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Just as my master had direction :
I will not go to-day; And ere I do, Grumio gave order how it should be done.
It shall be what o'clock I say it is. Gru. I gave him no order, I gave him the stuff. Hor. Why, so ! this gallant will command the Tai. But how did you desire it should be made ?
(Exeunt. Gru. Marry, sir, with needle and thread. Tai. But did you not request to have it cut?
SCENE IV.--Padua. Before Baptista's House. Gru. Thou hast faced many things.
Enter Tranio, and the Pedant dressed like Vincentio Tai. I have. Gru. Face not me: thou hast braved many men :
Tra. Sir, this is the house; Please it you, that I brave not me; I will neither be faced nor braved
call ? I say unto thee,- 1 bid thy master cut out the
Ped. Ay, what else ? and, but I be deceived, gown; but I did not bid him cut it to pieces : ergo, Signior Baptista may remember me, thou liest.
Near twenty years ago, in Genoa, where Tai. Why, here is the note of the fashion to tes. We were lodgers at the Pegasus. tify.
'Tis well ; Pet. Read it.
And hold your own, in any case, with such
Ped. I warrant you : But, sir, here comes your sew me in the skirts of it, and beat me to death 'Twere good, he were school'd, with a bottom of brown thread : I said, a gown.
Tra. Fear you not him. Sirrah, Biondello, Pet. Proceed.
Now do your duty throughly, I advise you; Tai, With a small compassed cape
Imagine 'twere the right Vincentio. Gru. I confess the cape.
Bion. Tut! fear not me. Tai. With a trunk sleeve :
Tra. But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista? Gru. I confess two sleeves.
Bion. I told him, that your father was at Venice; Tai. The sleeves curiously cut.
And that you look'd for him this day in Padua. Pet. Ay, there's the villainy.
Tra. Thou'rt a tall fellow ; hold thee that to Gru. Error i'the bill, sir ; error i'the bill. I com
drink. manded the sleeves should be cut out, and sewed up Here comes Baptista :-set your countenance, sir. again and that I'll prove upon thee, though thy
Enter Baptista and Lucentio. little finger be armed in a thimble.
Tai. This is true, that I say ; an I had thee in Signior Baptista, you are happily met :place where, thou should'st know it.
Sir, (to the Pedant.) Gru. I am for thee straight : take thou the bill, This is the gentleman I told you of: give me thy mete-yard, and spare not me. I pray you, stand good father to me now,
Hor. God-a-mercy, Grumio ! then he shall have Give me Bianca for my patrimony. no odds.
Ped. Soft, son !
Gru. You are i'the right, sir ; 'tis for my mis. To gather in some debts, my son Lucentio tress.
Made me acquainted with a weighty cause Pet. Go, take it up unto thy master's use. Of love between your daughter and himself :
Gru. Villain, not for thy life: Take up my mis. And,--for the good report I hear of you ; tress' gown for thy master's use !
And for the love he beareth to your daughter, Pet. Why, sir, what's your conceit in that ? And she to him,-to stay him not too long, Gru. O, sir, the conceit is deeper than you think I am content, in a good father's care,
To have him match'd ; and, if you please to like Take up my mistress' gown to his master's use ! No worse than I, sir- upon some agreement, O, fye, fye, fye!
Me shall you find most ready and most willing Pet.' Hortensio, say thou wilt see the tailor With one consent to have her so bestowed ; paid :
[Aside. For curious I cannot be with you, Go take it hence ; begone, and say no more. Sigrior Baptista, of whom I hear so well.
Hur. Tailor, I'll pay thee for thy gown to-mor- Bap. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say ;Take no unkindness of his hasty words: [row. Your plainness, and your shortness, please me well. Away, I say ; commend me to thy master.
Right true it is, your son Lucentio here
(Exit Tailor. Doth love my daughter, and she loveth him, Pet. Well, come, my Kate ; we will unto your Or both dissemble deeply their affections : Even in these honest mean habiliments ; (father's, And, therefore, if you say no more than this, Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor : That like a father you will deal with him, For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich ;
pass my daughter a sufficient dower, And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, The match is fully made, and all is done : So honour peereth in the meanest habit.
