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ACT IV SCENE II Padua. Before BAPTISTA'S house. 
TRANIOIs't possible, friend Licio, that Mistress Bianca
Doth fancy any other but Lucentio?
I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand.
HORTENSIOSir, to satisfy you in what I have said,
Stand by and mark the manner of his teaching.5
LUCENTIONow, mistress, profit you in what you read?
BIANCAWhat, master, read you? first resolve me that.
LUCENTIOI read that I profess, the Art to Love.
BIANCAAnd may you prove, sir, master of your art!
LUCENTIOWhile you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my heart!10
HORTENSIOQuick proceeders, marry! Now, tell me, I pray,
You that durst swear at your mistress Bianca
Loved none in the world so well as Lucentio.
TRANIOO despiteful love! unconstant womankind!
I tell thee, Licio, this is wonderful.15
HORTENSIOMistake no more: I am not Licio,
Nor a musician, as I seem to be;
But one that scorn to live in this disguise,
For such a one as leaves a gentleman,
And makes a god of such a cullion:20
Know, sir, that I am call'd Hortensio.
TRANIOSignior Hortensio, I have often heard
Of your entire affection to Bianca;
And since mine eyes are witness of her lightness,
I will with you, if you be so contented,25
Forswear Bianca and her love for ever.
HORTENSIOSee, how they kiss and court! Signior Lucentio,
Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow
Never to woo her no more, but do forswear her,
As one unworthy all the former favours30
That I have fondly flatter'd her withal.
TRANIOAnd here I take the unfeigned oath,
Never to marry with her though she would entreat:
Fie on her! see, how beastly she doth court him!
HORTENSIOWould all the world but he had quite forsworn!35
For me, that I may surely keep mine oath,
I will be married to a wealthy widow,
Ere three days pass, which hath as long loved me
As I have loved this proud disdainful haggard.
And so farewell, Signior Lucentio.40
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks,
Shall win my love: and so I take my leave,
In resolution as I swore before.
TRANIOMistress Bianca, bless you with such grace
As 'longeth to a lover's blessed case!45
Nay, I have ta'en you napping, gentle love,
And have forsworn you with Hortensio.
BIANCATranio, you jest: but have you both forsworn me?
TRANIOMistress, we have.
LUCENTIOThen we are rid of Licio.50
TRANIOI' faith, he'll have a lusty widow now,
That shall be wood and wedded in a day.
BIANCAGod give him joy!
TRANIOAy, and he'll tame her.
BIANCAHe says so, Tranio.55
TRANIOFaith, he is gone unto the taming-school.
BIANCAThe taming-school! what, is there such a place?
TRANIOAy, mistress, and Petruchio is the master;
That teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long,
To tame a shrew and charm her chattering tongue.60
BIONDELLOO master, master, I have watch'd so long
That I am dog-weary: but at last I spied
An ancient angel coming down the hill,
Will serve the turn.
TRANIOWhat is he, Biondello?65
BIONDELLOMaster, a mercatante, or a pedant,
I know not what; but format in apparel,

In gait and countenance surely like a father.
LUCENTIOAnd what of him, Tranio?
TRANIOIf he be credulous and trust my tale,70
I'll make him glad to seem Vincentio,
And give assurance to Baptista Minola,
As if he were the right Vincentio
Take in your love, and then let me alone.
[Enter a Pedant]
PedantGod save you, sir!75
TRANIOAnd you, sir! you are welcome.
Travel you far on, or are you at the farthest?
PedantSir, at the farthest for a week or two:
But then up farther, and as for as Rome;
And so to Tripoli, if God lend me life.80
TRANIOWhat countryman, I pray?
PedantOf Mantua.
TRANIOOf Mantua, sir? marry, God forbid!
And come to Padua, careless of your life?
PedantMy life, sir! how, I pray? for that goes hard.85
TRANIO'Tis death for any one in Mantua
To come to Padua. Know you not the cause?
Your ships are stay'd at Venice, and the duke,
For private quarrel 'twixt your duke and him,
Hath publish'd and proclaim'd it openly:90
'Tis, marvel, but that you are but newly come,
You might have heard it else proclaim'd about.
PedantAlas! sir, it is worse for me than so;
For I have bills for money by exchange
From Florence and must here deliver them.95
TRANIOWell, sir, to do you courtesy,
This will I do, and this I will advise you:
First, tell me, have you ever been at Pisa?
PedantAy, sir, in Pisa have I often been,
Pisa renowned for grave citizens.100
TRANIOAmong them know you one Vincentio?
PedantI know him not, but I have heard of him;
A merchant of incomparable wealth.
TRANIOHe is my father, sir; and, sooth to say,
In countenance somewhat doth resemble you.105
BIONDELLO[Aside] As much as an apple doth an oyster,
and all one.
TRANIOTo save your life in this extremity,
This favour will I do you for his sake;
And think it not the worst of an your fortunes110
That you are like to Sir Vincentio.
His name and credit shall you undertake,
And in my house you shall be friendly lodged:
Look that you take upon you as you should;
You understand me, sir: so shall you stay115
Till you have done your business in the city:
If this be courtesy, sir, accept of it.
PedantO sir, I do; and will repute you ever
The patron of my life and liberty.
TRANIOThen go with me to make the matter good.120
This, by the way, I let you understand;
my father is here look'd for every day,
To pass assurance of a dower in marriage
'Twixt me and one Baptista's daughter here:
In all these circumstances I'll instruct you:125
Go with me to clothe you as becomes you.

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