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TAMING of the SHREW.
ACT I. SCENE I
A Street in PADU A.
Flourish. Enter Lucentio and Tranio.
RANIO, fince for the great defire I had
Lucentio his fon, brought up in Florence,
Talk Logick with acquaintance that you have,
Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well doft thou advise; If, Biondello, thou wert come afhore,
We could at once put us in readiness ;
Tra. Mafter, fome fhew to welcome us to town.
2 Sir Thomas Hanmer, and after him Dr. Warburton, read to virtue; but formerly ply and ap
ply were indifferently used, as to ply or apply his ftudies.
Enter Baptifta with Catharina and Bianca, Gremio and Hortenfio. Lucentio and Tranio ftand by.
Bap. Gentlemen both, importune me no farther, For how I firmly am refolv'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, Hortenfio, will you any wife?
Cath. I pray you, Sir, is it your will
To make a Stale of me amongst these mates? Hor. Mates, maid, how mean you that? no mates for you;
Unless you were of gentler, milder, mould.
Cath. I'faith, Sir, you fhall never need to fear,
Hor. From all fuch devils, good Lord, deliver us. Gre. And me too, good Lord.
Tra. Hush, mafter, here's fome good paftime
That wench is ftark mad, or wonderful froward.
Luc. But in the other's filence I do fee
Tra. Well faid, mafter; mum! and gaze
Bap. Gentlemen, that I may foon make good What I have faid, Bianca, get you in;
And let it not difplease thee, good Bianca
Cath. A pretty Peat! it is beft put finger in the eye, and the knew why.
Bian. Sifter, content you in my discontent.
Sir, to your pleafure humbly I fubfcribe:
Luc. Hark, Tranio, thou may't hear Minerva
Hor. Signior Baptifta, will you be fo* ftrange?
Gre. Why will you mew her up, Signior Baptifta, for this fiend of hell, And make her bear the penance of her tongue? Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am refolv'd. Go in, Bianca [Exit Bianca.
And for I know, fhe taketh moft delight
Cath. Why, and, I truft, I may go too, may I not? what, fhall I be appointed hours, as tho', belike, I knew not what to take, and what to leave? ha! [Exit.
3 A pretty Peat.] Peat or conduct. Pet is a word of endearment from petil, little, as if it meant pretty little thing.
* So ftrange.] That is, fo odd, fo different from others in your
+ Cunning men.] Cunning had. not yet loft its original fignification of knowing, learned, as may be observed in the translation of the Bible.
Gre. You may go to the devil's dam. Your gifts are fo good, here is none will hold you. Our love is fo great, Hortenfio, but we may blow our nails together, and fast it fairly out. Our cake's dough on both fides. Farewel; yet for the love I bear my fweet Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit man to teach her That wherein the delights, I will with 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 accefs to our fair Mistress, and be happy rivals in Bianca's love, to labour and effect one thing 'pecially!
Gre. What's that, I
Hor. Marry, Sir, to get a husband for her fifter.
Hor. I fay a husband.
Gre. I fay, a devil. Think'ft thou, Hortenfio, tho' her father be very rich, any man is fo very a fool to be married to hell?
Hor. Tufh, Gremio; tho' it pafs 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 crofs every morning.
Hor. 'Faith, as you fay, there's a small choice in rotten apples. But, come, fince this bar in law makes us friends, it shall be fo far forth friendly maintain'd, 'till by helping Baptifta's eldest daughter to a husband, we fet his youngeft free for a husband, and then have C 2