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Or do I dream! Or have I droom'd till now!

ACT I.
I do not sleep: I see, I hear, I speak,
I smell sweet savours, and I feel soft things :-

SCENE I.-Padua.--A publle Place.
Upon my life, I am a lord, indeed ;

Enter LUCENTio and TRANTO.
And not a tinker, nor Christophero Sly.-

Luc. Tranid, since for the great desire I had
Well, bring our lady hither to our sight;

To see fair Padua, nursery of arts,-
And once again, a pot o' the smallest ale.

I am arrived for fruitful Lombardy,
2 Serv. Wit't please your mightiness to wash The pleasant garden of great Italy ;
your hands?

(Servant presents an Euer, And, by my father's love and leave, am arm'd

Bason, and Napkin. With his good will, and thy good company, 0, how we joy to see your wit restored !

Most trusty servant, well approved in all;
0, that once more you knew but what you are! Here let us breathe, and happily institute
These fifteen years you have been in a dream : A course of learning, and ingenious studies,
Or, when you waked, so waked as if you slept. Pisa, renownied for grave citizens,

Sly. These fisteen years ! By my tay*, a goodly nap, Gave me my being, and my father first,
But did I never speak of all that time?

A merchant of great traffic through the world,
1 Serv. O, yes, my lord ; but very idle words :- Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii,
For though you lay here in this goodly chamber, Vincentio, his son, brought up in Florence,
Yel would you say, ye were beaten out of door; It shall become, to serve all hopes conceived,
Aud rail upon the hostess of the house ;

To deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds:
And say, you would present her at the leet +, And, therefore, Tranio, for the tiine I study,
Because she brought stone jugs, and no seal'a Virtue, and that part of philosophy
quarts :

Will I apply, that treats of happiness
Sometimes, you would call out for Cicely Hacket. By virtue 'specially to be achieved.

Sly. Ay, the woman's maid of the house. Tell me thy mind : for I have Pisa left,
3 Serv. Why, Sir, you know no house, nor no And am to Padua come ; as he that leaves
such maid;

A shallow plash", to plunge him in the deep,
Nor no such men, as you have reckon'd up,- And with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.
As Stephen Sly, and old John Naps of Greece, Tra. Mi perdonate +, gentle master mine,
And Peter Turt, and Henry Pimpernell;

I am in all affected as yourself;
And twenty more such names and men as these, Glad that you thus continue your resolve,
Which never were, nor no man ever saw.

To such the sweets of sweet philosophy.
Sly. Now, Lord be thanked for my good amends! Only, good master, while we do admire
All, Amen.

This virtue, and this moral discipline.
Sly. I thank thee; thou shalt not lose by it. Let's be no stoics, nor no stocks, I pray;

Or to devote to Aristotle's checks 1,
Enter the Page, as a Lady, with Attendants.

As Ovid be an outcast quite abjured:
Page. How fares my noble lord ?

Talk logic with acquaintance that you have,
Sly. Marry, I fare well; for here is cheer enough. And practice rhetoric in your common talk;
Where is my wife?

Music and poesy use, to quicken you ;
Page. Here, noble lord ; What is thy will with her? The mathematics, and the metaphysics,
Syl. Are you my wife, and will not call me-hus- Fall to them, as you find your stomach serves you :
band;

No profit grows, where is no pleasure ta'en;
My men should call me-lord ; I am your goodman. In brief, Sir, study what you most affect.
Page. My husband and my lord, my lord and Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou advise.
husband;

If, Biondello, thou wert come ashore,
I am your wife in all obedience.

We could at once put us in readiness ;
Sly. I know it well :- What must I call hier! And take a lodging, fit to entertain
Lord. Madam.

Such friends as time in Padua shall beget.
Sly. Al'ce madam, or Joan madam.

But stay awhile : What company is this?
Lord. Madam, and nothing else; so lords call la- Tra. Master, some show, to welcome as to town.

dies.
Sly. Madam wife, they say, that I have dream'd, Enter Baptista, KATHARINA, BLANCA, GREMIO,
and slept

and HORTENS10.-LUCENTIO and TRANIO stand Above some fifteen year and more.

aside.
Page. Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me; Bap. Gentlemen, impórtune me no further,
Being all this time abandon'd from your bed. For how I firmly am resolved you know;
Sly. 'Tis much ;-Servants, leave me and her That is, -not to bestow my youngest daughter,
alone.

