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Luc. Sir, give him head; I know he'll | Must stead us all, and me among the rest ; prove a jade.

(words? | An if you break the ice, and do this feat, Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these Achieve the elder, set the younger free [her,

Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you, For our access,-whose hap shall be to have Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter? Will not so graceless be, to be ingrate*. (ceive;

Tra. No, sir ; but hear I do, that he hath Hur. Sir, you say well, and well you do con The one as famous for a scolding tongue, two; And since you do profess to be a suitor, As is the other for beauteous modesty. (by. You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman,

Pet. Sir, sir, the first's for me ; let her go To whom we all rest generally beholden.

Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Her. Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack: in sign And let it be more than Alcides' twelve. (cules; whereof, Pet. Sir, understand you this of me, in. Please ye we may contrive this afternoon, sooth;

And quaff carouses to our mistress' health; The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for, And do as adversaries do in law,Her father keeps from all access of suitors ; Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends. And will not promise her to any man,

Gru. Þion. O excellent motion! Fellowst, Until the elder sister first be wed:

let's begone.

[s0 :The younger then is free, and not before. Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it

Tra. If it be so, sir, that you are the man Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto.[Exeunt.

I see,

ACT II. SCENE I. The same. A Room in Bap- Kath. Will you not suffer me? Nay, now tista's House.

(band; Enter KATHARINA and BIANCA.

She is your treasure, she must have a hus.

I must dance bare-foot on her wedding day, Bian. Good sister, wrong me not, nor And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell. wrong yourself,

Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep, To make a bondmaid and a slave of me;

Till I can find occasion of revenge. That I disdain : but for these other gawds I,

(Exit KATHARINA. Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself, Bap. Was ever gentleman thus grieved as 1 ? Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;

But who comes here? Or, what you will command me, will I do, Enter GREMIO, with LUCENTIO in the habit So well I know my duty to my elders.

of a mean man; PETRUCHIO, with HORKath. Of all thy suitors, here I charge TENSIO as a Musician; and TRANIO, with thee, tell

(not. BIONDELLO bearing a lute and books. Whom thou lovest best : gee thou digsemble Gre. Good-morrow, neighbour Baptista.

Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men Bap. Good-morrow, neighbour Gremio:
I never yet beheld that special face (alive, God save you, gentlemen!
Which I could fancy more than any other. Pet. And you, goud sir ! Pray, have you

Kath. Minion, thou liest; ss't not Hortensio? not a daughter
Bian. If you affectý him, sister, here I Call’d Katharina, fair, and virtuous ?

[him. Bap. I have a daughter, sir, call’d Katharina. I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have Gre. You are too blunt, go to it orderly:

Kath. O then, belike, you fancy riches Pet. You wrong me, signior Gremio; give You will have Gremio to keep you fair. (more; I am a gentleman of Verona, sir, (me leave.

Bian. Is it for him you do envy me so ? That,--hearing of her beauty, and her wit, Nay, then you jest; and now I well perceive, Her affability, and bashful modesty, You have but jested with me all this while: Her wondrous qualities, and mild behaviour,I pr'ythee, sister Kate, untie my hands. Am bold to show myself a forward guest Kath. If that be jest, then all the rest was Within your house, to make mine eye the wit

[Strikes her. Of that report which I so oft have heard. (ness Enter BAPTISTA.

And, for an entrance to my entertainment, Bap. Why, how now, dame! whence grows I do present you with a man of mine, this insolence ?

[Presenting HORTENSIO. Bianca, stand aside ;-poor girl I she weeps :- Cunning in music, and the mathematics, Go ply thy needle; meddle not with her. To instruct her fully in those sciences, For shame, thou hilding || of a devilish spirit, Whereof, I know, she is not ignorant: Why dost thou wrong her that did ne'er wrong Accept of him, or else you do me wrong; thee?

His name is Licio, born in Mantua. When did she cross thee with a bitter word ? Bap. You're welcome, sir; and he, for Kath. Her silence flouts me, and I'll be re- your good sake :

venged. (Flies after BIANCA. But for my daughter Katharine,--this I know, Bap. What, in my sight?- Bianca, get thee She is not for your turn, the more my grief, in.

[Exit BIANCA. Pet. I see you do not mean to part with her; • Ungrateful. + Companions. | Tritling ornaments. $ Love. | A worthless woman.

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Or else you like not of my company.

Which I have better'd rather than decreased : Bap. Mistake me not, I speak but as I find. Then tell me, if I get your daughter's love, Whence are you, sir? what may I call your What dowry sball I have with her to wife? name?

