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Will undertake to woo curst Katharine;
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. Born in Verona, old Antonio's son:
Will I live ?
[Aside. Pet. Why came I hither, but to that intent? Think you, a little din can daunt mine ears? Have I not in my time heard lions roar ? Have I not heard the sea, puff'd up with winds, Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat? Have I not heard great ordnance in the field, And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies? Have I not in a pitched battle heard Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang? And do you tell me of a woman's tongue; That gives not half so great a blow to the ear, As will a chesnut in a farmer's fire ? Tush! tush! fear boys with bugs.4
4 Fright boys with bug-bears.
For he fears none,
[Aside. Gre. Hortensio, hark ! This gentleman is happily arriv'd, My mind presumes, for his own good, and yours.
Hor. I promis'd, we would be contributors, And bear his charge of wooing, whatsoe'er.
Gre. And so we will; provided, that he win her. Gru. I would, I were as sure of a good dinner.
[Aside. Enter TRANIO, bravely apparell'd; 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 TRAN10.] he you mean?
Tra. Even he. Biondello !
[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 ? Gre. No; if, without more words, you will get
you hence. Tra. Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free For me, as for you? Gre,
But so is not she,
Tra. For what reason, I beseech you?
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,
Gre. What! this gentleman will out-talk us all.
Hor, Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you,
Tra. No, sir; but hear I do, that he hath two;
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, insooth;
Tra. If it be so, sir, that you are the man
Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do conceive;
Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack: in sign whereof, Please ye we may contrive this afternoon, And quaff carouses to our mistress' health; And do as adversaries do in law,Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends. Gru. Bion. O excellent motion! Fellows, let's
begone. Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it so; Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto. [Exeunt.
SCENE I. The same. A Room in Baptista's
Enter KATHARINA and BIANCA.
yourself, To make a bondmaid and a slave of me; That I disdain : but for these other gawds,7 Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself, s Ungrateful. 6 Companions. 7 Trifling ornaments.
Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;
elders. Kath. Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tell Whom thou lov'st best: see thou dissemble not.
Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive,
affect him, sister, here I swear, I'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?
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 reveng'd.
[Flies after BIANCA.