Must stead us all, and me among the rest ;
Achieve the elder, set the younger free
Will not so graceless be, to be ingrate.
Hor. Sir, you say well, and wel] you do conceive; Tra. For what reason, I beseech you?
And since you do profess to be a suitor, Gre. For this reason, if you'll know,
You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman, That she's the choice love of signior Gremio. To whom we all rest generally beholden.
Hor. That she's the chosen of signior Hortensio. Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack : in sign whereof,
Tra. Softly, my masters ! if you be gentlemen, Please ye we may contrive this afternoon, Do me this right, — hear me with patience. And quaff carouses to our mistress' health ; Baptista is a noble gentleman,
And do as adversaries do in law,To whom my father is not all unknown ;
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends. And, were his daughter fairer than she is,
Gru. Bion. O excellent motion! Fellows, let's She may more suitors have, and me for one.
begone. Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers ; Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it so ;Then well one more may fair Bianca have: Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto. (Exeunt.
You have but jested with me all this while : SCENE I. - The same. A Room in Baptista's 1 pr’ythee, sister Kate, untie my hands. House.
Kath. If that be jest, then all the rest was so. Enter KATHARINA and BIANCA.
(Strikes ker. Bian. Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong
Enter BAPTISTA. yourself,
Bap. Why, how now, dame! whence grows this To make a bondmaid and a slave of me :
insolence ? That I disdain ; but for these other gawds,
Bianca stand aside ; — poor girl ! she weeps : Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself, Go ply thy needle; meddle not with her. Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat ;
For shame, thou hilding of a devilish spirit, Or, what you will command me, will I do,
Why dost thou wrong her that did ne'er wrong So well I know my duty to my elders.
thee? Kath. Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tell When did she cross thee with a bitter word ? Whom thou lov'st best : see thou dissemble not. Kath. Her silence Aouts me, and I'll be reveng'd. Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive,
(Flies after Biasca. I never yet beheld that special face
Bap. What, in my sight ? - Bianca, get thee in. Which I could fancy more than any other.
[Erit Branca Kath. Minion, thou liest ; Is't not Hortensio ? Kath. Will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see
Bian. If you affect him, sister, here I swear, She is your treasure, she must have a husband; I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him. I must dance bare-foot on her wedding-day,
Kath. O then, belike, you fancy riches more; And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell. You will have Gremio to keep you fair.
Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep, Bian. is it ins niin you do envy me so ?
Till I can find occasion of revenge. Nay, then you jest ; and now I well perceive,
Bep. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I ? That upon knowledge of my parentage,
I may have welcome 'mongst the rest that woo,
And free access and favour as the rest. Ester Gremio, with LUCENTIO in the habit of a mean
And, toward the education of your daughters, mar; PETRUCHIO, with HORTENSIO as a musicier; and Tranio, with BLONDELLO bearing a lute And this small packet of Greek and Latin books :
I here bestow a simple instrument, end books.
If you accept them, then their worth is great. Gre. Good-morrow, neighbour Baptista.
Bap. Lucentio is your name? of whence, I pray? Bar Good-morrow, neighbour Gremio: God Tra. Of Pisa, sir; son to Vincentio. ere you, gentlemen :
Bap. A mighty man of Pisa : by report Pd. And you, good sir ! Pray, have you not a I know him well: you are very welcome, sir. daughter
Take you (to Hor.) the lute, and you (to Luc.) the Callid Katharina, fair, and virtuous ?
set of books, Bay. I have a daughter, sir, call’d Katharina. You shall go see your pupils presently. Gre. You are too blunt, go to it orderly.
Holla, within ! Pe. You wrong me, signior Gremio ; give me leave. —
Enter a Servant. I am a gentleman of Verona, sir,
Sirrah, lead That, hearing of her beauty, and her wit, These gentlemen to my daughters ; and tell them Her affability, and bashful modesty,
both, Har wondrous qualities, and mild behaviour, These are their tutors; bid them use them wel). Am bold to show myself a forward guest
[Erit Servant, with HORTENSIO, LUCENTIO, and Within your house, to make mine eye the witness
BIONDELLO. Of that report which I so oft have heard.
