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Pet. Proceed.

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.
Pet. Ay, there's the villainy.

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 thy mete-yard, and spare not me.

Hor. God-a-mercy, Grumio! then he shall have no


Pet. Well, sir, in brief, the gown is not for me. Gru. You are i'the right, sir; 'tis for my mistress. Pet. Go, take it up unto thy master's use.

Gru. Villain, not for thy life! Take up my mistress' gown for thy master's use!

Pet. Why, sir, what's your conceit in that?

Gru. Oh! sir, the conceit is deeper than you think for. Take up my mistress' gown to his master's use! O, fye, fye, fye!

Pet. Hortensio, say thou wilt see the tailor paid.—

[Aside. Go, take it hence; be gone, and say no more. Hor. Tailor, I'll pay thee for thy gown to-morrow. Take no unkindness of his hasty words:

Away, I say; commend me to thy master.

[Exeunt Tailor and Haberdasher.

Pet. Well, come, my Kate; we will unto your


Even in these honest mean habiliments;

Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor;
For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich.

And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,

So honour peereth in the meanest habit.
What! is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful?
Or is the adder better than the eel,
Because his painted skin contents the eye?
Oh! no, good Kate; neither art thou the worse
For this poor furniture, and mean array.
If thou account'st it shame, lay it on me:
And therefore, frolic; we will hence forthwith,
To feast and sport us at thy father's house.-
Go, call my men, and let us straight to him;
And bring our horses unto Long-lane end,
There will we mount, and thither walk on foot.-
Let's see; I think, 'tis now some seven o'clock,
And well we may come there by dinner-time.
Kath. I dare assure you, sir, 'tis almost two;
And 'twill be supper-time, ere you come there.
Pet. It shall be seven, ere I go to horse.
Look, what I speak, or do, or think to do,
You are still crossing it.-Sirs, let't alone.
I will not go to-day; and ere I do,

It shall be what o'clock I say it is.

Hor. Why, so! this gallant will command the sun.


SCENE IV. Padua. Before BAPTISTA's House. Enter TRANIO, and the Pedant dressed like VINCENTIO.


SIR, this is the house. Please it you, that I call? Ped. Ay, ay, what else? and, but I be deceived, Signior Baptista may remember me,

Near twenty years ago, in Genoa,

Where we were lodgers at the Pegasus.

Tra. 'Tis well. And hold your own, in any case,

With such austerity as 'longeth to a father.

Enter BIONDello.

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 throughly, I advise you. Imagine 'twere the right Vincentio.

Bion. Tut! fear not me.

Tra. But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista? Bion. I told him, that your father was at Venice; And that you look'd for him this day in Padua.

Tra. Thou'rt a tall fellow; hold thee that to drink. Here comes Baptista.-Set your countenance, sir. Enter BAPTISTA and LUCENTIO.

[To Ped.

Signior Baptista, you are happily met.-
Sir, this is the gentleman I told you of.-
pray you, stand good father to me now,
Give me Bianca for my patrimony.
Ped. Soft, son!-Sir, by your leave. Having come
to Padua

To gather in some debts, my son Lucentio
Made me acquainted with a weighty cause
Of love between your daughter and himself.
And-for the good report I hear of you;
And for the love he beareth to your daughter,
And she to him-to stay him not too long
I am content, in a good father's care,

To have him match'd; and, if you please to like it
No worse than I, upon some agreement, sir,

Me shall you find ready and willing both
With one consent to have her so bestow'd;
For curious I cannot be with you,

Signior Baptista, of whom I hear so well.

Bap. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say.Your plainness, and your shortness, please me well. Right true it is, your son Lucentio here

Doth love my daughter, and she loveth him,

Or both dissemble deeply their affections.

And, therefore, if you say no more than this,
That like a father you will deal with him,
And pass my daughter a sufficient dower,
The match is made, and all is done; your son
Shall have my daughter with consent of me, Baptista.
Tra. I thank you, sir. Where then do you hold18 best,
We be affied; and such assurance ta'en,

As shall with either part's agreement stand?

Bap. Not in my house, Lucentio; for, you know, Pitchers have ears, and I have many servants. Besides, old Gremio is hearkening still; And, happily, we might be interrupted.

Tra. Then at my lodging, an it like you, sir; There doth my father lie; and there, this night, We'll pass the business privately and well. Send for your daughter by your servant here, My boy shall fetch the scrivener presently. The worst is this, that, at so slender warning, You're like to have a thin and slender pittance. Bap. It likes me well.-Cambio, hie you home, And bid Bianca make her ready straight; And, if you will, tell what hath happened.Lucentio's father is arrived in Padua,

And how she's like to be Lucentio's wife.

Luc. I pray the gods she may, with all my heart! Tra. Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone. Signior Baptista, shall I lead the way?

Welcome! one mess is like to be your cheer.
Come, sir; we will better it in Pisa.


I follow you.

[Exeunt TRANIO, Pedant, and Baptista.

Bion. Cambio.


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.

Bion. Then thus. Baptista is safe, talking with the deceiving father of a deceitful son.

Luc. And what of him?

Bion. His daughter is to be brought by you to the

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Bion. The old priest at St. Luke's church is at your command at all hours.

Luc. And what of all this?

Bion. I cannot tell; except while 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 honest witnesses.

If this be not that you look for, I have no more to say, But, bid Bianca farewell for ever and a day. [Going. Luc. Hear'st thou, Biondello?

Bion. I cannot tarry. I knew a wench married in an afternoon as she went to the garden for parsley to stuff a rabbit; and so may you, sir; and so adieu, sir. My master hath appointed me to go to Saint Luke's, to bid the priest be ready19 against you come with your appendix. [Exit.

Luc. I may, and will, if she be so contented. She will be pleas'd, then wherefore should I doubt her? Hap what hap may, I'll roundly go about her; It shall go hard, if Cambio go without her. [Exit.

SCENE V. A public Road.



COME on, o' God's name; once more toward our


Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon Kath. The moon! the sun; it is not moonlight now. Pet. I say, it is the moon that shines so bright. Kath. I know, it is the sun that shines so bright.

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