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The Taming Of The Shrew

1593–1594

William Shakespeare's signature

William Shakespeare


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Summary

The play begins with a framing device, often referred to as the Induction, in which a drunken tinker named Sly is tricked into thinking he is a nobleman by a mischievous Lord. The Lord has a play performed for Sly's amusement, set in Padua with a primary and sub-plot.

The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments—the "taming"—until she is an obedient bride. The sub-plot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina's more tractable sister, Bianca.

Source: Wikipedia

Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ

Christopher Sly, a beggar

Hostess of an alehouse

A Lord

Huntsmen of the Lord

Page (disguised as a lady)

Players

Servingmen

Messenger

characters in the Induction

Baptista Minola, father to Katherine and Bianca

Katherine, his elder daughter

Bianca, his younger daughter

Petruchio, suitor to Katherine

Gremio

Hortensio (later disguised as the teacher Litio)

Lucentio (later disguised as the teacher Cambio)

suitors to Bianca

Vincentio, Lucentio’s father

Tranio (later impersonating Lucentio)

Biondello

servants to Lucentio

A Merchant (later disguised as Vincentio)

Grumio

Curtis

Nathaniel

Phillip

Joseph

Nicholas

Peter

servants to Petruchio

Widow

Tailor

Haberdasher

Officer

Servants to Baptista and Petruchio


INDUCTION


Scene 1

Enter Beggar (Christopher Sly) and Hostess.

line 0001SLYI’ll feeze you, in faith.
line 0002HOSTESSA pair of stocks, you rogue!
line 0003SLYYou’re a baggage! The Slys are no rogues. Look
line 0004in the chronicles. We came in with Richard Conqueror.
5line 0005Therefore, paucas pallabris, let the world
line 0006slide. Sessa!
line 0007HOSTESSYou will not pay for the glasses you have
line 0008burst?
line 0009SLYNo, not a denier. Go, by Saint Jeronimy! Go to
10line 0010thy cold bed and warm thee.He lies down.
line 0011HOSTESSI know my remedy. I must go fetch the
line 0012headborough.She exits.
line 0013SLYThird, or fourth, or fifth borough, I’ll answer him
line 0014by law. I’ll not budge an inch, boy. Let him come,
15line 0015and kindly.Falls asleep.

Wind horns within. Enter a Lord from hunting, with his train.

LORD
line 0016Huntsman, I charge thee tender well my hounds.
line 0017Breathe Merriman (the poor cur is embossed)
line 0018And couple Clowder with the deep-mouthed brach.
line 0019Saw’st thou not, boy, how Silver made it good
20line 0020At the hedge corner, in the coldest fault?
line 0021I would not lose the dog for twenty pound!
Page 9 - The Taming of the Shrew - IND. SC. 1 FIRST HUNTSMAN
line 0022Why, Bellman is as good as he, my lord.
line 0023He cried upon it at the merest loss,
line 0024And twice today picked out the dullest scent.
25line 0025Trust me, I take him for the better dog.
LORD
line 0026Thou art a fool. If Echo were as fleet,
line 0027I would esteem him worth a dozen such.
line 0028But sup them well, and look unto them all.
line 0029Tomorrow I intend to hunt again.
30line 0030FIRST HUNTSMANI will, my lord.

First Huntsman exits.

LORDnoticing Sly
line 0031What’s here? One dead, or drunk? See doth he
line 0032breathe.
SECOND HUNTSMAN
line 0033He breathes, my lord. Were he not warmed with ale,
line 0034This were a bed but cold to sleep so soundly.
LORD
35line 0035O monstrous beast, how like a swine he lies!
line 0036Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thine image!
line 0037Sirs, I will practice on this drunken man.
line 0038What think you, if he were conveyed to bed,
line 0039Wrapped in sweet clothes, rings put upon his
40line 0040fingers,
line 0041A most delicious banquet by his bed,
line 0042And brave attendants near him when he wakes,
line 0043Would not the beggar then forget himself?
THIRD HUNTSMAN
line 0044Believe me, lord, I think he cannot choose.
SECOND HUNTSMAN
45line 0045It would seem strange unto him when he waked.
LORD
line 0046Even as a flatt’ring dream or worthless fancy.
line 0047Then take him up, and manage well the jest.
Page 11 - The Taming of the Shrew - IND. SC. 1 line 0048Carry him gently to my fairest chamber,
line 0049And hang it round with all my wanton pictures;
50line 0050Balm his foul head in warm distillèd waters,
line 0051And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet;
line 0052Procure me music ready when he wakes
line 0053To make a dulcet and a heavenly sound.
line 0054And if he chance to speak, be ready straight
55line 0055And, with a low, submissive reverence,
line 0056Say “What is it your Honor will command?”
line 0057Let one attend him with a silver basin
line 0058Full of rosewater and bestrewed with flowers,
line 0059Another bear the ewer, the third a diaper,
60line 0060And say “Will ’t please your Lordship cool your
line 0061hands?”
line 0062Someone be ready with a costly suit,
line 0063And ask him what apparel he will wear.
line 0064Another tell him of his hounds and horse,
65line 0065And that his lady mourns at his disease.
line 0066Persuade him that he hath been lunatic,
line 0067And when he says he is, say that he dreams,
line 0068For he is nothing but a mighty lord.
line 0069This do, and do it kindly, gentle sirs.
70line 0070It will be pastime passing excellent
line 0071If it be husbanded with modesty.
THIRD HUNTSMAN
line 0072My lord, I warrant you we will play our part
line 0073As he shall think by our true diligence
line 0074He is no less than what we say he is.
LORD
75line 0075Take him up gently, and to bed with him,
line 0076And each one to his office when he wakes.

Sly is carried out.

Sound trumpets within.

line 0077Sirrah, go see what trumpet ’tis that sounds.

Servingman exits.

Page 13 - The Taming of the Shrew - IND. SC. 1 line 0078Belike some noble gentleman that means
line 0079(Traveling some journey) to repose him here.

Enter Servingman.

80line 0080How now? Who is it?
line 0081SERVINGMANAn ’t please your Honor, players
line 0082That offer service to your Lordship.
LORD
line 0083Bid them come near.

Enter Players.

line 0084Now, fellows, you are welcome.
85line 0085PLAYERSWe thank your Honor.
LORD
line 0086Do you intend to stay with me tonight?
FIRST PLAYER
line 0087So please your Lordship to accept our duty.
LORD
line 0088With all my heart. This fellow I remember
line 0089Since once he played a farmer’s eldest son.—
90line 0090’Twas where you wooed the gentlewoman so well.
line 0091I have forgot your name, but sure that part
line 0092Was aptly fitted and naturally performed.
SECOND PLAYER
line 0093I think ’twas Soto that your Honor means.
LORD
line 0094’Tis very true. Thou didst it excellent.
95line 0095Well, you are come to me in happy time,
line 0096The rather for I have some sport in hand
line 0097Wherein your cunning can assist me much.
line 0098There is a lord will hear you play tonight;
line 0099But I am doubtful of your modesties,
100line 0100Lest, over-eying of his odd behavior
line 0101(For yet his Honor never heard a play),
line 0102You break into some merry passion,
line 0103And so offend him. For I tell you, sirs,
line 0104If you should smile, he grows impatient.
Page 15 - The Taming of the Shrew - IND. SC. 1 FIRST PLAYER
105line 0105Fear not, my lord, we can contain ourselves
line 0106Were he the veriest antic in the world.
LORDto a Servingman
line 0107Go, sirrah, take them to the buttery
line 0108And give them friendly welcome every one.
line 0109Let them want nothing that my house affords.

One exits with the Players.

110line 0110Sirrah, go you to Bartholomew, my page,
line 0111And see him dressed in all suits like a lady.
line 0112That done, conduct him to the drunkard’s chamber,
line 0113And call him “Madam,” do him obeisance.
line 0114Tell him from me, as he will win my love,
115line 0115He bear himself with honorable action,
line 0116Such as he hath observed in noble ladies
line 0117Unto their lords, by them accomplishèd.
line 0118Such duty to the drunkard let him do
line 0119With soft low tongue and lowly courtesy,
120line 0120And say “What is ’t your Honor will command,
line 0121Wherein your lady and your humble wife
line 0122May show her duty and make known her love?”
line 0123And then with kind embracements, tempting kisses,
line 0124And with declining head into his bosom,
125line 0125Bid him shed tears, as being overjoyed
line 0126To see her noble lord restored to health,
line 0127Who, for this seven years, hath esteemed him
line 0128No better than a poor and loathsome beggar.
line 0129And if the boy have not a woman’s gift
130line 0130To rain a shower of commanded tears,
line 0131An onion will do well for such a shift,
line 0132Which (in a napkin being close conveyed)
line 0133Shall in despite enforce a watery eye.
line 0134See this dispatched with all the haste thou canst.
135line 0135Anon I’ll give thee more instructions.

A Servingman exits.

line 0136I know the boy will well usurp the grace,
Page 17 - The Taming of the Shrew - IND. SC. 2 line 0137Voice, gait, and action of a gentlewoman.
line 0138I long to hear him call the drunkard “husband”!
line 0139And how my men will stay themselves from
140line 0140laughter
line 0141When they do homage to this simple peasant,
line 0142I’ll in to counsel them. Haply my presence
line 0143May well abate the over-merry spleen
line 0144Which otherwise would grow into extremes.

They exit.


Scene 2

Enter aloft Christopher Sly, the drunkard, with Attendants, some with apparel, basin and ewer, and other appurtenances, and Lord dressed as an Attendant.

line 0145SLYFor God’s sake, a pot of small ale.
FIRST SERVINGMAN
line 0146Will ’t please your Lord drink a cup of sack?
SECOND SERVINGMAN
line 0147Will ’t please your Honor taste of these conserves?
THIRD SERVINGMAN
line 0148What raiment will your Honor wear today?
5line 0149SLYI am Christophero Sly! Call not me “Honor” nor
line 0150“Lordship.” I ne’er drank sack in my life. An if you
line 0151give me any conserves, give me conserves of beef.
line 0152Ne’er ask me what raiment I’ll wear, for I have no
line 0153more doublets than backs, no more stockings than
10line 0154legs, nor no more shoes than feet, nay sometime
line 0155more feet than shoes, or such shoes as my toes look
line 0156through the over-leather.
LORDas Attendant
line 0157Heaven cease this idle humor in your Honor!
line 0158O, that a mighty man of such descent,
15line 0159Of such possessions, and so high esteem
line 0160Should be infusèd with so foul a spirit!
Page 19 - The Taming of the Shrew - IND. SC. 2 line 0161SLYWhat, would you make me mad? Am not I Christopher
line 0162Sly, old Sly’s son of Burton Heath, by birth a
line 0163peddler, by education a cardmaker, by transmutation
20line 0164a bearherd, and now by present profession a
line 0165tinker? Ask Marian Hacket, the fat alewife of Wincot,
line 0166if she know me not! If she say I am not fourteen
line 0167pence on the score for sheer ale, score me up for the
line 0168lying’st knave in Christendom. What, I am not
25line 0169bestraught! Here’s—
THIRD SERVINGMAN
line 0170O, this it is that makes your lady mourn.
SECOND SERVINGMAN
line 0171O, this is it that makes your servants droop.
LORDas Attendant
line 0172Hence comes it that your kindred shuns your house,
line 0173As beaten hence by your strange lunacy.
30line 0174O noble lord, bethink thee of thy birth,
line 0175Call home thy ancient thoughts from banishment,
line 0176And banish hence these abject lowly dreams.
line 0177Look how thy servants do attend on thee,
line 0178Each in his office ready at thy beck.
35line 0179Wilt thou have music? Hark, Apollo plays,Music.
line 0180And twenty cagèd nightingales do sing.
line 0181Or wilt thou sleep? We’ll have thee to a couch
line 0182Softer and sweeter than the lustful bed
line 0183On purpose trimmed up for Semiramis.
40line 0184Say thou wilt walk, we will bestrew the ground.
line 0185Or wilt thou ride? Thy horses shall be trapped,
line 0186Their harness studded all with gold and pearl.
line 0187Dost thou love hawking? Thou hast hawks will soar
line 0188Above the morning lark. Or wilt thou hunt?
45line 0189Thy hounds shall make the welkin answer them
line 0190And fetch shrill echoes from the hollow earth.
FIRST SERVINGMAN
line 0191Say thou wilt course. Thy greyhounds are as swift
line 0192As breathèd stags, ay, fleeter than the roe.
Page 21 - The Taming of the Shrew - IND. SC. 2 SECOND SERVINGMAN
line 0193Dost thou love pictures? We will fetch thee straight
50line 0194Adonis painted by a running brook,
line 0195And Cytherea all in sedges hid,
line 0196Which seem to move and wanton with her breath,
line 0197Even as the waving sedges play with wind.
LORDas Attendant
line 0198We’ll show thee Io as she was a maid
55line 0199And how she was beguilèd and surprised,
line 0200As lively painted as the deed was done.
THIRD SERVINGMAN
line 0201Or Daphne roaming through a thorny wood,
line 0202Scratching her legs that one shall swear she bleeds,
line 0203And at that sight shall sad Apollo weep,
60line 0204So workmanly the blood and tears are drawn.
LORDas Attendant
line 0205Thou art a lord, and nothing but a lord;
line 0206Thou hast a lady far more beautiful
line 0207Than any woman in this waning age.
FIRST SERVINGMAN
line 0208And till the tears that she hath shed for thee
65line 0209Like envious floods o’errun her lovely face,
line 0210She was the fairest creature in the world—
line 0211And yet she is inferior to none.
SLY
line 0212Am I a lord, and have I such a lady?
line 0213Or do I dream? Or have I dreamed till now?
70line 0214I do not sleep: I see, I hear, I speak,
line 0215I smell sweet savors, and I feel soft things.
line 0216Upon my life, I am a lord indeed
line 0217And not a tinker, nor Christopher Sly.
line 0218Well, bring our lady hither to our sight,
75line 0219And once again a pot o’ the smallest ale.
SECOND SERVINGMAN
line 0220Will ’t please your Mightiness to wash your hands?
line 0221O, how we joy to see your wit restored!
Page 23 - The Taming of the Shrew - IND. SC. 2 line 0222O, that once more you knew but what you are!
line 0223These fifteen years you have been in a dream,
80line 0224Or, when you waked, so waked as if you slept.
SLY
line 0225These fifteen years! By my fay, a goodly nap.
line 0226But did I never speak of all that time?
FIRST SERVINGMAN
line 0227Oh, yes, my lord, but very idle words.
line 0228For though you lay here in this goodly chamber,
85line 0229Yet would you say you were beaten out of door,
line 0230And rail upon the hostess of the house,
line 0231And say you would present her at the leet
line 0232Because she brought stone jugs and no sealed
line 0233quarts.
90line 0234Sometimes you would call out for Cicely Hacket.
line 0235SLYAy, the woman’s maid of the house.
THIRD SERVINGMAN
line 0236Why, sir, you know no house, nor no such maid,
line 0237Nor no such men as you have reckoned up,
line 0238As Stephen Sly and old John Naps of Greete,
95line 0239And Peter Turph and Henry Pimpernell,
line 0240And twenty more such names and men as these,
line 0241Which never were, nor no man ever saw.
line 0242SLYNow, Lord be thanked for my good amends!
line 0243ALLAmen.
100line 0244SLYI thank thee. Thou shalt not lose by it.