Your son shall have my daughter with consent. What, is the jay more precious than the lark, Tra. I thank you, sir. Where then do you know Because his feathers are more beautiful ?
We be affied ; and such assurance ta'en, (best, Or is the adder better than the eel,
As shall with either parts agreement stand? Because his painted skin contents the eye ?
Bap. Not in my house, Lucentio ; for, you know, 0, no, good Kate ; neither art thou the worse Pitchers have ears, and I have many servants : For this poor furniture, and mean array.
Besides, old Gremio is heark'ning still ; If thou account'st it shame, lay it on me :
And, happily, we might be interrupted. And therefore, frolick ; we will hence forth with, Tra. Then at my lodging, an it like you, sir : To feast and sport us at thy father's house.- There doth my father tie ; and there, this night, Go, call my men, and let us straight to him ;
pass the business privately and well ·
Kath. I dare assure you, sir, 'tis almost two ; Bap. It likes me well :--Cambio, hie you home,
And, if you will, tell what hath happened :-
Luc. I pray the gods she may, with all my heart.
Enter Vincentio, in a travelling dress.
Good morrow, gentle mistress: Where away?Welcome ! one mess is like to be your cheer ;
(To Vincentio. Come, sir; we'll better it in Pisa.
Tell me, sweet Kate, and tell me truly too, Bap.
I follow you.
Hast thou beheld a fresher gentlewoman? [Exeunt Tranio, Pedant, and Baptista. Such war of white and red within her cheeks! Bion. Cambio.
What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty, Luc.
What say'st thou, Biondello? As those two eyes become that heavenly face? Bion. You saw my master wink and laugh upon Fair lovely maid, once more good day to thee :
Sweet Kate, embrace her for her beauty's sake. Luc. Biondello, what of that?
Hor. 'A will make the man mad, to make a wo. Bion. 'Faith nothing; but he has left me here man of him. behind, to expound the meaning or moral of his Kath. Young budding virgin, fair, and fresh, signs and tokens.
and sweet, Luc. I pray thee, moralize them.
Whither away; or where is thy abode ? Bion. Then thus. Baptista is safe, talking with Happy the parents of so fair a child ; the deceiving father of a deceitful son.
Happier the man, whom favourable stars Luc. And what of him?
Allot thee for his lovely bed-fellow! Bion. His daughter is to be brought by you to the Pet. Why, how now, Kate! I hope thou art not supper.
mad: Luc. And then ?
This is a man, old, wrinkled, faded, wither'd; Bion. The old priest at Saint Luke's church is at And not a maiden, as thou say'st he is. your command at all hours.
Kath. Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes, Luc. And what of all this?
That have been so bedazzled with the sun, Bion. I cannot tell ; except they are busied That every thing I look on seemeth green: about a counterfeit assurance : Take you assurance Now I perceive thou art a reverend father ; of her, cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum: to the Pardon, I pray thee, for my mad mistaking. church; take the priest, clerk, and some sufficient Pet. Do, good old grandsire; and, withal, make honest witnesses:
known If this be not that you look for, I have no more to Which way thou travellest : if along with us, say,
We shall be joyful of thy company. But, bid Bianca farewell for ever and a day. Vin. Fair sir,--and you my merry mistress,
[Going. That with your strange encounter much amaz'd Luc. Hear'st thou, Biondello ?
me; Bion. I cannot tarry: I knew a wench married in My name is calld_Vincentio: my dwellingan afternoon as she went to the garden for parsley
Pisa; to stuff a rabbit; and so may you, sir; and so And bound I am to Padua; there to visit adieu, sir. My master hath appointed me to go to A son of mine, which long I have not seen. Saint Luke's, to bid the priest be ready to come Pet. What is his name? against you come with your appendix. [Erit. Vin.
