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Kath. Young budding virgin, fair, and fresh, and

sweet, Whither away; or where is thy abode ? Happy the parents of so fair a child; Happier the man, whom favourable stars Allot thee for his lovely bed-fellow ! Pet. Why, how now, Kate ! I hope thou art not

This is a man, old, wrinkled, faded, wither'd;
And not a maiden, as thou say'st he is.

Kath. Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes,
That have been so bedazzled with the sun,
That every thing I look on seemeth green:
Now I perceive, thou art a reverend

father ; Pardon, I pray thee, for my mad mistaking. Pet. Do, good old grandsire ; and, withal, make

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thou travellest: if along with us, We shall be joyful of thy company.

Vin. Fair sir, and you my merry mistress,
That with your strange encounter much amaz'd me;
My name is callid-Vincentio; my dwelling-Pisa ;
And bound I am to Padua ; there to visit
A son of mine, which long I have not seen,

Pet. What is his name?

Lucentio, gentle sir.
Pet. Happily met; the happier for thy son.
And now by law, as well as reverend age,
I may entitle thee - my loving father ;
The sister to my wife, this gentlewoman,
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;
Beside, so qualified as may beseem
The spouse of any noble gentleman.
Let me embrace with old

Vincentio : And wander we to see thy honest son, Who will of thy arrival be full joyous.

Vin. But is this true ? or is it else your pleasure,

Like pleasant travellers, to break a jest
Upon the company you overtake ?
Hor. I do assure thee, father, so it is.

Pet. Come, go along, and see the truth hereof;
For our first merriment hath made thee jealous.


Hor. Well, Petruchio, this hath put me in heart.
Have to my widow ; and if she be froward,
Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward.




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Padua. Before Lucentio's House.
Enter on one side BIONDELLO, LUCENTIO, and

BIANCA; GREMIO walking on the other side.. Bion. Softly and swiftly, sir; for the priest is ready.

Lúc. I fly, Biondello: but they may chance to need thee at home, therefore leave us.

Bion. Ņay, I'll see the church o' your and then come back to my master as soon as I can.

[Exeunt LUCENTIO, BIANCA, and BIONDELLO. Gre. I marvel Cambio comes not all this while.

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Pet. Sir, here's the door, this is Lucentio's house,
My father's bears more toward the market-place ;
Thither must I, and here I leave you, sir.

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Vin. You shall not choose but drink before you

I think, I shall command your welcome here,
And, by all likelihood, some cheer is toward.

[Knocks.. Gre. They're busy within, you were best knock louder.

Enter Pedant above, at a window.
Ped. What's he, that knocks as he would beat
down the gate ?

Vin. Is Signior Lucentio within, sir ?
Ped. He's within, sir, but not to be spoken withal.

Vin. What if a man bring him a hundred pound. or two, to make merry withal ?

Ped. Keep your hundred pounds to yourself; he shall need none, so long as I live.

Pet. Nay, I told you, your son was beloved in Padua.- Do you hear, sir? — to leave frivolous circumstances, I pray you, tell Signior Lucentio, that his father is come from Pisa, and is here at the door to speak with him.

Ped. Thou liest ; his father is come from Pisa, and here looking out at the window.

Vin. Art thou his father ?
Ped. Ay, sir ; so his mother says, if I

Pet. Why, how now, gentleman! [T. VINCEN.] why, this is flat knavery, to take upon you another man's name.

Ped. Lay hands on the villain ; I believe'a means to cozen somebody in this city under my counte

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Bion. I have seen them in the church together :
But who is here ? mine old master, Vincentio ? now
we are undone, and brought to nothing.

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Vin. Come hither, crack-hemp.

[ Seeing BIONDELLO. Bion. I hope, I may choose, sir.

Vin. Come hither, you rogue: What, have you forgot me ?

Bion. Forgot you ? no, sir: I could not forget you, for I never saw you before in all my

life. Vin. What, you notorious villain, didst thou never see thy master's father, Vincentio ?

Bion. What, my old, worshipful old master ? yes, marry, sir; see where he looks out of the window.

Vin. Is't so, indeed ? [Beats BIONDELLO. · Bion. Help, help, help! here's a madman will murder me.

[Exit. Ped. Help, son! help, Signior Baptista!

[Exit, from the window. Pet. Pr'ythee, Kate, let's stand aside, and see the end of this controversy.

[They retire.

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Re-enter Pedant below; BAPTISTA, TRANIO, and

Servants. Tra. Sir, what are you, that offer to beat my servant?

Vin. What am I, sir? nay, what are you, sir?
O immortal gods! O. fine villain! A silken doublet !
a velvet hose! a scarlet cloak! and a copatain hat)!
-0, I am undone! I am undone! while I play the
good husband at home, my son and my servant
spend all at the university.

Tra. How now! what's the matter?
Bap. What, is the man lunatick?

Tra. Sir, you seem a sober ancient gentleman by your habit, but your words show you a madman: Why, sir, what concerns it you, if I wear pearl and gold ? I thank my good father, I am able to maintain it.

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Vin. Thy father? O, villain ! he is a sail-maker in Bergamo.

Bap. You mistake, sir ; you mistake, sir : Pray, what do


think is his name? Vin. His name? as if I knew not his name: I have brought him up ever since he was three years old, and his name is Tranio. -Ped. Away, away, mad ass ! his name is Lucen

and he is mine only son, and heir to the lands of me, Signior Vincentio.

Vin. Lucentio: 0, he hath murdered his master! -Lay hold on him, I charge you, in the duke's

-0, my son, my son ! — tell me, thou villain, where is my son Lucentio ?

Tra. Call forth an officer : - [Enter one with an
Officer.] carry this mad knave to the gaol Father
Baptista, I charge you see, that he be forthcoming.

Vin. Carry me to the gaol.!
Gre. Stay, officer; he shall not go to prison.

Bap. Talk nót, Signior Gremio ; I say, he shall go to prison.

Gre. Take heed, Signior Baptista, ļest you be coney-catched 4 in this business; I dare swear, this is the right Vincentio.

Ped. Swear, if thou darest.
Gre. Nay, I dare not swear it."

Tra. Then thou wert best say, that I am not Lucentio.

Gre. Yes, I know thee to be Signior Lucentio,

Bap. Away with the dotard; to the gaol with him.

Vin. Thus strangers may be haled and abused: O monstrous villain !

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