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I must dance bare-foot on her wedding-day,
Bap. Was ever gentleman thus griev'd as I ?
Enter GREMIO, with LUCENTIO in the habit of a mean
man; PETRUCHIO, with HORTENSIO as a musician; and TRANIO, with BIONDELLO bearing a lute and books.
Gre. Good-morrow, neighbour Baptista.
Bap. Good-morrow, neighbour Gremio: God save you, gentlemen! Pet. And you, good sir ! Pray, have you not a
Bap. I have a daughter, sir, call’d Katharina.
Pet. You wrong me, signior Gremio; give me leave. -
And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell.] “To lead apes," was, in our author's time, as at present, one of the employments of a bear-herd, who often carries about one of those animals along with his bear: but I know not how this phrase came to be applied to old maids. Malone.
That women who refused to bear children, should, after death, be condemned to the care of apes in leading-strings, might have been considered as an act of posthumous retribution. STEVENS.
I do present you with a man of mine,
Pet. I see you do not mean to part with her;
Bap. Mistake me not, I speak but as I find.
Pet. Petruchio is my name : Antonio's son,
Bap. I know him well: you are welcome for his sake.
Gre. Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray,
will curse your wooing Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am sure of it. To express the like kindness myself, that have been more kindly beholden to you than any, I freely give unto you this young scholar, (presenting LUCENTIO,] that hath been long studying at Rheims; as cunning in Greek, Latin, and other languages, as the other in musick and mathematicks: his name is Cambio; pray accept his service.
Bap. A thousand thanks, signior Gremio: welcome, good Cambio.-But, gentle sir, (to TRANIO,] methinks,
? Baccare!] A proverbial word, meaning stand back, or give place.
you walk like a stranger; May I be so bold to know the cause of your coming ?
Tra. Pardon me, sir, the boldness is mine own;
Bap. Lucentio is your name? of whence, I pray?
Bap. A mighty man of Pisa : by report
of books, You shall go see your pupils presently. Holla, within !
Enter a Servant. Sirrah, lead These gentlemen to my daughters; and tell them both These are their tutors; bid them use them well.
[Exit Servant, with HORTENSIO, LUCENTIO,
and BIONDELLO. We will go walk a little in the orchard,
this small packet of Greek and Latin books :) In queen Elizabeth's time the young ladies of quality were usually instructed in the learned languages, if any pains were bestowed on their minds at all. Lady Jane Grey and her sisters, queen Elizabeth, &c. are trite instances. Percy.
And then to dinner: you are passing welcome,
Pet. Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,
Bap. After my death, the one half of my lands:
Pet. And, for that dowry, I'll assure her of
Bap. Ay, when the special thing is well obtain'd,
Pet. Why, that is nothing ; for I tell you, father, I am as peremptory as she proud-minded; And where two raging fires meet together, They do consume the thing that feeds their fury: Though little fire grows great with little wind, Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all. So I to her, and so she yields to me; For I am rough, and woo not like a babe. Bap. Well may'st thou woo, and happy be thy
speed ! But be thou arm’d for some unhappy words.
Pet. Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for winds, That shake not, though they blow perpetually.
Re-enter HORTENSIO, with his head broken.
Bap. How now, my friend ? why dost thou look so
pale ? Hor. For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.
Bap. What, will my daughter prove a good mu
sician ? Hor. I think, she'll sooner prove a soldier; Iron may hold with her, but never lutes. Bap. Why, then thou canst not break her to the
lute ? Hor. Why, no; for she hath broke the lute to me. I did but tell her, she mistook her frets", And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering ; When, with a most impatient devilish spirit, Frets, call you these ? quoth she: I'U fume with them : And, with that word, she struck me on the head, And through the instrument my pate made way; And there I stood amazed for a while, As on a pillory, looking through the lute; While she did call me,-rascal fiddler, And—twangling Jack”; with twenty such vile terms, As she had studied to misuse me so.
Pet. Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench; I love her ten times more than e'er I did : 0, how I long to have some chat with her!
Bap. Well, go with me, and be not so discomfited : Proceed in practice with my younger daughter; She's apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.Signior Petruchio, will you go with us; Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you? Pet. I pray you do; I will attend her here,–
[Exeunt BAPTISTA, GREMIO, TRANIO,
her frets,] A fret is that stop of a musical instrument which causes or regulates the vibration of the string. Johnson.
5 And—twangling Jack ;] To twangle is a provincial expression, and signifies to flourish capriciously on an instrument, as performers often do. after having tuned it, previous to their beginning a regular composition.