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Gru. O this woodcock, what an ass it is !
Hor. 'Tis well; and I have met a gentleman
prove. Gru. And that his bags shall prove.
Hor. Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our love :
Gre. So said, so done, is well.
Pet. I know she is an irksome brawling scold :
What countryman ? Pet. Born in Verona, old Antonio's son: My father dead, my fortune lives for me ; 161. woodcock, gull, simpleton. 181. indifferent, equally.
And I do hope good days and long to see.
Will I live?
Pet. Why came I hither but to that intent? Think you a little din can daunt mine ears? Have I not in my time heard lions roar ? 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 trumpets' clang ? And do you tell me of a woman's tongue, That gives not half so great a blow to hear As will a chestnut in a farmer's fire ? Tush, tush ! fear boys with bugs. Gru.
For he fears none. Gre. Hortensio, hark : This gentleman is happily arrived, My mind presumes, for his own good and ours.
Hor. I promised we would be contributors
Gre. And so we will, provided that he win her.
Enter TRANIO brave, and BIONDELLO. Ira. Gentlemen, God save you. If I may be
211. fear, frighten.
218. (Stage direction) brave, well dressed.
Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way 220 To the house of Signior Baptista Minola ?
Bion. He that has the two fair daughters: is 't he you mean?
Tra. Even he, Biondello.
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. Hor.
Sir, a word ere you go ;
Tra. And if I be, sir, is it any offence?
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,
not accompany Gremio apparently meant to hiatus in the sense with hiatus add woo ; but the text is prob- in the metre. ably incomplete, since the Eliza
She may more suitors have and me for one.
Gre. What! this gentleman will out-talk us all.
Hor. Sir, let me be so bold as ask you,
Tra. No, sir ; but hear I do that he hath two,
Pet. Sir, sir, the first 's for me; let her go by.
Gre. Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules;
Pet. Sir, understand you this of me in sooth:
Tra. If it be so, sir, that you are the man
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 beholding.
244. Leda's daughter, Helen.
266. stead us, avail us in this emergency.
274. beholding, obliged.
Tra. Sir, I shall not be slack : in sign whereof,
Gru. Bion. O excellent motion! Fellows, let ’s
Hor. The motion 's good indeed and be it so, Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto. [Exeunt.
Padua, A room in BAPTISTA'S
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 lovest best : see thou dissemble not.
Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive I never yet beheld that special face
276. contrive, wear away, 280. motion, proposal. spend ; a non - Shakespearean
I shall be your ben sense of the word.
venuto, I will secure you a 278. adversaries, opposing welcome. counsel.
3. gawas, fineries.