Speeches (Lines) for Tranio
in "Taming of the Shrew"

Total: 90

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1

I,1,318

Mi perdonato, gentle master mine;
I am in all affected as yourself;
Glad that you thus continue your resolve
To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.
Only, good master, while we do admire
This virtue and this moral discipline,
Let's be no Stoics nor no stocks, I pray,
Or so devote to Aristotle's checks
As Ovid be an outcast quite abjur'd.
Balk logic with acquaintance that you have,
And practise rhetoric in your common talk;
Music and poesy use to quicken you;
The mathematics and the metaphysics,
Fall to them as you find your stomach serves you.
No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en;
In brief, sir, study what you most affect.

2

I,1,343

Master, some show to welcome us to town.

3

I,1,364

Husht, master! Here's some good pastime toward;
That wench is stark mad or wonderful froward.

4

I,1,369

Well said, master; mum! and gaze your fill.

5

I,1,437

I pray, sir, tell me, is it possible
That love should of a sudden take such hold?

6

I,1,450

Master, it is no time to chide you now;
Affection is not rated from the heart;
If love have touch'd you, nought remains but so:
'Redime te captum quam queas minimo.'

7

I,1,456

Master, you look'd so longly on the maid.
Perhaps you mark'd not what's the pith of all.

8

I,1,462

Saw you no more? Mark'd you not how her sister
Began to scold and raise up such a storm
That mortal ears might hardly endure the din?

9

I,1,468

Nay, then 'tis time to stir him from his trance.
I pray, awake, sir. If you love the maid,
Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus it stands:
Her elder sister is so curst and shrewd
That, till the father rid his hands of her,
Master, your love must live a maid at home;
And therefore has he closely mew'd her up,
Because she will not be annoy'd with suitors.

10

I,1,479

Ay, marry, am I, sir, and now 'tis plotted.

11

I,1,481

Master, for my hand,
Both our inventions meet and jump in one.

12

I,1,484

You will be schoolmaster,
And undertake the teaching of the maid-
That's your device.

13

I,1,488

Not possible; for who shall bear your part
And be in Padua here Vincentio's son;
Keep house and ply his book, welcome his friends,
Visit his countrymen, and banquet them?

14

I,1,504

So had you need. [They exchange habits]
In brief, sir, sith it your pleasure is,
And I am tied to be obedient-
For so your father charg'd me at our parting:
'Be serviceable to my son' quoth he,
Although I think 'twas in another sense-
I am content to be Lucentio,
Because so well I love Lucentio.

15

I,1,534

So could I, faith, boy, to have the next wish after,
That Lucentio indeed had Baptista's youngest daughter.
But, sirrah, not for my sake but your master's, I advise
You use your manners discreetly in all kind of companies.
When I am alone, why, then I am Tranio;
But in all places else your master Lucentio.

16

I,2,770

Gentlemen, God save you! If I may be bold,
Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way
To the house of Signior Baptista Minola?

17

I,2,774

Even he, Biondello.

18

I,2,776

Perhaps him and her, sir; what have you to do?

19

I,2,778

I love no chiders, sir. Biondello, let's away.

20

I,2,782

And if I be, sir, is it any offence?

21

I,2,784

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

22

I,2,787

For what reason, I beseech you?

23

I,2,791

Softly, 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,
She may more suitors have, and me for one.
Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers;
Then well one more may fair Bianca have;
And so she shall: Lucentio shall make one,
Though Paris came in hope to speed alone.

24

I,2,806

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.

25

I,2,818

If it be so, sir, that you are the man
Must stead us all, and me amongst the rest;
And if you break the ice, and do this feat,
Achieve the elder, set the younger free
For our access- whose hap shall be to have her
Will not so graceless be to be ingrate.

26

I,2,828

Sir, I shall not be slack; in sign whereof,
Please ye we may contrive this afternoon,
And quaff carouses to our mistress' health;
And do as adversaries do in law-
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.