Before I have a husband for the elder:
Madam undress you, and come now to bed.

If either of you both love Katharina,
Page. Thrice noble lord, let me entreat of you, Because I know you well, and love you well,
To pardon me yet for a night or two;

Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure.
Or, if not so, until the sun be set:

Gre. To cart her rather: she's too rough for me.
For your physicians have expressly charged, There, there Hortensio, will you any wite?
In peril to incur your former malady,

Kath. I pray you, Sir, (To Bap.) is it your will
That I should yet absent me from your bed : To make a stale 5 of me amongst these mates?
I hope, this reason stands for my excuse.

Hor. Mates, maid! Now mean you that ! No mates
Sly. Ay, it stands so, that I may hardly tarry so
long. But I would be loath to fall into my dreams Unless you were of gentler milder mould.
again ; I will therefore tarry, in despite of the flestu Kath. I'faith, Sir, you shall never need to fear;
and the blood.

I wist || it is not half way to her heart:
Enter a SERVANT.

But, if it were, doubt not, her care should be

To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool,
Serv. Your honour's players, hearing your amend. And paini your face, and use you like a fool.
Are come to play a pleasant comedy, (ment, Hor. From all such devils, good Lord, deliver us!
For so your doctors hold it very meet;

Gre. And to me too, good Lord !

(ward ; Seeing too much sadness hath congeal’d your blood, Tra. Hush, master! Here is some good pastime toAnd inelancholy is the nurse of frenzy,

That wench is stark mad, or wonderful froward.
Therefore they thought it good you hear a play, Lac. But in the other's silence I do see
And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, Maid's mild behaviour and sobriety.
Which bars a thousand harins, and lengthens life. Peace, Tranio.

Sly. Marry, I will; let them play it: Is not a con- Tra. Well said, master; mum! And gaze your fill. monty I a Christmas gambol, or a tumbling trick? Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good

Page. No, my good lord ; it is more pleasing stuff. What I have said,-Bianca, get you in :
Sly. What, houshold stuir ?

And let it not displease thee, good Bianca ;
Page. It is a kind of history.

For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl.
Sly. Well, we'll seet: comie, madam wife, sit by Kuth. A pretty peat !'ris best
my side, and let the world slip; we shall ne'er be Put finger in the eye -an she knew why.
younger.

(They sit down.
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Bion. Sister, content yua in my discontent.- Luc. Gramercies, lad ; go forward : this oontents;
Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe :

The rest will comfort, for thy counsel's sound.
My books and instruments, shall be my company ; Tra. Master, you look'd so longly. on the maid,
On them to look, and practise by myself.

Pe: haps you mark'd not what's ine pith of all. Luc. Hark, Tranio ! Thou may'st' hear Minerva Luc. O yes, I saw sweet beauty in her face, speak.

[Aside. Such as the daughter of Agenor had, Hor. Signio Baptista, will you be so strange ? That made great love to humble him to her hand, Sorry am I, that our good will affects

When with his knees he kiss'd the Cretan strand. Bianca's grief.

Tra. Saw you no more? Mark'd you not, how Gre. Why will you mewher up,

her sister Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell,

Began to scold; and raise up such a storm, And make her bear the penance of her tongue ? That mortal ears might hardly endure the din!

Bap. Gentlemen, content ye ; I am resolved :- Luc. Tranio, I saw her coial lips to move, Go in, Bianca.

[Erit Bianca. And with her breath she did perfume the air ; And for I know, she taketh most delight

Sacred, and sweet, was all I saw in her. In music, instruments, and poetry,

Tra. Nay, then, 'tis time to stir him from his Schoolmasters will I keep within my house,

trance. Fit to instruct her youth,

-li you, Hortensio, I pray, awake, Sir; if you love the maid, Or signior Gremio, you,-know any such,

Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus it Prefer them hither; for to cunning i men

stands :I will be very kind, and liberal

Her elder sister is so curst and shrewd,
To mine own children in good bringing-up; That, till the father rid his hands of her,
And so farewell. Katharina you may stay ; Master, your love must live a maid at home;
Por I have more to commune with Bianca. [Erit. And therefore has he closely mew'd her up,

Kath. Why, and I trust, I may go too, may not? Because she shall not be annoy'd with suitors.
What, shall I be appointed hours; as though, be- Luc. Ay, Tranio, what a cruel father's he!
like, I knew not what to take, and what to leave? But art thou not advised, he took some care
Ha !

