Page images


Sly. Ay, it stands so, that I may hardly tarry We could at once put us in readiness ; so long. But I would be loath to fall into my And take a lodging, fit to entertain dreams again; I will therefore tarry, in despite Such friends, as time in Padua shall beget. ef the flesh and the hlood.

But stay awhile : What company is this ; Enter a SERVANT.

Tra. Master, some show, to welcome us to Sero. Your honour's players, hearing your Enter Baptista, KATHARINA, BIANCA, GRE

town. amendment, Are come to play a pleasant comedy,

MIO, and HORTENSIO. LUCENTIO and TRAFor so your doctors hold it very meet;

NIO stand aside. Seeing too much sadness hath congeal'd your Bap. Gentlemen, importune me no further blood,

For how I firmly am resolv'd you know ; And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy, That is-not to bestow my youngest daughter Therefore they thought it good you hear play, Before I have a husband for the elder : And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, If either of you both love Katharina, Which bears a thousand harms, and lengthens Because I knew you well, and love you well, life.

Leave shall you have to court her at your Sly. Marry, I will ; let them play it: is not pleasure. a commonty,* a Chrismas gambol, or a tum Gre. To cart her rather : She's too rough for bling trick? Page. No, my good lord; it is more pleasing There, there, Hortensio, will you any wife ? stuff.

Kath. I pray you, Sir, [To BAP.] is it your Sly. What, household stuff?

will Page. It is a kind of history.

To make a stale* of me amongst these mates ? Sly. Well, we'll see't : Come, madam wife, Hor. Mates, maid! how mean you that? no sit by my side, and let the world slip; we shall

mates for you, ne'er be younger.

[They sit down. Unless you were of gentler, milder mould.

Kath. l'faith, Sir, you shall never need to ACT I.

1 wis,t it is not half way to her heart: (fear ; SCENE 1.Padua. A public Place. But, if I were, doubt not her care should be

To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool, Enter LUCENTIO and TRANIO.

And paint your face, and use you like a fool. Luc. Tranio, since for the great desire I had Hor. From all such devils, good Lord, deliTo see fair Padua, nursery of arts,

ver us! I am arriv'd for fruitful Lombardy,

Gre. And me too, good Lord! The pleasant garden of great Italy;

Tra. Hush, master! here is some good pasAnd by my father's love and leave, am arm'd

time toward ; With his good will, and thy good company, That wench is stark mad, or wonderful forward. Most trusty servant, well approv'd in all ; Luc. But in the other's silence I do see Here let us breathe, and happily institute Maids' mild behaviour and sobriety. A course of learning, and ingenioust studies. Peace, Tranio. Pisa, renowned for grave citizens,

Tra. Well said, master: mum! and gaze Gave me my being, and my father first, A merchant of great traffic through the world, Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii.

What I have said,-Bianca, get you in : Vincentio his son, brought up in Florence, And let it not displease thee, good Bianca ; It shall become, to serve all hopes conceiv'd, For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl. To deck his fortune with Iris virtuous deeds: Kath. A pretty peat !I 'tis best And therefore, Tranio, for the time I study. Put finger in the eye,-and she knew why. Virtue, and that part of philosophy

Bran. Sister,content you in my discontent. Will I apply, that treats of happiness

Sir. to your pleasure humbly I subscribe : By virtue 'specially to be achiev'd.

My books, and instruments, shall be my comTell me thy mind : for I have Pisa left,

pany ; And am to Padua come; as he that leaves On them to look, and practise by myself. A shallow plash, to plunge him in the deep, Luc. Hark, Tranio! thou may'st hear Mi. And with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.

nerva speak.

[.Aside. Tra. Mi perdonate,f gentle master mine, Hor. Signior Baptista, will you be so strange? I am in all affected as yourself ;

Sorry am I, that our good will effects
Glad that you thus continue your resolve,

Bianca's grief.
To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy, Gre. Why will, you mewe her up,
Only, good master, while we do admire

Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell,
This virtue, and this moral discipline,

And make her bear the penance of her tongue? Let's be no stoics, nor no stocks, I pray;

Bap. Gentlemen,content ye;lam resolv'd :--Or so devote to Arostotle's checks,ll

Go in Bianca.