Thy son by this hath married : Wonder not,
Nor be not griev'd; she is of good esteem,
Her dowry wealthy, and of worthy birth; Enter Petruchio, Katharina, and Hortensio. Beside, so qualified as may beseem
The spouse of any noble gentleman. Pet. Come on, o'God's name; once more toward Let me embrace with old Vincentio : our father's.
And wander we to see thy honest son, Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the Who will of thy arrival be full joyous. moon!
Vin. But is this true ? or is it else your pleasure, Kath. The moon! the sun ; it is not moonlight Like pleasant travellers, to break a jest
Upon the company you overtake ? Pet. I say, it is the moon that shines so bright. Hor. I do assure thee, father, so it is. Kath. I know, it is the sun that shines so bright. Pet. Come, go along, and see the truth hereof;
Pet. Now by my mother's son, and that's myself, For our first merriment hath made thee jealous. It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
[Exeunt Petruchio, Katharina, and Or ere I journey to your father's house :
Vincentio. Go on, and fetch our horses back again.
Hor. Well, Petruchio, this hath put me in heart. Evermore cross'd, and cross'd: nothing but cross'd! Have to my widow; and if she forward,
Hor. Say as he says, or we shall never go. Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward. Kath. Forward, I pray, since we have come
[Exit. so far, And be it moon, or sun, or what you please : And if you please to call it a rush candle, Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.
I know it is.
SCENE 1.-Padua. Before Lucentio's House. Pet. Nay, then you lie; it is the blessed sun. Kath. Then God be blessed, it is the blessed sun:
Enter on one side Biondello, Lucentio, and Bianca;
Gremio walking on the other side.
Bion. Softly and swiftly, sir; for the priest is
Luc. I fly, Biondello: but they may chance to Hor. Petruchio, go thy ways; the field is won. need thee at home, therefore leave us. Pet. Well, forward, forward : thus the bowl Bion. Nay, faith, I'll see the church o’your back : should run,
and then come back to my maste: as soon as I can. And not unluckily against the bias.
[Exeunt Lucentio, Bianca, and Biondello. But soft; what company is coming here?
Gre. I marvel Cambio comes not all this while.
Enter Petruchio, Katharina, Vincentio, and Vin. Thy father ? O villain! he is a sail-maker Attendants.
in Bergamo. Pet. Sir, here's the door, this is Lucentio's house, what do you think is his name?
Bap. You mistake, sir; you mistake, sir: Pray, My father's bears more toward the market-place; Vin. His name? as if I knew not his name: I Thither must I, and here I leave you, sir. Vin. You shall not choose but drink before you old, and his name is-Tranio.
have brought him up ever since he was three years go; I think, 1 shall command your welcome here,
Ped. Away, away, mad ass! his name is Lucen
tio; and he is mine only son, and heir to the lands And, by all likelihood, some cheer is toward.
of me, signior Vincentio.
Vin. Lucentio ! 0, he hath murdered his mas. Gre. They're busy within, you were best knock ter !-Lay hold on him, I charge you, in the duke's louder.
name :-0, my son, my son tell me, thou vil. Enter Pedant above, at a windon'.
lain, where is my son, Lucentio ? Ped. What's he, that knocks as he would beat Officer.] carry this mad knave to the gaol:
Tra. Call forth an officer : (Enter one with ca down the gate ? Vin. ls signior Lucentio within, sir ?
Father Baptista, I charge you see, that he be
forthcoming. Ped. He's within, sir, but not to be spoken withal.
Vin. Carry me to the gaol ! Vin. What if a man bring him a hundred pound
Gre. Stay, officer; he shall not go to prison. or two, to make merry withal ?
Bap. Talk not, signior Gremio; I say, he shall Ped. Keep your hundred pounds to yourself; he go to prison. shall need none, so long as I live.
Gre. Take heed, signior Baptista, lest you be Pet. Nay, I told you, your son was beloved in coney-catched in this business; I dare swear, this Padua.- Do you hear, sir ?-to leave frivolous
is the right Vincentio.
Ped. Swear, if thou darest. circumstances, I pray you, tell signior Lucentio, that his father is come from Pisa, and is here at
Gre. Nay, I dare not swear it.
