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Bion. I told him, that your father was at Venice; And that you look'd for him this day in Padua.
Tra. Thou’rt a tall* fellow; hold thee that to drink.
Enter BAPTISTA and LUCENTIO.
Ped. Soft, son !-
Bap. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say ;-
Tra. I thank you, Sir. Where then do you know best,
with either part's agreement stand ?
Tra. Then at my lodging, an it like you, Sir:
# Assure or convey. Betrothed.
Bap. It likes me well:-Cambio, hie you home,
Luc. I pray the gods she may, with all my heart !
Tra. Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone.
[Exeunt TRANIO, PEDANT, and BAPTISTA.
Bion. 'Faith nothing; but he has left me here behind, to expound the meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.
Luc. I pray thee, moralize them.
Bion. Then thus. Baptista is safe, talking with the deceiving father of a deceitful son.
Luc. And what of him ?
Bion. The old priest at St. Luke's Church is at your command at all hours.
Luc. And what of all this? Bion. I cannot tell; except they are busied about a counterfeit assurance: Take you assurance of her, cum privilegio ad imprimendum solùm: to the church;-take the priest, clerk, and some sufficient honest witnesses : If this be not that you look for, I have no more to say, But, bid Bianca farewell for ever and a day.
[Going. Luc. Hear'st thou, Biondello ?
Bion. I cannot tarry: I knew a wench married in an afternoon as she went to the garden for parsley to stuff a rabbit; and so may you, Sir; and so adieu, Sir. My master hath appointed me to go to Saint Luke's, to bid the priest be ready to como against you come with your appendix.
[Exit. Luc. I may, and will, if she be so contented: She will be pleased, then wherefore should I doubt? Hap what may, I'll roundly go about her; It shall go hard, if Cambio go without her.
SCENE V.-A public Road.
Kath. The moon ! the sun; it is not moonlight now.
Pet. Now, by my mother's son, and that's myself,
Hor. Say as he says, or we shall never go.
Kath. Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
Pet. I say, it is the moon.
Kath. Then, God be bless'd, it is the blessed sun :-
Hor. Petruchio, go thy ways; the field is won.
Pet. Well, forward, forward : thus the bowl should run,
Enter VINCENTIO, in a travelling dress.
[To VINCENTIO. Tell me, sweet Kate, and tell me truly too, Hast thou beheld a fresher gentlewoman? Such war of white and red within her cheeks! What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty, As those two eyes become that heavenly face? Fair lovely maid, once more good day to thee :Sweet Kate, embrace her for her beauty's sake.
Hor. 'A will make the man mad, to make a woman of him.
Pet. Why, how now, Kate! I hope thou art not mad;
Kath. Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes,
Pet. Do, good old grandsire; and, withal, make known
Vin. Fair Sir, and you my merry mistress,—.
And bound I am to Padua; there to visit
Pet. What is his name?
Pet. Happily met; the happier for thy son.
Vin. But is this true? or is it else your pleasure,
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.
[Exeunt PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and VINCENTIO. Hor. Well, Petruchio, this hath put me in heart. Have to my widow: and if she be forward, Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward. [Exit.
SCENE I.–Padua. Before LUCENTIO's House. Enter on one side BIONDELLO, LUCENTIO, and BIANCA;
GREMIO walking on the other side.
Luc. I fly, Biondello: but they may chance to need thee at home, therefore leave us.
Bion. Nay, faith, I'll see the church o’your back; 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. Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, VINCENTIO, and Attendants.
Pet. Sir, here's the door, this is Lucentio's house,
Vin. You shall not choose but drink before you go;
[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?
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 countenance.
Re-enter BIONDELLO. Bion. I have seen them in the church together; God send 'em good shipping !-- But who is here ? mine old master, Vincentio ? now we are undone, and brought to nothing.
Vin. Come hither, crack-hemp. [ Seeing BIONDELLO.
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. Prythee, Kate, let's stand aside, and see the end of this controversy.
[They retire. Re-enter PEDANT below; BAPTISTA, TRANIO, and SERVANTS. Tra. Sir, what are you, that offer to beat my servant ?
Fin. What am I, Šir? nay, what are you, Sir ?- 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.