Enter Page as Lady, with Attendants.

line 0245PAGEas Lady How fares my noble lord?
line 0246SLYMarry, I fare well, for here is cheer enough.
line 0247Where is my wife?
PAGEas Lady
line 0248Here, noble lord. What is thy will with her?
SLY
105line 0249Are you my wife, and will not call me “husband”?
line 0250My men should call me “lord.” I am your goodman.
Page 25 - The Taming of the Shrew - IND. SC. 2 PAGEas Lady
line 0251My husband and my lord, my lord and husband,
line 0252I am your wife in all obedience.
SLY
line 0253I know it well.—What must I call her?
110line 0254LORDas Attendant “Madam.”
line 0255SLY“Alice Madam,” or “Joan Madam”?
LORD
line 0256“Madam,” and nothing else. So lords call ladies.
SLY
line 0257Madam wife, they say that I have dreamed
line 0258And slept above some fifteen year or more.
PAGEas Lady
115line 0259Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me,
line 0260Being all this time abandoned from your bed.
SLY
line 0261’Tis much.—Servants, leave me and her alone.—
line 0262Madam, undress you, and come now to bed.
PAGEas Lady
line 0263Thrice noble lord, let me entreat of you
120line 0264To pardon me yet for a night or two;
line 0265Or if not so, until the sun be set.
line 0266For your physicians have expressly charged,
line 0267In peril to incur your former malady,
line 0268That I should yet absent me from your bed.
125line 0269I hope this reason stands for my excuse.
line 0270SLYAy, it stands so that I may hardly tarry so long; but
line 0271I would be loath to fall into my dreams again. I will
line 0272therefore tarry in despite of the flesh and the
line 0273blood.

Enter a Messenger.

MESSENGER
130line 0274Your Honor’s players, hearing your amendment,
line 0275Are come to play a pleasant comedy,
line 0276For so your doctors hold it very meet,
Page 27 - The Taming of the Shrew - IND. SC. 2 line 0277Seeing too much sadness hath congealed your
line 0278blood,
135line 0279And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.
line 0280Therefore they thought it good you hear a play
line 0281And frame your mind to mirth and merriment,
line 0282Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.
line 0283SLYMarry, I will. Let them play it.Messenger exits.
140line 0284Is not a comonty a Christmas gambold or a tumbling
line 0285trick?
PAGEas Lady
line 0286No, my good lord, it is more pleasing stuff.
line 0287SLYWhat, household stuff?
line 0288PAGEas Lady It is a kind of history.
145line 0289SLYWell, we’ll see ’t. Come, madam wife, sit by my
line 0290side, and let the world slip. We shall ne’er be
line 0291younger.

They sit.


ACT 1


Scene 1

Flourish. Enter Lucentio and his man Tranio.

LUCENTIO
line 0292Tranio, since for the great desire I had
line 0293To see fair Padua, nursery of arts,
line 0294I am arrived for fruitful Lombardy,
line 0295The pleasant garden of great Italy,
5line 0296And by my father’s love and leave am armed
line 0297With his goodwill and thy good company.
line 0298My trusty servant well approved in all,
line 0299Here let us breathe and haply institute
line 0300A course of learning and ingenious studies.
10line 0301Pisa, renownèd for grave citizens,
line 0302Gave me my being, and my father first,
line 0303A merchant of great traffic through the world,
line 0304Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii.
line 0305Vincentio’s son, brought up in Florence,
15line 0306It shall become to serve all hopes conceived
line 0307To deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds.
line 0308And therefore, Tranio, for the time I study
line 0309Virtue, and that part of philosophy
line 0310Will I apply that treats of happiness
20line 0311By virtue specially to be achieved.
line 0312Tell me thy mind, for I have Pisa left
line 0313And am to Padua come, as he that leaves
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 33 line 0314A shallow plash to plunge him in the deep
line 0315And with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.
TRANIO
25line 0316Mi perdonato, gentle master mine.
line 0317I am in all affected as yourself,
line 0318Glad that you thus continue your resolve
line 0319To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.
line 0320Only, good master, while we do admire
30line 0321This virtue and this moral discipline,
line 0322Let’s be no stoics nor no stocks, I pray,
line 0323Or so devote to Aristotle’s checks
line 0324As Ovid be an outcast quite abjured.
line 0325Balk logic with acquaintance that you have,
35line 0326And practice rhetoric in your common talk;
line 0327Music and poesy use to quicken you;
line 0328The mathematics and the metaphysics—
line 0329Fall to them as you find your stomach serves you.
line 0330No profit grows where is no pleasure ta’en.
40line 0331In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
LUCENTIO
line 0332Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou advise.
line 0333If, Biondello, thou wert come ashore,
line 0334We could at once put us in readiness
line 0335And take a lodging fit to entertain
45line 0336Such friends as time in Padua shall beget.

Enter Baptista with his two daughters, Katherine and Bianca; Gremio, a pantaloon, and Hortensio, suitors to Bianca.

line 0337But stay awhile! What company is this?
TRANIO
line 0338Master, some show to welcome us to town.

Lucentio and Tranio stand by.

BAPTISTAto Gremio and Hortensio
line 0339Gentlemen, importune me no farther,
line 0340For how I firmly am resolved you know:
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 35 50line 0341That is, not to bestow my youngest daughter
line 0342Before I have a husband for the elder.
line 0343If either of you both love Katherine,
line 0344Because I know you well and love you well,
line 0345Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure.
GREMIO
55line 0346To cart her, rather. She’s too rough for me.—
line 0347There, there, Hortensio, will you any wife?
KATHERINEto Baptista
line 0348I pray you, sir, is it your will
line 0349To make a stale of me amongst these mates?
HORTENSIO
line 0350“Mates,” maid? How mean you that? No mates for
60line 0351you,
line 0352Unless you were of gentler, milder mold.
KATHERINE
line 0353I’ faith, sir, you shall never need to fear.
line 0354Iwis it is not halfway to her heart.
line 0355But if it were, doubt not her care should be
65line 0356To comb your noddle with a three-legged stool
line 0357And paint your face and use you like a fool.
HORTENSIO
line 0358From all such devils, good Lord, deliver us!
line 0359GREMIOAnd me too, good Lord.
TRANIOaside to Lucentio
line 0360Husht, master, here’s some good pastime toward;
70line 0361That wench is stark mad or wonderful froward.
LUCENTIOaside to Tranio
line 0362But in the other’s silence do I see
line 0363Maid’s mild behavior and sobriety.
line 0364Peace, Tranio.
TRANIOaside to Lucentio
line 0365Well said, master. Mum, and gaze your fill.
BAPTISTAto Gremio and Hortensio
75line 0366Gentlemen, that I may soon make good
line 0367What I have said—Bianca, get you in,
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 37 line 0368And let it not displease thee, good Bianca,
line 0369For I will love thee ne’er the less, my girl.
KATHERINE
line 0370A pretty peat! It is best
80line 0371Put finger in the eye, an she knew why.
BIANCA
line 0372Sister, content you in my discontent.—
line 0373Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe.
line 0374My books and instruments shall be my company,
line 0375On them to look and practice by myself.
LUCENTIOaside to Tranio
85line 0376Hark, Tranio, thou mayst hear Minerva speak!
HORTENSIO
line 0377Signior Baptista, will you be so strange?
line 0378Sorry am I that our goodwill effects
line 0379Bianca’s grief.
line 0380GREMIOWhy will you mew her up,
90line 0381Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell,
line 0382And make her bear the penance of her tongue?
BAPTISTA
line 0383Gentlemen, content you. I am resolved.—
line 0384Go in, Bianca.Bianca exits.
line 0385And for I know she taketh most delight
95line 0386In music, instruments, and poetry,
line 0387Schoolmasters will I keep within my house
line 0388Fit to instruct her youth. If you, Hortensio,
line 0389Or, Signior Gremio, you know any such,
line 0390Prefer them hither. For to cunning men
100line 0391I will be very kind, and liberal
line 0392To mine own children in good bringing up.
line 0393And so, farewell.—Katherine, you may stay,
line 0394For I have more to commune with Bianca.He exits.
KATHERINE
line 0395Why, and I trust I may go too, may I not?
105line 0396What, shall I be appointed hours as though, belike,
line 0397I knew not what to take and what to leave? Ha!

She exits.

Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 39 line 0398GREMIOYou may go to the Devil’s dam! Your gifts are
line 0399so good here’s none will hold you.—Their love is
line 0400not so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our nails
110line 0401together and fast it fairly out. Our cake’s dough on
line 0402both sides. Farewell. Yet for the love I bear my
line 0403sweet Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit
line 0404man to teach her that wherein she delights, I will
line 0405wish him to her father.
115line 0406HORTENSIOSo will I, Signior Gremio. But a word, I
line 0407pray. Though the nature of our quarrel yet never
line 0408brooked parle, know now upon advice, it toucheth
line 0409us both (that we may yet again have access to our
line 0410fair mistress and be happy rivals in Bianca’s love) to
120line 0411labor and effect one thing specially.
line 0412GREMIOWhat’s that, I pray?
line 0413HORTENSIOMarry, sir, to get a husband for her sister.
line 0414GREMIOA husband? A devil!
line 0415HORTENSIOI say “a husband.”
125line 0416GREMIOI say “a devil.” Think’st thou, Hortensio,
line 0417though her father be very rich, any man is so very a
line 0418fool to be married to hell?
line 0419HORTENSIOTush, Gremio. Though it pass your patience
line 0420and mine to endure her loud alarums, why,
130line 0421man, there be good fellows in the world, an a man
line 0422could light on them, would take her with all faults,
line 0423and money enough.
line 0424GREMIOI cannot tell. But I had as lief take her dowry
line 0425with this condition: to be whipped at the high cross
135line 0426every morning.
line 0427HORTENSIOFaith, as you say, there’s small choice in
line 0428rotten apples. But come, since this bar in law
line 0429makes us friends, it shall be so far forth friendly
line 0430maintained till by helping Baptista’s eldest daughter
140line 0431to a husband we set his youngest free for a
line 0432husband, and then have to ’t afresh. Sweet Bianca!
line 0433Happy man be his dole! He that runs fastest gets the
line 0434ring. How say you, Signior Gremio?
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 41 line 0435GREMIOI am agreed, and would I had given him the
145line 0436best horse in Padua to begin his wooing that would
line 0437thoroughly woo her, wed her, and bed her, and rid
line 0438the house of her. Come on.

Gremio and Hortensio exit. Tranio and Lucentio remain onstage.

TRANIO
line 0439I pray, sir, tell me, is it possible
line 0440That love should of a sudden take such hold?
LUCENTIO
150line 0441O Tranio, till I found it to be true,
line 0442I never thought it possible or likely.
line 0443But see, while idly I stood looking on,
line 0444I found the effect of love-in-idleness,
line 0445And now in plainness do confess to thee
155line 0446That art to me as secret and as dear
line 0447As Anna to the Queen of Carthage was:
line 0448Tranio, I burn, I pine! I perish, Tranio,
line 0449If I achieve not this young modest girl.
line 0450Counsel me, Tranio, for I know thou canst.
160line 0451Assist me, Tranio, for I know thou wilt.
TRANIO
line 0452Master, it is no time to chide you now.
line 0453Affection is not rated from the heart.
line 0454If love have touched you, naught remains but so:
line 0455Redime te captum quam queas minimo.
LUCENTIO
165line 0456Gramercies, lad. Go forward. This contents;
line 0457The rest will comfort, for thy counsel’s sound.
TRANIO
line 0458Master, you looked so longly on the maid,
line 0459Perhaps you marked not what’s the pith of all.
LUCENTIO
line 0460O yes, I saw sweet beauty in her face,
170line 0461Such as the daughter of Agenor had,
line 0462That made great Jove to humble him to her hand
line 0463When with his knees he kissed the Cretan strand.
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 43 TRANIO
line 0464Saw you no more? Marked you not how her sister
line 0465Began to scold and raise up such a storm
175line 0466That mortal ears might hardly endure the din?
LUCENTIO
line 0467Tranio, I saw her coral lips to move,
line 0468And with her breath she did perfume the air.
line 0469Sacred and sweet was all I saw in her.
TRANIOaside
line 0470Nay, then ’tis time to stir him from his trance.—
180line 0471I pray, awake, sir! If you love the maid,
line 0472Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus it
line 0473stands:
line 0474Her elder sister is so curst and shrewd
line 0475That till the father rid his hands of her,
185line 0476Master, your love must live a maid at home,
line 0477And therefore has he closely mewed her up,
line 0478Because she will not be annoyed with suitors.
LUCENTIO
line 0479Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father’s he!
line 0480But art thou not advised he took some care
190line 0481To get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct her?
TRANIO
line 0482Ay, marry, am I, sir—and now ’tis plotted!
LUCENTIO
line 0483I have it, Tranio!
line 0484TRANIOMaster, for my hand,
line 0485Both our inventions meet and jump in one.
LUCENTIO
195line 0486Tell me thine first.
line 0487TRANIOYou will be schoolmaster
line 0488And undertake the teaching of the maid:
line 0489That’s your device.
line 0490LUCENTIOIt is. May it be done?
TRANIO
200line 0491Not possible. For who shall bear your part
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 45 line 0492And be in Padua here Vincentio’s son,
line 0493Keep house, and ply his book, welcome his friends,
line 0494Visit his countrymen and banquet them?
LUCENTIO
line 0495Basta, content thee, for I have it full.
205line 0496We have not yet been seen in any house,
line 0497Nor can we be distinguished by our faces
line 0498For man or master. Then it follows thus:
line 0499Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead,
line 0500Keep house, and port, and servants, as I should.
210line 0501I will some other be, some Florentine,
line 0502Some Neapolitan, or meaner man of Pisa.
line 0503’Tis hatched, and shall be so. Tranio, at once
line 0504Uncase thee. Take my colored hat and cloak.