(Exit. To get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct her?
Gre. You may go to the devil's dam; your gifts Ira. Ay, marry, am I Sir; and now 'uis plotted
are so good, here is none will hold you. Their love Luc. I have it, Tranio.
is not so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our Tra. Master, for my hand,
nails together, and fast it fairly out; our cake's Both our inventions meet and jump in one
dough on both sides. Farewell Yet, for the love Inc. Tell me thine first.
I bear my sweet Bianca, if I can by any means light Tra. You will be schoolmaster,
on a fit man, to teach her that wherein she delights, And undertake the teaching of the maid :
I will wish him to her father.

That's your device. Hor. So will I, signior Gremio: but a word, I Luc.' It is :- May it be done ? pray. Though the nature of our quarrel yet never Tra. Not possible ;-For who shall bear your part, brook'd parle, know now, upon advice 4, it toucheth And be in Padua here Vincentio's son? us both, -that we may yet again have access to our Keep house, and piy his book; welcome his friends; fair mistress, and be happy rivals in Bianca's love, | Visit his countrymen, and banquet them! to labour and effect one thing 'specially.

Luc. Basta i, content thee: for I have it full. Gre. What's that, I pray?

We have not yet been seen in any house ; Hor. Marry, Sir, to get a husband for her sister. Nor can we be distinguish'd by our faces, Gre. A husband! A devil.

For man, or master: then it follows thus ;Hor. I say, a husband.

Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead, Gre. I say, a devil :-Think'st thou, Hortensio, Keep house, and port $, and servants, as 1 should: though her father be very rich, any man is so very I will some other be; some Florentine, a fool to be married to hell?

Some Neapolitan, or mean man of Pisa.Hor. Tush, Gremio, though it pass your patience, 'Tis hatch'd, and shall be so:-Tranio, at once and mine, to endure her loud alarums, why, man, Uncase thee; take my colour'd hat and cloak : there be good fellows in the world, an

When Biondello comes, he waits on thee ; could light on them, would take her with all faults, But I will charm him first to keep his tougue. and money enough,

Tra. So had you need. [They exchange habits. Gre. I cannot tell: but I had as lief take her In brief then, Sir, sith || it your pleasure is, dowry with this condition,-to be whipp'd at the And I am tied to be obedient; high-cross every morning.

(For so your father charged me at our parting; Hor. 'Faith, as you say, there's small choice in Be serviceable to my son, quoth he, rotten apples. But, come; since this bar in law Althongh, I think, 'twas in another sense,) makes us friends, it shall be so far forth friendly I am content to be Lucentio, inaintain'd, -till by helping Baptista's eldest daugh. Because so well I love Lucentio. ter to a husband, we set his youngest free for a hus. Luc. Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves : band, and then have to't afresh-Sweet Bianca !- And let me be a slave, to achieve that naid Happy man be his dole! He that runs fastest, gets Whose sudden sight hath thrall'd my wounded eye. the ring. How say you, signior Gremio ?

Enter BIONDELLO. Gre. I am agreed and 'would I had given him the best horse in Padua to begin his wooing, that Here comes the rogue.-Sirrah, where have you would thoroughly woo her, wed her, and bed her,

been ? and rid the house of her. Come on.

Bion. Where have I been? Nay, how now, where (Ereunt Gremio and Hortensio.

are you? Tra. (Advancing.) I pray, Sir, tell me,- Is it pos. Master, has my fellow Tranjo stolen your clothes ? sible

Or you stolen his? Or both ? Pray, what's the news ? That love should of a sudden take such hold ? Luc. Sirrah, come hither : 'tis no time to jest, Luc. O Tranio, till I found it to be true,

And therefore frame your manners to the time. I never thought it possible, or likely ;

Your fellow Tranio here, to save my life, But see! While idly I stood looking on,

Puts my apparel and my countenance on, I found the effect of love in idleness:

And I for my escape have put on his; And now in plainness do confess to thee,

For in a quarrel, since I came ashore, That art to me as secret, and as dear,

I kill'd a man, and fear I was descried ?: As Anna to the queen of Carthage was,

Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes, Tranio, I barn, 1 pine, I perish, Tranio,

While I make way from hence to save my life : If I achieve not this young modest girl :

You understand me! Counsel me, Tranio, for I know thou canst;

Bion. I, Sir ? Ne'er a whit.
Assist me, Tranio, for I know thou wilt.