Tra. Then thou wert best say, that I am not the door to speak with him.
Lucentio. Ped. Thou liest ; his father is come from Pisa,
Gre. Yes, I know thee to be signior Lucentio. and here looking out at the window. Vin. Art thou his father?
Bap. Away with the dotard ; to the gaol with
him. Ped. Ay, sir; so his mother says, if I may believe her.
Vin. Thus strangers may be haled and abus'd.Pet. Why, how now, gentleman! [To Vincen.]
O monstrous villain ! why, this is flat knavery, to take upon you another
Re-enter Biondello, with Lucentio and Bianca. man's name.
Ped. Lay hands on the villain; I believe, a' means to cozen somebody in this city under my deny him, forswear him, or else we are all un.
Bion. O, we are spoiled, and-Yonder he is ; countenance.
Lives my sweetest son ? Bion. I have seen them in the church together ;
[Biondello, Tranio, and Pedant run out. God send 'em good shipping !-But who is here?
Bian. Pardon, dear father.
(Kneeling mine old master, Vincentio ? now we are undone,
How hast thou offended? and brought to nothing.
Where is Lucentio ? Vin. Come hither, crack-hemp.
Here's Lucentio, [Seeing Biondello. Right son unto the right Vincentio ; Bion. I hope, I may choose, sir.
That have by marriage made thy daughter Vin. Come hither, you rogue; What, have you
mine, sorgot me?
While counterfeit supposes blear'd thine eyne. Bion. Forgot you ? no, sir : I could not forget
Gre. Here's packing, with a witness, to deceive you, for I never saw you before in all my life.
us all! Vin. What, you notorious villain, didst thou
Vin. Where is that damned villain, Tranio, never see thy master's father, Vincentio ?
That fac'd and brav'd me in this matter so? Bion. Whát, my old, worshipful old master ? yes,
Bap. Why, tell me, is not this my Cambio ? marry, sir ; see where he looks out of the window.
Bian. Cambio is chang'd into Lucentio. Vin. Is't so, indeed ?
Luc. Love wrought these miracles. Bianca's Bion. Help, help, help! here's a madman will
love murder me.
[Exit. Made me exchange my state with Tranio, Ped. Help, son! help, signior Baptista!
While he did bear my countenance in the town: [Exit, from the window. And happily I have arriv'd at last Pet. Pr'ythee, Kate, let's stand aside, and see Unto the wished haven of my bliss :the end of this controversy.
[They retire. What Tranio did, myself enforc'd him to;
Then pardon him, sweet father, for my sake.
Vin. I'll slit the villain's nose, that would bare
sent me to the gaol. Tra. Sir, what are you, that offer to beat my Bap. But do you hear, sir ? [To Lucentio.] servant?
Have you married my daughter without asking my Vin. What am I, sir ? nay, what are you, sir?-good-will ? O immortal gods? O fine villain ! A silken doublet! Vin. Fear not, Baptista; we will content you, a velvet hose! a scarlet cloak ! and a copatain hat!
go to : -0, I am undone! I am undone! while I play the But I will in, to be revenged for this villainy! good husband at home, my son and my servant
[Erit. spend all at the university.
Bap. And I, to sound the depth of this knavery. Tra. How now! what's the matter?
Erit. Bap. What, is the man lunatick?
Luc. Look not pale, Bianca; thy father will not Tra. Sir, you seem a sober ancient gentleman by
[Ereunt Luc. and Bian. your habit, but your words show you a madman: Gre. My cake is dough : But I'll in among the Why, sir, what concerns it you, if I wear pearl and
rest; gold? I thank my good father, I am able to main-Out of hope of all,--but my share of the feast. tain it.
Petruchio and Katharina advance.
Have at you for a bitter jest or two.
Bian. Am I your bird? I mean to shift my bush, Kath. Husband, let's follow, to see the end of And then pursue me as you draw your bow :this ado.
You are welcome all. Pet. First kiss me, Kate, and we will.
[Exeunt Bianca, Katharina, and Widow. Kath. What, in the midst of the street ?