(Exit BIANCA As Ovid be an outcast quite abjurd:

And for I knew, ehe taketh most delight Talk logic with acquaintance that you have, in music instruments and poetry, And practise rhetoric in your common talk : Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Music and poesy use to quicken you : Fit to instruct her youth.- If you, Hortensio, The mathematics, and the metaphysics, Or signior Gremio, you,—know any such, Fall to them, as you find your stomach serves Prefer|| them hither, for to cunning ĩ men you :

I will be very kind, and liberal No profit grows, where is no pleasure ta’en;- To mine own children in good bringing up ; In brief, Sir, study what you most affect. And so farewell. Katharina you may stay;

Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou ad- For I have more to commune with Bianca. If Biondello, thou wert come ashore, • Por comedy. t Ingenuous. Small piece of water. * Abait or decoy.

| Pet. Parlon me, I Harsh rules. 1 Animate,

| Recommend, 11 Knowing, learner

your fill.



| Think


Kath. Why, and I trust I may go too; May Luc. O yes, I saw sweet beauty in her face, I not?

[belike, such as the daughter* of Agenor had, What, shall I be appointed hours ; as though, That made great Jove to humble him to her I knew not what to take, and what to leave ?


(stand. Ha !

[Exil. When with his knees he kiss’d the Cretan Gre. You may go to the devil's dam; your Tra. Saw you no more ? mark'd you not gifts* are so good, here is none will hold you.

how her sister Their love is not so great, Hortensio, but we Began to scold; and raise up such a storm, may blow our nails together, and fast it fairly That mortal ears might hardly endure the din; out ; our cake's dough on both sides.

Fare- Luc Tranio, I saw her coral lips to move, well :--Yet, for the love I bear my sweet And with her breath she did perfume the air ; Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit Sacred, and sweet, was all I saw in her. man, to teach her that wherein she delights, Tra. Nay, then, 'tis time to stir him from I will wish him to her father

his trance. Hor. So will I, signior Gremio: but a word, I pray, awake, Sir: if you love the maid, I pray. Though the nature of our quarrel yet Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus never brook'd parle, know now, upon advice,t

it stands :it toucheth us both,—that we may yet a ain Her elder sister is so curst and shrewd, have access o our fa.r mistress, and be happy That, till the father rid his hands of her, rivals in Bianca's love,-to labour and effect Master, your love must live a maid at home; one thing 'specially.

And therefore has he closely mew'd ner up, Gre. What's that, I pray ?

Because she shall not be annoy'd with suitors. Hor. Marry, Sir, to get a husband for her Luc. Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father's he! sister.

But art thou not advis'd, he took some care Gre. A husband ! a devil.

To get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct Hor. I say, a husband.

her ? Gre. I say, a devil: Think'st thou, Hortensio, Tra. Ay, marry, am I, Sir; and now 'tis though her father he very rich, any man is so

plotted. very a fool to be married to hell ?

Luc. I have it, Tranio. Hor Tush, Gremio though it pass your pa- Tra. Master, for my hand, tience, and mine, to indure her loud'alarms, Both our inventions meet and jump in one. why, man, there be good fellows in the world, Luc. Tell me thine first. an a man coul i light on them, would take her Tra. You will be schoolmaster, with all faults, and money enough.

And undertake the teaching of the maid: Gre. I cannot tell ; but I had as lief take her That's your device. dowery with this condition,-to be whipped Luc. It is : May it be done ? at the high-cross very morning.

Tra. Not possible; For who shall bear your Hor. 'Faith, as you say, there's small choice and be in Padua here Vicentio's son? [part

, in rotton apples. But, come ; since this bar Keep house, and ply his book; welcome bis in law makes us frieads, it shall be so far

friends ; forth friendly maintained, -till by helping Bar Visit his countrymen, and banquet them ? tista's eldest daughter to a husband, we set his Luc. Basta ;t content thee; for I have it full. youngest free for a husband, and then have We have not yet been seen in any house ; to't afresh.-Sweet Bianca !– Happy man be Nor can we be distinguished by our faces, his dole! He that runs fastest gets the ring. For man or master : then it follows thus ;How say you, signior Gremio ?

Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead, Gre. I am agreed: and 'would I had given Keep house, and port, and servants, as I him the best horse in Padua to begin his woo

should ; ing, that would thoroughly woo her, wed her, I will some other be ; some Florentine, and bed her, and rid the house of her. Come Some Neapolitan, or mean man of Pisa.