We will go walk a little in the orchard, And, for an entrance to my entertainment,
And then to dinner : You are passing welcome, I do present you with a man of mine,
And so I pray you all to think yourselves. [Presenting HORTENSIO. Pet. Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste, Canning in musick, and the mathematicks, And every day I cannot come to woo. To instruct her fully in those sciences,
You knew my father well ; and in him, me, Whereof, I know, she is not ignorant :
Left solely heir to all his lands and goods, Accept of bim, or else you do me wrong;
Which I have better'd rather than decreas'd : His name is Licio, born in Mantua.
Then tell me, - If I get your daughter's love, Bap. You're welcome, sir ; and he for your good | What dowry shall I have with her to wife? sake:
Bap. After my death, the one half of my lands : But for my daughter Katharine, - this I know, And, in possession, twenty thousand crowns. She is not for your turn, the more my grief.
Pet. And, for that dowry, I'll assure her of Pd. I see you do not mean to part with her; Her widowhood, - be it that she survive me, Or else you like not of my company.
In all my lands and leases whatsoever : Bap. Mistake me not, I speak but as I find. Let specialties be therefore drawn between us, Whence are you, sir ? what may I call your name ; That covenants may be kept on either hand.
Pet. Petruchio is my name; Antonio's son, Bap. Ay, when the special thing is well obtain'd, A man well known throughout all Italy.
This is, her love; for that is all in all. Bap. I know him well : you are welcome for his Pet. Why, that is nothing; for I tell you, father, sake.
I am as peremptory as she proud-minded; Gre. Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray, And where two raging fires meet together, Let
that are poor petitioners, speak too : They do consume the thing that feeds their fury: Beccare! you are marvellous forward.
Though little fire grows great with little wind, Pet. 0, pardon me, signior Gremio; I would Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all : fain be doing.
So I to her, and so she yields to me; Gre. I doubt it not, sir ; but you will curse your For I am rough, and woo not like a babe. wooing
Bap. Well may’st thou woo, and happy be thy Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am sure of
speed ! it . To express the like kindness myself, that have But be thou arm'd for some unhappy words. been more kindly beholden to you than any, I Pet. Ay, to the proof;; as mountains are for freely give unto you this young scholar, (presenting
winds, LOCEXTIO. ) that hath been long studying at Rheims; That shake not, though they blow perpetually. as cunning in Greek, Latin, and other languages, as the other in musick and mathematicks: his name
Re-enter HORTENSIO, with his head broken. is Carnbio ; pray, accept his service.
Bap. How now, my friend ? why dost thou look Bap. A thousand thanks, signior Gremio: wel
so pale ? conne, good Cambio. - But, gentle sir, (to Tra- Hor. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale. Xio.) methinks, you walk like a stranger; May I be Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good muso bold to know the cause of your coming ?
sician? Tra. Pardon me, sir, the boldness is mine own; Hor. I think, she'll sooner prove a soldier ; That, being a stranger in this city here,
Iron may hold with her, but never lutes. Do make myself a suitor to your daughter,
Bap. Why, then thou canst not break her to the Unto Bianca, fair, and virtuous.
lute ? Nor is your firmn resolve unknown to me,
Hor. Why, no; for she hath broke the lute to me. In the preferment of the eldest sister :
I did but tell her, she mistook her frets, This liberty is all that I request, –
And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering ;
When, with a most impatient devilish spirit,
Kath. Ay, for a turtle ; as he takes a buzzard. Frets, call you these quoth she : I'll fume with Pet. Come, come, you wasp ; i' faith, you are too them :
angry And, with that word, she struck me on the head, Kath. If i be waspish, best beware my sting. And through the instrument my pate made way ; Pet. My remedy is then, to pluck it out. And there I stood amazed for a while,
Kath. Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies. As on a pillory, looking through the lute ; ;
Pet. Who knows not where a wasp doth wear his While she did call me, rascal fiddler, And — twangling Jack; with twenty such vile terms, In his tail, As she had studied to misuse me so.
