Enter TRANIO and HORTENSIOTRANIO
Is′t possible, friend Licio, that Mistress BiancaHORTENSIO
Doth fancy any other but Lucentio?
I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand.
Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said,LUCENTIO
Stand by and mark the manner of his teaching.
Enter BIANCA and LUCENTIO
Now, mistress, profit you in what you read?BIANCA
What, master, read you? first resolve me that.LUCENTIO
I read that I profess, the Art to Love.BIANCA
And may you prove, sir, master of your art!LUCENTIO
While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my heart!HORTENSIO
Quick proceeders, marry! Now, tell me, I pray,TRANIO
You that durst swear at your mistress Bianca
Loved none in the world so well as Lucentio.
O despiteful love! unconstant womankind!HORTENSIO
I tell thee, Licio, this is wonderful.
Mistake no more: I am not Licio,TRANIO
Nor a musician, as I seem to be;
But one that scorn to live in this disguise,
For such a one as leaves a gentleman,
And makes a god of such a cullion:
Know, sir, that I am call′d Hortensio.
Signior Hortensio, I have often heardHORTENSIO
Of your entire affection to Bianca;
And since mine eyes are witness of her lightness,
I will with you, if you be so contented,
Forswear Bianca and her love for ever.
See, how they kiss and court! Signior Lucentio,TRANIO
Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow
Never to woo her no more, but do forswear her,
As one unworthy all the former favours
That I have fondly flatter′d her withal.
And here I take the unfeigned oath,HORTENSIO
Never to marry with her though she would entreat:
Fie on her! see, how beastly she doth court him!
Would all the world but he had quite forsworn!TRANIO
For me, that I may surely keep mine oath,
I will be married to a wealthy widow,
Ere three days pass, which hath as long loved me
As I have loved this proud disdainful haggard.
And so farewell, Signior Lucentio.
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks,
Shall win my love: and so I take my leave,
In resolution as I swore before.
Mistress Bianca, bless you with such graceBIANCA
As ′longeth to a lover′s blessed case!
Nay, I have ta′en you napping, gentle love,
And have forsworn you with Hortensio.
Tranio, you jest: but have you both forsworn me?TRANIO
Mistress, we have.LUCENTIO
Then we are rid of Licio.TRANIO
I′ faith, he′ll have a lusty widow now,BIANCA
That shall be wood and wedded in a day.
God give him joy!TRANIO
Ay, and he′ll tame her.BIANCA
He says so, Tranio.TRANIO
Faith, he is gone unto the taming-school.BIANCA
The taming-school! what, is there such a place?TRANIO
Ay, mistress, and Petruchio is the master;BIONDELLO
That teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long,
To tame a shrew and charm her chattering tongue.
O master, master, I have watch′d so longTRANIO
That I am dog-weary: but at last I spied
An ancient angel coming down the hill,
Will serve the turn.
What is he, Biondello?BIONDELLO
Master, a mercatante, or a pedant,LUCENTIO
I know not what; but format in apparel,
In gait and countenance surely like a father.
And what of him, Tranio?TRANIO
If he be credulous and trust my tale,Pedant
I′ll make him glad to seem Vincentio,
And give assurance to Baptista Minola,
As if he were the right Vincentio
Take in your love, and then let me alone.
Exeunt LUCENTIO and BIANCA
Enter a Pedant
God save you, sir!TRANIO
And you, sir! you are welcome.Pedant
Travel you far on, or are you at the farthest?
Sir, at the farthest for a week or two:TRANIO
But then up farther, and as for as Rome;
And so to Tripoli, if God lend me life.
What countryman, I pray?Pedant
Of Mantua, sir? marry, God forbid!Pedant
And come to Padua, careless of your life?
My life, sir! how, I pray? for that goes hard.TRANIO
′Tis death for any one in MantuaPedant
To come to Padua. Know you not the cause?
Your ships are stay′d at Venice, and the duke,
For private quarrel ′twixt your duke and him,
Hath publish′d and proclaim′d it openly:
′Tis, marvel, but that you are but newly come,
You might have heard it else proclaim′d about.
Alas! sir, it is worse for me than so;TRANIO
For I have bills for money by exchange
From Florence and must here deliver them.
Well, sir, to do you courtesy,Pedant
This will I do, and this I will advise you:
First, tell me, have you ever been at Pisa?
Ay, sir, in Pisa have I often been,TRANIO
Pisa renowned for grave citizens.
Among them know you one Vincentio?Pedant
I know him not, but I have heard of him;TRANIO
A merchant of incomparable wealth.
He is my father, sir; and, sooth to say,BIONDELLO
In countenance somewhat doth resemble you.
[Aside] As much as an apple doth an oyster,TRANIO
and all one.
To save your life in this extremity,Pedant
This favour will I do you for his sake;
And think it not the worst of an your fortunes
That you are like to Sir Vincentio.
His name and credit shall you undertake,
And in my house you shall be friendly lodged:
Look that you take upon you as you should;
You understand me, sir: so shall you stay
Till you have done your business in the city:
If this be courtesy, sir, accept of it.
O sir, I do; and will repute you everTRANIO
The patron of my life and liberty.
Then go with me to make the matter good.
This, by the way, I let you understand;
my father is here look′d for every day,
To pass assurance of a dower in marriage
′Twixt me and one Baptista′s daughter here:
In all these circumstances I′ll instruct you:
Go with me to clothe you as becomes you.
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