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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.
SCENE I. Padua. Before Lucentio's House.
Enter on one side BIONDELLO, Lucentio, and
BIANCA; GREMIO walking on the other side. Bion. Softly and swiftly, sir; for the priest is ready.
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
you go; I think, I shall command your welcome here,
And, by all likelihood, some cheer is toward.
[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,-1.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?
Ped. Ay, sir; so his mother says, if I may believe her.
Pet. Why, how now, gentleman! [TO 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.
Bion. I have seen them in the churchtogether; 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. I hope, I may choose, sir.
Vin. Come hither, you rogue; What, have you forgot me?
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:
Re-enter Pedant below; BAPTISTA, TRANIO, and
Tra. Sir, what are you, that offer to beat my servant?
Vin. What am I, sir? nay, what are you, sir? O immortal gods! O fine villain! A silken doublet! á 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.
Tra. How now! what's the matter?
- a copa-ain hat !] is, I believe, a hat with a conical crown, anciently worn by well-dressed men. JOHNSON.
your habit, but your words show you a madmari: Why, sir, what concerns it you, if I wear pearl and gold? I thank my good father, I am able to maintain it.
Vin. Thy father? O, villain! he is a sail-maker in Bergamo.
Bap. You mistake, sir; you mistake, sir: Pray, what do you think is his name?
Vin. His name? as if I knew not his name: I have brought him up ever since he was three years old, and his name is—Tranio.
Ped. Away, away, mad ass! his name is Lucentio; and he is mine only son, and heir to the lands of me, signior Vincentio.
Vin. Lucentio! O, he hath murdered his master!--Lay hold on him, I charge you, in the duke's name:-0, my son, my son!-tell me, thou villain, where is my son Lucentio?
Tra. Call forth an officer: [Enter one with an
Vin. Carry me to the gaol!
Bap. Talk not, signior Gremio; I say, he shall go to prison.
Gre. Take heed, signior Baptista, lest you be coney-catched in this business; I dare swear, this is the right Vincentio.
Ped. Swear, if thou darest.
Tra. Then thou wert best say, that I am not
Gre. Yes, I know thee to be signior Lucentio.
Bap. Away with the dotard; to the gaol with him,
- coney-catched-] i. e. deceived, cheated.
Vin. Thus strangers may be haled and abus'd:O monstrous villain!
Re-enter BIONDELLO, with LUCENTIO, and
BIANCA. Bion. O, we are spoiled, and—Yonder he is; deny him, forswear him, or else we are all undone. Luc: Pardon, sweet father.
Lives my sweetest son? [BIONDELLO, TRANIO, and Pedant run out. Bian. Pardon, dear father.
How hast thou offended ?-
eyne. Gre. Here's packing, with a witness, to deceive us all!
Vin. Where is that damned villain, Tranio,
Bap. Why, tell me, is not this my Cambio?
Luc. Love wrought these miracles. Bianca's love
. Vin. I'll slit the villain's nose, that would have sent me to the gaol.
Bap. But do you hear, sir? [T. LUCENTIO.]
5 While counterfeit supposes blear'd thine eyne.] Toblear the eye, was an ancient phrase signifying to deceive.
Here's packing,] i. e. plotting, underhand contrivance.