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The Taming of the Shrew

Act IV, Scene 4

Padua. Before BAPTISTA'S house.
 
[Enter TRANIO, and the Pedant dressed like VINCENTIO]
 
TRANIO
        ,     ,               T         Tx    T        2    ,
      Sirs, this / is the | house: please it you | that I call.
 
PEDANT
       ,           ,          ,       ,      __ 
      Aye what | else, and | but I | be de|ceived,
          ,         ,      ,       ,       ,
      Signior | Baptis|ta may | remem|ber me
             ,       ,       ,       ,   ,
      Near twen|ty years | ago | in Ge|noa.
             ,         ,        ,        ,    ,
5     Where we | were lod|gers at | the Peg|asus.
 
TRANIO
             ,          ,          ,       ,      ,
      'Tis well;| and hold | your own | in a|ny case
             ,        ,    ,     2    ,     3  3   ,       2->
      With such | auster|ity | as belong|eth to a fa||ther.
 
PEDANT
         ,        ,          ,           ,           ,
      I war|rant you. | But sir | here comes | your boy;
               ,      2         ,
      'Twere good | he were schooled.
 
[Enter BIONDELLO]
 
TRANIO
                                       ,     2       ,    ,        2    ,   ->
10                                   Fear you not | him: Sir|rah Bion||dello,
           ,         ,       ,       ,       ,          o ->
      Now do | your du|ty through|ly I | advise || you:
        ,         ,           ,         ,     ,  ->
      Ima|gine 'twere | the right | Vincen||tio.
 
BIONDELLO
       T     T   T        o
      Tut, fear not | me.
 
TRANIO
      <-      ,            ,         ,       ,       ,      o
        But hast || thou done | thy er|rand to | Baptis|ta?
 
BIONDELLO
          ,          ,          ,       ,        ,       ->
15    I told | him that | your fa|ther was | at Ve||nice,
       ,        2       ,        2      ,     ,        , 2
      And | that you looked | for him this | day in | Padua.
 
TRANIO
          2          ,   ,         ,           ,         ,
      Thou art a / tall fel|low: hold | thee that | to drink.
             ,         ,       ,           ,     2     ,
      Here comes | Baptis|ta: set | your coun|tenance sir.
 
[Enter BAPTISTA and LUCENTIO:  PEDANT booted and bare-headed.]
           ,        ,       ,         ,    2   ,
      Signior | Baptis|ta, you | are hap|pily met.
       ,     ,              ,   2          ,         ,
20    Sir, this / is the | gentleman | I told | you of:
          ,          ,           ,       ,       ,
      I pray | you stand | good fa|ther to | me now,
        ,    2    ,      ,        ,     ,
      Give me Bi|anca | for my | patri|mony.
 
PEDANT
        T   T    T      2       ,       2      ,        ,   3 3->
      Soft son: Sir | by your leave,| having come | to Pa||dua
          ,       ,          ,         ,       ,    2 ->
      To ga|ther in | some debts,| my son | Lucen||tio
        ,      2    ,         ,        ,        ,
25    Made | me acquain|ted with | a weigh|ty cause
           ,        ,            ,        ,         ,
      Of love | between | your daugh|ter and | himself:
           ,          ,        ,        ,        ,
      And for | the good | report | I hear | of you
       ,     2        ,         ,        ,          ,
      And for the | love he | beareth | to your | daughter
           ,        ,         ,         ,          ,
      And she | to him:| to stay | him not | too long,
         ,        ,             ,   ,          ,
30    I am | content | in a / good fa|ther's care,
           ,           ,           ,          ,          ,
      To have | him matched;| and if | you please | to like
           ,          ,     ,      ,      ,
      No worse | than I,| upon | some a|greement
       T   T    T      ,   ,            ,
      Me shall you | find rea/dy and | willing
            ,         ,         ,         ,        ,
      With one | consent | to have | her so | bestowed;
           ,    ,       ,       ,         ,
35    For cur|ious | I can|not be | with you,
       ,     2     ,           ,        ,         ,
      Signior Bap|tista,| of whom | I hear | so well.
 
BAPTISTA
           ,       ,        ,        ,        ,
      Sir par|don me | in what | I have | to say:
             ,         ,           ,           ,          ,
      Your plain|ness and | your short|ness please | me well.
        T     T   Tx           ,       ,   2    ,
      Right true it is | your son | Lucen|tio here
             ,         ,        ,         ,       ,
40    Doth love | my daugh|ter and | she lo|veth him,
           ,        ,        ,    3     3   ,         o
      Or both | dissem|ble deep|ly their affec|tions:
            ,          ,        ,         ,           ,
      And there|fore, if | you say | no more | than this,
             ,       ,       ,           ,          ,
      That like | a fa|ther you | will deal | with him
            ,         ,       ,       ,         ,
      And pass | my daugh|ter a | suffi|cient dower,
            ,          ,         ,         ,    oo
45    The match | is made,| and all | is done,|
            ,            ,         ,         ,         ,
      Your son | shall have | my daugh|ter with | consent.
 