They exchange clothes.

line 0505When Biondello comes, he waits on thee,
215line 0506But I will charm him first to keep his tongue.
line 0507TRANIOSo had you need.
line 0508In brief, sir, sith it your pleasure is,
line 0509And I am tied to be obedient
line 0510(For so your father charged me at our parting:
220line 0511“Be serviceable to my son,” quoth he,
line 0512Although I think ’twas in another sense),
line 0513I am content to be Lucentio,
line 0514Because so well I love Lucentio.
LUCENTIO
line 0515Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves,
225line 0516And let me be a slave, t’ achieve that maid
line 0517Whose sudden sight hath thralled my wounded eye.

Enter Biondello.

line 0518Here comes the rogue.—Sirrah, where have you
line 0519been?
BIONDELLO
line 0520Where have I been? Nay, how now, where are you?
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 47 230line 0521Master, has my fellow Tranio stolen your clothes?
line 0522Or you stolen his? Or both? Pray, what’s the news?
LUCENTIO
line 0523Sirrah, come hither. ’Tis no time to jest,
line 0524And therefore frame your manners to the time.
line 0525Your fellow, Tranio here, to save my life,
235line 0526Puts my apparel and my count’nance on,
line 0527And I for my escape have put on his;
line 0528For in a quarrel since I came ashore
line 0529I killed a man and fear I was descried.
line 0530Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes,
240line 0531While I make way from hence to save my life.
line 0532You understand me?
line 0533BIONDELLOAy, sir. Aside. Ne’er a whit.
LUCENTIO
line 0534And not a jot of “Tranio” in your mouth.
line 0535Tranio is changed into Lucentio.
BIONDELLO
245line 0536The better for him. Would I were so too.
TRANIO
line 0537So could I, faith, boy, to have the next wish after,
line 0538That Lucentio indeed had Baptista’s youngest
line 0539daughter.
line 0540But, sirrah, not for my sake, but your master’s, I
250line 0541advise
line 0542You use your manners discreetly in all kind of
line 0543companies.
line 0544When I am alone, why then I am Tranio;
line 0545But in all places else, your master Lucentio.
255line 0546LUCENTIOTranio, let’s go. One thing more rests, that
line 0547thyself execute, to make one among these wooers. If
line 0548thou ask me why, sufficeth my reasons are both
line 0549good and weighty.They exit.

The Presenters above speak.

FIRST SERVINGMAN
line 0550My lord, you nod. You do not mind the play.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 49 260line 0551SLYYes, by Saint Anne, do I. A good matter, surely.
line 0552Comes there any more of it?
line 0553PAGEas Lady My lord, ’tis but begun.
line 0554SLY’Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam lady.
line 0555Would ’twere done.

They sit and mark.


Scene 2

Enter Petruchio and his man Grumio.

PETRUCHIO
line 0556Verona, for a while I take my leave
line 0557To see my friends in Padua, but of all
line 0558My best belovèd and approvèd friend,
line 0559Hortensio. And I trow this is his house.
5line 0560Here, sirrah Grumio, knock, I say.
line 0561GRUMIOKnock, sir? Whom should I knock? Is there
line 0562any man has rebused your Worship?
line 0563PETRUCHIOVillain, I say, knock me here soundly.
line 0564GRUMIOKnock you here, sir? Why, sir, what am I, sir,
10line 0565that I should knock you here, sir?
PETRUCHIO
line 0566Villain, I say, knock me at this gate
line 0567And rap me well, or I’ll knock your knave’s pate.
GRUMIO
line 0568My master is grown quarrelsome. I should knock
line 0569you first,
15line 0570And then I know after who comes by the worst.
line 0571PETRUCHIOWill it not be?
line 0572Faith, sirrah, an you’ll not knock, I’ll ring it.
line 0573I’ll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it.

He wrings him by the ears. Grumio falls.

line 0574GRUMIOHelp, mistress, help! My master is mad.
20line 0575PETRUCHIONow knock when I bid you, sirrah
line 0576villain.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 51

Enter Hortensio.

line 0577HORTENSIOHow now, what’s the matter? My old
line 0578friend Grumio and my good friend Petruchio? How
line 0579do you all at Verona?
PETRUCHIO
25line 0580Signior Hortensio, come you to part the fray?
line 0581Con tutto il cuore ben trovato, may I say.
line 0582HORTENSIOAlia nostra casa ben venuto, molto
line 0583honorato signor mio Petruchio.—Rise, Grumio,
line 0584rise. We will compound this quarrel.Grumio rises.
30line 0585GRUMIONay, ’tis no matter, sir, what he ’leges in
line 0586Latin. If this be not a lawful cause for me to leave
line 0587his service—look you, sir: he bid me knock him
line 0588and rap him soundly, sir. Well, was it fit for a
line 0589servant to use his master so, being perhaps, for
35line 0590aught I see, two-and-thirty, a pip out?
line 0591Whom, would to God, I had well knocked at first,
line 0592Then had not Grumio come by the worst.
PETRUCHIO
line 0593A senseless villain, good Hortensio.
line 0594I bade the rascal knock upon your gate
40line 0595And could not get him for my heart to do it.
line 0596GRUMIOKnock at the gate? O, heavens, spake you not
line 0597these words plain: “Sirrah, knock me here, rap me
line 0598here, knock me well, and knock me soundly”? And
line 0599come you now with “knocking at the gate”?
PETRUCHIO
45line 0600Sirrah, begone, or talk not, I advise you.
HORTENSIO
line 0601Petruchio, patience. I am Grumio’s pledge.
line 0602Why, this’ a heavy chance ’twixt him and you,
line 0603Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grumio.
line 0604And tell me now, sweet friend, what happy gale
50line 0605Blows you to Padua here from old Verona?
PETRUCHIO
line 0606Such wind as scatters young men through the world
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 53 line 0607To seek their fortunes farther than at home,
line 0608Where small experience grows. But in a few,
line 0609Signior Hortensio, thus it stands with me:
55line 0610Antonio, my father, is deceased,
line 0611And I have thrust myself into this maze,
line 0612Happily to wive and thrive, as best I may.
line 0613Crowns in my purse I have and goods at home,
line 0614And so am come abroad to see the world.
HORTENSIO
60line 0615Petruchio, shall I then come roundly to thee
line 0616And wish thee to a shrewd ill-favored wife?
line 0617Thou ’dst thank me but a little for my counsel—
line 0618And yet I’ll promise thee she shall be rich,
line 0619And very rich. But thou ’rt too much my friend,
65line 0620And I’ll not wish thee to her.
PETRUCHIO
line 0621Signior Hortensio, ’twixt such friends as we
line 0622Few words suffice. And therefore, if thou know
line 0623One rich enough to be Petruchio’s wife
line 0624(As wealth is burden of my wooing dance),
70line 0625Be she as foul as was Florentius’ love,
line 0626As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd
line 0627As Socrates’ Xanthippe, or a worse,
line 0628She moves me not, or not removes at least
line 0629Affection’s edge in me, were she as rough
75line 0630As are the swelling Adriatic seas.
line 0631I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
line 0632If wealthily, then happily in Padua.
line 0633GRUMIOto Hortensio Nay, look you, sir, he tells you
line 0634flatly what his mind is. Why, give him gold enough
80line 0635and marry him to a puppet or an aglet-baby, or an
line 0636old trot with ne’er a tooth in her head, though she
line 0637have as many diseases as two-and-fifty horses. Why,
line 0638nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal.
HORTENSIO
line 0639Petruchio, since we are stepped thus far in,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 55 85line 0640I will continue that I broached in jest.
line 0641I can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife
line 0642With wealth enough, and young and beauteous,
line 0643Brought up as best becomes a gentlewoman.
line 0644Her only fault, and that is faults enough,
90line 0645Is that she is intolerable curst,
line 0646And shrewd, and froward, so beyond all measure
line 0647That, were my state far worser than it is,
line 0648I would not wed her for a mine of gold.
PETRUCHIO
line 0649Hortensio, peace. Thou know’st not gold’s effect.
95line 0650Tell me her father’s name, and ’tis enough;
line 0651For I will board her, though she chide as loud
line 0652As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack.
HORTENSIO
line 0653Her father is Baptista Minola,
line 0654An affable and courteous gentleman.
100line 0655Her name is Katherina Minola,
line 0656Renowned in Padua for her scolding tongue.
PETRUCHIO
line 0657I know her father, though I know not her,
line 0658And he knew my deceasèd father well.
line 0659I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her,
105line 0660And therefore let me be thus bold with you
line 0661To give you over at this first encounter—
line 0662Unless you will accompany me thither.
line 0663GRUMIOto Hortensio I pray you, sir, let him go while
line 0664the humor lasts. O’ my word, an she knew him as
110line 0665well as I do, she would think scolding would do little
line 0666good upon him. She may perhaps call him half a
line 0667score knaves or so. Why, that’s nothing; an he begin
line 0668once, he’ll rail in his rope tricks. I’ll tell you what,
line 0669sir, an she stand him but a little, he will throw a
115line 0670figure in her face and so disfigure her with it that
line 0671she shall have no more eyes to see withal than a cat.
line 0672You know him not, sir.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 57 HORTENSIO
line 0673Tarry, Petruchio. I must go with thee,
line 0674For in Baptista’s keep my treasure is.
120line 0675He hath the jewel of my life in hold,
line 0676His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca,
line 0677And her withholds from me and other more,
line 0678Suitors to her and rivals in my love,
line 0679Supposing it a thing impossible,
125line 0680For those defects I have before rehearsed,
line 0681That ever Katherina will be wooed.
line 0682Therefore this order hath Baptista ta’en,
line 0683That none shall have access unto Bianca
line 0684Till Katherine the curst have got a husband.
130line 0685GRUMIO“Katherine the curst,”
line 0686A title for a maid, of all titles the worst.
HORTENSIO
line 0687Now shall my friend Petruchio do me grace
line 0688And offer me disguised in sober robes
line 0689To old Baptista as a schoolmaster
135line 0690Well seen in music, to instruct Bianca,
line 0691That so I may, by this device at least,
line 0692Have leave and leisure to make love to her
line 0693And unsuspected court her by herself.
line 0694GRUMIOHere’s no knavery! See, to beguile the old
140line 0695folks, how the young folks lay their heads together!

Enter Gremio and Lucentio, disguised as Cambio, a schoolmaster.

line 0696Master, master, look about you. Who goes there, ha?
HORTENSIO
line 0697Peace, Grumio, it is the rival of my love.
line 0698Petruchio, stand by awhile.

Petruchio, Hortensio, and Grumio stand aside.

GRUMIOaside
line 0699A proper stripling, and an amorous.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 59 GREMIOto Lucentio
145line 0700O, very well, I have perused the note.
line 0701Hark you, sir, I’ll have them very fairly bound,
line 0702All books of love. See that at any hand,
line 0703And see you read no other lectures to her.
line 0704You understand me. Over and beside
150line 0705Signior Baptista’s liberality,
line 0706I’ll mend it with a largess. Take your paper too.
line 0707And let me have them very well perfumed,
line 0708For she is sweeter than perfume itself
line 0709To whom they go to. What will you read to her?
LUCENTIOas Cambio
155line 0710Whate’er I read to her, I’ll plead for you
line 0711As for my patron, stand you so assured,
line 0712As firmly as yourself were still in place,
line 0713Yea, and perhaps with more successful words
line 0714Than you—unless you were a scholar, sir.
GREMIO
160line 0715O this learning, what a thing it is!
GRUMIOaside
line 0716O this woodcock, what an ass it is!
line 0717PETRUCHIOaside Peace, sirrah.
HORTENSIOaside
line 0718Grumio, mum.Coming forward.
line 0719God save you, Signior Gremio.
GREMIO
165line 0720And you are well met, Signior Hortensio.
line 0721Trow you whither I am going? To Baptista Minola.
line 0722I promised to enquire carefully
line 0723About a schoolmaster for the fair Bianca,
line 0724And by good fortune I have lighted well
170line 0725On this young man, for learning and behavior
line 0726Fit for her turn, well read in poetry
line 0727And other books—good ones, I warrant you.
HORTENSIO
line 0728’Tis well. And I have met a gentleman
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 61 line 0729Hath promised me to help me to another,
175line 0730A fine musician to instruct our mistress.
line 0731So shall I no whit be behind in duty
line 0732To fair Bianca, so beloved of me.
GREMIO
line 0733Beloved of me, and that my deeds shall prove.
line 0734GRUMIOaside And that his bags shall prove.
HORTENSIO
180line 0735Gremio, ’tis now no time to vent our love.
line 0736Listen to me, and if you speak me fair
line 0737I’ll tell you news indifferent good for either.