[E.reunt Gremio and HORTENSIO, 'Tis hatch'd, and shall be so:— Tranio, at once Pra. [ Advancing. I pray, Sir, tell me,-Is it Uncase thee; take my colour'd hat and cloak: possible

When Biondello comes, he waits on thee; That love should of a sudden take such hold ? But I will charm him first to keep his tongue. Luc. O Tranio, till I found it to be true, Tra. So had you need. [ They exchange habits

: I never thought it possible, or likely ;

In brief then, Sir, sithợ it your pleasure is, But see! while idly I stood looking on, And I am tied to be obedient; I found the effect of love in idleness :

For so your father charg'd me at our parting; And now in plainness do confess to thee,- Be serviceable lo my son, quoth he, That art to me as secret, and as dear,

Although, I think, 'twas in another sense,) As Anna to the queen of Carthage was,-- am content to be Lucentio, Tranio, I burn, I pine, I pe ish, Tranio,

'ecause so well I love Lucentio. ! I achieve not this young modest girl ;

Luc Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves: Counsel me, Tranio, for I know thou canst ; od let ine be a slave, to achieve that maid Assist me, Trauio, for know thou wilt. Vhose sudden sight hath thrall’d my wounded Tra. Master, it is no time to chide you now

eye. Affection is not rateds from the heart : [s0,

Enter BIONDELLO. If love have touch'd you, nought remains l.

ere comes the rogue.-Sirrah, where hare Redime te captum quam queas minimo Luc. Gramercies, lad; go forward : ti

Bion. Where have I been ? Nay, how now, contents ;

where are you?

[clothes ? The rest will comfort, for thy counsel's soun:

aster, has my fellow Tranio stolen your Tra, Master, you look'd so longlyll on th

or you stolen his ? or both ? pray, what's the maid,

news ? Perhaps you mark'd not what's the pith of all,

Luc. Sirrah, come hither; 'tis no time to jest, * Eadowments. † Consideration. Gaiaorlo:


1 'Tis enough. Sbow, appetrines 5 Drison outbreiding. Loogin fr.



you been ?


And therefore frame your manners to the time. Rise, Grumio, rise; we will compound this Your fellow Tranio here, to save my life,

quarrel. Puts my apparel and my countenance on, Gru. Nay, 'tis no matter, what he 'leges* in And I for my escape have put on his;

Latin.-If this be not a lawful cause for me to For in a quarrel, since I came ashore,

leave his service,-Look you, Sir,-he bid me I kill'd a man, and fear I was descried :* knock him, and rap him soundly, Sir: Well, Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes, was it fit for a servant to use his master so; boWhile I make way from hence to save my life; ing, perhaps, (for aught I see,) two and thirty, You understand me?

-a pip out? Bion. I. Sir, ne'er a whit.

Whom, 'would to God, I had well knock'd at Lu. And not a jot of Tranio in your mouth;

first, Tranio is chang'd into Lucentio.

Then had not Grumio come by the worst. Bion. The better for him; Would I were so Pet. A senseless villain-Good Hortensio, too!

I bade the rascal knock upon your gate, Tra. So would I, faith, boy, to have the next And could not get him for my heart to do it. wish after,

[daughter. Gru. Knock at the gate!- heavens ! That Lucentio indeed had Baptista's youngest Spake you not these words plain, -Sirrah, But, sirrah,-not for my sake, but your mas

knock me here,

(soundly ter's,- advise

Rop me here, knock me well, and knock me You use your manners discreetly in all kind of Anu come you now with—knocking at the companies :

gate? When I am alone, why, then I am Tranio; Pet. Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise But in all places else, your master Lucentio.

you. Luc. Tranio, let's go :

Hor. Petruchio, patience; I am Grumio's One thing more rests, that thyself execute;

pledge: To make one among these wooers: If thou ask Why, this a heavy chance 'twixt him and you; me why,

Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grumio. Sufficeth, my reasons are both good and And tell me now, sweet friend,--what happy weighty.

[Exeunt. 1 Servt My lord, you nod; you do not mind Blows you to Padua here, from old Verona? the play.

Pet. Such wind as scatters young men Sly. Yes, by Saint Anne, do I. A good mal

through the world, ter surely; Comes there any more of it? To seek their fortunes further than at home, Page. My lord 'lis but begun.

