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That bate,' and beat, and will not be obedient.
She ate no meat to-day, nor none shall eat;
Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not;
As with the meat, some undeserved fault
I'll find about the making of the bed ;
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 clamor keep her still awake.
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness;
And thus I'll curb her mad and headstrong humor.
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak; 'tis charity to show. [Exit


SCENE II. Padua.

Before Baptista's House.


Tra. Is't possible, friend Licio, that Bianca
Doth fancy any other but Lucentio ?
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 LUCENTIO. 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.

1 To bate is to flutter the wings as preparing for flight (batter l'ale, Italian).

% Intend is used for pretendo

Hor. Quick proceeders, marry! Now, tell me, I

pray, You that dost swear that your mistress Bianca Loved none in the world so well as Lucentio.

Tra. O despiteful love! unconstant womankind ! 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 called-Hortensio.

Tra. Seignior 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 forever.
Hor. See, how they kiss and court!-Seignior Lu-

Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow-
Never to woo her more; but do forswear her,
As one unworthy all the former favors
That I have fondly flattered her withal.

Tra. And here I take the like unfeigned oath,-
Ne’er to marry with her though she would entreat.
Fie on her! see, how beastly she doth court him.
Hor. 'Would all the world, but he, had quite for-

sworn! 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 loved me, As I have loved this proud, disdainful haggard. And so farewell, seignior Lucentio.Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, Shall win my love ;—and so I take my leave, In resolution as I swore before. [Exit HORTENSIO.-LUCENTIO and BIANCA


1 u Coglione, a cuglion, a gull, a meacock," says Florio. It is equiva lent to a great booby.

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

sworn me ? Tra. Mistress, we have. Luc.

Then we are rid of Licio.
Tra. I'faith, he'll have a lusty widow now,
That shall be wooed and wedded in a day.

Bian. God give him joy!
Tra. Ay, and he'll tame her.

He says so, Tranio. Tra. 'Faith, he is gone unto the taming-school. Bian. The taming-school ! what, is there such a

Tra. Ay, mistress, and Petruchio is the master;
That teacheth tricks eleven-and-twenty long,
To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue.

Enter BIONDELLO, running.
Bion. O master, master, I have watched so long
That I'm dog-weary ; but at last I spied
An ancient angel coming down the hill
Will serve the turn.

What is he, Biondello ?
Bion. Master, a mercatante, or a pedant,”
I know not what; but formal in apparel,
In gait and countenance surely like a father.

Luc. And what of him, Tranio?

Tra. If he be credulous, and trust my tale,
I'll make him glad to seem Vincentio ;
And give assurance to Baptista Minola,

1 For angel, Theobald, and after him Hanmer and Warburton, read engle ; which Hanmer calls a gull, deriving it from engluer (French), to catch with bird-lime; but without sufficient reason. Mr. Gifford, in a note on Jonson's Poetaster, is decidedly in favor of enghle with Hanmer's explanation, and supports it by referring to Gascoigne's Supposes, from whích Shakspeare took this part of his plot.

2 i. e. a merchant or a schoolmaster.

As if he were the right Vincentio.
Take in your love, and then let me alone.


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Enter a Pedant.
Ped. God save you, sir !

And you, sir! You are welcome. Travel

you far on, or are you at the farthest ?
Ped. Sir, at the farthest for a week or two.
But then up farther; and as far as Rome;
And so to Tripoly, if God lend me life.
Tra. What countryman, I pray ?

Of Mantua.
Tra. Of Mantua, sir ?–Marry, God forbid !
And come to Padua, careless of your life?
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 stayed at Venice ; and the duke
(For private quarrel 'twixt your duke and him)
Hath published and proclaimed it openly.
'Tis marvel; but that you're but newly come,
You might have heard it else proclaimed 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


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

[ Aside.

all one.

house you

Tra. To save your life in this extremity,
This favor 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

shall be friendly lodged.-
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 ;My father is here looked for every day, To pass assurance of a dower in marriage 'Twixt me and one Baptista's daughter here. In all these circumstances I'll instruct you : Go with me, sir, to clothe you as becomes you.


SCENE III. A Room in Petruchio's House.


Gru. No, no; forsooth; I dare not, for my

life. Kath. The more my wrong, the more his spite ap

pears. What, did he marry me to famish me ? Beggars that come unto my father's door, Upon entreaty, have a present alms ; If not elsewhere they meet with charity: But I—who never knew how to entreatAm starved for meat, giddy for lack of sleep; With oaths kept waking, and with brawling fed : And that which spites me more than all these wants, He does it under name of perfect love ; As who should say,—if I should sleep, or eat, 'Twere deadly sickness, or else present death.



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