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Ask Marian Hacket, the fat ale-wife of Wincot, if she Sly. Ay, the woman's maid of the house.
Sly. Now, Lord be thanked for my good amends!
Sly. I thank thee; thou shalt not lose by it.
Page. How fares my noble lord ?
Sly. Marry, I fare well; for here is cheer enough.
Where is my wife?
Sly.Are you my wife, and will not call me-husband ?
Page. My husband and my lord, my lord and husband;
I am your wife in all obedience.
Sly. Madam wife, they say that I have dream'd aud
Being all this time abandon’d from your bed.
Sly.'Tis much ;-servants, leave me and her alone! -
Page. Thrice noblelord, let me entreat of you,
To pardon me yet for a night or two;
Or, if not so, until the sun be set!
In peril to incur your former malady,
I hope, this reason stands for my excuse.
Sly. Ay, it stands so, that I may hardly tarry so long.
Enter a Servant.
Are come to play a pleasant comedy,
For so your doctors hold it very meet,
Therefore, they thought it good you hear a play,
And frame your mind to mirth and merriment,
Which bars a thousaud harms, and lengthens life.
Sly. Marry, I will; let them play it. Is not a commonI do not sleep: I see, I hear, I speak;
ty a Christmas gambol, or a tumbling trick? I smell sweet savours, and I feel soft things :
Page. No, my good lord ; it is more pleasing stuff.
Sly. What, household stuff?
Page. It is a kind of history.
Sly. Well, we'll see't. Come, madam wife, sit by my
side, and let the world slip; we shall ne'er be younger. 2 Serv. Will’t please your mightiness to wash your
[They sit down. hands?
[Servants present an ewer, basin and napkin. 0, how we joy to see your wit restor'd!
А ст I.
SCENEI.-- Padua. A public place.
Enter Lucentio and Tranio.
Luc. Tranio, since—for the great desire I had
I am arriv'd for fruitful Lombardy,
Most trusty servant, well approv'd in all :
Here let us breathe, and happily institute
Gave me my being, and my father first,
Bian. Sister, content you in my discontent!A merchant of great trafficthrough the world, Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe,
As on Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii, My books, aud instruments, shall be my company;
Tranio Vincentio his son, brought up in Florence, On them to look, and practise by myself.
If I ach It shall become, to serve all hopes conceiv’d,
Luc. Hark, Tranio! thou may’st hear Minerva speak. Course Todeck his fortune with his virtuous deeds:
Laista And therefore, Tranio, for the time I study, Hor. Signior Baptista, will you be so strange ?
Tra. Virtue, and that part of philosophy Sorry am I, that our good will effects
vectic Will I apply, that treats of happiness, Bianca's grief.
Elevel By virtue 'specially to be achieve'd.
Gre. Why, will you mew her up,
Luc. And am to Padua come, as he, that leaves
And make her bear the penance of her tongue?
Tra. And with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.
[Exit Bianca Tra. Mi perdonate, gentle mastermine,
And for I know, she taketh most delight I am in all affected, as yourself;
In music, instruments, and poetry, Glad, that you thus continue your resolve,
Schoolmasters willl keep within my house, To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.
Fit to instruct her youth. ---If you, Hortensio, Only, good master, while we do admire
Or, signior Gremio, you-know any such, This virtue, and this moral discipline,
Prefer them hither; for to cunning men Let's be no stoics, nor no stocks, I pray,
I will be very kind, and liberal Orso devote to Aristotle's checks,
To mine own children in good bringing up; As Ovid be an outcast quite abjur’d;
And so farewell! Catharina, you may stay; Talk logic with acquaintance that you have,
For I have moreto commune with Bianca.. [Exit. And practise rhetoric in your common talk;
Cath. Why, and I trust, I may go too; may I not?
