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The Taming of the Shrew

Act IV, Scene 2

Padua. Before Baptista's house.
 
[Enter TRANIO and HORTENSIO]
 
TRANIO
        2    ,     ,            ,  3  3      ,       2   ,    2->
      Is it pos|sible | friend^Li|cio, that Mis|tress Bian||ca
            ,     ,    ,       ,       ,   3 3->
      Doth fan|cy a|ny o|ther but | Lucen|tio?
          ,         ,          ,          ,         ,
      I tell | you sir,| she bears | me fair | in hand.
 
HORTENSIO
       ,         ,     ,            ,     2       ,
      Sir, to | satis|fy you | in what | I have said,
             ,         ,         ,     3  3     ,         o
5     Stand^by | and mark | the man|ner of his tea|ching.
 
[Enter BIANCA and LUCENTIO]
 
LUCENTIO
           ,          ,       ,         ,          ,
      Now mis|tress, pro|fit you | in what | you read?
 
BIANCA
        ,            ,          ,         ,          ,
      What mas|ter read | you first,| resolve | me that?
 
LUCENTIO
          ,         ,        ,         ,         ,
      I read,| that I | profess | the Art | to Love.
 
BIANCA
           ,          ,          ,       ,         ,
      And may | you prove | sir mas|ter of | your art.
 
LUCENTIO
             ,            ,           ,         ,        ,
10    While you | sweet^dear | prove mis|tress of | my heart.
 
HORTENSIO
        ,        ,         ,            ,      2    ,
      Quick pro|ceeders | marry,| now tell | me I pray,
       T    .    T     T      ,         ,          x
      You that durst swear | at your | mistress | Bianca
              ,      2      ,         ,       2   ,    ,
      Loved^none | in the world | so well | as Lucen|tio.
 
TRANIO
        2    ,         ,       ,         ,      ,
      Oh despite|ful love,| uncon|stant wo|mankind,
          ,          ,  2    ,        ,      ,
15    I tell | thee Li|cio this | is won|derful.
 
HORTENSIO
          ,          ,            ,   ,   ,
      Mistake | no more:| I am / not Li|cio,
       ,         ,       ,       ,        ,
      Nor a | musi|cian as | I seem | to be;
           ,           ,          ,         ,         ,
      But one | that scorn | to live | in this | disguise,
            ,       ,          ,        ,      ,
      For such | a one | as leaves | a gen|tleman,
            ,        ,         ,       ,   2   ,
20    And makes | a god | of such | a cul|lion:
        ,             ,         ,         ,    ,
      Know sir,| that I | am called | Horten|sio.
 
TRANIO
          ,         ,   2   ,         ,       ,
      Signior | Horten|sio, I | have of|ten heard
           ,        ,       ,        ,    x
      Of your | entire | affec|tion to | Bianca;
            ,            ,         ,    ,    2        ,
      And since | mine eyes | are wit|ness of her | lightness,
          ,          ,     ,           ,      ,
25    I will | with you,| if you be | so con|tented,
           ,      x        ,          ,      ,
      Forswear | Bianca | and her | love for|ever.
 
HORTENSIO
       ,               ,          ,          ,       ,    2  ->
      See how | they kiss | and court:| Signior | Lucen||tio,
        ,      2     ,          ,        ,      ,
      Here | is my hand,| and here | I firm|ly vow
       ,   2      ,          ,          ,       ,
      Never to | woo her | more, but | do for|swear her,
          ,       ,       ,         ,       ,      2->
30    As one | unwor|thy all | the for|mer fa||vors
           ,         ,        ,         ,        ,
      That I | have fon|dly flat|tered her | withal.
 
TRANIO
            ,        ,     .   T    T     T
      And here | I take | the unfeigned oath,
      <- ,           ,       ,           ,           ,         ,
        Never || to mar|ry with | her though | she would | entreat:
       ,    2       ,          ,        ,           ,
      Fie on her,| see how | beastly | she doth | court him.
 
HORTENSIO
             ,          ,          ,         ,          ,
35    Would all | the world | but he | had quite | forsworn.
           ,        ,         ,       ,           ,
      For me,| that I | may sure|ly keep | mine^oath,
      ,     2      ,          2    ,       ,
      I will be | married | to a weal|thy wi|dow,
      <- ,       T     T    T            ,     .   T    T    T
        Ere || three days pass,| which hath | as long loved me
         ,          ,            ,          ,       ,         o ->
      As I | have loved | this proud | disdain|ful hag||gard.
           ,         ,      ,    2    ,
40    And so | farewell,| Signior Lu|centio.
        ,            ,       ,            ,    2     ,
      Kindness | in wo|men, not | their beau|teous looks,
             ,         ,         ,       ,         ,
      Shall win | my love:| and so | I take | my leave,
          ,    ,       ,       ,         ,
      In re|solu|tion as | I swore | before.
 