Bap. After my death, the one half of my Pet. Petruchio is my name ; Antonio's son, lands: A man well known throughout alt Italy. And, in possession, twenty thousand crowns. Bap. I know hini well: you are welcome Pet. And, for that dowry, I'll assure her of for his sake.

Her widowhood,- be it that she survive me, Gre. Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray, In all my lands and leases whatsoever : Let us, that are poor petitioners, speak too: Let specialties be therefore drawn between us, Baccare! you are marvellous forward. That covenants may be kept on either band. Pet. 0, pardon me, signior Gremio; I Bap. Ay, wben the special thing is well

would fain be doing. (your wooing. obtain'd, Gre. I doubt it not, sir; but you will curse This is,-her love; for that is all in all. (father, Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am Pet. Why, that is nothing ; for I tell you, sure of it. To express the like kindness my- I am as peremptory as she prind-minded; self, that have been more kindly beholden to And where two raging fires meet together, you than any, I freely give unto you this They do consume the thing that feeds their fury: young scholar, [Presenting Lucentio.) that Though little fire grow8 great with little wind, hath been long studying at Rheims; as cun. Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all : ning in Greek, Latin, and other languages, as So I to her, and so she yields to me; the other in music and mathematics: his name For I am rough, and woo not like a babe. is Cambio; pray, accept his service.

Bap. Well may'st thou woo, and happy be Bap. A thousand thanks, signior Gremio : thy speed! welcome, good Cambio.-But, gentle sir, [70 But be thou arm’d for some unhappy words. TRANIO.] methinks, you walk like a stranger; Pet. Ay, to the proof'; as mountains are May I be so bold to know the cause of your for winds, coming?

That shake not, though they blow perpetually. Tra. Pardon me, sir, the boldness is mine Re-enter HORTENSIV, with his head broken. That, being a stranger in this city here, (own; Bap. How now, my friend ? why dost thon Do make myself a suitor to your daughter,

look so pale ? Unto Bianca, fair, and virtuous.

Hor. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale. Nor is your firm resolve unknown to me, Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good In the preferment of the eldest sister:

musician? This liberty is all that I request,

Hor. I think, she'll sooner prove a soldier; That, upon knowledge of my parentage, Iron may bold with ber, but never lutes. I may have welcome'mongst the rest that woo, Bap. Why, then thou canst not break her And free access and favour as the rest.

to the lutes

[to me. And, toward the education of your daughters, Hor. Why, no; for she hath broke ihe lute I here bestow a simple instrument, [books: I did but tell her, she mistook her frets t, And this small packet of Greek and Latin And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering; If you accept them, then their worth is great. When, with a most impatient devilish spirit, Bap. Lucentio is your name ? of whence, Frets, call you these ? quoth she : l'll fume I pray?

with them:

head, Tra. Of Pisa, sir; son to Vincentio. And, with that word, she struck me on the

Bup. A mighty man of Pisa; by report And through the instrument my pate made I know him well: you are very welcome, sir. And there I stood amazed for a while, (way; Take you (To Hor.) the lute, and you [To As on a pillory, looking through the late: Luc.) the set of books,

While she did call me, rascal fiddler, [terms, You shall go see your pupils presently. And-iwangling JackI; with twenty such vile Holla, within !

As she had studied to misuse me so. [wench; Enter a Servant.

Pet. Now, by the world it is a lusty Sirrah, lead

I love her ten times more than e'er I did: These gentlemen to my daughters; and tell , how I long to have some chat with her! them both,

(well. Bup. Well, go with me, and be not so disThese are their tutors; bid them use them

comfited : (Exit Servant, with HORTENSIO, LUCEN- Proceed in practice with my younger daughter; T10, and BIONDELLO.

She's apt to learn,and thankful for good turns.We will go walk a little in the orchard, Signior Petruchio, will you go with us; And then to dinner: You are passing welcome, Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you? And so I pray you all to think yourselves. Pet. I pray you do; I will attend her here,

Pet. Signior Baptista, my business asketh (Exeunt BAPTISTA, GREMIO, TRAN10, And every day I cannot come to woo. [haste.

and HORTENSIO. You knew my father well; and in him, me, And woo her with some spirit when she comes. Left solely heir to all his lapds and goods, Say, that she rail; Why, then I'll tell her plain, • A proverbial exclamation then in nse. + A fret in music is the stop which causes

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She sings as sweetly as a nigktingale:. [clear Pet. I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again. ry, Say, that she frown; I'll say, she looks as Kath. So may you lose your arms :

As morning roses newly wash?d with dew:' If you strike me, you are no gentleman;

Say, she be muce, and will not speak a word; Aud if no gentleman, why, then po arms. i Then I'll commend her volubility,

Pet. A herald, Kate? 0, put me in thy books. And say she nttereth piercing eloquence : Kath. What is your crest ? à coxcomb? of she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks, Pet. A combless cock, so Kate will be my As though she bid me stay by her a week;


[a craven * If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day (ried : Kath. No cock of mine, you crow too like When I shall ask the banns, and when be mar- Pet. Nay, come, Kate, come; you must not But here she comes ; and now, Petruchio, l. 37 look so sour. speak.