TRANIO
          ,          ,      ,              ,           ,
      I thank | you sir,| where then | do you | know best
          ,       ,          ,       ,         ,
      We be | affied | and such | assur|ance tane
           ,           ,        ,         ,         ,
      As shall | with ei|ther part's | agree|ment stand?
 
BAPTISTA
       ,            ,        ,   2    ,          ,
50    Not in | my house | Lucen|tio; for | you know
        ,     2         ,         ,         ,      ,
      Pitchers have | ears, and | I have | many | servants:
          ,          ,    ,        ,     2     ,
      Besides | old Gre|mio | is hear|kening still;
           ,     ,        ,         ,     ,       ->
      And hap|pily | we might | be in|terrup||ted.
 
TRANIO
        ,        ,    ,                   ,   ,
      Then | at my | lodging,| and it / like you,
        ,              ,       ,          ,            ,
55    There doth | my fa|ther lie;| and there | this night
              ,         ,         ,       ,         ,
      We'll pass | the bus|iness pri|vately | and well.
        ,               ,        ,         ,         ,
      Send for | your daugh|ter by | your ser|vant here:
          ,            ,           ,    2    ,       ,
      My boy | shall fetch | the scri|vener pre|sently.
            ,          ,      ,    2       ,        ,
      The worst | is this | that at so | slender | warning,
         2      ,         ,        ,        ,       ,        2->
60    You are like | to have | a thin and slen|der pit||tance.
 
BAPTISTA
           ,          ,      2  ,      ,          ,
      It likes | me well.| Biondel|lo hie | you home,
           ,       ,      ,         ,        ,
      And bid | Bian|ca make | her rea|dy straight;
       ,        ,           T    T    T     ,
      And if | you will | tell what hath | happened,
         ,    2    ,     3  3    ,         ,   ,
      Lucen|tio's fa|ther is arrived | in Pa|dua,
           ,            ,        ,      ,    2     ,
65    And how | she's like | to be | Lucen|tio's wife.
 
BIONDELLO
          ,          ,         ,          ,         ,
      I pray | the gods | she may | with all | my heart.
 
TRANIO
       ,       ,               ,         ,           ,
      Dally | not with | the gods,| but get | thee gone.
 
[Exit BIONDELLO]
       ,            ,        ,         ,         ,
      Signior | Baptis|ta, shall | I lead | the way,
       ,              ,         ,        ,          ,
      Welcome,| one^mess | is like | to be | your cheer,
        ,         ,         ,        ,       ,
70    Come sir,| we will | better | it in | Pisa.
 
BAPTISTA
         ,       ,
      I fol|low you.   \\
 
[Exeunt TRANIO, Pedant, and BAPTISTA. Re-enter BIONDELLO]
 
BIONDELLO
Cambio!
 
LUCENTIO
What sayest thou, Biondello?
 
BIONDELLO
You saw my master wink and laugh upon you?
 
LUCENTIO
Biondello, what of that?
 
BIONDELLO
Faith, nothing; but has left me here behind, to expound the meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.
 
LUCENTIO
I pray thee, moralize them.
 
BIONDELLO
Then thus. Baptista is safe, talking with the deceiving father of a deceitful son.
 
LUCENTIO
And what of him?
 
BIONDELLO
His daughter is to be brought by you to the supper.
 
LUCENTIO
And then?
 
BIONDELLO
The old priest of Saint Luke's church is at your command at all hours.
 
LUCENTIO
And what of all this?
 
BIONDELLO
I cannot tell; expect they are busied about a counterfeit assurance: take you assurance of her, 'cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum:' 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.
 
LUCENTIO
Hearest thou, Biondello?
 
BIONDELLO
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 come against you come with your appendix.
 
[Exit]
 
LUCENTIO
         ,          ,     ,    2      ,      ,
      I may | and will,| if she be | so con|tented:
            ,          ,             ,           ,         ,
      She will | be pleased;| then where|fore should | I doubt?
            ,         ,           ,       ,      ,         o
      Hap^what | hap^may,| I'll round|ly go | about | her:
           ,          ,        ,   2   ,        ,         o
75    It shall | go hard | if Cam|bio go | without | her.    (hex with prev)
 
[Exit]

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