[Exit]
 
TRANIO
       ,            ,       ,                  ,    ,
      Mistress | Bian|ca, bless | you with / such grace
        2    ,       ,      ,         ,        ,
45    As belong|eth to | a lo|ver's bles|sed case:
       ,              ,         ,         ,        ,
      Nay, I | have tane | you nap|ping, gen|tle love,
            ,         ,           ,        ,    ,
      And have | forsworn | you with | Horten|sio.
 
BIANCA
       ,  3 3        ,           ,          ,        ,
      Tranio you | jest, but | have you | both for|sworn me?
 
TRANIO
       ,              ,
      Mistress,| we have.
 
LUCENTIO
                           ,    2       ,        ,
50                       Then we are | rid of | Licio.
 
TRANIO
           ,             ,       ,      ,      ,
      In faith | he'll have | a lus|ty wi|dow now,
             ,          ,          ,       ,      ,
      That shall | be wooed | and wed|ded in | a day.
 
BIANCA
       ,              ,
      God give | him joy.
 
TRANIO
       ,      2          ,
      Aye, and he'll | tame her.  (di with prev)
 
BIANCA
He says so, Tranio.
 
TRANIO
        ,             ,       ,        ,         ,
55    Faith he | is gone | unto | the ta|ming-school.
 
BIANCA
           ,         ,           ,           ,        ,
      The tam|ing-school?| What is | there such | a place?
 
TRANIO
       ,   ,            2    ,     ,   2       ,
      Aye mis/tress, and Pe|truchi|o is the | master;
             ,         ,        ,    2      ,       ,
      That teach|eth tricks | ele|ven and twen|ty long,
           ,        ,           ,           ,     2      ,
      To tame | a shrew | and charm | her chat|tering tongue.
 
[Enter BIONDELLO]
 
BIONDELLO
         ,        ,      ,           ,           ,
60    O mas|ter, mas|ter I | have watched | so long
           ,       ,     ,        2     ,        ,
      That I | am dog-|weary:| but at last | I spied
          ,        ,      ,        ,          ,
      An an|cient an|gel com|ing down | the hill,
             ,           ,
      Will serve | the turn.
 
TRANIO
                              ,    2      ,    ,
                            What is he | Bion|dello?
 
BIONDELLO
       ,          ,     ,   ,    2     ,
65    Master,| a mer|catan|te, or a | pedant,
          ,          ,         ,   ,    2    ,
      I know | not what;| but for|mat in ap|parel,
           ,          ,     2      ,       ,       ,       o ->
      In gait | and coun|tenance sure|ly like | a fa||ther.
 
LUCENTIO
       T    T   T         ,    ,
      And what of | him, Tra|nio?
 
TRANIO
          ,       ,      ,          ,          ,
      If he | be cre|dulous | and trust | my tale,
             ,          ,         ,        ,    ,
70    I'll make | him glad | to seem | Vincen|tio,
            ,       ,      2    ,   ,   2    ,
      And give | assur|ance to Bap|tista Mi|nola,
          ,        ,          ,         ,    ,
      As if | he were | the right | Vincen|tio
            ,          ,          ,     ,          ,
      Take^in | your love,| and then | let me | alone.
 
[Exeunt LUCENTIO and BIANCA.  Enter a Pedant]
 
PEDANT
            ,         ,
      God save | you sir.
 
TRANIO
                              ,          ,         ,       ->
75                       And you | sir, you | are wel||come.
       ,     2     ,     ,    2       ,    2       ,
      Tra|vel you far | on, or are | you at the | farthest?
 
PEDANT
       ,            ,         ,        ,        ,
      Sir at | the far|thest for | a week | or two:
            ,        ,         ,        ,         ,
      But then | up far|ther, and | as far | as Rome;
           ,       ,     ,       ,        2     ,
      And so | to Tri|poli,| if God | lend me life.
 
TRANIO
             ,      ,        ,
80    What coun|tryman,| I pray?
 
PEDANT
                                    ,    ,
                                Of Man|tua.
 