Kath. It is my fashion, when I see a crab. Enter KATHARINA..

Pet. Why, here's no crab; and therefore 1 "Good-morrow, Kate ; for that's your vame, 1l.: Kath. There is, there is. [look not sour.

bear.!. [hard of hearing; Pet. Then show it me. Kath. Well have you heard, but something


Had I a glass, I would. They call me - Katharine, that do talk of me. Pet. What, you mean my face? Pet. You ,lie, in faith ; for you are callid Kath. Well aim'd oft such a young one. plain Kate,

Pet. Now, by Saint George, I am too yomg And bonny Kate, and sometimes Katethe cürst; Kuth. Yet you are wither'd. [for you. But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,


'Tis with cares. Sate of Kate-Hall, my super-dainty Kate, Kath.

I care not. For dainties are all cates: and therefore, Kate, Pet. Nay, hear you, Kate: in sooth, you Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;

'scape not so. Hearing thy mildness, praised in every town, Kath. I chafe you, if I tarry; let me go Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded, :: Pet. No, not a whit; I find you passing (et not so deeply as to thee belongs,)',


[sullen, Vyself aur moved to woo thee for my wife. 'Twas told me, you were rough, and coy, and 2 Kath. Moved! in good time: let him that And now I find report a very liar; moved you hither, i i

For thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing Remove you hence: I knew yon at the first, courteous ;

[flowers : You were a moveable..

But slow in speech, yet sweet as spring-time Pet. - Why, what's a nioveable ? Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look Kath. A joint-stool.'

askance, Pet. Thou hast hit it :-come, sit on me. Nor bite the lip, as angry, wenches will; Katho Asses are made to bear, and so are Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk;

you to ali to je buit. (you. But thou with miłdness entertain'st thy wooers, Pét. Women are made to bear, and so are With gentle conference, soft and affable. [limp? Kath. No such jade, sir, as you, if me you Why does the world report, that Kate doth meap. 1 1

*287 (thee: O slanderous world! Kate, like the hazel-twig, Pet. Alas, good Kate! I will not burden 18 straight, and slender; and as brown in hue For, knowing thee to be but young and light,+ As hazel puts, and sweeter than the kernels. > Kuth. Too light for such a, swais as you 0, let me see thee walk : thou dost not halt. to catch ; 1 bis

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1 Kath. Go, fool, and whom thion keep'st And yet as heayy as my weight should be il * coinmand. Bye!

Pat. Should be,? should buzi. i 711 Pet. Did ever Dian so become a grove, Kuth. Well ta’en, and like a buzzard. As-Kate this chamber with her princely gait? Pet. O, slow-wing?d turile! slal a buzzard O, be thov Dian, and let her be Kate; (ful!

take thee...! 10"- {zard. And then let Kate be chaste, and Dian sportKath. Ay, for a turtle ; as he takes a búz. Kath. Where did you study all this goodly Pit. Come, come, you wasp ;-i'faith, you :-) speech? are too angry.

Pet. It is extempore, from my mother-wit. Kath. If I be waspish, best beware my sting. - Kath. A witty mother ! witless else her son. Pet. My remedy is then, to pluck it out. Pet. Am I not wise? Kath, Ay, if the fool could find it where Kathi, li : Yes; keep you warm.)

it lies. his sting! i Pet. Marry, so I mean, sweet Katharine Pet. Who knows not wheceja wasp doth:10. in thy bed : In his tail. 19.11.3ahidi

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[on; Kath. Yours, af: you talk of tails ? and 50 That you shall be my wife ; yonr dowry 'green farewell.

(nay, come again, Andi 'will you, inill you, I will marry yon. Pet. Whaty, with my tongue in your tail'i Nuw, Kate, I am a husband for your turn; Good Kate: I am a gentleman.l.60 Hor, by this viglit, whereby:) see thy beauty, Kath.