Where small experience grows. But, in a few,t Sly. 'Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam Signior Hortensio, thus it stands with me:lady; 'Would 'i were done!

Antonio, my father, is deceas'd ;

And I have thrust myself into this maze, SCENE II.-- The same.--Before HORTENSIO's Haply to wive, and thrive, as best I may; House.

Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home, Enter PETRUCHI0 and GRUMIO. And so am come abroad to see the world. Pet. Verona, for a while I take my leave,

Hor. Petruchio, shall I then come roundly To see my friends in Padua ; but, of all,

to thee, My best beloved and approved friend,

And wish thee to a shrewd ill-favour'd wife? Hortensio; and, I trow, this is his house :

Thoud'st thank me but a little for my counsel : Here, sirrab Grumio: knock, I say.

And yet I'll promise thee she shall be rich, Gru. Knock, Sir! whom should I knock? is

And very rich:—but thou’rt too much my friend, there any man has rebused your worship?

And I'll not wish thee to her. Pet. Villain, I say, knock me here soundly.

Pet. Signior Hortensio, 'twixt guch friends Gru. Knock you here, Sir! why, Sir, what

as we, am I, Sir, that I should knock you here, Sir?

Few words suffice : and, therefore, if thou knoty Pet. Villain, I say, knock me at this gate,

One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife, And rap me well, or I'll knock your knave's (As wealth is burden of my wooing dance,) pate.

Be she as foul as was Florentius' love, Gru. My master is grown quarrelsome : 1 As old as Sybil, and as curst and shrewd should knock you first,

As Socrates Xantippe, or a worse, And then I know after who comes by the worst.

She moves me not, or not removes, at least, Pet. Will it not be?

Affection's edge in me; where she as rough Faith, sirrah, an you'll not knock, I'll wring As are the swelling Adriatic seas: I'll try how yon can sol, fa, and sing it. I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; [He wrings Gromio by the ears.

If wealthily, then happily in Padua. Gru. Help, masters, help! my master is

Gru. Nay, look you, Sir, he tells you datly mad.

what his mind is : Why, give him gold enough Pe. Now, knock when I bid you : sirrah : and marry him to a puppet, or an aglet-baby : villain!

or an old trot with ne'er a tooth in her head,

though she have as many diseases as two and Enter HORTENSIO.

fifty horses: why nothing comes amiss, so Hor. How now? what's the matter?--My money comes withal. ald friend Grumio! and my good friend Petru- Hor. Petruchio, since we have stepp'd thus chio!-How do you all at Verona ?

far in, Pet. Signior Hortensio, come you to part the! I will continue that I broach'd in jest. fray?

I can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife Con tutto il core bene trovato, may I say. With wealth enough, and young, and beauteHor. Alla nostra casa bene venuto,

• Alleges.

+ Few words. Molto honorato signor mio Petruchio.

Set the story. No. 39, of "A Thousand Notello


A small image on the tag of a face:


shall prove.

Brought up, as best becomes a gentlewoman: And let me have them very well perfum'd;
Her only fault (and that is faults enough) For she is sweeter that perfume itself,
Is,-that she is intolerably curst, (sure, To whom they go. What will you read to her!
And shrew'd, and froward ; so beyond all mea Luc. Whate'er I read to her, I'll plead for
That, were my state far worser than it is,

you, I would not wed her for a mine of gold. As for my patron, (g'and you so assur'd, ) Pet. Hortensio, peace; thou know'st not As firmly as yourself were still in place : gold's effect:

Yea, and (perhaps) with more successful words Tell me her father's name, and 'tis enough; Th.:n you, unless you were a scholar, Sir, For I will board her, though she chide as loud Gre. O this learning! what a thing it is! As thunder, when the clouds in autumn crack.

