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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

Tra. Even he. Biondello!
Gre. Hark you, sir; You mean not her to--
Tra. Perhaps, him and her, sir; What have you

to do? Pet. Not her that chides, sir, at any hand, I

pray. Tra. I love no chiders, sir:-Biondello, let's away. Luc. Well begun, Tranio.

[Aside. Hor. Sir, a word ere you go;Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea, or no?

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 Horten

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

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

Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as to ask you, Did

you yet ever see Baptista's daughter? Tra. No, sir; but hear I do, that he hath two; The one as famous for a scolding tongue, As is the other for beauteous niodesty.

Pet. Sir, sir, the first's for me; let her go by.

Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules; And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.

Pet. Sir, understand you this of me, insooth;The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for,

,
Her father keeps from all access of suitors;
And will not promise 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, that 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 conceive; 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 do as adversaries do in law,
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
Gru. Bion, () excellent motion! Fellows, let's

begone. Hor. The motion's good indeed, and be it so;Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto. [Exeunt.

АСТ II.

SCENE I.

THE SAME. À ROOM IN BAPTISTA'S HOUSE.

Enter Katharina and Bianca.
Bian. Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong

yourself,
To make a bondmaid and a slave of me;
That I disdain: but for these other gawds, -
Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,
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, tell Whom thou lov'st best: see thou 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; Is't not Hortensio?

Bian. If you affect him, sister, here I swear, I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him.

Kath. O then, belike, you fancy riches more; You will have Gremio to keep you fair. Bian. Is it for him

you

do
Nay, then you jest; and now I well perceive,
You have but jested with me all this while:
I pr’ythee, sister Kate, untie my hands.
Kath. If that be jest, then all the rest was so.

[Strikes her.

envy me so?

D

Enter Baptista. Bap. Why, how now, dame! whence grows this

insolence? 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 thee? When did she cross thee with a bitter word? Kath. Her silence flouts me, and I'll be reveng'd.

[Flies after Bianca. Bap. What, in my sight?-Bianca, get thee in.

[Exit Bianca. Kath. Will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see, 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 Till I can find occasion of revenge.

[Exit Katherina. Bap. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I? But who comes here?

sit and weep,

Enter Gremio, with Lucentio in the habit of a mean

man; Petruchio, with Hortensio as a musician; and Tranio, with Biondello bearing a lute and books. Gre. Good-morrow, neighbour Baptista.

Bap. Good-morrow, neighbour Gremio: God save you, gentlemen! Pet. And you, good sir! Pray, have you not a

daughter Call’d Katharina, fair, and virtuous ?

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