27

II,1,928

Pardon me, sir, the boldness is mine own
That, being a stranger in this city here,
Do make myself a suitor to your daughter,
Unto Bianca, fair and virtuous.
Nor is your firm resolve unknown to me
In the preferment of the eldest sister.
This liberty is all that I request-
That, upon knowledge of my parentage,
I may have welcome 'mongst the rest that woo,
And free access and favour as the rest.
And toward the education of your daughters
I here bestow a simple instrument,
And this small packet of Greek and Latin books.
If you accept them, then their worth is great.

28

II,1,943

Of Pisa, sir; son to Vincentio.

29

II,1,1152

Is this your speeding? Nay, then good-night our part!

30

II,1,1180

'Twas a commodity lay fretting by you;
'Twill bring you gain, or perish on the seas.

31

II,1,1187

And I am one that love Bianca more
Than words can witness or your thoughts can guess.

32

II,1,1190

Greybeard, thy love doth freeze.

33

II,1,1193

But youth in ladies' eyes that flourisheth.

34

II,1,1216

That 'only' came well in. Sir, list to me:
I am my father's heir and only son;
If I may have your daughter to my wife,
I'll leave her houses three or four as good
Within rich Pisa's walls as any one
Old Signior Gremio has in Padua;
Besides two thousand ducats by the year
Of fruitful land, all which shall be her jointure.
What, have I pinch'd you, Signior Gremio?

35

II,1,1230

Gremio, 'tis known my father hath no less
Than three great argosies, besides two galliasses,
And twelve tight galleys. These I will assure her,
And twice as much whate'er thou off'rest next.

36

II,1,1237

Why, then the maid is mine from all the world
By your firm promise; Gremio is out-vied.

37

II,1,1243

That's but a cavil; he is old, I young.

38

II,1,1258

A vengeance on your crafty withered hide!
Yet I have fac'd it with a card of ten.
'Tis in my head to do my master good:
I see no reason but suppos'd Lucentio
Must get a father, call'd suppos'd Vincentio;
And that's a wonder- fathers commonly
Do get their children; but in this case of wooing
A child shall get a sire, if I fail not of my cunning.

39

III,2,1384

Patience, good Katherine, and Baptista too.
Upon my life, Petruchio means but well,
Whatever fortune stays him from his word.
Though he be blunt, I know him passing wise;
Though he be merry, yet withal he's honest.

40

III,2,1404

But, say, what to thine old news?

41

III,2,1429

'Tis some odd humour pricks him to this fashion;
Yet oftentimes lie goes but mean-apparell'd.

42

III,2,1448

Not so well apparell'd
As I wish you were.

43

III,2,1461

And tell us what occasion of import
Hath all so long detain'd you from your wife,
And sent you hither so unlike yourself?

44

III,2,1471

See not your bride in these unreverent robes;
Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.

45

III,2,1484

He hath some meaning in his mad attire.
We will persuade him, be it possible,
To put on better ere he go to church.

46

III,2,1489

But to her love concerneth us to add
Her father's liking; which to bring to pass,
As I before imparted to your worship,
I am to get a man- whate'er he be
It skills not much; we'll fit him to our turn-
And he shall be Vincentio of Pisa,
And make assurance here in Padua
Of greater sums than I have promised.
So shall you quietly enjoy your hope
And marry sweet Bianca with consent.

47

III,2,1504

That by degrees we mean to look into
And watch our vantage in this business;
We'll over-reach the greybeard, Gremio,
The narrow-prying father, Minola,
The quaint musician, amorous Licio-
All for my master's sake, Lucentio.
[Re-enter GREMIO]
Signior Gremio, came you from the church?

48

III,2,1513

And is the bride and bridegroom coming home?

49

III,2,1516

Curster than she? Why, 'tis impossible.

50

III,2,1518

Why, she's a devil, a devil, the devil's dam.

51

III,2,1528

What said the wench, when he rose again?

52

III,2,1561

Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.

53

III,2,1609

Of all mad matches, never was the like.

54

III,2,1618

Shall sweet Bianca practise how to bride it?

55

IV,2,1824

Is 't possible, friend Licio, that Mistress Bianca
Doth fancy any other but Lucentio?
I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand.

56

IV,2,1840

O despiteful love! unconstant womankind!
I tell thee, Licio, this is wonderful.

57

IV,2,1848

Signior 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,
Forswear Bianca and her love for ever.