TRANIO
          ,   2   ,     ,       ,       ,
      Of Man|tua sir,| marry | God for|bid,
      <-         ,        , 2     ,          ,         __
        And || come to | Padua,| careless | of your | life.
 
PEDANT
           ,          ,        ,          ,           ,
      My life | sir? How | I pray?| For that | goes hard.
 
TRANIO
             ,         ,     ,        ,    ,
85    'Tis death | for a|ny one | in Man|tua
           ,        ,  2     ,         ,          ,
      To come | to Pa|dua. Know | you not | the cause?
             ,            ,         ,        ,          ,
      Your ships | are stayed | at Ven|ice, and | the duke
           ,         ,        ,            ,         ,
      For pri|vate quar|rel twixt | your duke | and him,
            ,          ,          ,         ,     ,
      Hath pub|lished and | proclaimed | it o|penly:
            ,        ,          ,       2     ,       ,
90    'Tis mar|vel, but | that you | are but new|ly come,
            ,            ,          ,          ,         ,
      You might | have heard | it else | proclaimed | about.
 
PEDANT
        ,     ,             ,          ,         ,
      Alas | sir, it | is worse | for me | than so;
          ,          ,          ,      ,        ,
      For I | have bills | for mon|ey by | exchange
            ,         ,           ,       ,       ,
      From Flo|rence and | must here | deli|ver them.
 
TRANIO
            ,        ,         ,     ,
95    Well sir,| to do | you cour|tesy,
      <-  ,          ,            ,        ,        ,
        This will || I do,| and this | I will | advise | you:
      <-  ,        ,         ,        ,        ,        ,
        First || tell me,| have you | ever | been at | Pisa?
 
PEDANT
       ,             ,      ,       ,       ,
      Aye sir, | in Pi|sa have | I of|ten been,
       ,        ,              ,    ,     ,
      Pisa | renow|ned for / grave cit|izens.
 
TRANIO
         ,           ,         ,        ,    ,
100   Among | them know | you one | Vincen|tio?
 
PEDANT
          ,         ,        ,          ,         ,
      I know | him not,| but I | have heard | of him;
         ,         ,      ,        ,     ,
      A mer|chant of | incom|para/ble wealth.
 
TRANIO
       ,          ,       ,          ,         ,
      He is | my fa|ther sir;| and sooth | to say,
           ,     2      ,         ,       ,       ,
      In coun|tenance some|what doth | resem|ble you.
 
BIONDELLO [Aside]
As much as an apple doth an oyster, and all one.
 
TRANIO
           ,           ,         ,        ,    ,
105   To save | your life | in this | extre|mity,
            ,        ,       ,        ,          ,
      This fa|vour will | I do | you for | his sake;
               x      ,          ,         ,          ,
      And think it | not the | worst of | all your | fortunes
            ,          ,        ,        ,    ,
      That you | are like | to Sir | Vincen|tio.
            ,         ,        ,          ,      ,
      His name | and cre|dit shall | you un|dertake,
           ,        ,           ,          ,          ,
110   And in | my house | you shall | be friend|ly lodged:
        ,               ,      ,         ,          ,
      Look that | you take | upon | you as | you should;
           ,      ,         ,         ,           ,
      You un|derstand | me sir:| so shall | you stay
        ,     2         ,          ,          ,        ,
      Till you have | done your | business | in the | city:
           ,         ,    2   ,        ,        ,
      If this | be cour|tesy sir,| accept | of it.
 
PEDANT
         ,       ,         ,        ,        ,     2->
115   O sir | I do,| and will | repute | you e||ver
           ,       ,        ,         ,     ,
      The pa|tron of | my life | and li|berty.
 
TRANIO
            ,         ,        ,         ,        ,
      Then go | with me | to make | the mat|ter good.
        ,            ,       ,         ,      ,
      This by | the way | I let | you un|derstand;
          ,       ,           ,          ,      ,
      My fa|ther is | here looked | for ev|ery day,
           ,       ,      3  3    ,         ,
120   To pass | assur|ance of a dower | in mar|riage
      <-  ,       ,        ,       ,          ,          ,
        Twixt || me and | one Bap|tista's | daughter | here:
      <-       ,           ,       ,         ,        ,
        In || all these | circum|stances | I'll in|struct you:
       ,         ,         ,          ,      ,
      Go with | me to | clothe you | as be|comes you.
 
[Exeunt]

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