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Bion. Where have been? Nay, how now, where are you? [clothes? Master, has my fellow Tranio stolen your Or you stolen his? or both? pray, what's the


Luc. Sirral, come hither; 'tis no time to jest,
And therefore frame your manners to the time.
Your fellow Tranio bere, to save my life,
Puts my apparel and my countenance on,
And I for my escape have put on his;
For in a quarrel, since I came ashore,
I kill'd a man, and fear I was descried :*
Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes,
While I make way from hence to save my life:
You understand me.

Bion. I, Sir, ne'er a whit.

Luc. And not a jot of Tranio in your mouth;
Tranio is chang'd into Lucentio.
Bion. The better for him; Would I were so

Tra. So would I, faith, boy, to have the next wish after,[daughter, That Lucentio indeed had Baptista's youngest But sirrah,-not for my sake, but your master's, -I advise

You use your manners discreetly in all kind of

When I am aloue, why, then I am Tranio;
But in all places else, your master Lucentio.
Luc. Tranio, let's go :-

One thing more rests, that thyself execute ;-
To make one among these wooers: if thou ask
me why,-

Sufficeth, my reasons are both good and weighty.

1 Serv. My lord, you nod; you do not mind the play.

Sly. Yes, by saint Anne, do I. A good mat. ter, surely; Comes there any more of it? Page. My lord, 'tis but begun.

Sly. 'Tis a very excellent piece of work,
madam lady; 'Would 'twere done!
SCENE II.-The same.-Before HORTENSIO'S

Pet. Verona, for a while I take my leave,
To see my friends in Padua ; but, of all,
My best beloved and approved friend,
Hortensio; and, I trow, this is his house :-
Here, sirrah Grumio; knock, I say.

Gru. Knock, Sir ! whom should I knock? there any man has rebused your worship?

Pet. Villain, I say, knock me here soundly. Gru. Knock you here, Sir? why, Sir, what am I, Sir, that I should knock you here, Sir?

Pet. Villain, I say, knock me at this gate, And rap me well, or I'll knock your knave's pate. Gru. My master is grown quarrelsome: should knock you first,

And then I know after who comes by the worst.
Pet. Will it not be ?
'Faith, sirrah, an you'll not knock, I'll wring it;
I'll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it.
[He wrings GRUMIO by the ears.
Gru. Help, masters, help! my master is
Pet. Now, knock when I bid you: sirrah!
villain !

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Gru. Nay, 'tis no matter, what he 'leges Latin.-If this be not a lawful cause for me leave his service,-Look you, Sir,-he bid De knock him, and rap him soundly, Sir: West, was it fit for a servant to use his master so; being, perhaps, (for aught I see,) two and thing, -a pip out?

Whom, 'would to God, I had well knock'á m

Then had not Grumio come by the worst,
Pet. A senseless villain-Good Hortease,
I bade the rascal knock upon your gate,
And could not get him for my heart to do it.
Gru. Knock at the gate 1-0 beavens!
Spake you not these words plain,—Sirral, knack
me here,


Rap me here, knock me well, and knock me soundly.


come you now with-knocking at the
Pet. Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise
Hor. Petruchio, patience; I am Grumm
pledge :

Why, this a heavy chance 'twist him and you,
Your ancient trusty, pleasant servant Grum.
And tell me now, sweet friend,— what happy

Blows you to Padua bere, from old Verona ?
Pet. Such wind as scatters young men through
the world,

To seek their fortunes farther than at home,
Where small experience grows. Eat, in a fes
Signior Hortensio, thus it stands with me -
Antonio, my father, is deceas'd;
And I have thrust myself into this maze,
Haply to wive, and thrive, as best I may:
Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home,
And so am come abroad to see the world.
Hor. Petrucio, shall I then come roundly to


Few words suffice: and, therefore, if thou know
One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife,
(As wealth is burden of my wooing dance,)
Be she as foul as was Florentius' love,:
As old as Sybil, and as curst and shrewd
As Socrates' Xantippe, or a worse,
She moves me not, or not removes, at least,
Affection's edge in me; were she as rough
As are the swelling Adriatic seas:
I come to wive it wealthily in Padua ;
If wealthily, then happily in Padua.

Gru. Nay, look you, Sir, he tells you fatly what his mind is: Why, give him gold enough and marry him to a puppet, or an aglet-baby j or an old trot with ne'er a tooth in her bead, though she have as many diseases as two and fifty horses: why nothing comes ainiss, so money comes withal.

And wish thee to a shrewd ill-favour'd wife!
Thoud'st thank me but a little for my counsel:
And yet I'll promise thee she shall be rich,
And very rich :-but thou'rt too much my friend,
And I'll not wish thee to her.