Presenting Petruchio.

line 0738Here is a gentleman whom by chance I met,
line 0739Upon agreement from us to his liking,
185line 0740Will undertake to woo curst Katherine,
line 0741Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please.
line 0742GREMIOSo said, so done, is well.
line 0743Hortensio, have you told him all her faults?
PETRUCHIO
line 0744I know she is an irksome, brawling scold.
190line 0745If that be all, masters, I hear no harm.
GREMIO
line 0746No? Sayst me so, friend? What countryman?
PETRUCHIO
line 0747Born in Verona, old Antonio’s son.
line 0748My father dead, my fortune lives for me,
line 0749And I do hope good days and long to see.
GREMIO
195line 0750Oh, sir, such a life with such a wife were strange.
line 0751But if you have a stomach, to ’t, i’ God’s name!
line 0752You shall have me assisting you in all.
line 0753But will you woo this wildcat?
line 0754PETRUCHIOWill I live?
GRUMIO
200line 0755Will he woo her? Ay, or I’ll hang her.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 63 PETRUCHIO
line 0756Why came I hither but to that intent?
line 0757Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?
line 0758Have I not in my time heard lions roar?
line 0759Have I not heard the sea, puffed up with winds,
205line 0760Rage like an angry boar chafèd with sweat?
line 0761Have I not heard great ordnance in the field
line 0762And heaven’s artillery thunder in the skies?
line 0763Have I not in a pitchèd battle heard
line 0764Loud ’larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets clang?
210line 0765And do you tell me of a woman’s tongue,
line 0766That gives not half so great a blow to hear
line 0767As will a chestnut in a farmer’s fire?
line 0768Tush, tush, fear boys with bugs!
line 0769GRUMIOFor he fears none.
215line 0770GREMIOHortensio, hark.
line 0771This gentleman is happily arrived,
line 0772My mind presumes, for his own good and yours.
HORTENSIO
line 0773I promised we would be contributors
line 0774And bear his charge of wooing whatsoe’er.
GREMIO
220line 0775And so we will, provided that he win her.
GRUMIO
line 0776I would I were as sure of a good dinner.

Enter Tranio, disguised as Lucentio, and Biondello.

TRANIOas Lucentio
line 0777Gentlemen, God save you. If I may be bold,
line 0778Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way
line 0779To the house of Signior Baptista Minola?
225line 0780BIONDELLOHe that has the two fair daughters—is ’t
line 0781he you mean?
line 0782TRANIOas Lucentio Even he, Biondello.
GREMIO
line 0783Hark you, sir, you mean not her to—
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 65 TRANIOas Lucentio
line 0784Perhaps him and her, sir. What have you to do?
PETRUCHIO
230line 0785Not her that chides, sir, at any hand, I pray.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 0786I love no chiders, sir. Biondello, let’s away.
LUCENTIOaside
line 0787Well begun, Tranio.
line 0788HORTENSIOSir, a word ere you go.
line 0789Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea or no?
TRANIOas Lucentio
235line 0790An if I be, sir, is it any offense?
GREMIO
line 0791No, if without more words you will get you hence.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 0792Why sir, I pray, are not the streets as free
line 0793For me, as for you?
line 0794GREMIOBut so is not she.
TRANIOas Lucentio
240line 0795For what reason, I beseech you?
GREMIO
line 0796For this reason, if you’ll know:
line 0797That she’s the choice love of Signior Gremio.
HORTENSIO
line 0798That she’s the chosen of Signior Hortensio.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 0799Softly, my masters. If you be gentlemen,
245line 0800Do me this right: hear me with patience.
line 0801Baptista is a noble gentleman
line 0802To whom my father is not all unknown,
line 0803And were his daughter fairer than she is,
line 0804She may more suitors have, and me for one.
250line 0805Fair Leda’s daughter had a thousand wooers.
line 0806Then well one more may fair Bianca have.
line 0807And so she shall. Lucentio shall make one,
line 0808Though Paris came in hope to speed alone.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 67 GREMIO
line 0809What, this gentleman will out-talk us all!
LUCENTIOas Cambio
255line 0810Sir, give him head; I know he’ll prove a jade.
PETRUCHIO
line 0811Hortensio, to what end are all these words?
HORTENSIOto Tranio
line 0812Sir, let me be so bold as ask you,
line 0813Did you yet ever see Baptista’s daughter?
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 0814No, sir, but hear I do that he hath two,
260line 0815The one as famous for a scolding tongue
line 0816As is the other for beauteous modesty.
PETRUCHIO
line 0817Sir, sir, the first’s for me; let her go by.
GREMIO
line 0818Yea, leave that labor to great Hercules,
line 0819And let it be more than Alcides’ twelve.
PETRUCHIOto Tranio
265line 0820Sir, understand you this of me, in sooth:
line 0821The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for,
line 0822Her father keeps from all access of suitors
line 0823And will not promise her to any man
line 0824Until the elder sister first be wed.
270line 0825The younger then is free, and not before.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 0826If it be so, sir, that you are the man
line 0827Must stead us all, and me amongst the rest,
line 0828And if you break the ice and do this feat,
line 0829Achieve the elder, set the younger free
275line 0830For our access, whose hap shall be to have her
line 0831Will not so graceless be to be ingrate.
HORTENSIO
line 0832Sir, you say well, and well you do conceive.
line 0833And since you do profess to be a suitor,
line 0834You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman,
280line 0835To whom we all rest generally beholding.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 69 TRANIOas Lucentio
line 0836Sir, I shall not be slack; in sign whereof,
line 0837Please you we may contrive this afternoon
line 0838And quaff carouses to our mistress’ health,
line 0839And do as adversaries do in law,
285line 0840Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
GRUMIO and BIONDELLO
line 0841O excellent motion! Fellows, let’s be gone.
HORTENSIO
line 0842The motion’s good indeed, and be it so.—
line 0843Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto.

They exit.


ACT 2


Scene 1

Enter Katherine and Bianca with her hands tied.

BIANCA
line 0844Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,
line 0845To make a bondmaid and a slave of me.
line 0846That I disdain. But for these other goods—
line 0847Unbind my hands, I’ll pull them off myself,
5line 0848Yea, all my raiment to my petticoat,
line 0849Or what you will command me will I do,
line 0850So well I know my duty to my elders.
KATHERINE
line 0851Of all thy suitors here I charge thee tell
line 0852Whom thou lov’st best. See thou dissemble not.
BIANCA
10line 0853Believe me, sister, of all the men alive
line 0854I never yet beheld that special face
line 0855Which I could fancy more than any other.
KATHERINE
line 0856Minion, thou liest. Is ’t not Hortensio?
BIANCA
line 0857If you affect him, sister, here I swear
15line 0858I’ll plead for you myself, but you shall have him.
KATHERINE
line 0859O, then belike you fancy riches more.
line 0860You will have Gremio to keep you fair.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 75 BIANCA
line 0861Is it for him you do envy me so?
line 0862Nay, then, you jest, and now I well perceive
20line 0863You have but jested with me all this while.
line 0864I prithee, sister Kate, untie my hands.

Katherine strikes her.

KATHERINE
line 0865If that be jest, then all the rest was so.

Enter Baptista.

BAPTISTA
line 0866Why, how now, dame, whence grows this
line 0867insolence?—
25line 0868Bianca, stand aside.—Poor girl, she weeps!

He unties her hands.

line 0869To Bianca. Go ply thy needle; meddle not with her.
line 0870To Katherine. For shame, thou hilding of a devilish
line 0871spirit!
line 0872Why dost thou wrong her that did ne’er wrong
30line 0873thee?
line 0874When did she cross thee with a bitter word?
KATHERINE
line 0875Her silence flouts me, and I’ll be revenged!

She flies after Bianca.

BAPTISTA
line 0876What, in my sight?—Bianca, get thee in.

Bianca exits.

KATHERINE
line 0877What, will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see
35line 0878She is your treasure, she must have a husband,
line 0879I must dance barefoot on her wedding day
line 0880And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell.
line 0881Talk not to me. I will go sit and weep
line 0882Till I can find occasion of revenge.She exits.
BAPTISTA
40line 0883Was ever gentleman thus grieved as I?
line 0884But who comes here?
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 77

Enter Gremio; Lucentio disguised as Cambio in the habit of a mean man; Petruchio with Hortensio disguised as Litio; and Tranio disguised as Lucentio, with his boy, Biondello bearing a lute and books.

line 0885GREMIOGood morrow, neighbor Baptista.
line 0886BAPTISTAGood morrow, neighbor Gremio.—God
line 0887save you, gentlemen.
PETRUCHIO
45line 0888And you, good sir. Pray, have you not a daughter
line 0889Called Katherina, fair and virtuous?
BAPTISTA
line 0890I have a daughter, sir, called Katherina.
GREMIOto Petruchio
line 0891You are too blunt. Go to it orderly.
PETRUCHIO
line 0892You wrong me, Signior Gremio. Give me leave.—
50line 0893I am a gentleman of Verona, sir,
line 0894That hearing of her beauty and her wit,
line 0895Her affability and bashful modesty,
line 0896Her wondrous qualities and mild behavior,
line 0897Am bold to show myself a forward guest
55line 0898Within your house, to make mine eye the witness
line 0899Of that report which I so oft have heard,
line 0900And, for an entrance to my entertainment,
line 0901I do present you with a man of mine,

Presenting Hortensio, disguised as Litio

line 0902Cunning in music and the mathematics,
60line 0903To instruct her fully in those sciences,
line 0904Whereof I know she is not ignorant.
line 0905Accept of him, or else you do me wrong.
line 0906His name is Litio, born in Mantua.
BAPTISTA
line 0907You’re welcome, sir, and he for your good sake.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 79 65line 0908But for my daughter Katherine, this I know,
line 0909She is not for your turn, the more my grief.
PETRUCHIO
line 0910I see you do not mean to part with her,
line 0911Or else you like not of my company.
BAPTISTA
line 0912Mistake me not. I speak but as I find.
70line 0913Whence are you, sir? What may I call your name?
PETRUCHIO
line 0914Petruchio is my name, Antonio’s son,
line 0915A man well known throughout all Italy.
BAPTISTA
line 0916I know him well. You are welcome for his sake.
GREMIO
line 0917Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray
75line 0918Let us that are poor petitioners speak too!
line 0919Bacare, you are marvelous forward.
PETRUCHIO
line 0920O, pardon me, Signior Gremio, I would fain be
line 0921doing.
GREMIO
line 0922I doubt it not, sir. But you will curse your wooing.
80line 0923To Baptista. Neighbor, this is a gift very grateful,
line 0924I am sure of it. To express the like kindness, myself,
line 0925that have been more kindly beholding to you than
line 0926any, freely give unto you this young scholar
line 0927presenting Lucentio, disguised as Cambio that hath
85line 0928been long studying at Rheims, as cunning in Greek,
line 0929Latin, and other languages as the other in music and
line 0930mathematics. His name is Cambio. Pray accept his
line 0931service.
line 0932BAPTISTAA thousand thanks, Signior Gremio.—Welcome,
90line 0933good Cambio. To Tranio as Lucentio. But,
line 0934gentle sir, methinks you walk like a stranger. May I
line 0935be so bold to know the cause of your coming?
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 81 TRANIOas Lucentio
line 0936Pardon me, sir, the boldness is mine own,
line 0937That being a stranger in this city here
95line 0938Do make myself a suitor to your daughter,
line 0939Unto Bianca, fair and virtuous.
line 0940Nor is your firm resolve unknown to me,
line 0941In the preferment of the eldest sister.
line 0942This liberty is all that I request,
100line 0943That, upon knowledge of my parentage,
line 0944I may have welcome ’mongst the rest that woo
line 0945And free access and favor as the rest.
line 0946And toward the education of your daughters
line 0947I here bestow a simple instrument
105line 0948And this small packet of Greek and Latin books.

Biondello comes forward with the gifts.

line 0949If you accept them, then their worth is great.
BAPTISTA
line 0950Lucentio is your name. Of whence, I pray?
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 0951Of Pisa, sir, son to Vincentio.
BAPTISTA
line 0952A mighty man of Pisa. By report
110line 0953I know him well. You are very welcome, sir.
line 0954To Hortensio as Litio. Take you the lute,
line 0955To Lucentio as Cambio. and you the set of books.
line 0956You shall go see your pupils presently.
line 0957Holla, within!

Enter a Servant.

115line 0958Sirrah, lead these gentlemen
line 0959To my daughters, and tell them both
line 0960These are their tutors. Bid them use them well.

Servant exits with Hortensio and Lucentio.

line 0961We will go walk a little in the orchard,
line 0962And then to dinner. You are passing welcome,
120line 0963And so I pray you all to think yourselves.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 83 PETRUCHIO
line 0964Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,
line 0965And every day I cannot come to woo.
line 0966You knew my father well, and in him me,
line 0967Left solely heir to all his lands and goods,
125line 0968Which I have bettered rather than decreased.
line 0969Then tell me, if I get your daughter’s love,
line 0970What dowry shall I have with her to wife?
BAPTISTA
line 0971After my death, the one half of my lands,
line 0972And, in possession, twenty thousand crowns.
PETRUCHIO
130line 0973And, for that dowry, I’ll assure her of
line 0974Her widowhood, be it that she survive me,
line 0975In all my lands and leases whatsoever.
line 0976Let specialties be therefore drawn between us,
line 0977That covenants may be kept on either hand.
BAPTISTA
135line 0978Ay, when the special thing is well obtained,
line 0979That is, her love, for that is all in all.
PETRUCHIO
line 0980Why, that is nothing. For I tell you, father,
line 0981I am as peremptory as she proud-minded;
line 0982And where two raging fires meet together,
140line 0983They do consume the thing that feeds their fury.
line 0984Though little fire grows great with little wind,
line 0985Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all.
line 0986So I to her and so she yields to me,
line 0987For I am rough and woo not like a babe.
BAPTISTA
145line 0988Well mayst thou woo, and happy be thy speed.
line 0989But be thou armed for some unhappy words.
PETRUCHIO
line 0990Ay, to the proof, as mountains are for winds,
line 0991That shakes not, though they blow perpetually.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 85

Enter Hortensio as Litio with his head broke.