In his tongue. Pet. Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench; Pet.
Whose tongue ? I love her ten times more than e'er I did :
Kath. Yours, if you talk of tails; and so farewell. O, how I long to have some chat with her!
Pet. What, with my tongue in your tail ?. nay, Bap. Well, go with me, and be not so discom
come again, fited :
Good Kate ; I am a gentleman. Proceed in practice with my younger daughter;
That I'll try. She's apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.
Striking him Signior Petruchio, will you go with us;
Pet. I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again, Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you?
Kath. So may you lose your arms :
Pet. A herald, Kate? O, put me in thy books.
Kath. No cock of mine, you crow too like a craven. Say, that she frown; I'll say, she looks as clear Pet. Nay, come, Kate, come; you must not look As morning roses newly wash'd with dew : Say, she be mute, and will not speak a word ; Kath. It is my fashion, when I see a crab. Then I'll commend her volubility,
Pet. Why, here's no crab; and therefore look she uttereth piercing eloquence : If she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks,
Kath. There is, there is. As though she bid me stay by her a week ;
Pet. Then show it me. If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day
Had I a glass, I would. When I shall ask the banns, and when be married :- Pet. What, you mean my face? Rut here she comes; and now, Petruchio, speak. Kath.
Well aim'd of such a young one.
Pet. Now, by Saint George, I am too young Enter KATHARINA. Good-morrow, Kate ; for that's your name, I hear. Kath. Yet you are withered. Kath. Well have you heard, but something hard Pet.
'Tis with cares. of hearing;
I care not. They call me - Katharine, that do talk of me. Pet. Nay, hear you, Kate : in sooth, you 'scape Pet. You lie, in faith ; for you are call'd plain
not so. Kate,
Kath. I chafe you, if I tarry; let me go And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst; Pet. No, not a whit; I find you passing gentle. But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom, 'Twas told me, you were rough, and coy, and sullen, Kate of Kate-Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
And now I find report a very liar ; For dainties are all cates; and therefore, Kate, For thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing courteous; Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;
But slow in speech, yet sweet as spring-time flowers: Hearing thy mildness prais'd in every town,
Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance, Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded, Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will; (Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,)
Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk; Myself am mov'd to woo thee for my wife.
But thou with mildness entertain'st thy wooers, Kath. Mov'd! in good time : let him that mov'd With gentle conference, soft and affable. you hither,
Why does the world report, that Kate doth limp? Remove you hence : I knew you at the first, O slanderous world! Kate, like the hazle-twig, You were a moveable.
Is straight, and slender; and as brown ir. hue, Pet.
Why, what's a moveable ? As hazle-nuts, and sweeter than the kernels. Kath. A joint-stool.
0, let me see thee walk : thou dost not halt. Pet.
Thou hast hit it: come, sit on me. Kath. Go, fool, and whom thou keep'st comKath. Asses are made to bear, and so are you.
mand. Pet. Women are made to bear, and so are you.
Pet. Did ever Dian so become a grove, Kath. No such jade, sir, as you, if me you mean.
As Kate this chamber with her princely gait? Pet. Alas, good Kale! I will not burden thee : 0, be thou Dian, and let her be Kate; For, knowing thee to be but young and light, — And then let Kate be chaste, and Dian sportful :
Kath. Too light for such a swain as you to catch; Kath. Where did you study all this goodly And yet as heavy as my weight should be.
speech? Pet. Should be ? should buz.
Pet. It is extempore, from my mother-wite Kath.
Well ta'en, and like a buzzard. Kath. A witty mother! witless else her son. Pet. O, slow-wing'd turtle ! shall a buzzard take Pet. Am I not wise? thee?
Yes; keep you warm,