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Spake you not these words plain,_Sirrah, knock me
3 Few words,
Be she as foul as was Florentius' love,4
* See the story, No. 39, of “A Thousand Notable Things.” * A small image on the tag of a lace.
An affable and courteous gentleman: Her name is Katharina Minola, Renown'd in Padua for her scolding tongue. Pet. I know her father, though I know not her; And he knew my deceased father well:— I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her; And therefore let me be thus bold with you, To give you over at this first encounter, Unless you will accompany me thither. Gru, I pray you, sir, let him go while the humour lasts. O' my word, an she knew him as well as I do, she would think scolding would do little good upon him : 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 7 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; For in Baptista's keep * my treasure is: He hath the jewel of my life in hold, His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca; And her withholds from me, and other more Suitors to her, and rivals in my love: Supposing it a thing impossible, (For those defects I have before rehears'd,) That ever Katharina will be woo'd, Therefore this order” hath Baptista ta'en;– That none shall have access unto Bianca,
. . " Abusive language. 7 Withstand. 8 Custody. 9 These measures.
Till Katharine the curst have got a husband.
Enter GREMIo; with him Luce NTio disguised, with 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 2 hal Hor. Peace, Grumio; 'tis the rival of my love:Petruchio, stand by a while. Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous! [They retire. Gre. O, very well; I have perus’d the note. Hark you, sir; I'll have them very fairly bound: All books of love, see that at any hand;” And see you read no other lectures to her: You understand me :-Over and beside Signior Baptista's liberality, I'll mend it with a largess:*—Take your papers too, And let me have them very well perfum'd; For she is sweeter than perfume itself, To whom they go. What will you read to her 2
* Versed, 2. Rate. 3 Present. WOL. III, A. A
Luc. Whate'er I read to her, I'll plead for you, As for my patron, (stand you so assur’d,) As firmly as yourself were still in place: Yea, and (perhaps) with more successful words Than you, unless you were a scholar, sir. Gre. O this learning! what a thing it is : Gru. O this woodcock! what an ass it is . Pet. Peace, sirrah. Hor. Grumio, mum !—God save you, signior Gremio ! Gre. And you're well met, signior Hortensio. Trow you, Whither I am going —To Baptista Minola. I promis'd to enquire carefully About a schoolmaster for fair Bianca: And, by good fortune, I have lighted well On this young man; for learning, and behaviour, Fit for her turn; well read in poetry, And other books,—good ones, I warrant you. Hor. "Tis well: and I have met a gentleman, Hath promis'd me to help me to another, A fine musician to instruct our mistress; So shall I no whit be behind in duty To fair Bianca, so belov'd of me. Gre. Belov'd of me, and that my deeds shall prove. Gru. And that his bags shall prove. [Aside. Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our love: Listen to me, and if you speak me fair, I'll tell you news indifferent good for either. Here is a gentleman, whom by chance I met, Upon agreement from us to his liking,