BAPTISTA
line 0992How now, my friend, why dost thou look so pale?
HORTENSIOas Litio
150line 0993For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.
BAPTISTA
line 0994What, will my daughter prove a good musician?
HORTENSIOas Litio
line 0995I think she’ll sooner prove a soldier!
line 0996Iron may hold with her, but never lutes.
BAPTISTA
line 0997Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?
HORTENSIOas Litio
155line 0998Why, no, for she hath broke the lute to me.
line 0999I did but tell her she mistook her frets,
line 1000And bowed her hand to teach her fingering,
line 1001When, with a most impatient devilish spirit,
line 1002“‘Frets’ call you these?” quoth she. “I’ll fume with
160line 1003them!”
line 1004And with that word she struck me on the head,
line 1005And through the instrument my pate made way,
line 1006And there I stood amazèd for a while,
line 1007As on a pillory, looking through the lute,
165line 1008While she did call me “rascal fiddler,”
line 1009And “twangling Jack,” with twenty such vile terms,
line 1010As had she studied to misuse me so.
PETRUCHIO
line 1011Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench.
line 1012I love her ten times more than ere I did.
170line 1013O, how I long to have some chat with her!
BAPTISTAto Hortensio as Litio
line 1014Well, go with me, and be not so discomfited.
line 1015Proceed in practice with my younger daughter.
line 1016She’s apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.—
line 1017Signior Petruchio, will you go with us,
175line 1018Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you?
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 87 PETRUCHIO
line 1019I pray you do. I’ll attend her here—

All but Petruchio exit.

line 1020And woo her with some spirit when she comes!
line 1021Say that she rail, why then I’ll tell her plain
line 1022She sings as sweetly as a nightingale.
180line 1023Say that she frown, I’ll say she looks as clear
line 1024As morning roses newly washed with dew.
line 1025Say she be mute and will not speak a word,
line 1026Then I’ll commend her volubility
line 1027And say she uttereth piercing eloquence.
185line 1028If she do bid me pack, I’ll give her thanks
line 1029As though she bid me stay by her a week.
line 1030If she deny to wed, I’ll crave the day
line 1031When I shall ask the banns, and when be marrièd.
line 1032But here she comes—and now, Petruchio, speak.

Enter Katherine.

190line 1033Good morrow, Kate, for that’s your name, I hear.
KATHERINE
line 1034Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing.
line 1035They call me Katherine that do talk of me.
PETRUCHIO
line 1036You lie, in faith, for you are called plain Kate,
line 1037And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst.
195line 1038But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,
line 1039Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate
line 1040(For dainties are all Kates)—and therefore, Kate,
line 1041Take this of me, Kate of my consolation:
line 1042Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,
200line 1043Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded
line 1044(Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs),
line 1045Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.
KATHERINE
line 1046“Moved,” in good time! Let him that moved you
line 1047hither
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 89 205line 1048Remove you hence. I knew you at the first
line 1049You were a movable.
PETRUCHIO
line 1050Why, what’s a movable?
line 1051KATHERINEA joint stool.
PETRUCHIO
line 1052Thou hast hit it. Come, sit on me.
KATHERINE
210line 1053Asses are made to bear, and so are you.
PETRUCHIO
line 1054Women are made to bear, and so are you.
KATHERINE
line 1055No such jade as you, if me you mean.
PETRUCHIO
line 1056Alas, good Kate, I will not burden thee,
line 1057For knowing thee to be but young and light—
KATHERINE
215line 1058Too light for such a swain as you to catch,
line 1059And yet as heavy as my weight should be.
PETRUCHIO
line 1060“Should be”—should buzz!
line 1061KATHERINEWell ta’en, and like a
line 1062buzzard.
PETRUCHIO
220line 1063O slow-winged turtle, shall a buzzard take thee?
KATHERINE
line 1064Ay, for a turtle, as he takes a buzzard.
PETRUCHIO
line 1065Come, come, you wasp! I’ faith, you are too angry.
KATHERINE
line 1066If I be waspish, best beware my sting.
PETRUCHIO
line 1067My remedy is then to pluck it out.
KATHERINE
225line 1068Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 91 PETRUCHIO
line 1069Who knows not where a wasp does wear his sting?
line 1070In his tail.
line 1071KATHERINEIn his tongue.
line 1072PETRUCHIOWhose tongue?
KATHERINE
230line 1073Yours, if you talk of tales, and so farewell.
line 1074PETRUCHIOWhat, with my tongue in your tail?
line 1075Nay, come again, good Kate. I am a gentleman—
line 1076KATHERINEThat I’ll try.She strikes him.
PETRUCHIO
line 1077I swear I’ll cuff you if you strike again.
235line 1078KATHERINESo may you lose your arms.
line 1079If you strike me, you are no gentleman,
line 1080And if no gentleman, why then no arms.
PETRUCHIO
line 1081A herald, Kate? O, put me in thy books.
line 1082KATHERINEWhat is your crest? A coxcomb?
PETRUCHIO
240line 1083A combless cock, so Kate will be my hen.
KATHERINE
line 1084No cock of mine. You crow too like a craven.
PETRUCHIO
line 1085Nay, come, Kate, come. You must not look so sour.
KATHERINE
line 1086It is my fashion when I see a crab.
PETRUCHIO
line 1087Why, here’s no crab, and therefore look not sour.
245line 1088KATHERINEThere is, there is.
PETRUCHIO
line 1089Then show it me.
line 1090KATHERINEHad I a glass, I would.
line 1091PETRUCHIOWhat, you mean my face?
line 1092KATHERINEWell aimed of such a young one.
PETRUCHIO
250line 1093Now, by Saint George, I am too young for you.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 93 KATHERINE
line 1094Yet you are withered.
line 1095PETRUCHIO’Tis with cares.
line 1096KATHERINEI care not.
PETRUCHIO
line 1097Nay, hear you, Kate—in sooth, you ’scape not so.
KATHERINE
255line 1098I chafe you if I tarry. Let me go.
PETRUCHIO
line 1099No, not a whit. I find you passing gentle.
line 1100’Twas told me you were rough, and coy, and sullen,
line 1101And now I find report a very liar.
line 1102For thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing
260line 1103courteous,
line 1104But slow in speech, yet sweet as springtime flowers.
line 1105Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance,
line 1106Nor bite the lip as angry wenches will,
line 1107Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk.
265line 1108But thou with mildness entertain’st thy wooers,
line 1109With gentle conference, soft, and affable.
line 1110Why does the world report that Kate doth limp?
line 1111O sland’rous world! Kate like the hazel twig
line 1112Is straight, and slender, and as brown in hue
270line 1113As hazelnuts, and sweeter than the kernels.
line 1114O, let me see thee walk! Thou dost not halt.
KATHERINE
line 1115Go, fool, and whom thou keep’st command.
PETRUCHIO
line 1116Did ever Dian so become a grove
line 1117As Kate this chamber with her princely gait?
275line 1118O, be thou Dian and let her be Kate,
line 1119And then let Kate be chaste and Dian sportful.
KATHERINE
line 1120Where did you study all this goodly speech?
PETRUCHIO
line 1121It is extempore, from my mother wit.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 95 KATHERINE
line 1122A witty mother, witless else her son.
280line 1123PETRUCHIOAm I not wise?
line 1124KATHERINEYes, keep you warm.
PETRUCHIO
line 1125Marry, so I mean, sweet Katherine, in thy bed.
line 1126And therefore, setting all this chat aside,
line 1127Thus in plain terms: your father hath consented
285line 1128That you shall be my wife, your dowry ’greed on,
line 1129And, will you, nill you, I will marry you.
line 1130Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn,
line 1131For by this light, whereby I see thy beauty,
line 1132Thy beauty that doth make me like thee well,
290line 1133Thou must be married to no man but me.
line 1134For I am he am born to tame you, Kate,
line 1135And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate
line 1136Conformable as other household Kates.

Enter Baptista, Gremio, and Tranio as Lucentio.

line 1137Here comes your father. Never make denial.
295line 1138I must and will have Katherine to my wife.
BAPTISTA
line 1139Now, Signior Petruchio, how speed you with my
line 1140daughter?
line 1141PETRUCHIOHow but well, sir? How but well?
line 1142It were impossible I should speed amiss.
BAPTISTA
300line 1143Why, how now, daughter Katherine? In your
line 1144dumps?
KATHERINE
line 1145Call you me daughter? Now I promise you
line 1146You have showed a tender fatherly regard,
line 1147To wish me wed to one half lunatic,
305line 1148A madcap ruffian and a swearing Jack,
line 1149That thinks with oaths to face the matter out.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 97 PETRUCHIO
line 1150Father, ’tis thus: yourself and all the world
line 1151That talked of her have talked amiss of her.
line 1152If she be curst, it is for policy,
310line 1153For she’s not froward, but modest as the dove;
line 1154She is not hot, but temperate as the morn.
line 1155For patience she will prove a second Grissel,
line 1156And Roman Lucrece for her chastity.
line 1157And to conclude, we have ’greed so well together
315line 1158That upon Sunday is the wedding day.
KATHERINE
line 1159I’ll see thee hanged on Sunday first.
line 1160GREMIOHark, Petruchio, she says she’ll see thee
line 1161hanged first.
line 1162TRANIOas Lucentio Is this your speeding? Nay,
320line 1163then, goodnight our part.
PETRUCHIO
line 1164Be patient, gentlemen. I choose her for myself.
line 1165If she and I be pleased, what’s that to you?
line 1166’Tis bargained ’twixt us twain, being alone,
line 1167That she shall still be curst in company.
325line 1168I tell you, ’tis incredible to believe
line 1169How much she loves me. O, the kindest Kate!
line 1170She hung about my neck, and kiss on kiss
line 1171She vied so fast, protesting oath on oath,
line 1172That in a twink she won me to her love.
330line 1173O, you are novices! ’Tis a world to see
line 1174How tame, when men and women are alone,
line 1175A meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew.—
line 1176Give me thy hand, Kate. I will unto Venice
line 1177To buy apparel ’gainst the wedding day.—
335line 1178Provide the feast, father, and bid the guests.
line 1179I will be sure my Katherine shall be fine.
BAPTISTA
line 1180I know not what to say, but give me your hands.
line 1181God send you joy, Petruchio. ’Tis a match.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 99 GREMIO and TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1182Amen, say we. We will be witnesses.
PETRUCHIO
340line 1183Father, and wife, and gentlemen, adieu.
line 1184I will to Venice. Sunday comes apace.
line 1185We will have rings, and things, and fine array,
line 1186And kiss me, Kate. We will be married o’ Sunday.

Petruchio and Katherine exit through different doors.

GREMIO
line 1187Was ever match clapped up so suddenly?
BAPTISTA
345line 1188Faith, gentlemen, now I play a merchant’s part
line 1189And venture madly on a desperate mart.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1190’Twas a commodity lay fretting by you.
line 1191’Twill bring you gain, or perish on the seas.
BAPTISTA
line 1192The gain I seek, is quiet in the match.
GREMIO
350line 1193No doubt but he hath got a quiet catch.
line 1194But now, Baptista, to your younger daughter.
line 1195Now is the day we long have lookèd for.
line 1196I am your neighbor and was suitor first.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1197And I am one that love Bianca more
355line 1198Than words can witness or your thoughts can guess.
GREMIO
line 1199Youngling, thou canst not love so dear as I.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1200Graybeard, thy love doth freeze.
line 1201GREMIOBut thine doth fry!
line 1202Skipper, stand back. ’Tis age that nourisheth.
TRANIOas Lucentio
360line 1203But youth in ladies’ eyes that flourisheth.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 101 BAPTISTA
line 1204Content you, gentlemen. I will compound this strife.
line 1205’Tis deeds must win the prize, and he of both
line 1206That can assure my daughter greatest dower
line 1207Shall have my Bianca’s love.
365line 1208Say, Signior Gremio, what can you assure her?
GREMIO
line 1209First, as you know, my house within the city
line 1210Is richly furnishèd with plate and gold,
line 1211Basins and ewers to lave her dainty hands;
line 1212My hangings all of Tyrian tapestry;
370line 1213In ivory coffers I have stuffed my crowns,
line 1214In cypress chests my arras counterpoints,
line 1215Costly apparel, tents, and canopies,
line 1216Fine linen, Turkey cushions bossed with pearl,
line 1217Valance of Venice gold in needlework,
375line 1218Pewter and brass, and all things that belongs
line 1219To house or housekeeping. Then, at my farm
line 1220I have a hundred milch-kine to the pail,
line 1221Six score fat oxen standing in my stalls,
line 1222And all things answerable to this portion.
380line 1223Myself am struck in years, I must confess,
line 1224And if I die tomorrow this is hers,
line 1225If whilst I live she will be only mine.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1226That “only” came well in. To Baptista. Sir, list to
line 1227me:
385line 1228I am my father’s heir and only son.
line 1229If I may have your daughter to my wife,
line 1230I’ll leave her houses three or four as good,
line 1231Within rich Pisa walls, as any one
line 1232Old Signior Gremio has in Padua,
390line 1233Besides two thousand ducats by the year
line 1234Of fruitful land, all which shall be her jointure.—
line 1235What, have I pinched you, Signior Gremio?
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 103 GREMIO
line 1236Two thousand ducats by the year of land?
line 1237Aside. My land amounts not to so much in all.—
395line 1238That she shall have, besides an argosy
line 1239That now is lying in Marcellus’ road.
line 1240To Tranio. What, have I choked you with an argosy?
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1241Gremio, ’tis known my father hath no less
line 1242Than three great argosies, besides two galliasses
400line 1243And twelve tight galleys. These I will assure her,
line 1244And twice as much whate’er thou off’rest next.
GREMIO
line 1245Nay, I have offered all. I have no more,
line 1246And she can have no more than all I have.
line 1247To Baptista. If you like me, she shall have me and
405line 1248mine.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1249Why, then, the maid is mine from all the world,
line 1250By your firm promise. Gremio is outvied.
BAPTISTA
line 1251I must confess your offer is the best,
line 1252And, let your father make her the assurance,
410line 1253She is your own; else, you must pardon me.
line 1254If you should die before him, where’s her dower?
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1255That’s but a cavil. He is old, I young.
GREMIO
line 1256And may not young men die as well as old?
BAPTISTA
line 1257Well, gentlemen, I am thus resolved:
415line 1258On Sunday next, you know
line 1259My daughter Katherine is to be married.
line 1260To Tranio as Lucentio. Now, on the Sunday
line 1261following, shall Bianca
line 1262Be bride to you, if you make this assurance.
420line 1263If not, to Signior Gremio.
line 1264And so I take my leave, and thank you both.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 105 GREMIO
line 1265Adieu, good neighbor.Baptista exits.
line 1266Now I fear thee not.
line 1267Sirrah young gamester, your father were a fool
425line 1268To give thee all and in his waning age
line 1269Set foot under thy table. Tut, a toy!
line 1270An old Italian fox is not so kind, my boy.

Gremio exits.