58

IV,2,1858

And here I take the like unfeigned oath,
Never to marry with her though she would entreat;
Fie on her! See how beastly she doth court him!

59

IV,2,1870

Mistress Bianca, bless you with such grace
As 'longeth to a lover's blessed case!
Nay, I have ta'en you napping, gentle love,
And have forsworn you with Hortensio.

60

IV,2,1875

Mistress, we have.

61

IV,2,1877

I' faith, he'll have a lusty widow now,
That shall be woo'd and wedded in a day.

62

IV,2,1880

Ay, and he'll tame her.

63

IV,2,1882

Faith, he is gone unto the taming-school.

64

IV,2,1884

Ay, mistress; and Petruchio is the master,
That teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long,
To tame a shrew and charm her chattering tongue.

65

IV,2,1892

What is he, Biondello?

66

IV,2,1897

If he be credulous and trust my tale,
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.

67

IV,2,1905

And you, sir; you are welcome.
Travel you far on, or are you at the farthest?

68

IV,2,1910

What countryman, I pray?

69

IV,2,1912

Of Mantua, sir? Marry, God forbid,
And come to Padua, careless of your life!

70

IV,2,1915

'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.
'Tis marvel- but that you are but newly come,
You might have heard it else proclaim'd about.

71

IV,2,1925

Well, sir, to do you courtesy,
This will I do, and this I will advise you-
First, tell me, have you ever been at Pisa?

72

IV,2,1930

Among them know you one Vincentio?

73

IV,2,1933

He is my father, sir; and, sooth to say,
In count'nance somewhat doth resemble you.

74

IV,2,1937

To save your life in this extremity,
This favour will I do you for his sake;
And think it not the worst of all your fortunes
That you are like to Sir Vincentio.
His name and credit shall you undertake,
And in my house you shall be friendly lodg'd;
Look that you take upon you as you should.
You understand me, sir. So shall you stay
Till you have done your business in the city.
If this be court'sy, sir, accept of it.

75

IV,2,1949

Then go with me to make the matter good.
This, by the way, I let you understand:
My father is here look'd for every day
To pass assurance of a dow'r in marriage
'Twixt me and one Baptista's daughter here.
In all these circumstances I'll instruct you.
Go with me to clothe you as becomes you. Exeunt

76

IV,4,2158

Sir, this is the house; please it you that I call?

77

IV,4,2163

'Tis well; and hold your own, in any case,
With such austerity as longeth to a father.

78

IV,4,2168

Fear you not him. Sirrah Biondello,
Now do your duty throughly, I advise you.
Imagine 'twere the right Vincentio.

79

IV,4,2172

But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista?

80

IV,4,2175

Th'art a tall fellow; hold thee that to drink.
Here comes Baptista. Set your countenance, sir.
[Enter BAPTISTA, and LUCENTIO as CAMBIO]
Signior Baptista, you are happily met.
[To To the PEDANT] Sir, this is the gentleman I told you of;
I pray you stand good father to me now;
Give me Bianca for my patrimony.

81

IV,4,2207

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?

82

IV,4,2214

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.
The worst is this, that at so slender warning
You are like to have a thin and slender pittance.

83

IV,4,2227

Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone.
[Exit BIONDELLO]
Signior Baptista, shall I lead the way?
Welcome! One mess is like to be your cheer;
Come, sir; we will better it in Pisa.

84

V,1,2405

Sir, what are you that offer to beat my servant?

85

V,1,2411

How now! what's the matter?

86

V,1,2413

Sir, you seem a sober ancient gentleman by your habit, but
your words show you a madman. Why, sir, what 'cerns it you if I
wear pearl and gold? I thank my good father, I am able to
maintain it.

87

V,1,2427

Call forth an officer.
[Enter one with an OFFICER]
Carry this mad knave to the gaol. Father Baptista, I charge you
see that he be forthcoming.

88

V,1,2438

Then thou wert best say that I am not Lucentio.

89

V,2,2544

O, sir, Lucentio slipp'd me like his greyhound,
Which runs himself, and catches for his master.

90

V,2,2547

'Tis well, sir, that you hunted for yourself;
'Tis thought your deer does hold you at a bay.

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