Luc. And not a jot of Tranio in your mouth;
Tra. Master, it is no time to chide you now; Tranio is changed into Lucentio.
Affection is not rated from the heart :

Bion. The better for him ; 'Would, I were so loo!
If love have touch'd you, nought remains but 10,- Tra. So would I, 'faith, boy, to have the next
Redime te captum quam queas minimo.

wish after, • Shut. | Recommend

• Fondly. + Europa. "Tis enough. Knowing, leamed.

Consideration.
Show, appearance.

Since
Gain or lot.
Driven out by chiding.

Observed.

a man

That Lucentio indeed lad Baptista's youngest Hor. Petruchio, shall I then come roundly to daughter.

thee, But, sirrahı,- not for my sake, but your master's,- And wish thee to a shrewd ill-favour'd wife? I advise

Thoud'st thank me but a little for my counsel; You use your manners discreetly in all kind of And yet I'll promise thee she shall be rich, companies ;

And very rich :- But thou’rt too much my friend,
When I am alone, why, then I am Tranio ;

And I'll not wish thee to her.
But in all places else, your master Lucentio.

Pet. Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as we,
Luc. Tranio, let's go :-

Few words suffice: and therefore, if thou know
One thing inore rests, that thiyself execute;- One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife,
To make one among these wovers: if thou ask me (As wealth is burthen of my wooing dance,)
why,

Be she as fonl as was Florentius' love,
Sufficeth, my reasons are both good and weighty. As old as Sybil, and as cuurst and shrewd

[Exeunt. As Socrates' Xantippe, or a worse,
I Serv. My lord, you nod; you do not mind the She moves me not, or not removes, at least,
play.

Affection's edge in me; were she as rough
Sly. Yes, by saint Anne, do 1. A good matter, As are the swelling Adriatic seas :
surely ;

I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
Comes there any more of it ?

If wealthily, then happily in Padua.
Page. My lord, 'tis but begun.

Gru. Nay, look you, Sir, he tells you fatly sbat Sly. 'Tis a very excellent pirce of work, madam his mind is : Why, give him gold enough, and lady;

marry him to a puppet, or an aglet-baby + ; or an Would 't were done!

old tiot with ne'er a tooth in her head, though she

have as many diseases as two and fifty horses : SCENE II.The same. Before Hortensio's House. why, nothing comes amiss, so money comes with all.

Hor. Petruchio, since we have stepp'd thus far in,
Enter PETRUC HIO and Gruvio.

I will continue that I broach'd in jest.
Pet. Verona, for a while I take iny leave,

I can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife
To see my friends in Padua; but of all,

With' wealth enough, and young, and beauteous;
My best beloved and approved friend,

Bronght up, as best becomes a gentlewoman :
Hortensio ; and, I trow, this is his house:

Her only lault (a!d that is fauits enough,)
Here, sirral Grumio; knock, I say.

Is,--that she is intolerably curst,
Gru. Knock, Sir?'Whom should I knock? Is And shrewd, and froward; so beyond all measure,
there any man has rebused your worship?

That, were my state far worser than it is,
Pet. Villain, I say, knock me here soundly. I would not wed her for a mine of gold.

Gru. Knock you here, Sir? Why, Sir, what am Pet. Hortensio, peace; thou know'st not gold's
I, Sir, that I should knock you here, Sir?

effect.
Pet. Villain, I say, knock me at this gate, Tell me her father's name, and 'tis enough;
And rap me well, or l'll knock your knave's pate. For I will board her, though she chide as loud
Gru. My master is grown quarrelsome : I should As thunder, when the clouds in autumn crack.
knock you first,

Hor. Her father is Baptista Minola,
And then I know after who comes by the worst. An affable and courteous gentleman :
Pet. Will it not be?

