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That, were my state far worser than it is,
Hor. Her father is Baptista Minola,
Pet. I know her father, though I know not her ;
Gru. I pray you, Sir, let him go while the humour lasts. Oniy word, an she knew him as well as I do, she would think scolding would do little good upon himn : She, may, perhaps, call him half a score knaves, or so: why, that's nothing ; an he begin once, he'll rail in his rope-tricks*. I'll tell you what, Sir,-an she stand him but a little, he will throw a figure in her face, and so disfigure her with it, that she shall have no more eyes to see withal than a cat ; you know him not, Sir.
Hor. Tarry, Petruchio, I must go with thee;
Gru. Katharine the curst!
grace ; And offer me, disguised in sober robes, To old Baptista as a school-master Well seen $ in music, to instruct Bianca : • Abusive language.
+ Custody. 1 These measures.
That so I may by this device, at least,
Books under his arm. Gru. Here's no knavery! See ; to beguile the old folks, how the young folks lay their heads together! Master, master, look about you : Who goes there ? Ha!
Hor. Peace, Grumio ; 'tis the rival of iny love :Petruchio, stand by a while. Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous !
What will you read to her ?
Gre. O this learning! What a thing it is!
Hlor. Grumio, mum !-God save you, signior
you, Whither I am going !-To Baptista Minola. I promised to enquire carefully About a school-inaster for fair Bianca: And, by good fortune, I have lighted well On this young man ; for learning, and behaviour, Fit for her tum ; well read in poetry, And other books,-good ones, I warrant you.
Hor. 'Tis welland I have met a gentleman, Hath promised me to help me to another, . A fine musician to instruct our mistress ;
So shall I no whit be behind in duty-
prove. Gru. And that his bags shall prove. (Aside. Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent
Gre. So said, so done, is well :-
Pet. I know, she is an irksome brawling scold ; If that be all, masters, I hear no harm.
Gre. No, say'st me so, friend? What countryman ?
Pet. Will I live?
(Aside. Gre. Hortensio, hark ! This gentleman is happily arrived, My mind presumes, for his own good and yours. Hor. I promised, we would be contributors,
• Fright boys with bug-bears.
And bear his charge of wooing, whatsoe'er,
Gre. And so we will; provided, that he win hier.
[Aside. Enter TRANIO, bravely apparelld; and BIONDELLO.
Tra. Gentlemen, God save you! If I may be bold, Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way To the house of signior Baptista Minola ?
Gre. He that has the two fair daughters :-is't (Aside to Tranio.] he you mean?
Tra. Even he. Biondello !
Tra. Perhaps, him and her, Sir; What have you to do! Pet. Not her that chides, Sir, at any hand, I
(Aside. Hor. Sir, a word ere you go, Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea, or no?
Tra. An if I be, Sir, is it any offence ? (hence. Gre. No, if, without more words, you will get you
Tra. Why, Sir, I pray, are not the streets as free For me, as for you
Gre. But so is not she.
Gre. For this reason, if you'll know,-
Hor, That she's the chosen of signior Hortensio.
Tra. Softly, my masters! if you be gentlemen, Do me this right, -hear me with patience. Baptista is a noble gentleman, To whom my father is not all unknown ; And, were his daughter fairer than she is, She may more suitors have, and me for one. Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers ; Then well one more may fair Bianca have : And so she shal}; Lucentio shall make one, Though Paris came, in hope to speed alone.
Gre. What! This gentleman will out-talk us all.. Luc. Sir, give him head; I know, he'll prove a jade. Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these words?
Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you, Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter?
Tra. No, Sir; but hear I do, that he hath two; The one as famous for a scolding tongue, As is the other for beauteous modesty,
Pet. Sir, Sir, the first's for me; let her go by.
Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules ;
Pet. Sir, understand you this of me in sooth
:Tra. If it be so, Sir, that you are the man
Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do con-
Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack; in sign whereof,
Kath. Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tell
+ Companions. * Trifling ornaments.