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The Taming of the Shrew

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Enter TRANIO as LUCENTIO and HORTENSIO as LITIO
TRANIO enters, disguised as LUCENTIO, accompanied by HORTENSIO, disguised as LITIO.




TRANIO
(as LUCENTIO)
Is ’t possible, friend Litio, that mistress Bianca
Doth fancy any other but Lucentio?
I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand.
TRANIO
(as LUCENTIO) I don’t believe it, Litio. It’s not possible that Bianca could prefer another man to me. I’ve seen the way she behaves.

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HORTENSIO
(as LITIO) Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said,
Stand by and mark the manner of his teaching.
They stand aside
HORTENSIO
(as LITIO) You want proof of what I’m telling you? Stand right here and watch this fellow’s “lesson.” (they stand off to one side)
Enter BIANCA and LUCENTIO as CAMBIO
BIANCA enters with LUCENTIO disguised as CAMBIO.

LUCENTIO
(as CAMBIO) Now, mistress, profit you in what you read?
LUCENTIO
(as CAMBIO) Well, mistress, are you learning from what you’re reading?

BIANCA
What, master, read you? First resolve me that.
BIANCA
What are you reading, teacher? Answer me that first.

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LUCENTIO
(as CAMBIO) I read that I profess, The Art to Love.
LUCENTIO
(as CAMBIO) I’m reading the book I know best—

The Art of Love

Ovid the Art of Love was a manual of seduction.

The Art of Love

BIANCA
And may you prove, sir, master of your art.
BIANCA
I hope you’re an expert in your field.

LUCENTIO
(as CAMBIO) While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my heart!
LUCENTIO
(as CAMBIO) Well, my dear, you’re the mistress of my heart in any case!



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HORTENSIO
(as LITIO) Quick proceeders, marry! Now, tell me, I pray,
You that durst swear that your mistress Bianca
Loved none in the world so well as Lucentio.
HORTENSIO
(as LITIO) Quick work for schoolwork! How do you explain that? I though you said your precious Bianca loved no one better than you, Lucentio!


TRANIO
(as LUCENTIO) O despiteful love! Unconstant womankind!
I tell thee, Litio, this is wonderful!
TRANIO
(as LUCENTIO) Oh spiteful love! Faithless womanhood! It’s incredible, Litio!