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Thou must be married to no man but me: Bap. Faith, gentlemen, now I play a mer. For I am be, am born to tame you, Kate;

chant's part, And bring you from a wild cat to a Kate And venture madly on a desperate mart. Conformable, as other honsehold Kates. Tra. 'Twas a commodity lay fretting by you: Here comes your father ; never make denial, 'Twill bring you gain, or perish on the seas. I must and will have Katharine to my wife. Bup. The gain 1 seek is quiet in the match. Re-enter BAPTISTA, GREMIO, & TRANÍO. Gre. No doubt, but he hath got a quiet catch. Bap. Now,

But now, Baptista, to your younger daughter;Signior Petruchio: How speed you with Now is the day we long have looked for; My daughter?

I am your neighbour, and was suitor first. Pet. How but well, sir? how båt well? Tra. And I am one, that love Bianca more It were impossible, I should speed amiss. Than words can witness, or your thoughts can Bap. Why, how now, daughter Katharine ? guess.

[dear as I. in your dumps ?

[mise you, Gre. Youngling! thou canst not love 80 Kath. Call you me, daughter? now I pro- Tra. Grey-beard I thy love doth freeze. You have show'd tender fatherly regard,


But thine doth fry. To wish me wed to one half lunatie;

Skipper, stand back; 'tis age, that nourisheth. A mad-cap ruffian, and a swearing Jack, Tra. But youth, in ladies' eyes, that flouWhat thinks with oaths to face the matter out. risheth.

(pound this strife : Pet. Father, 'tis thus,--yourself and all the Bap. Content you, gentlemen; I'll com world,

'Tis deeds, must win the prize; and he, of both, That talk'd of her, have talk'd amiss of her; That can assure my daughter greatest dower, If she be carst it is for policy:

Shall have Bianea's love. For she's not froward, but modest as the dove; Say, signier Gremio, what can you assure her! She is not hot, but temperate as the morn; Gre. First, as you know, my house within For patience she will prove a second Grissel ; And Roman Lucrece for her chastity: (ther, Is richly furnished with plate and gold; And to conclude, we have'greed so well toge. Basons, and ewers, to lave ber dainty bands; That upon Sunday is the wedding day. My hangings all of Tyrian tapestry:

Kath. I'll see thee hang'd on Sunday first. In ivory coffers I have stoff'd my crowns; Gre. Hark, Petruchio! she says, she'll see In cypress chests my arras, counter pointsý, thee hang'd first.

Costly apparel, tents, and canopies, Tra. Is this your speeding ? nay, then, good Fine linen, Turkey cushions boss'd with pearl, night our part !

Valance of Venice gold in needle-work, Pet. Be patient, gentlemen; I choose her Pewter and brass, and all things that belong for myself ;

To house, or konsekeeping: then, at my farm, If she and I be pleased, what's that to you ? I have a hundred milch kine to the pail, 'Tis bargain'd 'twixt us twain, being alone, Sixscore fat oxen standing in my stalls, That she shall still be curst in company., And all things answerable to this portion. I tell you, 'tis incredible to believe

Myself am struck in years, I must confess; How much she loves me: 0, the kindest Kate! And, if I die to-morrow, this is bers, She hung about my neck; and kiss on kiss If, whilst I live, she will be only mine. She vied . so fast, protesting oath on oath, Tra. That, only, came well in-Sir, That in a twink she won me to her love. I am my father's heir, and only son: (to me, O, you are novices ! 'tis a world to see t, If I may have your danghter to my wife, How tame, when men and women are alone, I'll leave her houses three or four as good, A meacock wretch can make the curstest Within rich Pisa walls, as any one shrew.

Old signior Gremio bas in Padua ; Give me thy hand, Kate: I will unto Venice, Besides two thousand ducats by the year, To buy apparel 'gainst the Of fruitful land, all which shall be her join Provide the feast, father, and bid the gnests;

ture. I will be sure, my Katharine shall be fine. What, have I pinch'd you, signior Gremio? Bap. I know not what to say : but give me

Gre. Two thousand ducats by the year, of your hands;

My land amounts not to so much in all : land! God send you joy, Petruchio! 'tis a match. That she shall have ; besides an argosy ll, Gre. Tra. Amen, say we; we will be wit- That now is lying in Marseilleso road :

(adieu ; What, have I choked you with an argosy? Pet. Father, and wife, and gentlemen, Trå. Gremio, 'tis known, my father hath I will to Venice, Sunday comes apace:

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[liasses, We will have rings, and things, and fine array; Than three great argosies : besides two gal. And kiss me, Kate, we will be married o'Sun. And twelve tight galleys: these I will assure day ( Ereunt PETRUCHIO and her,

KATHARINE, severally. And twice as much, whate'érthou offer'st next. Gre.Was ever match clapp'd up so saddenly? Gre. Nay, I have offer'd all, I have no more;

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And she can bave no more than all I have; And so I take iny leave, and thank you both. If you like me, she shall have me and mine.

