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SCENE I.-The same.
A room in BAPTISTA's House.
Enter KATHARINA and BIANCA.
Kath. Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tell
Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive,
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 ;
Bian. Is it for him you do envy me so?
Kath. If that be jest, then all the rest was so.
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
Pet. And you, good sir ! Pray, have you not a daugh
Bap. I have a daughter, sir, callid Katharina.
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;
I here bestow a simple instrument,
Bap. Lucentio is your name? of whence, I pray ?
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.
Pet. Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,
Bap. After my death, the one half of my lands :
Pet. And for that dowry, I'll assure her of Her widowhood,-be it that she survive me,