Her name is Katharina Minola,
'Paith, sirrah, an you'll not knock, I'll wring it; Renown'd in Padua for her scolding tongue.
I'll try how you can sul, fa, and sing it.

Pet. I know her father, though I know not lier;
[He urings Grumio by the ears. And he knew my deceased father well :-
Gru. Help, masters, help! My master is mad. I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her;
Pet. Now knock when I bid you : Sirrah! Villain! And therefore let me be thus bold with you,
Enter HORTENSIO.

To give you over at his first encounter,

Unless you will accompany me thither.
Hor. How now? What's the matter?- My old Gru. I pray yon, Sir, let him go while the
friend Grumio! And my good friend Petruchio!- humour lasts. O my word, an she knew him as
How do you all at Verona ?

well as I do, she would think scolding would do Pet. Signior Hortensio, come you to part the fray? lille good upon him: She, may, perhaps, call him Con tutto il core bene trovato, may I say.

half a score knaves, or so: why, that's nothing; Hor. Alla nostra casa bene tenuto,

an he begin once, he'll rail in his rope-tricks 1. I'll Molto honorato signor mio Petruchio.

tell you what, Sir,-an she stand him but a little, Rise, Grumio, rise; we will compound this quarrel. he will throw a figure in her face, and so disfigure

Gru. Nay,'ris no matter, what he 'leges * in Latin. Her with it, that she shall have no more eyes to -If this be not a lawful cause for me to leave his sec withal than a cat; you know him not, Sir. service,-Look you, Sir,- he bid me knock him, Hor. Tarry, Petruchio, I must go with thee; and rap him soundly, Sir: well, was it fit for a For in Baptista's keep ý my treasure is : servant to use his master so; being, perhaps, (for He hath the jewel of my life in hold, anght I see,) two and thirty ,--a pip out?

His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca ;
Whom, 'would to God, I had well knock'd at first, And her withholds from me, and other more
Then had not Grunio come by the worst.

Suitors to her, and rivals in my love :
Pet. A senseless villain !-Good Hortensio, Supposing it a thing impossible,
1 bade the rascal knock upon your gate,

(For those defects I have before rehearsed,)
And conld not get him for my heart to do it. That ever Katharina will be wou'd,
Gru. Knock at the gate 1-0 heavens!

Therefore, this order | hath Baptista ta’en ;-
Spake you not these words plair,-Sirrah, knock That rone shall have access unto Bianca,
me here,

Till Katharine the curst have got a husband.
Rap me here, knock me well, and knock me soundly? Gru. Katharine the cuirst!
And come you now with-krocking at the gate ? A title for a maid, of all titles the worst.

Pet. Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise you. Hor. Now shall my friend Petruchio do me
Hor. Petruchio, patience; I am Grumrio's pledge:

grace;
Why, this a heavy chance 'twixt him and you; And offer me, disguised in sober robes,
Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grumio. To old Baptista as a school-master
And tell me now, sweet friend,-what happy gale Well seen in music, to instruct Bianca :
Blows you to ladna here, from old Verona?

That so I may by this device, at least,
Pet. Such wind as scatters young men through Have leave and leisure to make love to her,
the world,

And, unsuspected, court her by herself.
To seek their fortunes further than at home,
Where small expences grows. But, in a jew t,

Enter Grem!O; with him LUCENTIO disguised, with

Books under his arm.
Signor Hortensio, thus it stands with me :
Antonio, my father, is deceased ;

Gru. Here's no knavery! See; to beguile the
And I have thrust myself into this maze,

old folks, how the young folks lay their heads
Haply to wive, and thrive, as best I may:
Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home, • See the story in ' A Thousand Notable Things.'
And so am come abroad to see the world.

+ A small image on the tag of a lace.
* Abusive language.

Custody.
• Alleges.

+ Few words.
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together! Master, master, look about you : Who Enter TRANIO, bravely apparell'd; and BIOXDELLO, gues there? Ha !

Tra. Gentleinen, God save you! If I may be bold, Hor. Peace, Grumio ; 'tis the rival of my love :

Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way Petruchio, stand by a while.

To the house of signior Baptrta Minola?
Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous !

