Sir, by your leave: having come to Padua
To gather in some debts, my son Lucentio
acquainted with a weighty cause
Of love between your daughter and himself:
And, for the good report
I hear of you
And for the love he beareth to your daughter
And she to him, to stay him not too long,
content, in a good father's care,
To have him match'd; and if you please to like
No worse than I, upon some
Me shall you find ready and willing
With one consent to have her so bestow'd;
For curious I
cannot be with you,
Signior Baptista, of whom I hear so well.
Sir, pardon me in what I have to say:
Your plainness and your shortness please me well.
Right true it
is, your son Lucentio here
Doth love my daughter and she loveth him,
Or both dissemble deeply their
And therefore, if you say no more than this,
That like a father you will deal with him
my daughter a sufficient dower,
The match is made, and all is done:
Your son shall have my daughter
I thank you, sir. Where then do you know best
We be affied and such assurance ta'en
As shall with either
part's agreement stand?
Not in my house, Lucentio; for, you know,
Pitchers have ears, and I have many servants:
Gremio is hearkening still;
And happily we might be interrupted.
Then at my lodging, an it like you:
There doth my father lie; and there, this night,
We'll pass the business
privately and well.
Send for your daughter by your servant here:
My boy shall fetch the scrivener presently.
worst is this, that, at so slender warning,
You are like to have a thin and slender pittance.
It likes me well. Biondello, hie you home,
And bid Bianca make her ready straight;
And, if you will, tell
what hath happened,
Lucentio's father is arrived in Padua,
And how she's like to be Lucentio's wife.
I pray the gods she may with all my heart!
Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone.
Signior Baptista, shall I lead the way?
Welcome! one mess is like to be your cheer:
Come, sir; we will
better it in Pisa.
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