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A title for a maid, of all titles the worst.
Hor. Now shall my friend Petruchio do me grace; And offer me, disguis'd in sober robes, To old Baptista as, a schoolmaster Well seen in musick,to instruct Bianca: That so I may by this device, at least, Have leave and leisure to make love to her, And, unsuspected, court her by herself.
Enter GREMIO; with him LUCENTIO disguised, with
. books under his arm. Gru. Here's no knavery! See; to beguile the old folks, how the young folks lay their heads together! Master, master, look about you: Who goes there! ha!
Hor. Peace, Grumio; 'tis the rival of my love: Petruchio, stand by a while. 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 hand;4 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 too, 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 you, 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.
s Well seen in musick,] Seen is versed, practised. . at any hand ;] i, e. at all events.
Gre. O this learning! what a thing it is! . Gru. O this woodcock! what an ass it is!
Pet. Peace, sirrah,
: Trow you,
I promis'd to enquire carefully
And, by good fortune, I have lighted well
Hor. 'Tis well: and I have met a gentleman,
Gre. So said, so done, is well:-
Pet. I know, she is an irksome brawling scold;
My father dead, my fortune lives for me;
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 inine ears? Have I not in my time heard lions róar? 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 trumpe And do you tell me of a woman's tongue;'. That gives not half so great a blow to the ear, As will a chesnut in a farmer's fire? Tush! tush! fear boys with bugs:s.";.:. : Gru. .
- For 'he fears none.
, Gre. Hortensio, hark ! This gentleman is happily arriv'd. . ; . My mind presumes, for his own good, and yours.
Hor. I promis'd, we would be contributors,
Gre. And so we will; provided, that he win her.
.: .,[ Aside.
Tra. Perto do?cotichides
Enter Tranio, bravely apparelld; 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
Tra. Even he. Biondello!
Tra. An if I be, sir, is it any offence?
.: you hence.
But so is not she.
Hor. That she's the chosen of signior Hortensio.
And so she shall; Lucentio shall make one,
. 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 modesty.
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;---
Tra. If it be so, sir, that you are the man
Hor. Sir, you say well, and well you do conceive;
Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack: in sign whereof, Please ye we may contrive this afternoon, And quaff carouses to our mistress' health;
* Please ye we may contrive this afternoon,] Contrive does not signify here to project, but to spend and wear out ; probably from contero,