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You knew my father well : .and in him, me,
Left solely heir to all his lands and goods,
Which I have better'd rather than decreas'd :
Then tell me,-if I get your daughter's love,
What dowry shall I have with her to wife?
Bap. After my death, the one half of my lạnds;
And, in pofseflion, twenty thousand crowns.
- Pet. And, for that dowry; I'll assure her of
w Her widowhood; be it that the survive me,
In all my lands and leases whatsoever :
Let * specialties be therefore drawn between us,
That covenants may be kept on either hand.
Bap. Ay, when the special thing is well obtained,
This is,—her love ; for that is all in all.
Pet. Why, that is nothing; for I tell you, father,
I am as preremptory as she proud-minded ;
And where two raging fires meet together,
They do consume the thing that feeds their fury:
Though little fire grows great with little wind,
Yer extream gusts will blow out fire and all :
So I to her, and so she yields to me ;
For I am rough, and woo not like a babe.
Bap. Well may'st thou woo, and happy be thy speed ! But be thou arm’d for some unhappy words.
Pet. Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for winds, That shake not, though they blow perpetually.
Re-enter Hortensio, with his bead broke.
Bip. How now, my friend? why dost thou look so pale?
Hor. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.
Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good musician?
Hor. I think, she'll sooner prove a soldier ;
Iron may hold with her, but never lutes.
* Hir widowhood,]-A jointure.
Bap. Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?
Hor. Why, no; for she hath broke the lute to me.
I did but tell her, she mistook her frecs,
And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering;
When, with a most impatient devilish spirit,
Frets, call you these? quoth she: I'll fume with them: .
And, with that word, she struck me on the head,
And through the instrument my pate made way;
And there I stood amazed for a while,
As on a pillory, looking through the lute :
While she did call me, -rascal-fidler,
And-twangling-Jack; with twenty such vile terms,
As she had studied to misuse me so.
Pet. Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench;
I love her ten times more than e'er I did :
Oh, how I long to have some chat with her!
Bap. Well, go with me, and be not so discomfited :
Proceed in practice with my younger daughter ;
She's apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.-
Signior Petruchio, will you go with us;
Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you?
Pet. I pray you do ; I will attend her here,
[Exit Baptista with Gremio, Hortensio, and Tranio. And woo her with some spirit when she comes. Say, that she rail; why then I'll tell her plain, She sings as sweetly as a nightingale : Say, that she frown; I'll say, she looks as clear As morning roses newly wash'd with dew: Say, she be mute, and will not speak a word ; Then I'll commend her volubility, And say—she uttereth piercing eloquence: If she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks, As though she bid me stay by her a week, If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day X 2
When I shall ask the banns, and when be married :-
But here she comes; and now, Petruchio, speak.
Good-morrow, Kate ; for that's your name, I hear.
Kath. Well have you heard, but something Y hard of
hearing ; . They call me-Katharine, that do talk of me.
Pet. You lye, in faith; for you are callid plain Kate, And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curft; But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom, Kate of Kate-hall, my super-dainty Kate, For dainties are all cates : and therefore, Kate, Take this of me, Kate of my consolation ;Hearing thy mildness prais'd in every town, Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty founded, (Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs) Myself am mov'd to woo thee for my wife. Kath. Mov'd! in good time : let him that mov'd you
Remove you hence : I knew you at the first,
You were a moveable.
Pet. Why, what's a moveable ?
Kath. ? A joint-stool.
Pet. Thou hast hit it : come, sit on me.
Kath. Alles are made to bear, and so are you.
Pet. Women are made to bear, and so are you.
Kath. No such jade, sir, as you, if me you mean.
Pet. Alas, good Kate! I will not burden thee :
For, knowing thee to be but young and light,-
Kath. Too light for such a swain as you to catch; And yet as heavy as my weight should be.
y hard ]-coarse.
? A joint-stool.]—" I took you for a joint-pool.”
Pet. Sould be ? should buz.
Kuth. Well ta’en, and like a buzzard.
Pet. Oh, Now-wing'd turtle: shall a buzzard take thee?
Kath. “Ay, for a turtle ; as he takes a buzzard.
Pet. Come, come, you wasp; i'faith, you are too angry.
Kath. If I be waspish, best beware my sting.
Pet. My remedy is then, to pluck it out.
Kath. Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies.
Pet. Who knows not where a wasp doth wear his sting? In his tail.
Kath. In his tongue.
Pet. Whose tongue ?
Kath. Yours, if you talk of tails; and so farewel.
Pet. What with my tongue in your tail ? nay, come
Good Kate; I am a gentleman.
Kath. That I'll try.
[She Strikes him. Pet. I swear, I'll cuff you, if you strike again.
Kath. So may you lose your arms :
If you strike me, you are no gentleman ;
And if no gentleman, why, then no arms.
Pet. A herald, Kate ? oh, put me in thy books.
Kath. What is your crest? a coxcomb?
Pet. A combless cock, so Kate will be my hen.
Kath. No cock of mine, you crow too like a craven.
Pet. Nay, come, Kate come ; you must not look so four.
Kath. It is my fashion, when I see a crab.
Pet. Why, here's no crab; and therefore look not four.
Kath. There is, there is.
Pet. Then shew it me.
Kath. Had I a glass, I would,
Ay, for a turtle ; as he takes a buzzard.]–He may as well take me for a turtle, as take my buzzard to himself.—and he takes a buzzard -he shall find me a hawk, though he may suppose me a turtle. Da craven. ]-a daftardly vanquish'd cock. X 3
Pet. What, you mean my face?
Kath. Well aim'd of such a young one.
Pet. Now, by saint George, I am too young for you.
Kath. Yet you are wither'd.
Pet. 'Tis with cares.
Kath. I care not.
Pet. Nay, hear you, Kate : in sooth, you 'scape not so.
Kath, I chafe you, if I tarry ; let me go.
Pet. No, not a whit; I find you passing gentle.
'Twas told me, you were rough, and coy, and sullen,
And now I find report a very liar;
For thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing courteous,
But now in speech, yet sweet as spring-time Aowers :
Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance,
Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will ;
Nor haft thou pleasure to be cross in talk;
. But thou with mildness entertain'st thy wooers,
With gentle conference, soft, and affable.
Why doth the world report, that Kate doth limp?
Oh Nanderous world! Kate, like the hazle-twig,
Is ftrait, and Nender ; and as brown in hue
As hazle nuts, and sweeter than the kernels.
O, let me see thee walk : thou dost not halt.
Kath. Go, fool; and whom thou keep'st, command.
Pet. Did ever Dian so become a grove,
As Kate this chamber with her princely gair?
O, be thou Dian, and let her be Kate;
And then let Kate be chaste, and Dian sportful!
Kath. Where did you study all this goodly speech ?
Pet. It is extempore, from my mother-wit.
Kath. A witty mother ! 'witless else her son.
Pet. Am I not wise?