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The Taming of the Shrew

Act I, Scene 1

Padua. A public place.
 
[Enter LUCENTIO and his man TRANIO]
 
LUCENTIO
       ,  2       ,              ,         ,       ,
      Tranio,| since for | the great | desire | I had
       .  T    T   T   ,    ,  2          ,
      To see fair Pa|dua,| nursery | of arts,
         ,       ,           ,        ,      ,
      I am | arrived | for fruit|ful Lom|bardy,
            ,        ,             ,    ,   ,
      The plea|sant gar|den of / great It|aly;
           ,       ,          ,          ,          ,
5     And by | my fa|ther's love | and leave | am armed
            ,           ,         ,          ,     ,
      With his | good will | and thy | good com|pany,
           ,      ,         ,        ,          ,
      My trus|ty ser|vant well | approved | in all,
        ,     2        ,           ,       ,      ,
      Here let us | breathe and | haply | insti|tute
      <-        ,          ,         ,      ,         ,
        A || course of | learning | and in|genious | studies.
       ,          ,           ,      ,    __
10    Pisa | renowned | for grave | citi|zens
        ,           ,      ,        ,        ,
      Gave me | my be|ing and | my fa|ther first,
         ,               ,     ,         ,            ,
      A mer|chant of / great traf|fic through | the world,
          ,    ,     ,        ,     ,
      Vincen|tio | come of | Benti|voli.
          ,   Tx    T     T       ,        ,
      Vincen|tio's son brought | up in | Florence
           ,         ,         ,           ,           ,
15    It shall | become | to serve | all hopes | conceived,
           ,         ,         ,         ,          ,
      To deck | his for|tune with | his vir|tuous deeds:
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      And there|fore Tra|nio, for the | time I | study,
       ,             ,      ,           ,    ,
      Virtue | and that | part of | philo|sophy
        ,         ,            ,         ,      ,
      Will I | apply | that treats | of hap|piness
          ,       ,       ,       ,       ,
20    By vir|tue spe|cially | to be | achieved.
        ,             ,        ,         ,      ,
      Tell me | thy mind;| for I | have Pi|sa left
           ,       ,  2    ,        ,           ,
      And am | to Pa|dua come,| as he | that leaves
          ,        ,           ,          ,         ,
      A shal|low plash | to plunge | him in | the deep
            ,       ,  2    ,           ,            ,
      And with | sati|ety seeks | to quench | his thirst.
 
TRANIO
          ,     ,      ,       ,        ,
25    Mi per|dona|to, gen|tle ma|ster mine,
         ,       ,       ,       ,         ,
      I am | in all | affec|ted as | yourself;
        ,               ,        ,       ,        ,
      Glad that | you thus | contin|ue your | resolve
           ,           ,          ,         ,    ,
      To suck | the sweets | of sweet | philo|sophy.
       ,           ,         ,         ,       ,
      Only |(good mas|ter) while | we do | admire
            ,       ,          ,      ,      ,
30    This vir|tue and | this mor|al dis|cipline,
             ,       ,       ,          ,         ,
      Let's be | no sto|ics nor | no stocks | I pray;
          ,       ,        ,    ,          ,
      Or so | devote | to Ar|isto|tle's cheques
         ,      ,       ,         ,         ,
      As O|vid be | an out|cast quite | abjured:
        ,   ,                ,           ,          ,
      Balk lo/gic with | acquain|tance that | you have
            ,        ,      ,     2      ,        ,
35    And prac|tise rhe|toric | in your com|mon talk;
       ,           ,  2   ,         ,       ,
      Music | and po|esy use | to quick|en you;
            ,    ,     3   3     ,     ,
      The math|ema|tics and the met|aphys|ics
      <-  ,          ,      2      ,          ,          ,     ___
        Fall || to them | as you find | your sto|mach serves | you;
          ,        ,                 ,   ,         ,
      No pro|fit grows | where is / no plea|sure tane:
           ,           ,       ,          ,        ,
40    In brief | sir, stu|dy what | you most | affect.
 
LUCENTIO
          ,        ,   2     ,           ,        ,
      Gramer|cies Tra|nio, well | dost thou | advise.
          ,    ,       ,           ,       ,
      If Bi|ondel|lo thou | wert come | ashore,
           ,          ,     ,           ,      ,
      We could | at once | put us | in rea|diness,
            ,       ,        ,        ,      ,
      And take | a lod|ging fit | to en|tertain
              ,           ,        ,  2    ,        ,
45    Such friends |(as time)| in Pa|dua shall | beget.
            ,        ,           ,     ,        ,
      But stay | a while,| what com|pany | is this?
 
