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Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive,
Kath. Minion, thou liest ;-Is't not Hortensio ?
Bian. If thou affect* him, sister, here I swear, P'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him.
Kath. O then, belike, you fancy riches more ;
Bian. Is it for him you do envy me so ?
[Strikes her. Enter BAPTISTA. Bap. Why, how now, dame? Whence grows this
insolence ? Bianca, stand aside ;-poor girl ! She weeps :Go ply thy needle; meddle not with her. For shame, thou hilding + of a devilish spirit, Why dost thou wrong her that did ne'er wrong thee? When did she cross thee with a bitter word ? Kath. Her silence flouts me, and I'll be revenged.
Flies after Bianca. Bap. What, in my sight?-Bianca, get thee in.
(Exit Bianca. Kath. Will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see She is your treasure, she must have a husband ; I must dance bare-foot on her wedding day, And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell, Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep, Till I can find occasion of revenge. (Exit Katharina.
Bap. Was ever gentleman thus grieved as I? But who comes here? Enter GREMIO, with LUCENTIO in the Habit of a mean man; PETRUCHIO, with HORTENSIO as a Musician; and TRANIO, with BIONDELLO bearing a Lute and Books. G re. Good-morrow, neighbour Baptista.
Bap. Good-morrow, neighbour Gremio : God save you, gentlemen! Pet. And you, good Sir! Pray have you not a
daughter Callid Katharina, fair, and virtuous ?
Lar. I have a danghter, Sir, call's Katharina.
+ Worthless woman,
Gre. You are too blunt, go to it orderly.
[Presenting Hortensio. Cunning in music, and the mathematics, To instruct her fully in those sciences, Whereof, I know, she is not ignorant : Accept of him, or else you do me wrong; His name is Licio, born in Mantua. Bap. You're welcome, Sir; and he, for your
good sake : But for my daughter Katharine,-this I know, She is not for your turn, the more my grief.
Pet. I see, you do not mean to part with her; Or else you like not of my company.
Bap. Mistake me not, I speak but as I find. Whence are you, Sir ? What may I call your name?
Pet. Petruchio is my name ; Antonio's son, A man well known throughout all Italy. Bap. I know him well : you are welcome for his
sake. Gre. Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray, Let us, that are poor petitioners, speak too: Baccare*! You are marvellous forward. Pet. O, pardon me, signior Gremio ; I would fain
be doing. Gre. I doubt it not, Sir; but you will curse your wooing.–Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am sure of it. To express the like kindness myself, that have been more kindly beholden to you than any, I freely give unto you this young scholar, (Presenting Lucentio.] that hath been long studying at Rheims; as cunning in Greek, Latin, and other languages, as the other in music and mathematics : his name is Cambio ; pray, accept his service.
Bap. A thousand thanks, signior Gremio : wel. come, good Cambio.--But, gentle Sir, [To Tranio.)
* A proverbial exclamation then in use. VOL. II.
methinks, you walk like a stranger;-May I be so bold to know the cause of your coming ?
Tra. Pardon me, Sir, the boldness is mine own; That, being a stranger in this city here, Do make myself a suitor to your daughter, Unto Bianca, fair and virtuous. Nor is your firm resolve unknown to me, In the preferment of the eldest sister; This liberty is all that I request,That, upon knowledge of my parentage, I may have welcome 'mongst the rest that woo, And free access and favour as the rest. And, toward the education of your daughters, I here bestow a simple instrument, And this small packet of Greek and Latin books : If you accept them, then their worth is great.
Bap. Lucentio is your name? Of whence, I pray? Tra. Of Pisa, Sir; son to Vincentio.
Bap. A mighty man of Pisa ; by report I know him well : you are very welcome Sir.Take you [To Hor.) the lute, and you [To Luc.) the
set of books, You shall go see your pupils presently. Holla, within !
Enter a SERVANT. Sirrah, lead These gentlemen to my daughters; and tell them
both, These are their tutors; bid them use them well.
[Exit Servant, with Hortensio, Lucentio, and
Pet. Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,
Bap. After my death, the one half of my lands; And, in possession, twenty thousand crowns,
Pet. And, for that dowry, I'll assure her of
Bap. Ay, when the special thing is well obtain'd, This is,-her love ; for that is all in all.
Pet. Why, that is nothing; for I tell you, father, I am as peremptory as she proud-minded : And where two raging fires meet together, They do consume the thing that feeds their fury: Though little fire grows great with little wind, Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all : So I to her, and so she yields to me; For I am rough, and woo not like a babe. Bap. Well may'st thou woo, and happy be thy
speed ! But be thou arm'd for some unhappy words.
Pet. Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for winds, That shake not, thouglı they blow perpetually,
Re-enter HORTENS10, with his Head broken. Bap. How now, my friend? Why dost thou look
so pale ? Hor. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale, Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good mu.
sician ? Hor. I think, she'll sooner prove a soldier ; Iron may hold with her, but never lutes. Bap. Why, then thou canst not break her to the
lute? Hor. Why, no; for she hath broke the lute to me. I did but tell her, she mistook her frets *, And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering ; When with a most impatient devilish spirit, Frets, call you these? Quoth she : l’ll fume with
Pet. Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench;
go with me, and be not so discomfited Proceed in practice with my younger daughter; She's apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.
• A fret in music is the stop 'which causes or re. gulates the vibration of the string.
Signior Petruchio, will you go with us;
(Exeunt Baptista, Gremio, Tranio,
and Hortensio. And woo her with some spirit when she comes. Say, that she rail ; why, then I'll tell her plain, She sings as sweetly as a nightingale : Say, that she frown; I'll say, she looks as clear As morning roses newly wash'd with dew; Say, she be mute, and will not speak a word ; Then I'll commend her volubility, And say-she uttereth piercing eloquence : If she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks, As though she bid me stay by her a week ; If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day When I shall ask the banns, and when be
married : But here she comes ; and now, Petruchio, speak.
Enter KATHARINA. Good-morrow, Kate ; for that's your name, I hear. Kath. Well have you heard, but something hard
of hearing ; They call me-Katharine, that do talk of me. Pet. You lie, in faith ; for you are call'd plain
Kate, And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst; But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom, Kate of Kate-Hall, my super-dainty Kate, For dainties are all cates : and therefore, Kate, Take this of me, Kate of my consolation :Hearing thy mildness praised in every town, Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded, (Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs) Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife. Kath. Moved ! In good time : let him that moved
Pet. Why, what's a moveable ?
Pet. Alas, good Kate! I will not burden thee :