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lafts. 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 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 house my Treasure is : He hath the jewel of my life in hold, His youngest Daughter, beautiful Bianca; And her with-holds he from me, and others more Suitors to her, and Rivals in
Gru. Catharine the curft?
Hor. Now shall my Friend Petruchio do me grace,
Enter Gremio, and Lucentio disguis’d, Gru. TERE's no knavery! fee, to beguile the old
folks, how the young folks lay their heads together. Master, look about you: who goes there?ha.
Hor. Peace. Grumio, 'tis the Rival of my love, Petruchio, stand by a while.
Gru. A proper Stripling, and an amorous.
Gre. 0, very well; 1 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 Baptifta'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?
Luc. Whate'er I read to her, I'll plead for you,
Gre. Oh this learning, what a thing it is!
Gre. And you are well met, Signior Hortenfio. Trow you, whither I am going? to Baptista Minola ; I promis'd to enquire carefully about a school-malter for the 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,
ye. Hor. 'Tis well; and I have met a gentleman, Hath proinis'd me to help me to another, A fine musician to instruct our mistress; So fhall I no whit be behind in duty To fair Bianca, so belov'd of me. Gre. Beloy'd of me, and that my deed shall
prove. Gru. And that his bags shall prove. Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our love. F 6
Listen to me; and if you speak me fair,
Gre. So faid, so done, is well;
Pet. I know, she is an irksome brawling Scold;
Gre. No, sayest me so, friend? what Countryman?
Pet. Born in Verona, old Antonio's Son ; My Father's dead, my fortune lives for me, And I do hope good days and long to see. Gre. Oh, Sir, such a life with such a wise were
Pet. Will I live ?
Pet. Why came I hither, but to that intent?
me of a woman's tongue,
* That gives not half so great a blow to hear,] This aukward Phrase could never come from Shakespear. He wrote, without Question, -----so great a blow' to th' car.
TraG bold, tell me, I beseech you, which is the
Gru. For he fears none.
Gre. Hortenfio, hark:
Hor. I promis'd, we would be contributors;
Gre. And so we will, provided that he win her.
N E VII.
ENTLEMEN, God save you. If I may be
readiest way to the house of Signior Baptista Minola?
Bion. He, that has the two fair Daughters? is't he
Tra. Even he, Biondello.
Hor. Sir, a word, ere you go:
you talk of, yea or no?
get you hence. Tra. Why, Sir, I pray, are not the streets as free For me, as for you?
Gre. But fo is not the.
Gre. For this reason, if you'll know :
Hor. That she's the chosen of Signior Hortenfo.
, Do me this Right; hear me with patience. Baptisa is a noble Gentleman,
Father is not all unknown;
Gre, What, this Gentleman will out-talk us all!
jade. Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these words?
Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you, Did you yet ever see Baptista's Daughter ?
Tra. No, Sir; but hear I do that he hath two: The one as famous for a scolding tongue, As the other is for beauteous modelity.
Pet. Sir, Sir, the first's for me ; let her go by.
Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules;
this of me, insooth:
Tia. If it be fo, Sir, that you are the man
do conceive :
Tra. Sir, I shall not be flack; in fign whereof,