TRANIO
       ,              ,        ,        ,        ,
      Master | some show | to wel|come us | to town.
 
[Enter BAPTISTA, KATHERINA, BIANCA, GREMIO, and HORTENSIO. LUCENTIO and TRANIO stand by]
 
BAPTISTA
       ,           ,      ,        ,    ,
      Gentle|men, im|portune | me no | farther,
           ,        ,      ,        ,           ,
      For how | I firm|ly am | resolved | you know;
            ,    ,       ,         ,          ,
50    That is,| not be|stow my | youngest | daughter
          ,        ,       ,      3   3     ,
      Before | I have | a hus|band for the el|der:
      <- ,     ,        ,         ,          ,     ,
        If || either | of you | both love | Kathe|rina,
           ,        ,          ,          ,          ,
      Because | I know | you well,| and love | you well,
        ,        2        ,         ,          ,          ,
      Leave shall you | have to | court her | at your | pleasure.
 
GREMIO [Aside]
           ,         ,         ,           ,          ,
55    To cart | her ra|ther: she's | too rough | for me.
        T     T     T   ,  2      ,        ,       __  ->
      There there, Hor|tensio,| will you | any || wife?
 
KATHERINE
          ,         ,        ,          ,
      I pray | you sir,| is it | your will
          ,         ,         ,       ,             ,
      To make | a stale | of me | amongst | these mates?
 
HORTENSIO
        T     T    T        2      ,         ,          ,
      Mates maid, how | mean you that?| No mates | for you,
          ,          ,         ,       ,        ,
60    Unless | you were | of gent|ler mil|der mold.
 
KATHERINE
           ,           ,           ,       ,         ,
      In faith | sir, you | shall ne|ver need | to fear:
         ,        ,         ,     ,             ,
      I wis | it is | not half | way to | her heart;
       ,    2       T     T    T          ,            ,
      But if it | were, doubt not,| her care | should be
           ,          ,        ,    .   T      T     T
      To comb | your nod|dle with | a three-legged stool
            ,            ,         ,          ,        ,
65    And paint | your face | and use | you like | a fool.
 
HORTENSIO
            ,          ,         ,      ,      ,   2
      From all | such de|vils, good | Lord de|liver us.
 
GREMIO
And me too, good Lord.
 
TRANIO
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      Hush mas/ter, here's | some good | pastime | toward:
             ,          ,      ,         ,   2       ,
      That wench | is stark | mad, or | wonderful | froward.
 
LUCENTIO
           ,       ,         ,        ,      ,
      But in | the o|ther's si|lence do | I see
        T      T   . T       ,        ,   ,
70    Maid's mild beha|vior and | sobri|ety.
        ,    , 
      Peace Tra/nio.
 
TRANIO
             ,     ,        ,            T    T    T
      Well said | master,| mum, and || gaze your fill.  \\
 
BAPTISTA
       ,      ,          ,         T    T    T
      Gentle|men, that | I may | soon make good
           ,          ,      ,      ,         ,
      What I | have said,| Bian|ca get | you in.
       ,     2      ,         ,            ,      ,
75    And let it | not dis|please thee | good Bi|anca,
          ,          ,           ,          ,         ,
      For I | will love | thee nere | the less | my girl.
 
KATHERINE
A pretty peat, it is best put finger in the eye, an she knew why.
 
BIANCA
       ,           ,          ,       ,       ,
      Sister,| content | you in | my dis|content.
       ,               ,        ,      ,         ,
      Sir, to | your plea|sure hum|bly I | subscribe:
           ,          ,       ,            ,       ,     2  ->
      My books | and in|struments | shall be | my com||pany,
       ,       2     ,         ,        ,       ,
80    On | them to look | and pra|ctise by | myself.
 
LUCENTIO
        ,   ,               ,         2   ,       ,
      Hark Tra/nio,| thou mayst | hear Miner|va speak.
 
HORTENSIO
           ,        ,        ,         ,         ,
      Signior | Baptis|ta, will | you be | so strange?
       ,         ,                ,    ,        ,
      Sorry | am I | that our / good will | effects
        ,         ,
      Bian|ca's grief.
 
GREMIO
                            ,         ,         ,
85                    Why will | you mew | her up
            ,        ,       ,           ,          ,
      (Signior | Baptis|ta) for | this fiend | of hell,
            ,          ,         ,        ,          ,
      And make | her bear | the pen|ance of | her tongue?
 
