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Where's my spaniel Troilus? - Sirrah, get you hence,
And bid my cousin Ferdinand come hither :[Exit Servant. One, Kate, that you must kiss, and be acquainted with.Where are my slippers?-Shall I have some water? [A bason is presented to him. Come, Kate, and wash, and welcome heartily:[Servant lets the ewer fall. You whoreson villain! will you let it fall? [Strikes him. Kath. Patience, I pray you; 'twas a fault unwilling.
Pet. A whoreson beetle-headed, flap-ear'd knave! Come, Kate; sit down; I know you have a stomach. Will you give thanks, sweet Kate; or else shall 1?What is this? mutton?
Fel. 'Tis burnt; and so is all the meat; What dogs are these ?-Where is the rascal cook? How durst you, villains, bring it from the dresser, And serve it thus to me that love it not? There, take it to you, trenchers, cups and all:
Throws the meat, &c. about the stage. You heedless joltheads, and unmanner'd slaves! What, do you grumble? I'll be with you straight. Kath. I pray, you husband, be not so disquiet; The meat was well, if you were so contented. Pet. I tell thee, Kate, twas burnt and dried away; And I expressly am forbid to touch it. For it engenders choler, planteth anger; And better 'twere, that both of us did fast,Since of ourselves, ourselves are choleric,Than feed it with such over-roasted flesh. Be patient; to-morrow it shall be mended, And, for this night, we'll fast for company: Come, I will bring thee to thy bridal chamber. Ereunt PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and CURTIS. Nath. Advancing.] Peter, didst ever see the like? Peter. He kills her in her own humor
Pet. Thus have I politicly begun my reign,
My falcon now is sharp, and passing empty;
To make her come, and know her keeper's call,
Luc. While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my heart. [They retire. Hor. Quick proceeders, marry! Now, tell me, I You that durst swear that your mistress Bianca Lov'd none in the world so well as Lucentio.
I tell thee, Licio, this is wonderful.
Hor. Mistake no more: I am not Licio,
Tra. Signior Hortensio, I have often heard
Hor. See, how they kiss and court!-
Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow-
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 forsworn!
For me, that I may surely keep mine oath,
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks,
Exit HORTENSIO-LUCENTIO and BIANCA
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 forsworn me?
Tra. Mistress, we have.
Tra. Ay, and he'll tame her.
That teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long,-
Enter BIONDELLO, running.
Bion. O master, master, I have watch'd so long That I'm dog-weary; but at last I spied An ancient angell coming down the hill, Will serve the turn.
What is he, Biondello?
Tra. If he be credulous, and trust my tale,
Ped. God save you, sir! Tra.
And you, sir! you are welcome Travel you far on, or are you at the furthest? Despicable fellow.
A merchant or a schoolmaster.
Ped. Sir, at the furthest for a week or two: But then up further; 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 hard. Tra. 'Tis death for any one in Mantua To come to Padua; Know you not the cause? Your ships are staid at Venice; and the duke (For private quarrel 'twixt your duke and him) Hath publish'd and proclaim'd it openly: 'Tis marvel; but that you're but newly corne, You might have heard it else proclaim'd 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 Písa? Ped. Ay, sir, in Pisa have I often been; Pisa, renowned for grave citizens.
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 all one.
Tra. To save your life in this extremity, This favor will I do 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 my house you shall be friendly lodg'd;— 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 look'd 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.
Enter KATHARINA and GRUMIO.
What, did he marry me to famish me?
If not, elsewhere they ineet with charity:
As who should say,-If I should sleep, or eat,
I prythee go, and get me some repast;
I care not what, so it be wholesome food.
Gru. What say you to a neat's foot!
I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness merits thanks.
'Pray you, let it stand. Pet. The poorest service is repaid with thanks; And so shall mine before you touch the meat. Kath. I thank you, sir.
Hor. Signior Petruchio, fye! you are to blame. Come, mistress Kate, I'll bear you company.
Pet. Eat it up all, Hortensio, if thou lov st me.[Aside.