Pet. Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such frienda

as we,

Hor. Petruchio, since we have stepp'd thas
far io,

I will continue that I broach'd in jest.
I can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife
With wealth enough, and young, and beaute-

Brought up, as best comes a gentlewoman:
Her only fault (and that is faults enough,)
Is,-that she is intolerably curst,
And shrewd, and froward; so beyond all mea
That were my state far worser than it is,
I would not wed her for a mine of gold.

Pet. Hortensio, peace; thou know'st mot
gold's effect:

Tell me her father's name, and 'tis enough ;

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For I will board her, though she chide as loud
As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack.
Hor. Her father is Baptista Minola,
An affable and courteous gentleman:
Her name is Katharina Minola,
Renowa'd in Padua for her scolding tongue.
Pet. I know her father, though I know not

And he knew my deceased father well :-
I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her;
And therefore let me be thus bold with you,
To give you over at this first encounter,
Unless you will accompany me thither,

Gru. I pray you, Sir, let him go while the humour lasts. 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 keep my treasure is:
He hath the jewel of my life in hold,
His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca;
And her withholds from me, and other more
Suitors to her, and rivals in my love:
Supposing it a thing impossible,

(For those defects I have before rehears'd,)
That ever Katharina will be woo'd,
Therefore this order hath Baptista ta'en ;-
That none shall have access unto Bianca,
Till Katharine the curst have got a husband.
Gru. Katharine the curst!

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'Gru. Here's no knavery! See; to beguile the old folks, how the young folks lay their beads together! Master, master, look about you: Who goes there? ha!

Hor. Peace, Grumio; 'tis the rival of my Petruchio, stand by a while. [love :Gru. A proper stripling, and an amorous! (They retire. Gre. O very well; I have perus'd the note. Hark you, Sir; I'll have them very fairly bound:

All books of love, see that at any band;
And see you read no other lectures to her:
You understand me :-Over and beside
Signior Baptista's liberality,


I'll mend it with a largess: **—Take your papers
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

As for my patron, (stand you so assur'd)
As firmly as yourself were still in place:
Yea, and (perhaps) with more successful words
Than you, unless you were a scholar, Sir.

Gre. O this learning! what a thing it is!
Gru. O this woodcock! what an ass it is!
Pet. Peace, sirrah.

Hor. Grumio, mum!-God save you, signior
Gremio !

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I promis'd to enquire carefully
About a scoolmaster for 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, I warrant you.
Hor. 'Tis well and I have met a gentleman,
Hath promis'd me to help me to another,
A fine musician to instruct our mistress :
So shall I no whit be behind in duty
To fair Bianca, so belov'd of me.

Gre. Belov'd of me,-and that my deeds shall prove.

Gru. And that his bags shall prove. [Aside. Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our Listen to me, and if you speak me fair, [love: I'll tell you news indifferent good for either. Here is a gentleman, whom by chance I met, Upon agreement from us to his liking, Will undertake to woo curst Katharine; Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please. Gre. So said, so done, is well;Hortensio, have you told him all her faults f Pet. I know, she is an irksome brawling scold;

If that be all, masters, I hear no harm.

Gre. No, say'st me so, friend! What countryman ?

Pet. Born in Verono, old Antonio's son: My father dead, my fortune lives for me; And I do hope good days, and long, to see.

Gre. O Sir, such a life, with such a wife, were strange!:

But, if you have a stomach, to't o'God's name;
You shall have me assisting you in all.
But will you woo this wild cat?
Pet. Will I live!

Gru. Will he woo her? ay, or I'll hang her. [Aside.

Pet. Why came I hither but to that intent Think you, a little din can daunt mine ears? Have I not in my time heard lious roar? Have I not heard the sea, puff'd up with winds, Rage like an angry boar, chafed with sweat ? Have I not heard great ordnance in the field, And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies ? Have I not in a pitched battle heard Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang?

And do you tell me of a woman's tongue;
That gives not half so great a blow to the ear,
As will a chesno in a farmer's fire?
Tush! tush! fear boys with bugs. *
Gru. For he fears none.


Gre. Hortensio, bark!

[your's. good, and

This gentleman is happily arriv'd,
My mind presumes, for his own
Hor. I promis'd, we would be contributors,
And bear his charge of wooing, whatsoe'er.
Gre. And so we will; provided, that be win



Gru. I would, I were as sure of a good diu[Aside. Enter TRANIO, bravely apparelled; and BIONDELLO. Tra. Gentlemen, God save you! If I may be bold,

Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way To the house of signior Baptista Minola?

Gre. He that has the two fair daughters-is't [Aside to TRANIO.] he you mean ?

Tra. Even he. Biondello !

Gre. Hark you, Sir; You mean not ber to~~ Tra. Perhaps, him and her, Sir; What bave you to do?

Pet. Not her that chides, Sir, at any hand, 1

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Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea, or ho?


