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Page. No, my good lord; it is more pleasing stuff.
Sly. Well, we'll see't: Come, madam wife, sit by my side, and let the world slip; we shall ne'er be younger.
[They sit doron.
SCENE I. - Padua. --A public Place.
Enter LUCENTIO and TRANIO.
Luc. Tranio, since — for the great desire I had
Thus the old copies; the modern ones read - It is not a commodity, &c. Commonty for comedy, &c. STEEVENS.
In the old play the players themselves use the word commodity corruptly for a comedy. BLACKSTONE.
ingenious-] It was probably written - ingenuous studies, but of this and a thousand such observations there is little certainty. In Cole’s Dictionary, 1677, it is remarked — " ingenuous and ingenious are too often confounded.”
It shall become, to serve all hopes conceiv'd',
Tra. Mi perdonate, gentle master mine,
Luc. Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou advise.
to serve all hopes conceiv’d] To fulfil the expectations of his friends. In the preceding line, Mr. Malone reads “Vincentio's son."
Aristotle's checks,] Tranio is here descanting on academical learning, and mentions by name six of the seven liberal sciences. I suspect this to be a mis-print, made by some copyist or compositor, for ethicks. The sense confirms it. BLACKSTONE.
to quicken you;] i. e. animate. VOL. III.
Such friends, as time in Padua shall beget.
Tra. Master, some show, to welcome us to town.
Enter BAPTISTA, KATHARINA, BIANCA, GREMIO, and
HORTENSIO. LUCENTIO and TRANIO stand aside.
Bap. Gentlemen, importune me no further,
Gre. To cart her rather: She's too rough for me:
Kath. I pray you, sir, [to Bap.] is it
Hor. Mates, maid ! how mean you that? no mates
Unless you were of gentler, milder mould.
Kath. I'faith, sir, you shall never need to fear;
Hor. From all such devils, good Lord, deliver us !
Luc. But in the other's silence I do see
Tra. Well said, master; mum ! and gaze your fill.
Bap. Gentlemen, that I may soon make good What I have said, — Bianca, get you in :
And let it not displease thee, good Bianca;
Kath. A pretty peato! 'tis best
Bian. Sister, content you in my discontent. —
Why, will you mew her up,
Bap. Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolv'd:-
[Exit Bianca. And for I know, she taketh most delight In musick, instruments, and poetry, Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Fit to instruct her youth. — If you, Hortensio, Or signior Gremio, you, — know any such, Prefer them hither; for to cunning men” I will be very kind, and liberal To mine own children in good bringing-up; And so farewell. Katharina you may stay; For I have more to commune with Bianca. [Erit.
Kath. Why, and I trust, I may go too; May I not ? What, shall I be appointed hours; as though, belike, I knew not what to take, and what to leave? Ha! [Erit.
3 A pretty peat!] Peat or pet is a word of endearment from petit, little, as if it meant pretty little thing.
so strange?] That is, so odd, so different from others in your conduct. Johnson.
cunning men — ) Cunning had not yet lost its original signification of knowing, learned, as may be observed in the translation of the Bible. JOHNSON.
Gre. You may go to the devil's dam; your gifts are so good, here is none will hold you. Their love is not so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our nails together, and fast it fairly out; our cake's dough on both sides. Farewell : - Yet, for the love I bear my sweet Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit man, to teach her that wherein she delights, I will wish him to her father. 7
Hor. So will I, signior Gremio: But a word, I pray. Though the nature of our quarrel yet never brook'd parle, know now, upon advice*, it toucheth us both, that we may yet again have access to our fair mistress, and be happy rivals in Bianca's love, - to labour and effect one thing 'specially.
Gre. What's that, I pray ?
Gre. I say, a devil: Think’st thou, Hortensio, though her father be very rich, any man is so very a fool to be married to hell ?
Hor. Tush, Gremio, though it pass your patience and mine, to endure her loud alarums, why, man, there be good fellows in the world, an a man could light on them, would take her with all faults, and money enough.
Gre. I cannot tell; but I had as lief take her dowry with this condition, -- to be whipped at the high-cross every morning.
Hor. 'Faith, as you say, there's small choice in rotten apples. But, come; since this bar in law makes us friends, it shall be so far forth friendly maintained, — till by helping Baptista's eldest daughter to a husband, we set his youngest free for a husband, and then have to't afresh. Sweet Bianca ! · Happy man be his
your gifts - ] Gifts for endowments.