Gre. He that has the two fair daughters :- is't

(They retire. (Aside to Tranio.] he you mean?
Gre. 0, very well; I have perused the note,

Tra. Fyen he. Biondello !
Hark you, Sir; I'll have them very fairly bound;
All books of love, see that at any hand;

Gre. Hark you, Sir; you mean not her to

Tra. Perhaps, him and her, Sir; What have you And see you read no other lectures to her :

to do! You understand me. Over and beside

Pet. Not her that chides, Sir, at any hand, I Signior Baptista's liberality, t'i mend it with a largess :-Take your papers too,

pray. And let me have them very well perfumed ;

Tra. I love no chiders, Sir :-Biondello let's

away. For she is sweeter than perfome itself,

Luc. Well begun, Tranio.

(A side. To whom they go. What will you read to her ? Luc. Whate'er I read to her, I'll plead for you,

Hor. Sir, a word ere you go;As for my patron, (stand you so assured,)

Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea, or no?

Tra. An if I be, Sir, is it any offence? As firmly as yourself were still in place :

(hence,

Gre. No, if, without more words, you will get you Yea, and (pe: laps) with more successful words

Tra. Why, Sir, I pray, are not the streets as free Than you, unless you were a scholar, Sir.

For me, as for you? Gre. O this learning! What a thing it is !

Gre. But so is not she.
Gru. O this woodcock! What an ass it is !

Tra. For what reason, I beseech yon?
Pet. Peace, sirrah.
Hor. Grumio, mum !-God save you, signior That she's the choice love of signior Gremio.

Gre. For this reason, if you'll know,-
Gremio!

Hor. That she's the chosen of signior Hortensio. Gre. And you're well met, signior Hortensio. Trow

Tra. Softly, my masters! if you be gentlemen, you, Whither I am going !—To Baptista Minola.

Do me this right,--hear me with patience. I promised to enquire carefully

Baptista is a noble gentleman,

To whom my father is not all unknown ;
About a school-master for fair Bianca:
And, by good fortune, I have lighted well

And, were his daughter fairer than she is,

She may more suitors have, and me for one. On this young man ; for learning, and behaviour,

Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers ; Fit for her turn; well read in poetry, And other books,-good ones, I warrant you.

Then well one more may fair Bianca have : Hor. 'Tis well: and I have met a gentleman,

And so she shall; Lucentio shall make one, Hath promised me to help me to another,

Though Paris came, in hope to speed alone.

Gre. What! This gentleman will oul-talk us all. A tine inusician to instruct our mistress; So shall I no whit be behind in duty

Luc. Sir, give him head; I know, he'll prove a jade. To fair Bianca, so beloved of me.

Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these words?

Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you, Gre. Beloved of me,- and that my deeds shall

Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter ? prove. Gru. And that his bags shall prove. (Aside.

Tra. No, Sir; but hear I do, that he hath two;

The one as famous for a scolding tongue, Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our love:

As is the other for beauteous modesty. Listen to me, and if you speak me fair,

Fet. Sir, Sir, the first's for me; let her go by. I'll tell you news indifferent good for either,

Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules ;

And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.
Here is a gentleman, whom by chance I met,
Upon agreement from us to his liking,

Pet. Sir, understand you this of me in sooth ;Will undertake to woo curst Katharine ;

The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for,

Her father keeps from all access of suitors; Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please.

And will not promise her to any man,
Gre. So said, so done, is well:

Until the elder sister first be wed:
Hortensio, have you told him all her faults ?
Pet. I know, she is an irksome brawling scold;

The younger then is free, and not before.

Tru. If it be so, Sir, that you are the man
If that be all, masters, I hear no harm.

Must stead us all, and me among the rest;
Gre. No, say'st me so, friend? What countryman ?
Pet. Born in Verona, old Antonio's son :

And if you break the ice, and do this feat,

Achieve the elder, set the younger free
My father dead, my fortune lives for me;
And I do hope good days, and long, to see.

For our access,--whose hap shall be to have her, Gre. O, Sir, such a life, with such a wife, were

Will not so graceless be, to be ingrate strange!

Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do con

ceive ; But, if you liave a stomach to't, o' God's name; You shall have me assisting you in all.

And since you do profess to be a suitor, But will you woo this wild cat ?

You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman, Pet. Will I live?

To whom we all rest generally bet:olden. Gru. Will he woo her? Ay, or I'll hang her.

Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack; in sign whereof, [Aside.

Please ye we may contrive this afternoon, Pet. Why came I hither, but to that intent?

And quaff carouses to our mistress' health ;

And do as adversaries do in law,-
Think you, a little din can daunt mine ears?
Have I not in my time heard lions roar ?

Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends. Have I not heard the sea, puff'd up with winds,

Gru, Bion. O excellent motion! Fellows t, let's be

gone. Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat ? Have I not heard great ordnance in the field,

Hor. The moticn's good indeed, and be it so ;And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies?

Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto. [Exeunt. Have I not in a pitched battle heard Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets clang?

ACT II. And do you tell me of a woman's tongue ; That gives not half so great a blow to the ear, SCENE I.-The same.-A Room in BAPTISTA'S As will a chesnut in a farmer's fire ?

House. Tush! Tush! Fear boys with bugs ..

Enter KATHARINE and BIANCO. Gru. For he fears none.

(Aside. Gre. Hortensio, hark !

Bian. Good sister, wrong enot, nor wrong This gentleman is happily arrived,

yourself, My mind presumes, for his own good and yours.

To make a bondmaid and a slave of me; Hor. I promised, we would be contributors,

That I disdain : but for these other gawd's :,-
And bear his charge of wooing, whatsoe'er, Unbind my bands, I'll pull them ofi' myseli,

Gre. And so we will; provided, that he win her. Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;
Gru. I would, I were as sure of a good dinner. Or, what you will command me, will I do,

(Aside. So well I know my duiy to my elders.
• Rate.
+ Present. • Ungrateful.

+ Companions. Fright boys with bug-bears,

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Kath. Of all thy suitors, bere I charge thee, tell (Presenting Lucentm.) that hath been long studying
Whom thou lovest best: see thou dissemble not. at Rheims; as cunning in Greek, Latin, and other

Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the meu alive, langtrages, as the other in music and mathematics :
I never yet belield that special face

his name is Cambio ; pray, accept his service. Which I could fancy more than any other.

Bup. A thousand thanks, signior Gremio: wel.
Kuth. Mimion, thou liest ;--15't not liortensio ? come, good Cambio.- Bui, gentle Sir, To Tyano.]

Bian. Ii thou affect him, sister, here I wear, methinks, you walk like a stranger ;-May I be so
I'll plead for you myseil, but you shall have him. bold to know the cause of your coming!

Kath. O then, belike, jou fancy riches nore ; Tra. Pardon me, Sir, the boldness is mine own;
You will have Gremio to keep you fair.

That, being a stranger in this city here,
Bian. Is it for him you do envy mne so ?

Do make myself a suitor to your daughter,
Nay, then you jest; and now I will perceive, Unto Bianca, fair and virtuous.
You have bui jested with me all this while: Nor is your firm resolve unknown to me,
I pr'ythee, sister Kate, untie niy hands.

In the preferment of the eldest sister:
Kath. li that be jest, then all the rest was so. This liberty is all that I request,

[Strikes her. That, upon knowledge of my parentage,

I may have welcome 'mongst the rest that woo, Enter BAPTISTA.

And free access and favour as the rest.
Dap. Why, how now, dame? Whence grows this And, toward the education of your daughters,
insolence -.-

I here bestow a simple instrument,
Bianca, stand aside ;--poor girl ! She weeps :- And this small packet of Greek and Latin books:
Go ply thy needle; meddle not with her.-

If you accept them, then their worth is great.
For shame, thou hilding + of a devilish spirit,

Bup. Lucentio is your naine? Of wherce, I pray!
Why dost thou wrong her that did ne'er wrong thee? Tra. Or Pisa, Sir; son to Vincentio.
When did she cross thee with a bitter word ?

Bap. A inighty man of Pisa ; by report
Kath. Her silence fouts me, and I'll be revenged. I know him weil : you are very welcome Sir.

[Flies after Biunca. Take you {To Hor.J the lute, and you (To Luc.) the Bap. What, in my sight ?--Bianca, get thee in.

set of books,

(Exit Blanca. You shall go see your pupils presently.
Kath. Will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see Holla, within !
She is your treasure, she must have a husband;
I must dance bare fout on her wedding day,

Enter a SERVANT.
And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell, Sirrah, lead
Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep,

These gentlemen to my daughters; and tell thein
Till I can find occasion of revenge. [Crit Katharina.

both, Bap. Was ever gentleman thus grieved as 17 These are their tutors; bid them use them well. But who comes here?