BAPTISTA
       ,      ,        ,          ,        ,
      Gentle|men con|tent ye;| I am | resolved:
          ,     ,
      Go in | Bian|ca. \\
 
[Exit BIANCA]
           ,        ,         ,        ,        ,
90    And for | I know | she ta|keth most | delight
          ,       ,       ,          ,   ,
      In mu|sic, in|struments,| and po|etry,
         ,   ,                  ,        ,         ,
      Schoolmas/ters will | I keep | within | my house,
       ,    2      ,           ,          ,       ,  2
      Fit to in|struct her | youth. If | you Hor|tensio,
          ,        ,   2   ,         ,      ,
      Or Si|gnior Gre|mio you | know a|ny such,
          ,          ,        ,        ,        ,
95    Prefer | them hi|ther; for | to cun|ning men
          ,        ,      ,         ,    ,
      I will | be ve|ry kind,| and li|beral
                ,    ,              ,    ,        ,
      To mine^/own chil|dren in / good bring|ing up:
           ,         ,     ,   2       ,           ,  ->
      And so | farewell.| Katherine | you may || stay;
            ,          ,    2      ,      2    ,
      For | I have | more to com|mune with Bi|anca.
 
[Exit]
 
KATHERINE
       ,             ,        ,        ,       2   ,
100   Why, and | I trust | I may | go too,| may I not?
        ,             ,       ,        ,          ,
      What shall | I be | appoin|ted hours;| as though
           ,        ,          ,         ,
      (Belike)| I knew | not what | to take,
      <-     ,           ,     __
        And what || to leave?| Ha.  \\
 
[Exit]
 
GREMIO
You may go to the devil's dam: your gifts are so good, here's none will hold you. Their love is not so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our nails together, and fast it fairly out: our cakes 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.
 
HORTENSIO
So will I, Signior Gremio: but a word, I pray. Though the nature of our quarrel yet never brooked 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 Bianco's love, to labour and effect one thing specially.
 
GREMIO
What's that, I pray?
 
HORTENSIO
Marry, sir, to get a husband for her sister.
 
GREMIO
A husband? A devil.
 
HORTENSIO
I say, a husband.
 
GREMIO
I say, a devil. Thinkest thou, Hortensio, though her father be very rich, any man is so very a fool to be married to hell?
 
HORTENSIO
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.
 
GREMIO
I cannot tell; but I had as lief take her dowry with this condition, to be whipped at the high cross every morning.
 
HORTENSIO
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 all by helping Baptista's eldest daughter to a husband we set his youngest free for a husband, and then have to it a fresh. Sweet Bianca! Happy man be his dole! He that runs fastest gets the ring. How say you, Signior Gremio?
 
GREMIO
I am agreed; and would I had given him the best horse in Padua to begin his wooing that would thoroughly woo her, wed her and bed her and rid the house of her! Come on.
 
[Exeunt GREMIO and HORTENSIO]
 
TRANIO
          ,          ,         ,       ,     ,
      I pray | sir tell | me, is | it pos|sible
             ,            ,      ,        ,           ,
105   That love | should of | a sud|den take | such hold?
 
LUCENTIO
         ,   2     ,        ,         ,        ,
      O Tra|nio, till | I found | it to | be true,
         ,            x      ,     ,         ,
      I ne|ver thought it | possi|ble or | likely;
           ,          ,     ,           ,       ,
      But see,| while i|dly I | stood look|ing on,
          ,        2    ,         ,       ,      ,
      I found | the effect | of love | in i|dleness:
           ,         ,         ,        ,         ,
110   And now | in plain|ness do | confess | to thee,
            ,        ,       ,       ,         ,
      That art | to me | as se|cret and | as dear
          ,     ,         ,         ,         ,
      As An|na to | the queen | of Car|thage was,
       ,  2        ,        ,       ,       ,    2  ->
      Tranio | I burn,| I pine,| I per|ish Tra||nio,
       ,          ,    ,           ,      ,          ,  ->
      If | I a/chieve not | this young | modest || girl.
        ,            ,  2       2    ,           ,
115   Coun/sel me | Tranio,| for I know | thou canst;
          ,        ,    ,      2    ,           ,
      Assist | me Tra|nio,| for I know | thou wilt.
 
