The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 1 Scene 2
No Fear Act 1 Scene 2 Page 11

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Fair Leda’s daughter had a thousand wooers;
Then well one more may fair Bianca have.
And so she shall. Lucentio shall make one,
The beautiful Helen of Troy had a thousand suitors. Let Bianca have one more—anyway, she’s got one. Lucentio shall join the ranks, even if Paris himself comes to woo her.

GREMIO

220What! This gentleman will out-talk us all.

GREMIO

This fellow will out-talk us all.

LUCENTIO

(as CAMBIO) Sir, give him head; I know he’ll prove a jade.

LUCENTIO

(speaking as CAMBIO) Well, let him. He’ll talk himself out, soon.

PETRUCHIO

Hortensio, to what end are all these words?

PETRUCHIO

Hortensio, what’s all this about?

HORTENSIO

(to TRANIO) Sir, let me be so bold as ask you,
Did you yet ever see Baptista’s daughter?

HORTENSIO

(to TRANIO) Forgive me for asking, but have you ever actually seen Baptista’s daughter?

TRANIO

225 (as LUCENTIO) No, sir, but hear I do that he hath two,
The one as famous for a scolding tongue
As is the other for beauteous modesty.

TRANIO

(speaking as LUCENTIO) No, but I hear he has two, the one as famous for her scolding tongue as the other is for her modesty and beauty.

PETRUCHIO

Sir, sir, the first’s for me; let her go by.

PETRUCHIO

The first one’s mine, so hands off!

GREMIO

Yea, leave that labor to great Hercules,
230And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.

GREMIO

Yes, leave that labor to great Hercules—it’s worse than the previous twelve put together.

PETRUCHIO

(to TRANIO) Sir, understand you this of me, in sooth:
The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for,
Her father keeps from all access of suitors
And will not promise her to any man
235Until the elder sister first be wed.
The younger then is free, and not before.

PETRUCHIO

(to TRANIO) Sir, let me be clear. As far as the youngest daughter, the one you were asking about, is concerned, the father refuses any suitors access to her. He will not promise her to any man until the elder sister is married. Then and only then will the younger be free to marry.