The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 1 Scene 2
No Fear Act 1 Scene 2 Page 10

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TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO)
Perhaps him and her, sir. What have you to do?

TRANIO

(speaking as LUCENTIO) I might be looking for both the daughter and her father. What’s it to you?

PETRUCHIO

Not her that chides, sir, at any hand, I pray.

PETRUCHIO

But not the woman who scolds, anyway, I hope.

TRANIO

200 (as LUCENTIO) I love no chiders, sir. Biondello, let’s away.

TRANIO

(speaking as LUCENTIO) I’m not a fan of scolds, my friend. Come, Biondello.

LUCENTIO

(aside) Well begun, Tranio.

LUCENTIO

(speaking quietly) Nice work, Tranio!

HORTENSIO

    Sir, a word ere you go.
Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea or no?

HORTENSIO

Sir, a word before you go. Are you a suitor to the girl we speak of, yes or no?

TRANIO

An if I be, sir, is it any offense?

TRANIO

What if I am? Is there a problem?

GREMIO

No, if without more words you will get you hence.

GREMIO

Not if you go away, there isn’t.

TRANIO

205 (as LUCENTIO) Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free For me as for you?

TRANIO

(speaking as LUCENTIO) Well, it seems to me that the streets are as much mine as yours.

GREMIO

   But so is not she.

GREMIO

But she isn’t.

TRANIO

For what reason, I beseech you?

TRANIO

And why is that, please?

GREMIO

For this reason, if you’ll know:
That she’s the choice love of Signior Gremio.

GREMIO

Because, if you must know, she’s been chosen by Signior Gremio.

HORTENSIO

That she’s the chosen of Signior Hortensio.

HORTENSIO

Because she’s been chosen by Signior Hortensio.

TRANIO

210Softly, my masters. If you be gentlemen,
Do me this right: hear me with patience.
Baptista is a noble gentleman,
To whom my father is not all unknown,
And were his daughter fairer than she is,
215She may more suitors have, and me for one.

TRANIO

Wait a minute, gentlemen. Be good enough to hear me out. Baptista is a noble gentleman—one to whom my father is not completely unknown—and lovely as his daughter is, she is entitled to any number of suitors—myself among them.