What, shall I be appointed hours; as though, belike,
so good, here is none will hold you. Their love is not In brief, sir, study what you most affect !
so great,Hortensio, but we may blow our nails together, Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou advise. and fast it fairly out; our cake's dough on both sides. If, Biondello, thou wert come ashore,
Farewell !-Yet, for the love I bear my sweet Bianca, We could at once put us in readiness, if I can by any means light on a fit man, to teach her
Lu And take a lodging, fit to entertain
that wherein she delights, I will wish him to her father. But Such friends, as time in Padua shall beget,
Hor. So will I, signior Gremio. But a word, I pray, To But stay awhile : what company is this? Though the nature of our quarrel yet never brook'd
T Tra. Master, some show, to welcome us to town. parle, know now, upon advice, it toucheth us both, —
LE Enter BAPTISTA, CATHARINA, Blanca, Gremio and Hor- that we may yet again have access to our fair mistress
; T. TENSIO. Lucentlo and Tranio stand aside. and be happy rivals in Bianca's love, – to labour and
Bot Bap. Gentlemen, importune me no further! effect one thing 'specially.
LE For how I firmly am resolv'd you know; Gre. What's that, I pray?
TF That is,-not to bestow my youngest daughter, Hor. Marry, sir, to get a husband for her sister. Before I have a husband for the elder. Gre. A husband! a devil,
TIE If either of you both love Catharina,
Hor. I say, a husband, Because I know you well, and love you well,
Gre. I say, a devil. Think'st thon, Hortensio, though Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure. her father be very rich, any man is so very a fool to be Gre. To cart her rather: She's too rough for me;
married to hell? There, there, Hortensio, will you any wife? Hor. Tush, Gremio, thonghit pass your patience, and Cath. I pray you, sir, (To Bap.] is it your will mine, to endure her loud alarums, why, man, there To make a stále of me amongst these mates ? be good fellows in the world, an a man could light on Hor. Mates, maid ! how mean you that? no mates for them,would take her with all faults,and money enough. you,
Gre. I cannot tell; but I had as lief take her dowry Unless you were of gentler, milder mould.
with this condition, — to be whipped at the high cross Cath. I'faith, sir, you shall never need to fear;
every morning. I wis, it is not half way to her heart :
Hor. 'Faith, as you say, there's small choice in rotBut, if it were, doubt not, her care should be, ten apples. But, come; since this bar in law makes us To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool, friends, it shall be so far forth friendly maintained, And paint your face, and use you like a fool. till by helping Baptista's eldest daughter to a husband, Hor. From all such devils, good Lord, deliver as ! we set his youngest free for a husband, and then have Gre. And me too, good Lord!
to't afresh.-Sweet Bianca!—Happy man be his dole! Tra. Hush, master! here is some good pastime He that runs fastest, gets the ring. How say you, sitoward ;
gnior Gremio ? That wench is stark mad, or wonderful froward. Gre. I am agreed : and 'would I had given him the best Luc. But in the other's silence I do see
horse in Padua to begin his wooing, that would thoMaid's mild behaviour and sobriety.
roughly woo her, wed her, and bed her, and rid the Peace, Tranio!
house of her.Come on![ExeuntGremio und Hortensio. Tra. Well said, master; mum! and gaze your fill. Tra. (Advancing.]I pray, sir, tell me, Is it possible, Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good That love should of a sudden take such hold? What I have said, — Bianca, get you in :
Lord. O Tranio, till I found it to be true, And let it not displease thee, good Bianca;
I never thought it possible, or likely. For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl.
But see! while idly I stood looking on, Cath. A pretty peat ! 'tis best
I found the effect of love in idleness : Put finger in the eye, - an she knew why.
And now in plainness do confess to thee,
That art to me as secret, and as dear,
Bion, Where have I been? Nay, how now, where As Anna to the queen of Carthage was,
are you? Tranio, I burn, I pine, I perish, Tranio,
Master, has my fellow Tranio stol'n your clothes ? If I achieve not this young modest girl.
Or you stol’n his ? or both? pray, what's the news?
Luc. Sirrah, come hither! 'tis no time to jest,
And therefore frame your manners to the time!
Your fellow Tranio, here, to save my life,
Puts my apparel and my countenance on,
For in a quarrel, since I came ashore,
Tra. Master, you look'd so longly on the maid, While I make way from hence to save my life!
Bion. I, sir? ne'er a whit.
Luc. And not a jot of Tranio in your mouth;
Luc. Tranio, I saw her coral lips to move,
But, sirrah, - not for my sake, but your master's, –
But in all places else, your master Lucentio.
Luc. Tranio, let's go!-
One thing more rests, that thyself execute;
To make one among these wooers. If thou ask me why,Because she shall not be annoy'd with suitors. Sufficeth, my reasons are both good and weighty. Luc. Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father's he!
