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Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep,
Till I can find occasion of revenge.

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

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
Callid Katharina, fair, and virtuous:

Bap. I have a daughter, sir, callid Katharina.
Gre. You are too blunt, go to it orderly.
Pet. You wrong me, signior Gremio; give me

leave.—
I am a gentleman of Verona, sir,
That,- hearing of her beauty, and her wit,
Her affability, and bashful modesty,
Her wondrous qualities, and mild behaviour,
Am bold to show myself a forward guest
Within your house, to make mine eye the wit-

ness
Of that report which I so oft have heard.
And, for an entrance to my entertainment,
I do present you with a man of mine,

[Presenting HORTENSIÓ.
Cunning in musick, and the mathematicks,
To instruct her fully in those sciences,
Whereof, I know, she is not ignorant:
Accept of him, or else you do me wrong;
His name is Licio, born in Mantua.

Bap. You're welcome, sir; and he, for your good

sake: But for my daughter Katharine,—this I know, She is not for your turn, the more my grief.

Pet. I see, you do not mean to part with her; Or else you like not of my company.

Bap. Mistake me not, I speak but as I find. Whence are you, sir? what may I call your name?

Pet. Petruchio is my name; Antonio's son, A man well known throughout all Italy. Bap. I know him well: you'are welcome for his

sake. Gre. Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray, Let us, that are poor petitioners, speak too: Baccare!? you are marvellous forward. Pet. 0, pardon me, signior Gremio; I would

fain be doing. Gre. I doubt it not, sir; but you will curse your

wooing:Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am sure of it. To express the like kindness myself, that have been more kindly beholden to you than any, I freely give unto you this young scholar, [Presenting LuCentio.] that hath been long studying at Rheims; as cunning in Greek, Latin, and other languages, as the other in musick and mathematicks: his name is Cambio; pray, accept his service.

Bap. A thousand thanks, signior Gremio: welcome, good Cambio.—But, gentle sir, [TO TRANio.] methinks, you walk like a stranger; May I be so bold to know the cause of your coming?

Tra. Pardon me, sir, the boldness is mine own; That, being a stranger in this city here, Do make myself a suitor to your daughter,

? Baccare!!] A proverbial word, meaning stand back, or give place.

Unto Bianca, fair, and virtuous.
Nor is your firm resolve unknown to me,
In the preferment of the eldest sister:
This liberty is all that I request,
That, upon knowledge of my parentage,
I may have welcome 'mongst the rest that woo,
And free access and favour as the rest.
And, toward the education of your daughters,
I here bestow a simple instrument,
And this small packet of Greek and Latin books:
If you accept them, then their worth is great.
Bap. Lucentio is your name? of whence, I

pray?
Tra. Of Pisa, sir; son to Vincentio.

Bap. A mighty man of Pisa; by report
I know him well: you are very welcome, sir.
Take you [To Hor.] the lute, and you [To Luc.]

the set of books, You shall go see your pupils presently. Holla, within!

Enter a Servant. Sirrah, lead These gentlemen to my daughters; and tell them

both, These are their tutors; bid them use them well.

[Exit Servant, with HORTENSIO, LUCENTIO,

and BIONDELLO.
We will go walk a little in the orchard,
And then to dinner: You are passing welcome,
And so I pray you all to think yourselves.

Pet. Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,

s— this small packet of Greek and Latin books :] In queen Elizabeth's time the young ladies of quality were usually instructed in the learned languages, if any pains were bestowed on their minds at all. Lady Jane Grey and her sisters, Queen Elizabeth, &c. are trite instances. Percy.

And every day I cannot come to woo.
You knew my father well; and in him, me,
Left solely heir to all his lands and goods,
Which I have better'd rather than decreas'd:
Then tell me,,if I get your daughter's love,
What dowry shall I have with her to wife?
Bap. After my death, the one half of my

lands:
And, in possession, twenty thousand crowns.

Pet. And, for that dowry, I'll assure her of
Her widowhood, be it that she survive me,
In all my lands and leases whatsoever:
Let specialties be therefore drawn between us,
That covenants may be kept on either hand.

Bap. Ay, when the special thing is well obtain'd,
This is,-her love; for that is all in all.
Pet. Why, that is nothing; for I tell you, fa-

ther, I am as peremptory as she proud-minded; And where too raging fires meet together, They do consume the thing that feeds their fury: Though little fire grows great with little wind, Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all: So I to her, and so she yields to me; For I am rough, and woo not like a babe. Bap. Well may'st thou woo, and happy be thy

speed! But be thou arm’d for some unhappy words. Pet. Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for

winds, That shake not, though they blow perpetually.

RTENSI

Re-enter Hortensio, with his head broken.
Bap. How now, my friend? why dost thou look

So pale?
Hor. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.

Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good mu

sician? Hor. I think, she'll sooner prove a soldier; Iron may hold with her, but never lutes. Bap. "Why, then thou canst not break her to

the lute? Hor. Why, no; for she hath broke the lute to me. I did but tell her, she mistook her frets, And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering; When, with a most impatient devilish spirit, Frets, call you these quoth she: I'll fume with

them: And, with that word, she struck me on the head, And through the instrument my pate made way; And there I stood amazed for a while, As on a pillory, looking through the lute: While she did call me, rascal fiddler, And—twangling Jack;' with twenty such vile terms, As she had studied to misuse me so.

Pet. Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench;
I love her ten times more than e'er I did:
O, how I long to have some chat with her!
Bap. Well, go with me, and be not so discom-

fited:
Proceed in practice with my younger daughter;
She's apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.-
Signior Petruchio, will you go with us;
Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you?
Pet. I pray you do; I will attend her here,

Exeunt BAPTISTA, GREMIO, Tranio,

aud HORTENSIO.

4- her frets,] A fret is that stop of a musical instrument which causes or regulates the vibration of the string. Johnson.

And—twangling Jack;] To twangle is a provincial expression, and signifies to fourish capriciously on an instrument, as performers often do after having tuned it, previous to their beginning a regular composition.

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