• Enter LUCENTIO disguised as CAMBIO, HORTENSIO disguised as LITIO, and BIANCA

    LUCENTIO

    (as CAMBIO) Fiddler, forbear. You grow too forward, sir.
    Have you so soon forgot the entertainment
    Her sister Katherina welcomed you withal?

    HORTENSIO

    (as LITIO) But, wrangling pedant, this is
    5The patroness of heavenly harmony.
    Then give me leave to have prerogative,
    And when in music we have spent an hour,
    Your lecture shall have leisure for as much.

    LUCENTIO

    (as CAMBIO) Preposterous ass, that never read so far
    10To know the cause why music was ordained.
    Was it not to refresh the mind of man
    After his studies or his usual pain?
    Then give me leave to read philosophy
    And, while I pause, serve in your harmony.

    HORTENSIO

    15 (as LITIO) Sirrah, I will not bear these braves of thine.

    BIANCA

    Why, gentlemen, you do me double wrong
    To strive for that which resteth in my choice.
    I am no breeching scholar in the schools.
    I’ll not be tied to hours nor 'pointed times
    20But learn my lessons as I please myself.
    And, to cut off all strife, here sit we down.
  • BIANCA enters with LUCENTIO disguised as CAMBIO, and HORTENSIO disguised as LITIO

    LUCENTIO

    (speaking as CAMBIO) Restrain yourself, fiddler! You’re too insistent. Have you forgotten how her sister Katherine thanked you for your lessons?

    HORTENSIO

    (speaking as LITIO) Quarrelsome teacher! This lady is the queen of heavenly harmony. Therefore allow me to claim her attention first, and after we have spent an hour on music you can have equal time for your lecture.

    LUCENTIO

    (as CAMBIO) Ridiculous ass! You’re not even educated enough to know why music was created. Wasn’t it to refresh the mind of man after his studies and daily toil? Therefore allow me to read philosophy with her, and then, when I am finished, indulge in your harmony.

    HORTENSIO

    (as LITIO) Sir, you go too far! I will not stand for it!

    BIANCA

    Gentlemen, it seems to me you’re both out of line to be laying down the law about things that are really up to me. I am no schoolboy, and I won’t be dictated to with hours and schedules. I’ll have my lessons in the order and manner I prefer. So to cut short this argument, let’s figure this out.