Much good do it unto thy gentle heart!
With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knavery.
Come, tailor, let us see these ornaments;
Lay forth the gown.-What news with you, sir?
Kath. I'll have no bigger; this doth fit the time,
I love thee well, in that thou lik'st it not.
Pel. Thy gown? why ay: Come, tailor, let us see't.
Kath. Tis passing good; I prythee let me have it. Why, what, o'devil's name, tailor, call'st thou this?
Gru. I fear it is too choleric a meat:
How say you to a fat tripe, finely broil'd?
Kath. I like it well; good Grumio, fetch it me. Gru. I cannot tell; I fear 'tis choleric. What say you to a piece of beef, and mustard? Kath. A dish that I do love to feed upon. Gru. Ay, but the mustard is too hot a little. Kath. Why, then the beef, and let the mustard
Gru. Nay, then I will not; you shall have the mustard,
Or else you get no beef of Grumio.
Kath. Then both or one, or any thing thou wilt. Gru. Why then the mustard without the beef. Kath. Go, get thee gone, thou false deluding slave, [Beats him. That feed'st me with the very name of meat:
Hor. I see, she's like to have neither cap nor
Tai. You bid me make it orderly and well, According to the fashion, and the time. Pet. Marry and did; but if you be remember'd, I did not bid you mar it to the time. Go, hop me over every kennel home, For you shall hop without my custom, sir: I'll none of it; hence make your best of it.
Kath. I never saw a better-fashion'd gown, More quaint, more pleasing, nor more commendable;
Belike, you mean to make a puppet of me. 3 Dispirited; a Gallicism.
A coffin was the culinary term for raised crust. 6 These censers resembled our braziers in shape. 1 Curious.
Thou yard, three-quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail,
Tai. Your worship is deceiv'd; the gown is made
Grumio gave order how it should be done.
Gru. I gave him no order, I gave him the stuff.
Gru. Face not me: thou hast brav'd many men; brave not me: I will neither be faced nor braved. I say unto thee,-I bid thy master cut out the gown; but did I not bid him cut to pieces: ergo,
Tai. Why, here is the note of the fashion to testify.
Gru. The note lies in his throat, if he says I said so.
Gru. Master, if ever I said loose-bodied gown,
Tai. With a small compassed cape;
Gru. I confess the cape.
Tai. With a trunk sleeve;
Gru. I confess two sleeves.
Tai. The sleeves curiously cut.
Gru. Error i'the bill, sir; error i'the bill. I commanded the sleeves should be cut out, and sewed up again; and that I'll prove upon thee, though thy little finger be armed in a thimble.
Tai. This is true, that I say; an I had thee in place where, thou shouldst know it. Gru. I am for thee straight; take thou the bill, give me the mete-yard, and Hor. God-a-mercy, Grumio not me. then he shall have
Let's see; I think 'tis now some seven o'clock,
Hor. Why, so! this gallant will command the
Tra. Sir, this is the house: Please it you, that I
Ped. Ay, what else? and, but I be deceived,
Near twenty years ago, in Genoa, where
And hold your own, in any case, with such
Ped. I warrant you: But, sir, here comes your boy;
'Twere good, he were school'd.
Tra. Fear you not him. Sirrah, Biondello Now do your duty thoroughly, I advise you; Imagine 'twere the right Vincentio.
Bion. Tut! fear not me.
Tra. But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista?
Here comes Baptista :-set your countenance, sir.-
This is the gentleman I told you of;
Sir, by your leave; having come to Padua
Pet. Well, sir, in brief, the gown is not for me.
Pet. Why, sir, what's your conceit in that?
Take up my mistress' gown to his master's use!
Pet. Hortensio, say thou wilt see the tailor
[Exit Tailor. Pet. Well, come, my Kate; we will unto your father's,
Even in these honest mean habiliments;
Bap. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say ;-
We be affied; and such assurance ta'en,
Tra. Then at my lodging, an it like you, sir:
And, if you will, tell what hath happened:-
I follow you. [Exeunt TRANIO, Pedant, and BAPTISTA. Bion. Cambio,Luc. What say'st thou, Biondello? Bion. You saw my master wink and laugh upon you?