TRANIO
line 1271A vengeance on your crafty withered hide!—
line 1272Yet I have faced it with a card of ten.
430line 1273’Tis in my head to do my master good.
line 1274I see no reason but supposed Lucentio
line 1275Must get a father, called “supposed Vincentio”—
line 1276And that’s a wonder. Fathers commonly
line 1277Do get their children. But in this case of wooing,
435line 1278A child shall get a sire, if I fail not of my cunning.

He exits.


ACT 3


Scene 1

Enter Lucentio as Cambio, Hortensio as Litio, and Bianca.

LUCENTIOas Cambio
line 1279Fiddler, forbear. You grow too forward, sir.
line 1280Have you so soon forgot the entertainment
line 1281Her sister Katherine welcomed you withal?
line 1282HORTENSIOas Litio But, wrangling pedant, this is
5line 1283The patroness of heavenly harmony.
line 1284Then give me leave to have prerogative,
line 1285And when in music we have spent an hour,
line 1286Your lecture shall have leisure for as much.
LUCENTIOas Cambio
line 1287Preposterous ass, that never read so far
10line 1288To know the cause why music was ordained.
line 1289Was it not to refresh the mind of man
line 1290After his studies or his usual pain?
line 1291Then give me leave to read philosophy,
line 1292And, while I pause, serve in your harmony.
HORTENSIOas Litio
15line 1293Sirrah, I will not bear these braves of thine.
BIANCA
line 1294Why, gentlemen, you do me double wrong
line 1295To strive for that which resteth in my choice.
line 1296I am no breeching scholar in the schools.
line 1297I’ll not be tied to hours, nor ’pointed times,
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 111 20line 1298But learn my lessons as I please myself.
line 1299And, to cut off all strife, here sit we down.
line 1300To Hortensio. Take you your instrument, play you
line 1301the whiles;
line 1302His lecture will be done ere you have tuned.
HORTENSIOas Litio
25line 1303You’ll leave his lecture when I am in tune?
LUCENTIOaside
line 1304That will be never. To Hortensio. Tune your
line 1305instrument.Hortensio steps aside to tune his lute.
line 1306BIANCAWhere left we last?
line 1307LUCENTIOas Cambio Here, madam:

Showing her a book.

30line 1308Hic ibat Simois, hic est Sigeia tellus,
line 1309Hic steterat Priami regia celsa senis.
line 1310BIANCAConster them.
line 1311LUCENTIOHic ibat, as I told you before, Simois, I am
line 1312Lucentio, hic est, son unto Vincentio of Pisa,
35line 1313Sigeia tellus, disguised thus to get your love, Hic
line 1314steterat, and that “Lucentio” that comes a-wooing,
line 1315Priami, is my man Tranio, regia, bearing my port,
line 1316celsa senis, that we might beguile the old pantaloon.
line 1317HORTENSIOas Litio Madam, my instrument’s in
40line 1318tune.
line 1319BIANCALet’s hear. He plays. Oh fie, the treble jars!
line 1320LUCENTIOas Cambio Spit in the hole, man, and tune
line 1321again.Hortensio tunes his lute again.
line 1322BIANCANow let me see if I can conster it. Hic ibat
45line 1323Simois, I know you not; hic est Sigeia tellus, I trust
line 1324you not; Hic steterat Priami, take heed he hear us
line 1325not; regia, presume not; celsa senis, despair not.
HORTENSIOas Litio
line 1326Madam, ’tis now in tune.He plays again.
line 1327LUCENTIOas Cambio All but the bass.
HORTENSIOas Litio
50line 1328The bass is right. ’Tis the base knave that jars.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 113 line 1329Aside. How fiery and forward our pedant is.
line 1330Now for my life the knave doth court my love!
line 1331Pedascule, I’ll watch you better yet.
BIANCAto Lucentio
line 1332In time I may believe, yet I mistrust.
LUCENTIO
55line 1333Mistrust it not, for sure Aeacides
line 1334Was Ajax, called so from his grandfather.
BIANCA
line 1335I must believe my master; else, I promise you,
line 1336I should be arguing still upon that doubt.
line 1337But let it rest.—Now, Litio, to you.
60line 1338Good master, take it not unkindly, pray,
line 1339That I have been thus pleasant with you both.
HORTENSIOas Litio, to Lucentio
line 1340You may go walk, and give me leave awhile.
line 1341My lessons make no music in three parts.
LUCENTIOas Cambio
line 1342Are you so formal, sir? Well, I must wait
65line 1343Aside. And watch withal, for, but I be deceived,
line 1344Our fine musician groweth amorous.

He steps aside.

HORTENSIOas Litio
line 1345Madam, before you touch the instrument,
line 1346To learn the order of my fingering
line 1347I must begin with rudiments of art,
70line 1348To teach you gamut in a briefer sort,
line 1349More pleasant, pithy, and effectual
line 1350Than hath been taught by any of my trade.
line 1351And there it is in writing fairly drawn.
BIANCA
line 1352Why, I am past my gamut long ago.
HORTENSIO
75line 1353Yet read the gamut of Hortensio.

Giving her a paper.

Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 115 BIANCAreads
line 1354“Gamut I am, the ground of all accord:
line 1355A re, to plead Hortensio’s passion;
line 1356B mi, Bianca, take him for thy lord,
line 1357C fa ut, that loves with all affection;
80line 1358D sol re, one clef, two notes have I;
line 1359E la mi, show pity or I die.”
line 1360Call you this “gamut”? Tut, I like it not.
line 1361Old fashions please me best. I am not so nice
line 1362To change true rules for odd inventions.

Enter a Servant.

SERVANT
85line 1363Mistress, your father prays you leave your books
line 1364And help to dress your sister’s chamber up.
line 1365You know tomorrow is the wedding day.
BIANCA
line 1366Farewell, sweet masters both. I must be gone.
LUCENTIO
line 1367Faith, mistress, then I have no cause to stay.

Bianca, the Servant, and Lucentio exit.

HORTENSIO
90line 1368But I have cause to pry into this pedant.
line 1369Methinks he looks as though he were in love.
line 1370Yet if thy thoughts, Bianca, be so humble
line 1371To cast thy wand’ring eyes on every stale,
line 1372Seize thee that list! If once I find thee ranging,
95line 1373Hortensio will be quit with thee by changing.

He exits.


Scene 2

Enter Baptista, Gremio, Tranio as Lucentio, Katherine, Bianca, Lucentio as Cambio, and others, Attendants.

BAPTISTAto Tranio
line 1374Signior Lucentio, this is the ’pointed day
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 117 line 1375That Katherine and Petruchio should be married,
line 1376And yet we hear not of our son-in-law.
line 1377What will be said? What mockery will it be,
5line 1378To want the bridegroom when the priest attends
line 1379To speak the ceremonial rites of marriage?
line 1380What says Lucentio to this shame of ours?
KATHERINE
line 1381No shame but mine. I must, forsooth, be forced
line 1382To give my hand, opposed against my heart,
10line 1383Unto a mad-brain rudesby, full of spleen,
line 1384Who wooed in haste and means to wed at leisure.
line 1385I told you, I, he was a frantic fool,
line 1386Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behavior,
line 1387And, to be noted for a merry man,
15line 1388He’ll woo a thousand, ’point the day of marriage,
line 1389Make friends, invite, and proclaim the banns,
line 1390Yet never means to wed where he hath wooed.
line 1391Now must the world point at poor Katherine
line 1392And say “Lo, there is mad Petruchio’s wife,
20line 1393If it would please him come and marry her.”
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1394Patience, good Katherine, and Baptista too.
line 1395Upon my life, Petruchio means but well,
line 1396Whatever fortune stays him from his word.
line 1397Though he be blunt, I know him passing wise;
25line 1398Though he be merry, yet withal he’s honest.
KATHERINE
line 1399Would Katherine had never seen him, though!

She exits weeping.

BAPTISTA
line 1400Go, girl. I cannot blame thee now to weep,
line 1401For such an injury would vex a very saint,
line 1402Much more a shrew of thy impatient humor.

Enter Biondello.

30line 1403BIONDELLOMaster, master, news! And such old
line 1404news as you never heard of!
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 119 BAPTISTA
line 1405Is it new and old too? How may that be?
line 1406BIONDELLOWhy, is it not news to hear of Petruchio’s
line 1407coming?
35line 1408BAPTISTAIs he come?
line 1409BIONDELLOWhy, no, sir.
BAPTISTA
line 1410What then?
line 1411BIONDELLOHe is coming.
line 1412BAPTISTAWhen will he be here?
BIONDELLO
40line 1413When he stands where I am, and sees you there.
line 1414TRANIOas Lucentio But say, what to thine old news?
line 1415BIONDELLOWhy, Petruchio is coming in a new hat and
line 1416an old jerkin, a pair of old breeches thrice turned,
line 1417a pair of boots that have been candle-cases, one
45line 1418buckled, another laced; an old rusty sword ta’en
line 1419out of the town armory, with a broken hilt, and
line 1420chapeless; with two broken points; his horse
line 1421hipped, with an old mothy saddle and stirrups of no
line 1422kindred, besides possessed with the glanders and
50line 1423like to mose in the chine, troubled with the lampass,
line 1424infected with the fashions, full of windgalls,
line 1425sped with spavins, rayed with the yellows, past cure
line 1426of the fives, stark spoiled with the staggers, begnawn
line 1427with the bots, swayed in the back and shoulder-shotten,
55line 1428near-legged before, and with a half-checked
line 1429bit and a headstall of sheep’s leather,
line 1430which, being restrained to keep him from stumbling,
line 1431hath been often burst, and now repaired with
line 1432knots; one girth six times pieced, and a woman’s
60line 1433crupper of velour, which hath two letters for her
line 1434name fairly set down in studs, and here and there
line 1435pieced with packthread.
line 1436BAPTISTAWho comes with him?
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 121 line 1437BIONDELLOOh, sir, his lackey, for all the world caparisoned
65line 1438like the horse: with a linen stock on one leg
line 1439and a kersey boot-hose on the other, gartered with
line 1440a red and blue list; an old hat, and the humor of
line 1441forty fancies pricked in ’t for a feather. A monster,
line 1442a very monster in apparel, and not like a Christian
70line 1443footboy or a gentleman’s lackey.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1444’Tis some odd humor pricks him to this fashion,
line 1445Yet oftentimes he goes but mean-appareled.
BAPTISTA
line 1446I am glad he’s come, howsoe’er he comes.
line 1447BIONDELLOWhy, sir, he comes not.
75line 1448BAPTISTADidst thou not say he comes?
line 1449BIONDELLOWho? That Petruchio came?
line 1450BAPTISTAAy, that Petruchio came!
line 1451BIONDELLONo, sir, I say his horse comes with him on
line 1452his back.
80line 1453BAPTISTAWhy, that’s all one.
BIONDELLO
line 1454Nay, by Saint Jamy.
line 1455I hold you a penny,
line 1456A horse and a man
line 1457Is more than one,
85line 1458And yet not many.

Enter Petruchio and Grumio.

PETRUCHIO
line 1459Come, where be these gallants? Who’s at home?
line 1460BAPTISTAYou are welcome, sir.
line 1461PETRUCHIOAnd yet I come not well.
line 1462BAPTISTAAnd yet you halt not.
90line 1463TRANIOas Lucentio Not so well appareled as I wish
line 1464you were.
PETRUCHIO
line 1465Were it better I should rush in thus—
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 123 line 1466But where is Kate? Where is my lovely bride?
line 1467How does my father? Gentles, methinks you frown.
95line 1468And wherefore gaze this goodly company
line 1469As if they saw some wondrous monument,
line 1470Some comet or unusual prodigy?
BAPTISTA
line 1471Why, sir, you know this is your wedding day.
line 1472First were we sad, fearing you would not come,
100line 1473Now sadder that you come so unprovided.
line 1474Fie, doff this habit, shame to your estate,
line 1475An eyesore to our solemn festival.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1476And tell us what occasion of import
line 1477Hath all so long detained you from your wife
105line 1478And sent you hither so unlike yourself.
PETRUCHIO
line 1479Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear.
line 1480Sufficeth I am come to keep my word,
line 1481Though in some part enforcèd to digress,
line 1482Which at more leisure I will so excuse
110line 1483As you shall well be satisfied with all.
line 1484But where is Kate? I stay too long from her.
line 1485The morning wears. ’Tis time we were at church.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1486See not your bride in these unreverent robes.
line 1487Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.
PETRUCHIO
115line 1488Not I, believe me. Thus I’ll visit her.
BAPTISTA
line 1489But thus, I trust, you will not marry her.
PETRUCHIO
line 1490Good sooth, even thus. Therefore, ha’ done with
line 1491words.
line 1492To me she’s married, not unto my clothes.
120line 1493Could I repair what she will wear in me,
line 1494As I can change these poor accoutrements,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 125 line 1495’Twere well for Kate and better for myself.
line 1496But what a fool am I to chat with you
line 1497When I should bid good morrow to my bride
125line 1498And seal the title with a lovely kiss!

Petruchio exits, with Grumio.

TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1499He hath some meaning in his mad attire.
line 1500We will persuade him, be it possible,
line 1501To put on better ere he go to church.
BAPTISTA
line 1502I’ll after him, and see the event of this.

All except Tranio and Lucentio exit.

TRANIO
130line 1503But, sir, to love concerneth us to add
line 1504Her father’s liking, which to bring to pass,
line 1505As I before imparted to your Worship,
line 1506I am to get a man (whate’er he be
line 1507It skills not much, we’ll fit him to our turn),
135line 1508And he shall be “Vincentio of Pisa,”
line 1509And make assurance here in Padua
line 1510Of greater sums than I have promisèd.
line 1511So shall you quietly enjoy your hope
line 1512And marry sweet Bianca with consent.
LUCENTIO
140line 1513Were it not that my fellow schoolmaster
line 1514Doth watch Bianca’s steps so narrowly,
line 1515’Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage,
line 1516Which, once performed, let all the world say no,
line 1517I’ll keep mine own despite of all the world.
TRANIO
145line 1518That by degrees we mean to look into,
line 1519And watch our vantage in this business.
line 1520We’ll overreach the graybeard, Gremio,
line 1521The narrow prying father, Minola,
line 1522The quaint musician, amorous Litio,
150line 1523All for my master’s sake, Lucentio.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 127

Enter Gremio.

TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1524Signior Gremio, came you from the church?
GREMIO
line 1525As willingly as e’er I came from school.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1526And is the bride and bridegroom coming home?
GREMIO
line 1527A bridegroom, say you? ’Tis a groom indeed,
155line 1528A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1529Curster than she? Why, ’tis impossible.
GREMIO
line 1530Why, he’s a devil, a devil, a very fiend.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1531Why, she’s a devil, a devil, the devil’s dam.
GREMIO
line 1532Tut, she’s a lamb, a dove, a fool to him.
160line 1533I’ll tell you, Sir Lucentio: when the priest
line 1534Should ask if Katherine should be his wife,
line 1535“Ay, by gog’s wouns!” quoth he, and swore so loud
line 1536That, all amazed, the priest let fall the book,
line 1537And as he stooped again to take it up,
165line 1538This mad-brained bridegroom took him such a cuff
line 1539That down fell priest and book, and book and priest.
line 1540“Now, take them up,” quoth he, “if any list.”
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1541What said the wench when he rose again?
GREMIO
line 1542Trembled and shook, for why he stamped and swore
170line 1543As if the vicar meant to cozen him.
line 1544But after many ceremonies done,
line 1545He calls for wine. “A health!” quoth he, as if
line 1546He had been aboard, carousing to his mates
line 1547After a storm; quaffed off the muscatel
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 129 175line 1548And threw the sops all in the sexton’s face,
line 1549Having no other reason
line 1550But that his beard grew thin and hungerly,
line 1551And seemed to ask him sops as he was drinking.
line 1552This done, he took the bride about the neck
180line 1553And kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack
line 1554That at the parting all the church did echo.
line 1555And I, seeing this, came thence for very shame,
line 1556And after me I know the rout is coming.
line 1557Such a mad marriage never was before!Music plays.
185line 1558Hark, hark, I hear the minstrels play.

Enter Petruchio, Katherine, Bianca, Hortensio, Baptista, Grumio, and Attendants.

PETRUCHIO
line 1559Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for your pains.
line 1560I know you think to dine with me today
line 1561And have prepared great store of wedding cheer,
line 1562But so it is, my haste doth call me hence,
190line 1563And therefore here I mean to take my leave.
BAPTISTA
line 1564Is ’t possible you will away tonight?
PETRUCHIO
line 1565I must away today, before night come.
line 1566Make it no wonder. If you knew my business,
line 1567You would entreat me rather go than stay.
195line 1568And, honest company, I thank you all,
line 1569That have beheld me give away myself
line 1570To this most patient, sweet, and virtuous wife.
line 1571Dine with my father, drink a health to me,
line 1572For I must hence, and farewell to you all.
TRANIOas Lucentio
200line 1573Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.
line 1574PETRUCHIOIt may not be.
line 1575GREMIOLet me entreat you.
line 1576PETRUCHIOIt cannot be.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 131 line 1577KATHERINELet me entreat you.
PETRUCHIO
205line 1578I am content.
line 1579KATHERINEAre you content to stay?
PETRUCHIO
line 1580I am content you shall entreat me stay,
line 1581But yet not stay, entreat me how you can.
KATHERINE
line 1582Now, if you love me, stay.
210line 1583PETRUCHIOGrumio, my horse.
line 1584GRUMIOAy, sir, they be ready; the oats have eaten the
line 1585horses.
line 1586KATHERINENay, then,
line 1587Do what thou canst, I will not go today,
215line 1588No, nor tomorrow, not till I please myself.
line 1589The door is open, sir. There lies your way.
line 1590You may be jogging whiles your boots are green.
line 1591For me, I’ll not be gone till I please myself.
line 1592’Tis like you’ll prove a jolly surly groom,
220line 1593That take it on you at the first so roundly.
PETRUCHIO
line 1594O Kate, content thee. Prithee, be not angry.
KATHERINE
line 1595I will be angry. What hast thou to do?—
line 1596Father, be quiet. He shall stay my leisure.
GREMIO
line 1597Ay, marry, sir, now it begins to work.
KATHERINE
225line 1598Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner.
line 1599I see a woman may be made a fool
line 1600If she had not a spirit to resist.
PETRUCHIO
line 1601They shall go forward, Kate, at thy command.—
line 1602Obey the bride, you that attend on her.
230line 1603Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
line 1604Carouse full measure to her maidenhead,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 133 line 1605Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves.
line 1606But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
line 1607Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret;
235line 1608I will be master of what is mine own.
line 1609She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house,
line 1610My household stuff, my field, my barn,
line 1611My horse, my ox, my ass, my anything.
line 1612And here she stands, touch her whoever dare.
240line 1613I’ll bring mine action on the proudest he
line 1614That stops my way in Padua.—Grumio,
line 1615Draw forth thy weapon. We are beset with thieves.
line 1616Rescue thy mistress if thou be a man!—
line 1617Fear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch thee,
245line 1618Kate.
line 1619I’ll buckler thee against a million.

Petruchio and Katherine exit, with Grumio.

BAPTISTA
line 1620Nay, let them go. A couple of quiet ones!
GREMIO
line 1621Went they not quickly, I should die with laughing.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1622Of all mad matches never was the like.
LUCENTIOas Cambio
250line 1623Mistress, what’s your opinion of your sister?
BIANCA
line 1624That being mad herself, she’s madly mated.
GREMIO
line 1625I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated.
BAPTISTA
line 1626Neighbors and friends, though bride and
line 1627bridegroom wants
255line 1628For to supply the places at the table,
line 1629You know there wants no junkets at the feast.
line 1630To Tranio. Lucentio, you shall supply the
line 1631bridegroom’s place,
line 1632And let Bianca take her sister’s room.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 135 TRANIOas Lucentio
260line 1633Shall sweet Bianca practice how to bride it?
BAPTISTAto Tranio
line 1634She shall, Lucentio. Come, gentlemen, let’s go.

They exit.


ACT 4


Scene 1

Enter Grumio.

line 1635GRUMIOFie, fie on all tired jades, on all mad masters,
line 1636and all foul ways! Was ever man so beaten? Was
line 1637ever man so ’rayed? Was ever man so weary? I am
line 1638sent before to make a fire, and they are coming
5line 1639after to warm them. Now were not I a little pot and
line 1640soon hot, my very lips might freeze to my teeth, my
line 1641tongue to the roof of my mouth, my heart in my
line 1642belly, ere I should come by a fire to thaw me. But I
line 1643with blowing the fire shall warm myself. For, considering
10line 1644the weather, a taller man than I will take
line 1645cold.—Holla, ho, Curtis!

Enter Curtis.

line 1646CURTISWho is that calls so coldly?
line 1647GRUMIOA piece of ice. If thou doubt it, thou mayst
line 1648slide from my shoulder to my heel with no greater
15line 1649a run but my head and my neck. A fire, good Curtis!
line 1650CURTISIs my master and his wife coming, Grumio?
line 1651GRUMIOOh, ay, Curtis, ay, and therefore fire, fire! Cast
line 1652on no water.
line 1653CURTISIs she so hot a shrew as she’s reported?
20line 1654GRUMIOShe was, good Curtis, before this frost. But
line 1655thou know’st winter tames man, woman, and
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 141 line 1656beast, for it hath tamed my old master and my new
line 1657mistress and myself, fellow Curtis.
line 1658CURTISAway, you three-inch fool, I am no beast!
25line 1659GRUMIOAm I but three inches? Why, thy horn is a
line 1660foot, and so long am I, at the least. But wilt thou
line 1661make a fire? Or shall I complain on thee to our
line 1662mistress, whose hand (she being now at hand) thou
line 1663shalt soon feel, to thy cold comfort, for being slow in
30line 1664thy hot office?
line 1665CURTISI prithee, good Grumio, tell me, how goes the
line 1666world?
line 1667GRUMIOA cold world, Curtis, in every office but thine,
line 1668and therefore fire! Do thy duty, and have thy duty,
35line 1669for my master and mistress are almost frozen to
line 1670death.
line 1671CURTISThere’s fire ready. And therefore, good Grumio,
line 1672the news!
line 1673GRUMIOWhy, “Jack boy, ho boy!” and as much news
40line 1674as wilt thou.
line 1675CURTISCome, you are so full of cony-catching.
line 1676GRUMIOWhy, therefore fire, for I have caught extreme
line 1677cold. Where’s the cook? Is supper ready, the house
line 1678trimmed, rushes strewed, cobwebs swept, the servingmen
45line 1679in their new fustian, their white stockings,
line 1680and every officer his wedding garment on? Be
line 1681the Jacks fair within, the Jills fair without, the
line 1682carpets laid, and everything in order?
line 1683CURTISAll ready. And therefore, I pray thee, news.
50line 1684GRUMIOFirst, know my horse is tired, my master and
line 1685mistress fallen out.
line 1686CURTISHow?
line 1687GRUMIOOut of their saddles into the dirt, and thereby
line 1688hangs a tale.
55line 1689CURTISLet’s ha’ t, good Grumio.
line 1690GRUMIOLend thine ear.
line 1691CURTISHere.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 143 line 1692GRUMIOThere!He slaps Curtis on the ear.
line 1693CURTISThis ’tis to feel a tale, not to hear a tale.
60line 1694GRUMIOAnd therefore ’tis called a sensible tale. And
line 1695this cuff was but to knock at your ear and beseech
line 1696list’ning. Now I begin: Imprimis, we came down a
line 1697foul hill, my master riding behind my mistress—
line 1698CURTISBoth of one horse?
65line 1699GRUMIOWhat’s that to thee?
line 1700CURTISWhy, a horse.
line 1701GRUMIOTell thou the tale! But hadst thou not crossed
line 1702me, thou shouldst have heard how her horse fell,
line 1703and she under her horse; thou shouldst have heard
70line 1704in how miry a place, how she was bemoiled, how he
line 1705left her with the horse upon her, how he beat me
line 1706because her horse stumbled, how she waded
line 1707through the dirt to pluck him off me, how he swore,
line 1708how she prayed that never prayed before, how I
75line 1709cried, how the horses ran away, how her bridle was
line 1710burst, how I lost my crupper, with many things of
line 1711worthy memory which now shall die in oblivion,
line 1712and thou return unexperienced to thy grave.
line 1713CURTISBy this reck’ning, he is more shrew than she.
80line 1714GRUMIOAy, and that thou and the proudest of you all
line 1715shall find when he comes home. But what talk I of
line 1716this? Call forth Nathaniel, Joseph, Nicholas, Phillip,
line 1717Walter, Sugarsop, and the rest. Let their heads
line 1718be slickly combed, their blue coats brushed, and
85line 1719their garters of an indifferent knit. Let them curtsy
line 1720with their left legs, and not presume to touch a hair
line 1721of my master’s horse-tail till they kiss their hands.
line 1722Are they all ready?
line 1723CURTISThey are.
90line 1724GRUMIOCall them forth.
line 1725CURTIScalling out Do you hear, ho? You must meet
line 1726my master to countenance my mistress.
line 1727GRUMIOWhy, she hath a face of her own.
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 145 line 1728CURTISWho knows not that?
95line 1729GRUMIOThou, it seems, that calls for company to
line 1730countenance her.
line 1731CURTISI call them forth to credit her.
line 1732GRUMIOWhy, she comes to borrow nothing of them.

Enter four or five Servingmen.

line 1733NATHANIELWelcome home, Grumio.
100line 1734PHILLIPHow now, Grumio?
line 1735JOSEPHWhat, Grumio!
line 1736NICHOLASFellow Grumio!
line 1737NATHANIELHow now, old lad?
line 1738GRUMIOWelcome, you!—How now, you?—What,
105line 1739you!—Fellow, you!—And thus much for greeting.
line 1740Now, my spruce companions, is all ready and all
line 1741things neat?
line 1742NATHANIELAll things is ready. How near is our
line 1743master?
110line 1744GRUMIOE’en at hand, alighted by this. And therefore
line 1745be not—Cock’s passion, silence! I hear my master.

Enter Petruchio and Katherine.

PETRUCHIO
line 1746Where be these knaves? What, no man at door
line 1747To hold my stirrup nor to take my horse?
line 1748Where is Nathaniel, Gregory, Phillip?
115line 1749ALL THE SERVANTSHere! Here, sir, here, sir!
PETRUCHIO
line 1750“Here, sir! Here, sir! Here, sir! Here, sir!”
line 1751You loggerheaded and unpolished grooms.
line 1752What? No attendance? No regard? No duty?
line 1753Where is the foolish knave I sent before?
GRUMIO
120line 1754Here, sir, as foolish as I was before.
PETRUCHIO
line 1755You peasant swain, you whoreson malt-horse
line 1756drudge!
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 147 line 1757Did I not bid thee meet me in the park
line 1758And bring along these rascal knaves with thee?
GRUMIO
125line 1759Nathaniel’s coat, sir, was not fully made,
line 1760And Gabriel’s pumps were all unpinked i’ th’ heel.
line 1761There was no link to color Peter’s hat,
line 1762And Walter’s dagger was not come from sheathing.
line 1763There were none fine but Adam, Rafe, and Gregory.
130line 1764The rest were ragged, old, and beggarly.
line 1765Yet, as they are, here are they come to meet you.
PETRUCHIO
line 1766Go, rascals, go, and fetch my supper in!

The Servants exit.

line 1767Sings. Where is the life that late I led?
line 1768Where are those—
135line 1769Sit down, Kate, and welcome.

They sit at a table.

line 1770Soud, soud, soud, soud!

Enter Servants with supper.

line 1771Why, when, I say?—Nay, good sweet Kate, be
line 1772merry.—
line 1773Off with my boots, you rogues, you villains! When?
140line 1774Sings. It was the friar of orders gray,
line 1775As he forth walkèd on his way—

Servant begins to remove Petruchio’s boots.


line 1776Out, you rogue! You pluck my foot awry.
line 1777Take that!He hits the Servant.
line 1778And mend the plucking of the other.—
145line 1779Be merry, Kate.—Some water here! What ho!

Enter one with water.

line 1780Where’s my spaniel Troilus? Sirrah, get you hence
line 1781And bid my cousin Ferdinand come hither.