Gru. O this woodcock! what an ass it is! Hor. Her father is Baptista Minola,

Pet. Peace, Sirrah. An affable and courteous gentleman :

Hor. Grumio, mum!--God save you, signior Her name is Kaiharina Minola,

Gremio ! Renow'd in Padua for her scolding tongue. Gre. And you're well met, signior HortenPet. I know her father, though I know not

sio. Trow you. her;

Whither I am going ?-To Baptista Minola. And he knew my deceased father well: I promis'd to enquire carefully I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her; About a schoolmaster for fair Bianca ; And therefore let me be thus bold with you, And, by good fortune, I have lighted well To give you over at this first encounter, On this young man; for learning, and be. Unless you will accompany me thither.

haviour, Gru. I pray you, Sir, let him go while the Fit for her turn; well read in poetry, humour lasts. Ó' my word, an she knew him and other books,- good ones I warrant you. as well as I do, she would think scolding would

Luc. Tis well: and I have met a gentleman, do little good upon him : She may, perhaps, Hath promis'd me to help me to another, call him half a score knaves, or so : why, that's A fine musician to instruct our mistress! nothing; an he begin once, he'll rail in his So shall I no whit be behind in duty rope tricks.* I'll tell you what, Sir,-an she To fair Bianca, so belov'd of me. standt him but a little, he will throw a figure

Gre. Belov'd of me,—and that my deeds in her face, and so disfigure her with it, that she shall have no more eyes to see withal than

Gru. And that his bags shall prove, [ Aside. a cat: You know him not, Sir.

Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our Hor. Tarry, Petruchio, I must go with thee: Listen to me, and if you speak me fair, [lore : For in Baptista's keepf my treasure is :

I'll tell you news indifferent good for either. He hath the jewel of my life in hold,

Here is a gentleman, whom by chance I met, His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca ;

Upon agreement from us to his liking,

Will undertake to woo curst Katharine : And her withholds from me, and other more Suitors to her, and rivals in my love:

Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please.

Gre. So said, so done, is well :Supposing it a thing impossible,

Hortensio, have you told him all her faults ! (For those defects I have before rehears’d,)

Pel. I know, she is an irksome brawling That ever Katharina will be woo'd.

scold; Therefore this order, hath Baptista ta’en; 'I'hat none shall have access unto Bianca,

If that be all, masters, hear no harm. Till Katharine the curst have got a husband.

Gre. No, say'st me so, friend? What counGru. Katharine the curst!

tryman ?

Pet. Born in Verona, old Antonio's son: A title for a maid, of all titles the worst. Hor. Now shall my friend Petruchio do me and I do hope good days, and long, to see,

My father dead, my fortune lives for me; grace;

Gre. O, Sir, such a life, with such a wife? And offer me, disguis'd in sober robes,

were strange : Te old Baptista a3 a schoolmaster

But, if you have a stomach, to't o'God's name : Well geen in music, to instruct Bianca;

You shall have me assisting you in all. That so I may by this device, at least,

But will you woo this wild cat ? Have leave and leisure to make love to her,

Pet. Will I live? And, unsuspected, court her by herself.

Gru. Will he woo her? ay, or l'll hang ber. Enter GREMIO ; with him LUCENTIO disguised,

[ Aside with books under his arm.

Pet. Why came I hither, but to that intent! Gru. Here's no knavery! See ; to begivile Think you, a little din can daunt mine ears! the old folks, how the young folks lay their Have I not in my time heard lions roar ? heads together! Master, master, look abou. Have I not heard the sea, puff'd with winds, you: Who goes there? ha !

Rage like an angry boar, chased with sweat? Hor. Peace, Grumio; ?tis the rival of my And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies ?

Have I not heard great ordnance in the field, Petruchio, stand by a while. [love: Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous ! Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets'

Have I not in a pitched battle heard [They relire.

clang? Gre. O, very well; I have perus’d the note. Hark you, Sir; I'll have them very fairly That gives not half so great a blow to the ear,

And do you tell me of woman's tongue; bound: All books of love, see that at any hand ;(

As will a chesnut in a farmer's fire ?

Tush! tush ! fear boys with bugs. * And see you read no other lectures to her;

Gru. For he fears none.

[Asid. You understand me:-Over and beside

Gre Hortensio, hark ! Signior Baptista's liberality, (pers too, This gentleman is happily arriv'd, l'il mend it with a largess :**-Take your pa- My mind presumes, for his own good, ani!

[your: † Withstand. † Custody. !! Versed

* Fright boys with bug-beari.

* Abusive language. 6 These measures.



you to do?

Hor. I promis'd, we would be contributors, ( For our access,--whose hap shall be to have And bear his charge of wooing, whats e'er. Will not so graceless be, to be ingrate.* [her, Gre. And so we will; provided, that he win Hor. Sir, you say well and well you do her.

conceive ; Gru. I would, I were as sure of a good din- And since you do profess to be a suitor,

Aside. You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman, Enter Tranio, bravely apparelled; and BioN- To whom we all rest generally beholden. DELLO.

Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack: in sign whereof, Tra. Gentlemen, God save you! If I may be Please ye we may contrive this afternoon, bold,


And quaff carouses to our mistress' health ; Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest

And so as adversaries do in law,To the house of signior Baptista Minola ?

Strive mightily, but ear and drink as friends. Gre. He that has the two fair daughters :

Gre. Bion. O excellent motion! Fellowst ist [ Aside to TRANIO. ' he you mean?

let's begone. Tri Even he. Biondello !

Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it Gre. Hark you Sir; You mean no' her to—..

SO Tra. Perhaps, him and her, Sir; What have

Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto. (Exeunt.

АСТ II. Pet. Not her that chides, Sir, at any' and, I

SCENEJ.-The same..-- A Room in Baptista's pray. Tra. I love no chiders, Sir: -Biondello, let's

Fiouse. away.

Enter KATHARINA and Bianca. Luc. Well begun, Tranio.

[Aside. Bian. Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong Hor. Sir, a word ere you go;

yourself, Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea, To take a bondmaid and a slave of me; or no ?

That I disdain : but for these other g. wds, Tra. An if I be, Sir, is it any offence ? Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself, Gre. No; If, without more words, you will Yea, all my raiment to my petticoat ; get you hence.

Or, what you will command me will I do, Trı. Why, Sir, I pray, are not the streets as So well I know my duty to my elders. For me, as for you?

[frer Kath Of all thy suitors, here I charge theo Gre. But so is not she.


(not. Tra. For what reason, I beseech you ? Vhom thou love'st best; sec thou dissemble Gre For this reason, if you'll know,

Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive, That she's the choice love of signior Gremio. never yet beheld that special face Hor. That she's the chosen of signior Hor Vhich I could fancy more than any other. tensio.

Kath. Minion, thou liest; Is't not Hortensio? Tra. Softly, my master!if you be gentlemen. Bian. If you affectó him, sister, here I swear, Do me this right, hear me with patience. I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have Baptista is a noble gentleman,

him. To whom my father is not all unknown; Kath. O tben, belike, you fancy riches more; And were his daughter fairer than she is, You, will have Gremio, to keep you fair. She may more suitors have, and me for one.

Bian. Is it for him you do envy me so ? Fair Lead's daughter had a thousand wooers; Nay, then you jest ; and now I well perceive, Then well one more may fair Bianca have: You have but jested with me all this while : And so she shall ; Lucentio shall make one, I prythee sister Kate, untie my hands. Though Paris came, in hope to speed alone. Cath. If that be jest, then all the rest was so. Gri. What! this gentleman will out-talk us

[Strikes her. all.

Enter Baptista. Luc. Sir, give him bead; I know, he'll prove a jade.

Bap. Why, how now, dame! whence grows Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these

this insolence ? words?

Bianca, stand aside ;---poor girl ! she weeps:Hor. Sir let me be so bold as to ask you,

Go ply thy needle ; meddle not with her. Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter?

For shame, thou hilding|| of a devlish spirit, Tra. No, Sir; but hear I do, that he hath

Why dost thou wrong her that did ne'er wrong

thee ? two; The one as famous for a scolding tongue,

When did she cross thee with a bitter word? As is the other for beauteous modesty.

Kath. Her silence Routs me, and I'll be

reveng'd. Pet. Sir, Sir, the first for me; letier go by.

Flies after BIANEA. Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Her

Bap. What, in my sight?-Bianca, get thee in.

[Exit Bianca. cules ; And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.

Kath. Will you not suffer me ? Nay, now I Pét. Sir, understand you this of me, insooth;

She is your treasure, she must have a husband; The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for, I must dance bare-foot on her wedding-day, Her father keeps from all access of suitors ;

And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell. And will not promise her to any man,

Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep, Until the elder sister first be wed:

Till I can find occasion of revenge. The younger then is free, and not before.

(Exit KATHARINA, Tra. If it be so, Sir, then you are the man

Bap. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I 1 Must stead us all, and me among the rest ;

But who comes here? An if you break the ice, and do this feat,

* Ungrateful. Companions. I Trising ornaments. Achieve the elder, set the younger free


1 A worthless woman.


« PreviousContinue »