Luc. Biondello, what of that?
Bion. 'Faith nothing; but he has left me here behind, to expound the meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.
Luc. I pray thee, moralize them.
Kath. Then, God be blessed, it is the blessed sun:-
Hor. Petruchio, go thy ways; the field is won.
And not unluckily against the bias-
Enter VINCENTIO, in a travelling dress.
Bon. Then thus. Baptista is safe, talking with Fair lovely maid, once more good day to thee :the deceiving father of a deceitful son.
Luc. And what of him?
Bion. His daughter is to be brought by you to woman of him.
Luc. And then?
Kath. Young budding virgin, fair, and fresh, and sweet,
Bion. The old priest at Saint Luke's church is at Whither away; or where is thy abode ? your command at all hours.
Luc. And what of all this?
Bion. I cannot tell; except they are busied about a counterfeit assurance: Take you assurance of her, cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum to the church;-take the priest, clerk, and some sufficient
If this be not what you look for, I have no more to say,
But, bid Bianca farewell for ever and a day.
Luc. Hear'st thou, Biondello?
Luc. I may, and will, if she be so contented:
SCENE V.-A public Road.
Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and HORTENSIO.
Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!
Pet. I say, it is the moon that shines so bright..
And be it moon, or sun, or what you please:
Pet. I say, it is the moon.
Happy the parents of so fair a child;
Pet. Why, how now, Kate! I hope thou art not
This is a man, old, wrinkled, faded, wither'd;
Kath. Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes,
Pet. Happily met; the happier for thy son.
Vin. But is this true? or is it else your pleasure,
Hor. I do assure thee, father, so it is.
Hor. Well, Petruchio, this hath put me in heart.
SCENE I-Padua. Before Lucentio's House. Enter on one side BIONDELLO, LUCENTIO, and BIANCA; GREMIO walking on the other side. Bion. Softly and swiftly, sir; for the priest is ready. Luc. I fly, Biondello: but they may chance to need thee at home, therefore leave us.
Bion. Nay, faith, I'll see the church o'your back; and then come back to my master as soon as I can. [Exeunt LUCENTIO, BIANCA, and BIONDELLO. Gre. I marvel Cambio comes not all this while.
Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, VINCENTIO, and
Pet. Sir, here's the door, this is Lucentio's house,
Vin. You shall not choose but drink before you go;
[Knocks. Gre. They're busy within, you were best knock louder
Enter Pedant above, at a window. Ped. What's he, that knocks as he would beat down the gate?
Vin. Is signior Lucentio within, sir?
Ped. He's within, sir, but not to be spoken withal. Vin. What if a man bring him a hundred pound or two, to make merry withal.
Pei. Keep your hundred pounds to yourself; he shall need none, so long as I live.
Pet. Nay, I told you, your son was beloved in Padua. Do you hear, sir?-to leave frivolous circumstances, I pray you, tell signior Lucentio, that his father is come from Pisa, and is here at the door to speak with him.
Ped. Thou liest; his father is come from Pisa, and here looking out at the window.
Vin. Art thou his father?
Ped. Ay, sir; so his mother says, if I may believe her.
Pet. Why, how now, gentleman! [TO VINCEN.] why, this is flat knavery, to take upon you another
Ped. Lay hands on the villain; I believe `a means to cozen somebody in this city under my counte
Bion. I have seen them in the church together: But who is here? mine old master, Vincentio? now we are undone, and brought to nothing.
Vin. Come hither, crack-hemp. Seeing BIONDELLO. Bion. I hope, I may choose, sir. Vin. Come hither, you rogue: What, have you forgot me? Biom. Forgot you? no, sir: I could not forget you, for I never saw you before in all my life. Vin. What, you notorious villain, didst thou never see thy master's father, Vincentio? Bion. What, my old, worshipful old master? yes, marry, sir; see where he looks out of the window. Vin. Is't so, indeed? Beats BIONDELLO. Bion. Help, help, help! here's a madman will [Exit.
