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And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets:-
Ay, and amid this hurly, I intend,'
That all is done in reverend care of her;
And, in conclusion, she shall watch all night:
And, if she chance to nod, I'll rail, and brawl,
And with the clamour keep her still awake.
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness;
And thus I'll curb her mad and headstrong humour:-
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak; 'tis charity to show. " [Erit.
Padua. Before Baptista's House.
Enter TRAN Io and Hon TEN's Io.
Tra. Is’t possible, friend Licio, that Bianca Doth fancy any other but Lucentio 2 I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand. Hor. Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said, Stand by, and mark the manner of his teaching. [They stand aside.
Enter BIANCA and Luce NTIo.
Luc. Now, mistress, profit you in what you read? Bian. What, master, read you? first resolve me - that. Luc. I read that I profess, the art to love. Bian. And may you prove, sir, master of your art!
Luc. While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of
my heart. [They retire. Hor. Quick proceeders, marry! Now, tell me, I pray,
You that durst swear that your mistress Bianca
Lov’d none in the world so well as Lucentio.
Tra. O despiteful love! unconstant woman-kind!-
I tell thee, Licio, this is wonderful.
- Hor. Mistake no more: I am not Licio,
Nor a musician, as I seem to be;
But one that scorn to live in this disguise,
For such a one as leaves a gentleman,
And makes a god of such a cullion:*
Know, sir, that I am call’d—Hortensio.
Tra. Signior Hortensio, I have often heard
Of your entire affection to Bianca;
And since mine eyes are witness of her lightness,
I will with you, -if you be so contented,—
Forswear Bianca and her love for ever.
Hor. See, how they kiss and court!—Signior
Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow—
Never to woo her more; but do forswear her,
As one unworthy all the former favours
That I have fondly flatter'd her withal.
Tra. And here I take the like unfeigned oath,<-
Ne'er to marry with her though she would entreat:
Fye on her see, how beastly she doth court him.
Hor. "Would, all the world, but he, had quite for-
For me,"—that I may surely keep mine oath,
I will be married to a wealthy widow,
Ere three days pass; which hath as long lov'd me,
As I have lov'd this proud disdainful haggard:
And so farewell, signior Lucentio.— t
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks,
Shall win my love:-and so I take my leave,
In resolution as I swore before. -
[Erit HoRTEN's Io.—Luce NTIo and BIANCA
Tra. Mistress Bianca, bless you with such grace
As longeth to a lover's blessed case !
Nay, I have ta'en you napping, gentle love;
And have forsworn you, with Hortensio.
Bian. Tranio, you jest; But have you both for-
Tra. Mistress, we have.
Luc. Then we are rid of Licio.
Tra. I'faith, he'll have a lusty widow now,
That shall be woo'd and wedded in a day.
Bian. God give him joy!
Tra. Ay, and he'll tame her.
Bian. He says so, Tranio.
Tra. 'Faith, he is gone unto the taming-school.
Bian. The taming-school! what, is there such a
place 2 -
Tra. Ay, mistress, and Petruchio is the master;
hat teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long,
To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue.
Enter BioN DELLo, running.
Bion. O master, master, I have watch'd so long That I'm dog-weary; but at last I spied
An ancient angel” coming down the hill,
Will serve the turn. -
Tra. - What is he, Biondello 2
Bion. Master, a mercatantë, or a pedant,4
I know not what; but formal in apparel,
In gait and countenance surely like a father.
Luc. And what of him, Tranio 2
Tra. If he be credulous, and trust my tale,
I'll make him glad to seem Vincentio;
And give assurance to Baptista Minola,
As if he were the right Vincentio.
Take in your love, and then let me alone.
[Ereunt Luce NTio and BIANCA,
Ped. God save you, sir!
Tra. And you, sir! you are welcome. Travel you far on, or are you at the furthest ?
Ped. Sir, at the furthest for a week or two :
But then up further; and as far as Rome;
And so to Tripoly, if God lend me life.
Tra. What countryman, I pray
Ped. Of Mantua.
Tra. Of Mantua, sir?—marry, God forbid! And come to Padua, careless of your life 2
Ped. My life, sir! how, I pray? for that goes
Tra. "Tis death for any one in Mantua
To come to Padua; Know you not the cause:
Your ships are staid at Venice; and the duke
(For private quarrel 'twixt your duke and him,)
Hath publish'd and proclaim'd it openly: N
"Tis marvel; but that you're but newly come,
You might have heard it else proclaim'd about.
Ped. Alas, sir, it is worse for me than so;
For I have bills for money by exchange
From Florence, and must here deliver them.
Tra. Well, sir, to do you courtesy,
This will I do, and this will I advise you;-
First, tell me, have you ever been at Pisa?
Ped. Ay, sir, in Pisa have I often been;
Pisa, renowned for grave citizens.
Tra. Among them, know you one Vincentio?
Ped. I know him not, but I have heard of him;
A merchant of incomparable wealth.
Tra. He is my father, sir; and, sooth to say,
In countenance somewhat doth resemble you.
Bion. As much as an apple doth an oyster, and all
Tra. To save your life in this extremity,
This favour will I do you for his sake;
And think it not the worst of all your fortunes,
That you are like to sir Vincentio.
His name and credit shall you undertake,
And in my house you shall be friendly lodg’d;—
Look, that you take upon you as you should;
You understand me, sir;-so shall you stay
Till you have done your business in the city:
If this be courtesy, sir, accept of it.
Ped. O, sir, I do; and will repute you ever
The patron of my life and liberty.
Tra. Then go with me, to make the matter good.
This, by the way, I let you understand;—