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That gives not half so great a blow to bear,
For he fears none.
Hor. I promis'd we would be contributors,
Gre. And so we will, provided that he wio her.
Enter TRANIO, bravely apparelled; and BIONDELLO.
Tra. Gentlemen, God save you! If I may be bold,
Bion. He that has the two fair daughters :-is't he you mean?
[Aside. Hor. Sir, a word ere you go. Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea, or no?
Tra. An if I be, Sir, is it any offence?
Tra. Why, Sir, I pray, are not the streets as free
But so is not she.
I beseech you? Gre. For this reason, if you 'll know, That she's the choice love of signior Gremio.
Hor. That she's the chosen of signior Hortensio,
Tra. Softly, my masters! if you be gentlemen,
To whom my father is not all unknown,
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 bath 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: 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: ia siga whereof,
And do as adversaries do in law,
Gru. Bion. 0, excellent motion! Fellows, let 's begone.
Hor. The motion 's good indeed, and be it so. Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto.
ACT II. SCENE I.
The Same. A Room in BAPTISTA's House.
Enter KATHARINA and BIANCA.
Kath. Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tell
Bian. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive,
Kath. Minion, thou liest. Is 't not Hortensio?
Bian. If you affect him, sister, here I swear, I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have him.
Kath. 0! then, belike, you fancy riches more:
Bian. Is it for him you do envy me so?
For shame, thou hilding of a devilish spirit,
(Flies after BIANCA. Bap. What! in my sight? — Bianca, get thee in.
[Exit BIANCA. Kath. What! will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see, She is your treasure, she must bave a husband; I must dance barefoot on her wedding-day, And for your love to her lead apes in hell. Talk not to me: I will go sit and weep, Till I can find occasion of revenge.
[Escut KATHARINA. Bap. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I? But who comes here?
Enter GREMIO, with LUCENTIO in a mean habit; PETRUCHIO,
with HORTENSIo as a Musician; and TRANIO, with Bron-
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 Katharipa.
Pet. You wrong me, signior Gremio: give me leave.
To instruct her fully in those sciences,
Bap. You ’re welcome, Sir, and he, for your good sake.
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 map 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. Backare: you are marvellous forward.
Pet. 0! pardon me, signior Gremio; I would faio 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 beholding 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 music and mathematics. 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,