(Exit. Pra. Why, then the maid is mine from all Gre, Adieu, good weighbour.–Now I fear the world,

thee not;

(fool By your firm promise ; Gremio is out-vied. Sirrah, young gamester, your father were a

Bup. 'I must confess, your offer is the best; To give thee all, and, in his waning age,
And, let your father make her the assurance, Set foot under thy table : Tut! a toy!
She is your own; else, you must pardon me: An old Italian fox is not so kind,my boy, [Erit.
If you should dic before him, where's her Tra. A vengeance on your crafty wither'd

Yet I have faced it with a card of ten*. [hide!
Tra. That's but a cavil; he is old, I young. 'Tis in my head to do my master good :-
Gre. And may not young nen die, as well I see no reason, bat supposed Ļucentio
Bap. Well, gentlemen,

(as old ? Must get a father, called-supposed Vincentio ; I am thus resolved:--On Sunday nextyou know, And that's a wonder: fathers, cominonly, My daughter Katharine is to be married Do get their children; but, in this case of Now, on the Sunday following, shal са

wooing, Be bride to you, if you make this assurance; A child shall get a sire, if I fail not of my If not, to sigaior Gremio:



ACT III. SCENE I. A Room in Baptista's House, , celsa senis, that we miglit beguile the old Enter LUCENTIO, HORTEN$10, and Bianca, pantaloont:

Hor. Madam, my instrument's in tune. Luc. Fiddler, forbear; you grow too for,

(Returning. ward, sir :

Bian. Let's hear;- (HORTENSIO plays. Have you so soon forgot the entertainment O fie ? the treble jars. Her sister Katharine welcomed you withal ? Luc. Syit in the hole, man, and tune again. Hor. But, wrangling pedant, this is

Bian. Now let me see if I can construeit: The patroness of heavenly barmony: Hac ibat Simois, I know you not ; hic est Then give me leave to have prerogative; Sigeia tellus, I trust you not ;-Hic steterat And when in music we have spent an hour, Priqmi, take heed be hear us not ;-regia, Your lecture shall have leisure for as much. presume not ;-celsa senis, despair not. Luc. Preposterous ass! that never read so Hor. Madam, 'tis now in tune. far


All but the base. To know the cause why music was ordaind! Hor. The base is right; 'tis the base knave Was it not, to refresh the mind of man,

that jars. After his studies, or his usual pain 1

How fiery and forward our pedant is! Then give me leave to read philosophy, Now, for my life, the knave doth court my And, while I pause, serve in your harmony. Pedascules, I'll watch you better yet. (love: Hor. Sirrah, I will not bear these braves Bian. In time I may believe, yet I mistrust. of thine.

(wrong, Luc. Mistrust it not; for, sare, Æacides Bian. Why, gentlemen, you do me double Was Ajax, --call'd so from his grandfather. To strive for that which resteth in my choice: Bian. I must believe iny master; else I I am no breeching scholart in the schools ;

promise you, I'll not be tied to hours, nor 'pointed times, I should be arguing still upon that doubt : But learn my lessons as I please myself.

But let it rest.-Now, Licio, to yon :And, lo cut off all strife, here sit we down :- Good masters, take it not unkindly, pray, Take you your instrument, play you the whites; That I have been thus pleasant with you both. His lecture will be done, ere you have tuned. Hor. You may go walk, (To LUCENT10.) Hor. You'll leave his lecture when I am in and give me leave awhile;

tune? (TO BIANCA.-HOR. retires. My lessons make no music in three parts. Luc. That will be never ;-tune your in- Luc.Are you so formal, sir? well, I must wait, Bian. Where left we last? [strument. And watch withal; for, but I be deceived, Luc. Here, madami

Our fine musician groweth amorous. (Aside. Hac ibat Sirnois ; hic est Sigeia tetlus ; Hor. Madam, before you touch the instru

Hic steterat Priami regia celsa senis. To learn the order of my fingering, (ment, Bian. Construe them.

I must begin with rudiments of art; Luc. Hac ibat, as I told you before,-Si- To teach you gamut in a briefer sort, mois, I am Lucentio,-hic est, son unto Vin. More pleasant, pithy, and effectual, centio of Pisa, Sigeia tellus, disguised thus Than hath been taught by any of my trade.: to get your love :-Hic steterat, and that and there it is in writing, fairly drawn. Lacentio that comes a-wooing,--Priami, is Bian. Why, I am past my gamut long ago. my man Tranio,-regia, bearing my pori,-) Hor. Yet read the gamut of Hortensio. • Tbe highest card.

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