[Exeunt. But art thou not advis’d, he took some care
1 Serv: My lord, you nod; you do not mind the play.
Page. My lord, 'tis but begun.
Sly. 'Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam laBoth our inventions meet and jump in one.
dy; 'would't were done!
SCENE II.— The same. Before Hortensio's house. And undertake the teaching of the maid:
Enter Petruchio and GRUMIO.
Pet. Verona, for a while I take my leave,
To see my friends in Padua, but, of all,
Hortensio ; and, I trow, this is his house :-
Gru. Knock, sir! whom should I knock? is there any
Pet. Villain, I say, knock me here soundly! Nor can we be distinguish'd by our faces,
Gru. Knock you here, sir ? why,sir, what am I,sir, that For man, or master: then it follows thus:
[should knock you here, sir ? Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead,
Pet. Villain, I say, knock me at this gate,
Gru.My master is grown quarrelsome: I should knock
Pet. Will it not be ? When Biondello comes, he waits on thee;
Faith, sirrah, an you'll not knock, I'll wring it;
I'll try, how you can sol, fa, and sing it.
[He wrings Grumio by the ears. And I am tied to b: obedient;
Gru. Help, masters, help! my master is mad. (Forso your father charg'd me at our parting;
Pet. Now, knock, when I bid you: sirrah! villain!
Enter HORTENSIO. Be serviceable to my son, quoth he,
Hor. How now! what's the matter?-My old friend Although, I think, 'twas in another sense,) I am content to be Lucentio,
Grumio!and my good friend Petruchio !-How do you
all at Verona? Because so well I love Lucentio.
Pet. Signior Hortensio, come you to part the fray? Luc. Tranio, beso, because Lucentio loves : Con tutto il core bene trovato, may I say. And let me be a slave, to achieve that maid,
Hor. Alla nostra casa bene venutu,
Molto honorato signior mio Petruchio.
Rise, Grumio, rise! we will compound this quarrel.
If this be not a lawful cause for me to leave his service, 1 Pet. I know her father, though I know not her;
Hath - look your sir,-he bid me knock him, and rap him and he knew my deceased father well. soundly, sir: well, was it fit for a servant to use his I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her;
Sosha master so; being, perhaps, (for aught I see,)two and And therefore let me bethus bold with
you, thirty, -- a pipout? To give you over at this first encounter,
Gre. Whom, 'would to God, I had well knock'd at first, Unless you will accompany me thither. Then had not Grumio come by the worst.
Gru.spray you, sir, let him go, while the humonr lasts. lior. Pet. A senseless villain !-Good Hortensio, O’my word, an she knew him as well as I do, she would I bade the rascal knock upon your gate,
think scolding would do little good upon him. Shemay, And could not get him for my heart to do it.
perhaps,call him half a score knaves, or so: why, that's Gru. Knock at the gate?0 heavens !
nothing; an he begin once, he'll railin his rope-tricks. Spake you not these words plain, --Sirrah, knock me I'll tell you what, sir, au she stand him but a little, here,
he will throw a figure in her face, and so disfigure her
Pet. Hor. Petruchio, patience! I am Grumio's pledge; For in Baptista's keep my treasure is :
aithal Why, 'tis a heavy chance'twixt him and you ; He hath the jewel of my life in hold,
Gre, Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grumio. His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca ; And tell me now, sweet friend, — what happy galo And her withholds from me, and other more Blows you to Padua here, from old Verona?
Suitors to her, and rivals in my love: Pet. Such wind as scatters young men through the supposing it a thing impossible,
(For those defects I have before rehears’d,) To seek their fortunes further than at home,
That ever Catharina will be woo'd. Where small experience grows. But, in a few,
Therefore this order hath Baptista ta’en, – Signior Hortensio, thus it stands with me:- That none shall have access unto Bianca,
Pet Antonio, my father, is deceas'd; Till Catharine the curst have got a husband.
Gr And I have thrust myself into this maze, Gru. Catharine the curst!
Pe Haply to wive, and thrive, as best I may : A title for a maid, of all titles the worst!