[Erit Serrant, with Hortensio, Lucentio, and

Biondelli.)
Enter GREMIO, with Lucentio in the Habit of a

We will go walk a little in the orchard,
mean man ; PETRUCHIO, with HORTENSIO as a
Musician; and Tranio, with BIONDELLO bearing And so I pray you all to think yourselves.

And then to dinner: you are passing welcome, a Lute and Books.

Pet. Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,
Gre. Good-morrow, neighbour Baptista.

And every day I cannot come to woo.
Bap. Good-morrow, neighbour Gremio: God save You knew my father well; and in him, me,
you, gentlemen!

Left solely heir to all his lands and goods,
Pét. And you, good Sir! Pray have you not a Which I have better'd rather than decreased :
daughter

Then tell me,-if I get your daughter's love,
Callid Katharina, fair, and virtuous ?

What dowry shall I have with her to wife?
Bap. I have a daughter, Sir, call'd Katharina.

Bap. After my death, the one half of my lands
Gre. You are too blunt, go to it orderly.

And, in possession, lwenty thousand crowns, Pet. You wrong me, signior Gremio; give me Pet. And, for that dowry, I'll assure her of leave.-

Her widowhood,--be it that she survive me,-
I am a gentleman of Verona, Sir,

In all my lands and leases whatsoever:
That, hearing of her beauty, and her wit,

Let specialties be therefore drawn between as,
Her aflability, and bashtui modesty,

That covenants may be kept on either hand.
Her wondrous qualities, and mild behaviour,- Bap. Ay, when the special thing is well obtain'd,
Am bold to shew myself a forward guest

This is,- her love ; for that is all in all.
Within your house, to make mine eye the witness Pet. 'Why, that is nothing; for I tell you, father,
Of that report which I so oft have heard.

I am as peremptory as she proud-minded :
And, for an entrance to my entertainment,

Aud where two raging fires meet together,
I do present you with a man of mine,

They do consume the thing that feeds their fury:

(Presenting Hortensio. Though little fire grows great with little wind, Cunning in music, and the mathematics,

Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all :
To instruct her fully in those sciences,

So I to her, and so she yields to me;
Whereof, I know, she is not ignorant :

For I am rougir, and woo not like a babe.
Accept of him, or else you do me wrong;

Bap. Well may'st thou woo, and happy be thy
His name is Licio, born in Mantua.

speed !
Bup. You're welcome, Sir; and he, for your But be thou arm'd for some unhappy words.
good sake :

Pet. Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for winds,
But for my daughter Katharine,-this I know, That shake not, though they blow perpetually,
She is not for your turn, the more my grief.
Pet. I see, you do not mean to part with her;

Re-enter HORTENSIO, with his Head broken.
Or else you like not of my conpany.

Bap. How now, my friend? Why dost thou look Bap. Mistake me not, I speak but as I find.

so pale ? Whence are you, Sir ? What may I call your name? Hor. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.

Pet. Petruchio is my name ; Antonio's son, Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good ma.
A man well known throughout all Italy.

sician ?
Bap. I know him well : you are welcome for his Hor. I think, she'll sooner prove a soldier ;
sike.

Iron may hold with her, but never lutes.
Gre. Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray,

Bap. Why, then thou canst not break her to the
Let us, that are poor petitioners, speak too:

lute Baecare 1! You are marvellous forward.

Hor. Why, no; for she hath broke the lute to me. Pet. 0, pardon me, signior Gremio; I would fain I did but tell her, she mistook her frets, be doing

And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering; Gre. I doubt it not, Sir; but you will curse your When with a most impatient devilish spirit, wooing: -Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, ! | Frets, call you these ? Quoth she: I'll fume with am sure of it. To express the like kindness myself,

them : that have been more kindly beholden to you than | And, with that word, she struck me on the head, any, I freely give unto you this young scholar, And through the instrument my pate made way; • Love. + Worthless woman.

• A fret in music is the stop which causes or re* A proverbial exclamation then in use.

gulatos the vibration of the sicing,

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