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Enter Baptista with Catharina and Bianca, Gremio
and Hortensio. Lucentio and Tranio stand by. Bap. Gentlemen Both, importune me no farther, For how I firmly am resolv’d, you know; That is, not to bestow my youngest Daughter, Before I have a husband for the elder ; If either of you both love Catharina, Because I know you well, and love you well, Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure.
Gre. To cart her rather.- She's too rough for me: There, there, Hortenso, will you any wife?
Cath. I pray you, Sir, is it your will
Hor. Mates, maid, how mean you that? no mates
for you ;
Unless you were of gentler, milder, mould.
Cath. I'faith, Sir, you shall never need to fear,
Hor. From all such devils, good Lord, deliver us.
Tra. Well said, master; mum! and gaze
Bap. Gentlemen, that I may foon make good What I have said, Bianca, get you in;
And let it not displease thee, good Bianca
aj For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl.
Cath. A pretty Peat! it is best put finger in the
Gre. Why will you mew her up,
of her tongue?
Cath. Why, and, I trust, I may go too, may I not? what, shall I be appointed hours, as tho', belike, I knew not what to take, and what to leave? ha!
[Exit. S С E N E III. Gre. You may go to the devil's dam: your gifts are to good, here is none will hold you. Our love is not so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our nails Dd 2
together, and fast it fairly out. Our cake's dow on both sides. Parewel; yet for the love I bear my sweet Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit man to teach her That wherein she delights, I will wish him to her Father.
Hor. So will I, Signior Gremio : but a word, I pray; tho' the nature of our quarrel never yet brook'd Parle, know now, upon advice, it toucheth us Both, that we may yet again have access to our fair Mistress, and be happy rivals in Bianca's love, to labour and effect one thing 'specially.
Gre. What's that, I pray?
Gre. I say, a devil. Think'st thou, Hortenso, tho' her father be very rich, any man is so very a fool to be married to hell ?
Hor. Tush, Gremio ; cho' it pass your patience and mine to endure her loud alarms, why, man, there be good fellows in the world, an a man could light on them, would take her with all her faults, and mony enough.
Gre. I cannot tell; but I had as lief take her dowry with this condition, to be whip'd at the high-cross every morning.
Hor. 'Faith, as you say, there's a small choice in rotten apples: but, come, since this bar in law makes us friends, it shall be so far forth friendly maintain'd, 'till by helping Baptista's eldest daughter to a hufband, we set his youngest free for a husband, and then have to't afresh. Sweet Bianca! happy man be his dole! he that runs fastest gets the ring; how fay you, Signior Gremio ?
Gre. I am agreed ; and would I had given him the best horse in Padua to begin his wooing, that would
. throughly wooe her, wed her, and bed her, and rid in the house of her. Come on.
[Exeunt Gremio and Hortensio.
Manent Tranio and Lucentio.
Luc. Oh Tranio, 'till I found it to be true,
Tra. Mafter, it is no time to chide you now;
If Love hath toyl'd you, nought remains but so,
Luc. Gramercy, lad; go forward, this contents;
Tra. Master, you look'd so longly on the maid,
Luc. O yes, I saw sweet Beauty in her face;
th' effe&t of Love in idleness:] i. e. the effect, or virtue of the Flower lo called. See Midsummer Night's Dream.
2 If Love hath touch'd you, nought remains but so,] The next line from Terence, shews that we should read,
If Love hath TOYL'D you, i. e. taken you in his toils, his nets. Alluding to the captus eft, babet, of the same Author.
That made great fove to humble him to her hand,
Luc. Tranio, I saw her coral lips to move,
Tra. Nay, then 'tis time to stir him from his trance :
; Luc. I have it, Tranio.
Tra. Mafter, for my hand,
Luc. Tell me thine first.
Tra. You will be school-master,
Luc. It is : may it be done?
Tra. Not possible: for who shall bear your part,
Luc. Bafta ; - content thee; for I have it full.