TRANIO
       ,           ,        ,         ,          ,
      Master,| it is | no time | to chide | you now;
         ,             ,   ,       ,          ,
      Affec|tion is / not ra|ted from | the heart:
           ,            ,              ,         ,          ,
      If love | have touched | you, nought | remains | but so,
         ,   2    ,        ,     ,        2  ,
120   Redi|me te cap|tum quam | queas | minimo.
 
LUCENTIO
          ,        ,        ,          ,         ,
      Gramer|cies lad:| go for|ward, this | contents,
            ,          ,         ,          ,          ,
      The rest | will com|fort, for | thy coun|sel's sound.
 
TRANIO
       ,              ,          ,      ,         ,
      Master,| you looked | so long|ly on | the maid,
           ,           ,      ,                 ,        ,
      Perhaps | you marked | not what's | the pith | of all.
 
LUCENTIO
         ,       ,            ,      ,         ,
125   O yes,| I saw | sweet beau|ty in | her face,
        ,             ,        ,     ,      ,
      Such as | the daugh|ter of | Age|nor had,
             ,            ,        ,       ,      2      ,
      That made | great^Jove | to hum|ble him | to her hand.
             ,          ,           ,          ,         ,
      When with | his knees | he kissed | the Cre|tan strand.
 
TRANIO
       ,             ,       ,          ,             ,      2->
      Saw you | no more?| Marked you | not how | her sis||ter
         ,         ,           ,          ,        ,
130   Began | to scold | and raise | up such | a storm
            ,        ,           ,     2    ,         ,
      That mor|tal ears | might har|dly endure | the din?
 
LUCENTIO
       ,  2       ,         ,       ,         ,
      Tranio,| I saw | her cor|al lips | to move
            ,           ,          ,         ,         ,
      And with | her breath | she did | perfume | the air:
       ,             ,          ,       ,        ,
      Sacred | and sweet | was all | I saw | in her.
 
TRANIO
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135   Nay, then | 'tis time | to stir | him from | his trance.
          ,       ,          ,         ,          ,
      I pray | awake | sir: if | you love | the maid,
        T      T     .    T      2    ,            ,          ,
      Bend thoughts and wits | to achieve | her. Thus | it stands:
           ,       ,            ,   ,            ,
      Her el|dest sis|ter is / so curst | and shrewd
             ,         ,       ,          ,         ,
      That till | the fa|ther rid | his hands | of her,
       ,              ,           ,        ,         ,
140   Master,| your love | must live | a maid | at home;
            ,         ,         ,        ,          ,
      And there|fore has | he close|ly mewed | her up,
          ,           ,     ,    2     ,           ,
      Because | she will | not be an|noyed with | suitors.
 
LUCENTIO
          ,   2     ,       ,      ,         ,
      Ah Tra|nio, what | a cru|el fa|ther's he:
           ,          ,         ,         ,           ,
      But art | thou not | advised,| he took | some care
          ,         ,          ,    ,          2     ,          2->
145   To get | her cun|ning school|masters | to instruct || her?
 
TRANIO
          ,      ,      ,         ,           ,      2->
      Ay mar|ry am | I sir,| and now | 'tis plot||ted.
 
LUCENTIO
          ,        ,
      I have | it Tra|nio.
 
TRANIO
                           ,        ,         ,
                          Ma|ster, for | my hand,
        ,           ,          ,          ,        ,
      Both our | inven|tions meet | and jump | in one.
 
LUCENTIO
        T   .   T     T
150   Tell me thine first.
 
TRANIO
                              ,               ,    ,
                             You will | be school|master
           ,      ,         ,         ,         ,
      And un|dertake | the tea|ching of | the maid:
               ,        ,
      That's your | device.
 
LUCENTIO
                                ,    ,            ,
                            It is:| may it | be done?
 
TRANIO
       ,   ,               ,            ,           ,
155   Not pos/sible;| for who | shall bear | your part,
           ,       ,  2    ,        ,    2    ,
      And be | in Pa|dua here | Vincen|tio's son,
             ,          ,          ,     ,               ,
      Keep house,| and ply | his book,| welcome | his friends,
       ,            ,      ,         ,         ,
      Visit | his coun|trymen | and ban|quet them?
 
