• Enter TRANIO as LUCENTIO and HORTENSIO 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.

    HORTENSIO

    5 (as LITIO) Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said,
    Stand by and mark the manner of his teaching.
    They stand aside
    Enter BIANCA and LUCENTIO as CAMBIO

    LUCENTIO

    (as CAMBIO) Now, mistress, profit you in what you read?

    BIANCA

    What, master, read you? First resolve me that.

    LUCENTIO

    10 (as CAMBIO) I read that I profess, The Art to Love.

    BIANCA

    And may you prove, sir, master of your art.

    LUCENTIO

    (as CAMBIO) While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my heart!

    HORTENSIO

    (as LITIO) Quick proceeders, marry! Now, tell me, I pray,
    You that durst swear that your mistress Bianca
    15Loved none in the world so well as Lucentio.

    TRANIO

    (as LUCENTIO) O despiteful love! Unconstant womankind!
    I tell thee, Litio, this is wonderful!
  • TRANIO enters, disguised as LUCENTIO, accompanied by HORTENSIO, disguised as LITIO.

    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.

    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)
    BIANCA enters with LUCENTIO disguised as CAMBIO.

    LUCENTIO

    (as CAMBIO) Well, mistress, are you learning from what you’re reading?

    BIANCA

    What are you reading, teacher? Answer me that first.

    LUCENTIO

    (as CAMBIO) I’m reading the book I know best— The Art of Love

    The Art of Love

    Ovid the Art of Love was a manual of seduction.

    BIANCA

    I hope you’re an expert in your field.

    LUCENTIO

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

    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) Oh spiteful love! Faithless womanhood! It’s incredible, Litio!