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SCENE I.-The same.

A room in BAPTISTA's House.

Bian. Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong your-

To make a bondmaid and a slave of me;
That I disdain : but for these other gawds,
Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,
Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat:
Or, what you will command me, will I do,
So well I know my duty to my 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,
I never yet beheld that special face,
Which I could fancy more than any other.

Kath. Minion, thou liest; Is't not Hortensio?

Bian. If you affect bim, sister, here I swear, I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him.

Kath. O then, belike, you fancy riches more ;
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 pr’ythee, sister Kate, untie my hands.

Kath. If that be jest, then all the rest was so.

[Strikes her.

Enter BAPTISTA. Bap. Why, how now, dame! whence grows this in

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

[Exit BIANCA. Kath. Will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see, , She is your treasure, she must have a husband; I must dance bare-foot on her wedding-day, And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell. Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep, Till I can find occasion of revenge.

[Erit KATHARINA, Bap. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I? But who comes here?

Enter GREMIO, with Lucentio in the habit of a mean

man; PETRUCHIO, with HORTENSJO as a Musician ; and Tranio, with Biondello bearing a lute and books. Gre. Good-morrow, neighbour Baptista. Bap. Good-morrow, neighbour Gremio: God save

you, gentlemen!

Pet. And you, good sir ! Pray, have you not a daugh

Callid Katharina, fair, and virtuous ?

Bap. I have a daughter, sir, callid Katharina.
Gre. You are too blunt, go to it orderly.
Pet. You wrong me, signior Gremio; give me

I am a gentleman of Verona, sir,
That,-hearing of her beauty, and her wity
Her affability, and bashful modesty,
Her wondrous qualities, and mild behaviour,-
Am bold to show myself a forward guest
Within your house, to make mine eye the witness
Of that report, which I so oft have heard.
And, for an entrance to my entertainment,
I do present you with a man of mine,

[Presenting Hortensio.
Cunning in musick, and the mathematicks,
To instruct her fully in those sciences,
Whereof, I know, she is not ignorant :
Accept of him, or else you do me wrong;
His name is Licio, born in Mantua.
Bap. You're welcome, sir; and he, for your good

sake : But for my daughter Katharine,—this I know, She is not for your turn, the more iny grief.

Pet. I see, you do not mean to part with her; Or else you like not of my company.

Bap. Mistake me not, I speak but as I find. Whence are you, sir? what may I call your name?

Pet. Petruchio is my name; Antonio's son, A man well known throughout all Italy.

Bap. I know him well: you are welcome for his

sake. Gre. Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray, Let us, that are poor petitioners, speak too : Baccare! you are marvellous forward. Pet. O, pardon me, signior Gremio ; I would fain be

doing. Gre. I doubt it not, sir; but you will curse your

wooing. Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am sure of it. To express the like kindness myself, that have been more kindly beholden to you than any, I freely give unto you this young scholar, [Presenting LUCENTIO.] that hath been long studying at Rheims; as cunning in Greek, Latin, and other languages, as the other in musick and inathematicks: his name is Cambio; pray, accept his service.

Bap. A thousand thanks, signior Gremio : welcome, good Cambio.—But, gentle sir, [To Tranio.] methinks, you walk like a stranger; May I be so bold to know the cause of your coming ?

Tra. Pardon me, sir, the boldness is mine own;
That, being a stranger in this city here,
Do make myself a suitor to your daughter,
Unto Bianca, fair, and virtuous.
Nor is your firm resolve unknown to me,
In the preferment of the eldest sister :
This liberty is all that I request,
That, upon knowledge of my parentage,
I may have welcome 'mongst the rest that woo,
And free access and favour as the rest.
And, toward the education of your daughters,

I here bestow a simple instrument,
And this small packet of Greek and Latin books :
If you accept them, then their worth is great.

Bap. Lucentio is your name? of whence, I pray ?
Tra. Of Pisa, sir; son to Vincentio.

Bap. A mighty man of Pisa; by report I know him well: you are very welcome, sir.Take you [To Hor.) the lute, and you [To Luc.] the

set of books, You shall go see your pupils presently. Holla, within !

Enter a Servant.
Sirrah, lead
These gentlemen to my daughters; and tell them both,
These are their tutors; bid them use them well.
[Erit Servant, with Hortensio, Lucentio, and

We will go walk a little in the orchard,
And then to dinner: You are passing welcome,
And so I pray you all to think yourselves.

Pet. Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,
And every day I cannot come to woo.
You knew my father well; and in him, me,
Left solely heir to all his lands and goods,
Which I have better'd rather than decreas'd:
Then tell me,-if I get your daughter's love,
What dowry shall I have with her to wife?

Bap. After my death, the one half of my lands :
And, in possession, twenty thousand crowns.

Pet. And for that dowry, I'll assure her of Her widowhood,-be it that she survive me,

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