Thi Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home Hor. Now shall my friend Petruchio do me grace,
Hay And so am come abroad to see the world. And offer me, disguis'd in sober robes,
Hay Hor. Petruchio, shall I then come roundly to thee, To old Baptista as a schoolmaster
Ra And wish thee to a shrew'd ill-favour'd wife? Well seen in music, to instruct Bianca:
Ha Thou’dst thank me but a little for my counsel : That so I may by this device, at least, And yet I'll promise thee, she shall be rich,
Have leave and leisure to make love to her, And very rich: but thou’rt too much my friend,
L And, unsuspected, court her by herself. And I'll not wish thee to her.
Enter Grenlo; with him Lucentio disguised, with A Pet. Signior Hortensio, 'twixt snch friends as we,
books under his arm.
TU Few words suffice: and, therefore, if thou know
As Gru. Here's no knavery! See, to beguile the old folks,
TO One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife,
| how the young folks lay their heads together! Master, (As wealth is burthen of my wooing dance,
master, look about you! Who goes there? ha! Be she as foul as was Florentius' love,
Hor. Peace, Grumio! 'tis the rival of my love:As old as Sybil, and as curst and shrewd
Petruchio, stand by a while! As Socrates' Xantippe, or a worse,
Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous! [They retire. She moves me not, or not removes, at least,
Gre, 0, very well; I have perus'd the note. Affection's edge in me; were she as rough
Hark you, sir; I'll have them very fairly bound: As are the swelling Adriatic seas :
All books of love, see that at any hand; I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
And see you read no other lectures to her: If wealthily, then happily in Padua.
You understand me. -Over and beside Gru. Nay, look you, sir, he tells you flatly, what his Signior Baptista's liberality, mind is. Why, give him gold enough, and marry him l’li mend it with a largess. -- Take your papers too, to a puppet, or an aglet-baby; or an old trot with nc'er And let me have them very well perfum'd; a tooth in her head, though she have as many diseases, For she is sweeter than perfume itself, as two and fifty horses : why, nothing comes amiss, so To whom they go. What will you
read to her ? money comes withal.
Luc. Whate'er I read to her, I'll plead for you,
As firmly as yourself were still in place:
Yea, and perhaps) with more successful words • With wealth enough, and young, and beauteous; Than you, unless you were a scholar, sir. Brought up as best becomes a gentlewoman:
Gre. O this learning! what a thing it is! Her only fault (and that is faults enough,)
Gru. O this woodcock! what an ass it is! Is, that she is intolerably curst,
Pet. Peace, sirrah ! And shrewd, and froward; so beyond all measure, Ilor. Grumio, mum!-God save you, signior Gremio! That, were my state far worser thau itis,
Gre. And you're well met, signior Hortensio. Trow I would not wed her for a mine of gold.
I promis'd to enquire carefully
On this young man, for learning and behaviour,
Fit for her turn, well read in poetry, Her name is Catharina Minola,
And other books,-good ones, I warrant you. Renown'd in Padua for her scolding tongue.
Hor. 'Tis well: and I have met a gentleman,
Hath promis’d me to help me to another,
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,
And so she shall; Lucentio shall make one,
Gre. What! this gentleman willout-talk us all.
Luc. Sir, give him head! I know, he'll prove a jade. Will undertake to woo curst Catharine;
Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these words?
Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you,
Did you ever yet see Baptista's daughter?
Tra. No, sir: but hear I do, that he hath two;
Asis the other for beauteous modesty.
Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules;
And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.
Pet. Sir, understand you this of me, in sooth;
And will not promise her to any man,
Until the elder sister first be wed:
The younger then is free, and not before.
And if you break the ice, and do this feat,
Achieve the elder, set the younger free
Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do conceive;
And since you do profess to be a suitor,
You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman,
Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack: in sign whereof,
And quaff carouses to our mistress' health,
And do as adversaries do in law :
[.Aside. 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!
A CT II.
Enter CATHARINA and Branca.
To make a bondmaid and a slave of me!
Unbind my hands, I'll pull them of myself,
Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;
Or, what you will command me, will I do,
[Aside. Biun. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive
I never yet beheld that special face
Cath. Minion, thou liest: is't not Hortensio? Gre, No; if, without more words, you will get you Bian. Ifyou affect him, sister, here I swear, hence.
I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him.
You will have Gremio to keep you fair.
Bian. Is it for him you do envy me so?
Nay, then you jest; and now I well perceive,
You have but jested with me all this while:
I prythee, sister Kate, untie my hands!
Cath. If that be jest, then all the rest was so.