Act II.

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,

Tra. An if I be, Sir, is it any offence?

Gre. No; if, without more words, you will get you hence.

Tra. Why, Sir, I pray, are not the streets as [free For me, as for you?

Gre. But so is not she.

Tra. For what reason, I beseech you?
Gre. For this reason, if you'll know,
That she's the choice love of signior Gremio.
Hor. That she's the chosen of signior Hor-I'll

Tra. Softly, my masters ! if you be gentlemen,
Do me this right, hear me with patience.
Baptista is a noble gentleman,

To whom my father is not all unknown:
And, were his daughter fairer than she is,
She may more suitors have, and me for one.
Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers;
Then well one more may fair Bianca have :
And so she shall; Lucentio shall make one,
Though Paris came, in hope to speed alone.

Gre. What! this gentleman will out-talk us

Luc. Sir, give him head; I know he'll prove a jade.


Whom thou lov'st best; see thon 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; le't not Hortensis ↑
Bian. If you affect him, sister, here I swear,
plead for you myself, but you shall bre


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 white:
I pr'ythee, sister Kate, untie my bands.
Kath. If that be jest, then all the rest was se
[Strikes her.

Pet. Hortensio, to what end are all these words?

Hor. Sir, let me be so old as to ask you, Did you yet ever see Baptisa's daughter?

Tra. No, Sir; but hear I do that he hath

The one as famous for a scolding tongue,
As is the other for beauteous modesty.

Pet. Sir, Sir, the first's for me; let her go by.
Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Her-
And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.
Pet. Sir, understand you this of me, in
sooth ;-

• Ungrateful.

The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for,
Her father keeps from all access of suitors;
And will not piomise her to any man,
Until the elder sister first be wed:
The younger then is free, and not before.

Tra. If it be so, Sir, then you are the man.
Must stead us all, and me among the rest;
An if you break the ice, and do this feat,-
Achieve the elder, set the younger free
For our access,-whose hap shall be to have her,
Will not so graceless be, to be ingrate.

Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do con-

And since you do profess to be a suitor,
You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman,
To whom we all rest generally beholden.

Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack in sign whereof
Please ye we may contrive this afternoon,
And quaff carouses to our mistress' health;
And so as adversaries do in law,-
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
Gre. Bion. O excellent motion! Fellows, +
let's begone.

Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it


Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto.


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


To make a bondmaid and a slave of me;
That I disdain: but for these other gawds, i
Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,

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Bap. Why, how now, dame! whence grows this insolence ?

When did she cross thee with a bitter word?
Kath. Her silence flouts me, and I'll be re-
[Flies after BIANOL
sight?-Bianca, get thee
Kath. Will you not suffer me? Nay, Dus I

Bap. What, in my

I am a gentleman of Verona, Sir,
That,-bearing of her beauty, and her wit,
Her affability, and bashful modesty,
Her wondrous qualities, and mild behaviour,-
Am bold to shew myself a forward guest
Within your house, to make mine eye the wit-



Of that report which I so oft have heard.
And, for an entrance to my entertainment,
I do present you with a man of nine,
(Presenting HORTENSIO
Cunning in music, and the mathematics,
SCENE I.-The same.-A Room in BAPTISTA'S 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:


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.
Bap. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as !!
But who comes here?


Bian. Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong


1 Trifling ornaments.

Enter GREMIO, with LUCENTIO in the habit
of a mean man; PETRUCHIO, with Her-
TENSIO as a Musician; and (TRANI0, with
BIONDELLO bearing a late and books.
Gre. Good-morrow, neighbour Baptista.
Bap. Good morrow, neighbour Gremio: God
save you, gentlemen!

Pet. And you, good Sir! Pray, have you ast
a daughter
Call'd Katharina, fair and virtnous ?

Bap. I have a daughter, Sir, call'd Katha-

Gre. You are too blunt, go to it orderly.
Pet. You wrong me, signior Gremio; give me

But for my daughter Katharine,-this I know,
She is not for your turn, the more my grief.
Pet. I see you do not mean to pari with ber;
Or else you like not of my company.

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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 Rheins; as cunning in Greek, Latin, and other languages, as the other in music and mathematics: bis 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 1 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 bere bestow a simple instrument,

And this small packet of Greek and Latin


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. [Exit SERVANT, with HORTENSIO, LUCENTIO, and BIONDELLO.

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

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

Pet. Why, that is nothing; for I tell you, father,

And, in possession, twenty thousand crowns.

Pet. And for that dowry, I'll assure her of
Her widowhood,--be it that she survive me,-
In all my lands and lea es whatsoever :
Let specialties be therefore drawn between us,
That covenants may be kept on either hand.

Bap. Ay, when the special thing is well ob

This is, her love; for that is all in all

• A proverbial exclamation then in use.