Pet. She hath prevented me.--Here, signior Pet. What, art thou ashamed of me?
Tranio, Kath. No, sir ; God forbid :-but ashamed to This bird you aim'd at, though you hit her not; kiss.
Therefore, a health to all that shot and miss'd. Pet. Why, then, let's home again :-Come, sir- Tra. 0, sir, Lucentio slipp'd me like his grey. rah, let's away.
hound, Kath. Nay, I will give thee a kiss : now pray Which runs himself, and catches for his master. thee, love, stay.
Pet. A good swift simile, but something currish. Pet. Is not this well?_Come, my sweet Kate; Tra. 'Tis well, sir, that you hunted for yourself; Better once than never, for never too late. 'Tis thought, your deer does hold you at a bay.
[Exeunt. Bap. Oho, Petruchio, Tranio hits you now.
Luc. I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio. SCENE II.-A Room in Lucentio's House. Hor. Confess, confess, hath he not hit you here?
Pet. 'A has a little galld me, I confess;
Gremio, the Pedant, Lucentio, Bianca, Petru- 'Tis ten to one it maim'd you two outright.
Tranio, Biondello, Grumio, and others, attending.
Bap. Now, in good sadness, son Petruchio,
I think thou hast the veriest shrew of all. Luc. At last, though long, our jarring notes Pet. Well, I say-no: and therefore, for as. agree :
surance, And time it is, when raging war is done,
Let's each one send unto his wife ; To smile at 'scapes and perils overblown.- And he, whose wife is most obedient My fair Bianca, bid my father welcome,
To come at first when be doth send for her, While I with self-same kindness welcome thine :- Shall win the wager which we will propose. Brother Petruchio,-sister Katharina,
Hor. Content :- What is the wager? And thou, Hortensio, with thy loving widow,
Twenty crowns. Feast with the best, and welcome to my house; Pet. Twenty crowns ! My banquet is to close our stomachs up,
I'll venture so much on my hawk, or hound, After our great good cheer : Pray you, sit down; But twenty times so much upon my wife. For now we sit to chat, as well as eat.
Luc. A hundred then. [They sit at table. Hor.
Content. Pet. Nothing but sit and sit, and eat and eat!
A match ; 'tis done. Bap. Padua affords this kindness, son Petruchio. Hor. Who shall begin ? Pet. Padua affords nothing but what is kind.
Luc. That will l. Go, Hor. For both our sakes I would that word were Biondello, bid your mistress come to me. true.
(Exit. Pet. Now, for my life, Hortensio fears his widow. Bap. Son, I will be your half, Bianca comes. Wid. Then never trust me if I be afeard.
Luc. I'll have no halves ; I'll bear it all myself. Pet. You are sensible, and yet you miss my sense ;
Re-enter Biondello. I mean, Hortensio, is afeard of you.
How now! what news? Wid. He that is giddy, thinks the world turns
Sir, my inistress sends you word Pet. Roundly replied.
That she is busy, and she cannot come.
Pet. How! she is busy, and she cannot come ! Kath. Mistress, how mean you that ?
Is that an answer? Wid. Thus I conceive by him.
Gre. Pet. Conceives by me !-How likes Hortensio Pray God, sir, your wife send you not a worse.
Ay, and a kind one too :
Pet. I hope, better.
Hor. Sirrah, Biondello, go, and entreat my wife
[Erit Biondello. widow.
0, ho! entreat her! round:
I am afraid, sir, I pray you, tell me what you meant by that. Wid. Your husband, being troubled with a shrew,
Do what you can, yours will not be entreated.
Now where's my wife ?
Right, I mean you. Bion. She says, you have some goodly jest in Kath. And I am mean, indeed, respecting you.
hand; Pet. To her, Kate !
She will not come; she bids you come to her. Hor. To her, widow !
Pet. Worse and worse ; she will not come ! 0 Pet. A hundred marks, my Kate does put her
Intolerable, not to be endur'd ! Hor. That's my office.
Sirrah, Grumio, go to your mistress; Pet. Spoke like an officer :-Ha' to thee, lad.