Ped. Help, son! help, signior Baptista! [Exit from the window. Pet. Prythee, Kate, let's stand aside, and see the end of this controversy. [They retire. Re-enter Pedant below; BAPTISTA, TRANIO, and
Tra. Sir, what are you, that offer to beat my servant?
Vin. What am I, sir? nay what are you, sir?— O immortal gods! O fine villain! A silken doublet! a velvet hose! a scarlet cloak! and a copatain hat! . I am undone! I am undone! while I play the good husband at home, my son and my servant spend all at the university.
Tra. How now! what's the matter?
Tra. Sir, you seem a sober ancient gentleman by your habit, but your words show you a madman : Why, sir, what concerns it to you, if I wear pearl and gold! I thank my good father, I am able to maintain it.
Vin. Thy father? O, villain! he is a sail-maker in Bergamo.
Bap. You mistake, sir; you mistake, sir: Pray, what do you think is his name?
Vin. His name? as if I knew not his name: I have brought him up ever since he was three years old, and his name is-Tranio.
Ped. Away, away, mad ass! his name is Lucentio; and he is mine only son, and heir to the lands of me, signior Vincentio.
Vin. Lucentio! O, he hath murdered his master! -Lay hold on him, I charge you, in the duke's name:-0, my son, my son!-tell me, thou villain, where is my son Lucentio ?
Tra. Call forth an officer:-[Enter one with an Officer.] Carry this mad knave to the gaol :-Father Baptista, I charge you, see that he be forthcoming. Via. Carry me to the gaol!
Gre. Stay, officer: he shall not go to prison. Bip. Talk not, signior Gremio; I say he shall go to prison.
Gre. Take heed, signior Baptista, lest you be cheated in this business; I dare swear, this is the right Vincentio,
A hat with a conical crown.
Re-enter BIONDELLO, with LUCENTIO and BIANCA.
Vin. Where is that damned villain Tranio, That faced and braved me in this matter so ? Bap. Why, tell me, is not this my Cambio? Bun. Cambio is changed into Lucentio. Luc. Love wrought these miracles. Bianca's love Made me exchange my state with Tranio. While he did bear my countenance in the town; And happily I have arrived at last what Tranio did, myself enforced him to; Unto the wished haven of my bliss:Then pardon him, sweet father, for my sake.
Vin. I'll slit the villain's nose, that would have sent me to the gaol.
Bap. But do you hear, sir? [To LUCENTIO.] Have you married my daughter without asking my good-will?
Vin. Fear not, Baptista; we will content you, go to: But I will in, to be revenged for this villany." Bap. And I, to sound the depth of this knavery. [Exit. Luc. Look not pale, Bianca; thy father will not [Exeunt Luc., and BIAN. Gre. My cake is dough: But I'll in among the
thee, love, stay.
Pet. Is not this well?-Come, my sweet Kate; Better once than never, for never too late. [Exit.
SCENE II-A Room in Lucentio's House.
A Banquet set out. Enter BAPTISTA, VINCENTIO, GREMIO, the Pedant, LUCENTIO, BIANCA, PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, HORTENSIO, and WidOw; TRANIO, BIONDELLO, GRUMIO, and others, attending.
Luc. At last, though long, our jarring notes agree; And time it is, when raging war is done, To smile at 'scapes and perils overblown.My fair Bianca, bid my father welcome, While I with self-same kindness welcome thine:Brother Petruchio,-sister Katharina,And thou, Hortensio, with thy loving widow, Feast with the best, and welcome to my house; My banquet is to close our stomachs up, After our great good cheer. Pray you, sit down, For now we sit to chat as well as eat.
[They sit at table. Pet. Nothing but sit and sit, and eat and eat! Bap. Padua affords this kindness, son Petruchio.
Deceived thine eyes.
Tricking, underhand contrivances.
Proverbial expression, repeated after a disappoint