I am as peremptory as she proud-minded;
And where two raging fires meet together,
They do consume the thing that feeds their

Though little fire grows great with little wind,
Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all :
So I to her, and so she yields to me;
For I am rough, and woo not like a babe.
Bap. Well may'st thou woo, and happy be thy

But be thou arm'd for some unhappy words.
Pet. Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for

If you accept them, then their worth is great.

Bop. Lucentio is your name? of whence, I Oh! how I long to have some chat with her!


Bap. Well, go with me, and be not so dis-

Proceed in practice with my younger daughter;
She's apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.-
Signior Petruchio, will you go with us;
Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you!
Pet. I pray you do; I will attend ber here,-

That shake not, though they blow perpetually,
Re-enter HORTENSIO, with his head broken.
Bap. How now, my friend? why dost thou
look so pale?

Hor. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.
Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good

Hor. I think, she'll sooner prove a soldier; Iron may hold with her, but never intes.

Bap. Why, then thou canst not break ber to the lute ?

Hor. Why, no; for she hath broke the lute to


I did but tell her, she mistook her frets, ·
And bow'd her band to teach her fingering:
When, with a most impatient devilish spirit,
Frets, call you these? quoth she: I'll fame
with them:

And, with that word, she struck me on the head,
And through the instrument my pate may way;
And there I stood amazed for a while,
As on a pillory, looking through the lute:
While she did call me,-rascal fiddler,
And-twangling Jack; † with twenty such vile


As she had studied to misuse me so.

Pet. Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench; I love her ten times more than e'er I did:

And woo her with some spirit when she comes.
Say, that she rail; Why, then I'll tell her plain,
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale :
Say, that she frown; I'll say, she looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash'd with dew:
Say, she be mute, and will not speak a word;
Then I'll commend her volubility,
And say she uttereth piercing eloquence:
If she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks,
As though she bid me stay by her a week;
If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day
When I shall ask the bauns, and when be inar-
ried: -

But here she comes; and now, Petruchio, speak.
Good-morrow, Kate; for that's your name,
Kath. Well have you heard, but something

bard of hearing :

They call me Katharine, that do talk of me.
Pet. You lie, in faith; for you are call'd plain

And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,
Kate of Kate Hall, my supper-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all cates: and therefore, Kate,

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Pet. What, you mean my face?

Kath. Well aim'd of 1 such a young one. Pet. Now, by Saint George, 1 am too young for you.

Kath. Yet you are wither'd.

Pet. 'Tis with cares.

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Kath. I care not.

Pet. Nay, hear you, Kate: in sooth, you 'scape not so,

Kath. I chafe you, if I tarry; let me go. Pet. No, not a whit; I find you passing gentle. 'Twas told me, you were rongh, and coy, and sullen, And now I find report a very liar ; For thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing


But slow in speech, yet sweet as spring-time flowers: [askance, Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look + By.

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That you shall be my wife; your dowry "greed
And, will yon, nill you, I will marry yet.
Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn
For, by this light, whereby I see thy boatr,
Thy beauty, that doth make me like thee well)
Thou must be married to no man but me:
For I am he, am boru to tame you, Kale;
And bring you from a wild cat to a Kate
Conformable, as other bousehold Kates.
Here comes your father; never make denial,
I must and will have Katharine to my wife.
Bay. Now,

Signior Petruchio: How speed you with
My daughter?

Pe How bat well, Sir? how but well ↑
It were impossible, I should speed amiss.
Bap. Why, how now, daughter Katarine!
in your dumps ?

Kath. Call you mie, daughter! now I promise you,

You have show'd a tender fatherly regard,
To wish me wed to one ha f lunatic;
A mad-cap ruffian, and a swearing Jack,
That thinks with oaths to face the marter est.
Pet. Father, 'tis thus,-yourself and a the

That talk'd of her, have talk'd amiss of ber;
If she be curst, it is for policy:

For she's not froward, but modest as the dore;
She is not hot, but temperate as the mora;
For patience she will prove a second Grissel;
And Roman Lucrece for her chastity:
Aud to conclude,-we have 'greed so well to

That upon Sunday is the wedding day.
Kath. I'll see thee hang'd on Sunday first.
Gre. Hark, Petruchio! she says, she'd see
thee hang'd first.

Tra. Is this your speeding? nay, then good night our part!

Pet. Be patient, gentlemen; I choose her for myself;

If she and I be pleas'd, what's that to you! 'Tis bargain'd 'twixt us twain, belag alone, That she shall still be curst in company.

tell you, 'tis incredible to believe How much she loves me: Ob! the kindest Kate!She hung about my neck; and kiss on kiss She vied so fast, protesting oath on oath, That in a twink she won me to her love, Oh! you are novices! 'tis a world to see, How tame, when men and women are alone,

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