LUCENTIO
       ,           ,           ,        ,         ,
      Basta,| content | thee: for | I have | it full.
                 ,   ,           ,       ,      ,
160   We have / not yet | been seen | in a|ny house,
       ,     2      ,       ,            ,        ,
      Nor can we | lie dis|tinguished | by our | faces
           ,        ,         ,        ,         ,
      For man | or mas|ter; then | it fol|lows thus;
        ,              ,        ,   2   ,        ,
      Thou shalt | be mas|ter, Tra|nio in | my stead,
             ,           ,         ,             ,    ,
      Keep house | and port | and ser|vants as / I should:
          ,         ,       ,          ,      ,
165   I will | some o|ther be,| some Flor|entine,
            ,   ,   3   3    ,       ,        ,     ->
      Some^Ne|apo|litan, or mea|ner man | of Pi||sa.
        ,       ,       2         T  T   T   3 3     ,
      'Tis | hatched and shall | be so: Tra|nio at once
          ,            ,        ,         ,          ,
      Uncase | thee; take | my co|loured hat | and cloak:
            ,    ,       ,          ,          ,
      When Bi|ondel|lo comes,| he waits | on thee;
          ,          ,           ,          ,           ,
170   But I | will charm | him first | to keep | his tongue.
 
TRANIO
          ,          ,
      So had | you need:   \\
           ,              x            ,        ,
      In brief | sir, sith it | your plea|sure is,
          ,        ,        ,     ,    ,
      And I | am tied | to be | obe|dient;
           ,         ,         ,       ,   2        ,
      For so | your fa|ther charged | me at our | parting,
          ,      ,      ,       ,           ,
175   Be ser|vicea|ble to | my son,| quoth he,
           ,         ,            ,     ,        ,
      Although | I think | 'twas in | ano|ther sense;
         ,        ,        ,      ,    ,
      I am | content | to be | Lucen|tio,
          ,          ,        ,       ,    ,
      Because | so well | I love | Lucen|tio.
 
LUCENTIO
       ,  2     ,          ,        ,   2    ,
      Tranio | be so,| because | Lucen|tio loves:
           ,        ,       ,       2    ,            ,
180   And let | me be | a slave,| to achieve | that maid,
             ,        ,              ,           ,       ,
      Whose^sud|den sight | hath thralled | my woun|ded eye.
             ,           ,
      Here comes | the rogue.
 
[Enter BIONDELLO]
                              ,               ,          ,
                             Sirrah,| where have | you been?
 
BIONDELLO
Where have I been! Nay, how now! where are you? Master, has my fellow Tranio stolen your clothes? Or you stolen his? or both? pray, what's the news?
 
LUCENTIO
          ,          ,         ,         ,         ,
      Sirrah | come hi|ther: 'tis | no time | to jest,
            ,          ,           ,        ,         ,
185   And there|fore frame | your man|ners to | the time.
            ,       ,   2    ,         ,         ,
      Your fel|low Tra|nio here | to save | my life,
        ,          ,      ,         ,     2     ,
      Puts my | appar|el and | my coun|tenance on,
          ,        ,       ,          ,        ,
      And I | for my | escape | have put | on his;
           ,       ,        ,         ,       ,
      For in | a quar|rel since | I came | ashore
           ,        ,          ,       ,         ,
190   I killed | a man | and fear | I was | descried:
            ,        ,         ,           ,       ,
      Wait you | on him,| I charge | you, as | becomes,
            ,         ,           ,          ,         ,
      While I | make way | from hence | to save | my life:
           ,      ,
      You un|derstand | me?
 
BIONDELLO
                            ,           ,        ,
                           Aye | sir, nere | a whit.
 
LUCENTIO
           ,       ,        ,   2   ,          ,
195   And not | a jot | of Tra|nio in | your mouth:
       ,  2          ,         ,      ,    ,
      Tranio | is changed | into | Lucen|tio.
 
BIONDELLO
           ,             ,     ,         ,        ,
      The bet|ter for / him: would | I were | so too.
 
TRANIO
So could I faith boy, to have the next wish after, that Lucentio indeed had Baptista's youngest daughter. but sirrah, not for my sake, but your master's, I advise you use your manners discreetly in all kind of companies: when I am alone, why, then I am Tranio; but in all places else your master Lucentio.
 
LUCENTIO
Tranio, let's go: one thing more rests, that thyself execute, to make one among these wooers: if thou ask me why, sufficeth, my reasons are both good and weighty.
 
[Exeunt]
 
[The presenters above speak]
 
FIRST SERVANT
My lord, you nod; you do not mind the play.
 
SLY
Yes, by Saint Anne, do I. A good matter, surely: comes there any more of it?
 
PAGE
My lord, 'tis but begun.
 
SLY
'Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam lady: would 'twere done!
 
[They sit and mark]

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