Say I command her come to me.
[Exit Grumio. [Drinks to Hortensio.
Hor. I know her answer. Bap. How likes Grernio these quick-witted folks?
What? Gre. Believe me, sir, they butt together well. Hor.
She will not come. Bian. Head, and butt? an hasty-witted body Pet. The fouler fortune mine, and there an end. Would say your head and butt were head and horn.
Enter Katharina. Vin. Ay, mistress bride, hath that awaken'd you? Bian. Ay, but not frighted me; therefore I'll Bap. Now, by my holidame, here comes Kasleep again.
tharina! Pet. Nay, that you shall not; since you have Kath. What is your will sir, that you send for begun,
Bion. I go.
Pet. Where is your sister, and Hortensio's wife? | Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty ;
Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, Swinge me them soundly forth unto their hus-Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee, bands :
And for thy maintenance : commits his body Away, I say, and bring them hither straight. To painful labour, both by sea and land;
(Exit Katharina. To watch the night in storms, the day in cold, Luc. Here is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder. While thou liest warm at home, secure and safe ; Hor. And so it is; I wonder what it bodes. And craves no other tribute at thy hands, Pet. Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet But love, fair looks, and true obedience ;life,
Too little payment for so great a debt. An awful rule, and right supremacy ;
Such duty as the subject owes the prince, And, to be short, what not, that's sweet and happy. Even such, a woman oweth to her husband :
Bap. Now fair befal thee, good Petruchio! And when she's froward, peevish, sullen, sour, The wager thou hast won; and I will add
And not obedient to his honest will,
And graceless traitor to her loving lord ? -
Pet. Nay, I will win my wager better yet ; To offer war, where they should kneel for peace : And show more sign of her obedience,
Cr seek for rule, supremacy, and sway, Her new-built virtue and obedience.
When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.
Why are our bodies soft, and weak, and smooth, Re-enter Katharina, with Bianca and Widow. Unapt to toil, and trouble in the world;
But that our soft conditions, and our hearts, See, where she comes; and brings your froward Should well agree with our external parts ? wives
Come, come, you froward and unable worms As prisoners to her womanly persuasion.
My mind hath been as big as one of yours, Katharine, that cap of yours becomes you not; My heart as great; my reason, haply, more, Off with that bauble, throw it under foot.
To bandy word for word, and frown for frown; [Katharina pulls off her cap, and throns it But now, I see our lances are but straws; donn.
Our strength as weak, our weakness past comWid. Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh,
pare, Till I be brought to such a silly pass !
That seeming to be most, which we least are. Bian. Fye! what a foolish duty call you this? Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot ; Luc. I would your duty were as foolish too : And place your hands below your husband's foot : The wisdom of your duty, fair Bianca,
In token of which duty, if he please, Hath cost me an hundred crowns since supper. My hand is ready, may it do him ease. time.
Pet. Why, there's a wench !-Come on, and Bian. The more fool you, for laying on my duty,
kiss me, Kate. Pet. Katharine, I charge thee, tell these head. Luc. Well, go thy ways, old lad: for thou shalt strong women,
ht. What duty they do owe their lords and husbands. Vin. 'Tis a good hearing, when children are Wid. Come, come, you're mocking; we will toward. have no telling.
Luc. But a harsh hearing, when women are froPet. Come on, I say; and first begin with her.
ward. Wid. She shall not.
Pet. Come, Kate, we'll to bed : Pet. I say, she shall ;--and first begin with her. We three are married, but you two are sped. Kath. Fye, fye! unknit that threat'ning unkind 'Twas I won the wager, though you hit the white; brow;
[To Lucentio And dart not scornful glances from those eyes, And, being a winner, God give you good night! To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor :
[Exeunt Petruchio and Kath. It blots thy beauty, as frosts bite the meads;
Hor. Now go thy ways, thou hast tam'd a curst Confounds thy fame, as whirlwinds shake fair
Luc. "Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be And in no sense is meet or amiable.
tam'd so A woman mov'd, is like a fountain troubled,