A Servant exits.

Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 149 line 1782One, Kate, that you must kiss and be acquainted
line 1783with.—
150line 1784Where are my slippers? Shall I have some water?—
line 1785Come, Kate, and wash, and welcome heartily.—
line 1786You whoreson villain, will you let it fall?

He hits the Servant.

KATHERINE
line 1787Patience, I pray you, ’twas a fault unwilling.
PETRUCHIO
line 1788A whoreson beetle-headed flap-eared knave!—
155line 1789Come, Kate, sit down. I know you have a stomach.
line 1790Will you give thanks, sweet Kate, or else shall I?—
line 1791What’s this? Mutton?
line 1792FIRST SERVANTAy.
line 1793PETRUCHIOWho brought it?
160line 1794PETERI.
line 1795PETRUCHIO’Tis burnt, and so is all the meat.
line 1796What dogs are these? Where is the rascal cook?
line 1797How durst you, villains, bring it from the dresser
line 1798And serve it thus to me that love it not?
165line 1799There, take it to you, trenchers, cups, and all!

He throws the food and dishes at them.

line 1800You heedless joltheads and unmannered slaves!
line 1801What, do you grumble? I’ll be with you straight.

The Servants exit.

KATHERINE
line 1802I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet.
line 1803The meat was well, if you were so contented.
PETRUCHIO
170line 1804I tell thee, Kate, ’twas burnt and dried away,
line 1805And I expressly am forbid to touch it,
line 1806For it engenders choler, planteth anger,
line 1807And better ’twere that both of us did fast
line 1808(Since of ourselves, ourselves are choleric)
175line 1809Than feed it with such over-roasted flesh.
line 1810Be patient. Tomorrow ’t shall be mended,
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 151 line 1811And for this night we’ll fast for company.
line 1812Come, I will bring thee to thy bridal chamber.

They exit.

Enter Servants severally.

line 1813NATHANIELPeter, didst ever see the like?
180line 1814PETERHe kills her in her own humor.

Enter Curtis.

line 1815GRUMIOWhere is he?
line 1816CURTISIn her chamber,
line 1817Making a sermon of continency to her,
line 1818And rails and swears and rates, that she (poor soul)
185line 1819Knows not which way to stand, to look, to speak,
line 1820And sits as one new-risen from a dream.
line 1821Away, away, for he is coming hither!

The Servants exit.

Enter Petruchio.

PETRUCHIO
line 1822Thus have I politicly begun my reign,
line 1823And ’tis my hope to end successfully.
190line 1824My falcon now is sharp and passing empty,
line 1825And, till she stoop, she must not be full-gorged,
line 1826For then she never looks upon her lure.
line 1827Another way I have to man my haggard,
line 1828To make her come and know her keeper’s call.
195line 1829That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites
line 1830That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
line 1831She ate no meat today, nor none shall eat.
line 1832Last night she slept not, nor tonight she shall not.
line 1833As with the meat, some undeservèd fault
200line 1834I’ll find about the making of the bed,
line 1835And here I’ll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
line 1836This way the coverlet, another way the sheets.
line 1837Ay, and amid this hurly I intend
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 153 line 1838That all is done in reverend care of her.
205line 1839And, in conclusion, she shall watch all night,
line 1840And, if she chance to nod, I’ll rail and brawl,
line 1841And with the clamor keep her still awake.
line 1842This is a way to kill a wife with kindness.
line 1843And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humor.
210line 1844He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
line 1845Now let him speak; ’tis charity to shew.

He exits.


Scene 2

Enter Tranio as Lucentio and Hortensio as Litio.

TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1846Is ’t possible, friend Litio, that mistress Bianca
line 1847Doth fancy any other but Lucentio?
line 1848I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand.
HORTENSIOas Litio
line 1849Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said,
5line 1850Stand by, and mark the manner of his teaching.

They stand aside.

Enter Bianca and Lucentio as Cambio.

LUCENTIOas Cambio
line 1851Now mistress, profit you in what you read?
BIANCA
line 1852What, master, read you? First resolve me that.
LUCENTIOas Cambio
line 1853I read that I profess, The Art to Love.
BIANCA
line 1854And may you prove, sir, master of your art.
LUCENTIOas Cambio
10line 1855While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my heart.

They move aside and kiss and talk.

HORTENSIOas Litio
line 1856Quick proceeders, marry! Now tell me, I pray,
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 155 line 1857You that durst swear that your mistress Bianca
line 1858Loved none in the world so well as Lucentio.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1859O despiteful love, unconstant womankind!
15line 1860I tell thee, Litio, this is wonderful!
HORTENSIO
line 1861Mistake no more. I am not Litio,
line 1862Nor a musician as I seem to be,
line 1863But one that scorn to live in this disguise
line 1864For such a one as leaves a gentleman
20line 1865And makes a god of such a cullion.
line 1866Know, sir, that I am called Hortensio.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1867Signior Hortensio, I have often heard
line 1868Of your entire affection to Bianca,
line 1869And since mine eyes are witness of her lightness,
25line 1870I will with you, if you be so contented,
line 1871Forswear Bianca and her love forever.
HORTENSIO
line 1872See how they kiss and court! Signior Lucentio,
line 1873Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow
line 1874Never to woo her more, but do forswear her
30line 1875As one unworthy all the former favors
line 1876That I have fondly flattered her withal.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1877And here I take the like unfeignèd oath,
line 1878Never to marry with her, though she would entreat.
line 1879Fie on her, see how beastly she doth court him!
HORTENSIO
35line 1880Would all the world but he had quite forsworn!
line 1881For me, that I may surely keep mine oath,
line 1882I will be married to a wealthy widow
line 1883Ere three days pass, which hath as long loved me
line 1884As I have loved this proud disdainful haggard.
40line 1885And so farewell, Signior Lucentio.
line 1886Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks,
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 157 line 1887Shall win my love, and so I take my leave,
line 1888In resolution as I swore before.

Hortensio exits;

Bianca and Lucentio come forward.

TRANIO
line 1889Mistress Bianca, bless you with such grace
45line 1890As ’longeth to a lover’s blessèd case!
line 1891Nay, I have ta’en you napping, gentle love,
line 1892And have forsworn you with Hortensio.
BIANCA
line 1893Tranio, you jest. But have you both forsworn me?
TRANIO
line 1894Mistress, we have.
50line 1895LUCENTIOThen we are rid of Litio.
TRANIO
line 1896I’ faith, he’ll have a lusty widow now
line 1897That shall be wooed and wedded in a day.
line 1898BIANCAGod give him joy.
TRANIO
line 1899Ay, and he’ll tame her.
55line 1900BIANCAHe says so, Tranio?
TRANIO
line 1901Faith, he is gone unto the taming school.
BIANCA
line 1902The taming school? What, is there such a place?
TRANIO
line 1903Ay, mistress, and Petruchio is the master,
line 1904That teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long
60line 1905To tame a shrew and charm her chattering tongue.

Enter Biondello.

BIONDELLO
line 1906O master, master, I have watched so long
line 1907That I am dog-weary, but at last I spied
line 1908An ancient angel coming down the hill
line 1909Will serve the turn.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 159 65line 1910TRANIOWhat is he, Biondello?
BIONDELLO
line 1911Master, a marcantant, or a pedant,
line 1912I know not what, but formal in apparel,
line 1913In gait and countenance surely like a father.
line 1914LUCENTIOAnd what of him, Tranio?
TRANIO
70line 1915If he be credulous, and trust my tale,
line 1916I’ll make him glad to seem Vincentio
line 1917And give assurance to Baptista Minola
line 1918As if he were the right Vincentio.
line 1919Take in your love, and then let me alone.

Lucentio and Bianca exit.

Enter a Merchant.

MERCHANT
75line 1920God save you, sir.
line 1921TRANIOas Lucentio And you, sir. You are welcome.
line 1922Travel you far on, or are you at the farthest?
MERCHANT
line 1923Sir, at the farthest for a week or two,
line 1924But then up farther, and as far as Rome,
80line 1925And so to Tripoli, if God lend me life.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1926What countryman, I pray?
line 1927MERCHANTOf Mantua.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1928Of Mantua, sir? Marry, God forbid!
line 1929And come to Padua, careless of your life?
MERCHANT
85line 1930My life, sir? How, I pray? For that goes hard.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1931’Tis death for anyone in Mantua
line 1932To come to Padua. Know you not the cause?
line 1933Your ships are stayed at Venice, and the Duke,
line 1934For private quarrel ’twixt your duke and him,
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 161 90line 1935Hath published and proclaimed it openly.
line 1936’Tis marvel, but that you are but newly come,
line 1937You might have heard it else proclaimed about.
MERCHANT
line 1938Alas, sir, it is worse for me than so,
line 1939For I have bills for money by exchange
95line 1940From Florence, and must here deliver them.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1941Well, sir, to do you courtesy,
line 1942This will I do, and this I will advise you.
line 1943First tell me, have you ever been at Pisa?
MERCHANT
line 1944Ay, sir, in Pisa have I often been,
100line 1945Pisa renownèd for grave citizens.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1946Among them know you one Vincentio?
MERCHANT
line 1947I know him not, but I have heard of him:
line 1948A merchant of incomparable wealth.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1949He is my father, sir, and sooth to say,
105line 1950In count’nance somewhat doth resemble you.
line 1951BIONDELLOaside As much as an apple doth an
line 1952oyster, and all one.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 1953To save your life in this extremity,
line 1954This favor will I do you for his sake
110line 1955(And think it not the worst of all your fortunes
line 1956That you are like to Sir Vincentio):
line 1957His name and credit shall you undertake,
line 1958And in my house you shall be friendly lodged.
line 1959Look that you take upon you as you should.
115line 1960You understand me, sir. So shall you stay
line 1961Till you have done your business in the city.
line 1962If this be court’sy, sir, accept of it.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 163 MERCHANT
line 1963O sir, I do, and will repute you ever
line 1964The patron of my life and liberty.
TRANIOas Lucentio
120line 1965Then go with me, to make the matter good.
line 1966This, by the way, I let you understand:
line 1967My father is here looked for every day
line 1968To pass assurance of a dower in marriage
line 1969’Twixt me and one Baptista’s daughter here.
125line 1970In all these circumstances I’ll instruct you.
line 1971Go with me to clothe you as becomes you.

They exit.


Scene 3

Enter Katherine and Grumio.

GRUMIO
line 1972No, no, forsooth, I dare not for my life.
KATHERINE
line 1973The more my wrong, the more his spite appears.
line 1974What, did he marry me to famish me?
line 1975Beggars that come unto my father’s door
5line 1976Upon entreaty have a present alms.
line 1977If not, elsewhere they meet with charity.
line 1978But I, who never knew how to entreat,
line 1979Nor never needed that I should entreat,
line 1980Am starved for meat, giddy for lack of sleep,
10line 1981With oaths kept waking and with brawling fed.
line 1982And that which spites me more than all these wants,
line 1983He does it under name of perfect love,
line 1984As who should say, if I should sleep or eat
line 1985’Twere deadly sickness or else present death.
15line 1986I prithee, go, and get me some repast,
line 1987I care not what, so it be wholesome food.
line 1988GRUMIOWhat say you to a neat’s foot?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 165 KATHERINE
line 1989’Tis passing good. I prithee let me have it.
GRUMIO
line 1990I fear it is too choleric a meat.
20line 1991How say you to a fat tripe finely broiled?
KATHERINE
line 1992I like it well. Good Grumio, fetch it me.
GRUMIO
line 1993I cannot tell. I fear ’tis choleric.
line 1994What say you to a piece of beef and mustard?
KATHERINE
line 1995A dish that I do love to feed upon.
GRUMIO
25line 1996Ay, but the mustard is too hot a little.
KATHERINE
line 1997Why then, the beef, and let the mustard rest.
GRUMIO
line 1998Nay then, I will not. You shall have the mustard
line 1999Or else you get no beef of Grumio.
KATHERINE
line 2000Then both, or one, or any thing thou wilt.
GRUMIO
30line 2001Why then, the mustard without the beef.
KATHERINE
line 2002Go, get thee gone, thou false deluding slave,

She beats him.

line 2003That feed’st me with the very name of meat.
line 2004Sorrow on thee, and all the pack of you
line 2005That triumph thus upon my misery.
35line 2006Go, get thee gone, I say.

Enter Petruchio and Hortensio with meat.

PETRUCHIO
line 2007How fares my Kate? What, sweeting, all amort?
HORTENSIO
line 2008Mistress, what cheer?
line 2009KATHERINEFaith, as cold as can be.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 167 PETRUCHIO
line 2010Pluck up thy spirits. Look cheerfully upon me.
40line 2011Here, love, thou seest how diligent I am,
line 2012To dress thy meat myself and bring it thee.
line 2013I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness merits thanks.
line 2014What, not a word? Nay then, thou lov’st it not,
line 2015And all my pains is sorted to no proof.
45line 2016Here, take away this dish.
line 2017KATHERINEI pray you, let it stand.
PETRUCHIO
line 2018The poorest service is repaid with thanks,
line 2019And so shall mine before you touch the meat.
line 2020KATHERINEI thank you, sir.
HORTENSIO
50line 2021Signior Petruchio, fie, you are to blame.
line 2022Come, Mistress Kate, I’ll bear you company.
PETRUCHIOaside to Hortensio
line 2023Eat it up all, Hortensio, if thou lovest me.—
line 2024Much good do it unto thy gentle heart.
line 2025Kate, eat apace.

Katherine and Hortensio prepare to eat.

55line 2026And now, my honey love,
line 2027Will we return unto thy father’s house
line 2028And revel it as bravely as the best,
line 2029With silken coats and caps and golden rings,
line 2030With ruffs and cuffs and farthingales and things,
60line 2031With scarves and fans and double change of brav’ry,
line 2032With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knav’ry.
line 2033What, hast thou dined? The tailor stays thy leisure
line 2034To deck thy body with his ruffling treasure.

Enter Tailor.

line 2035Come, tailor, let us see these ornaments.
65line 2036Lay forth the gown.

Enter Haberdasher.

line 2037What news with you, sir?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 169 HABERDASHER
line 2038Here is the cap your Worship did bespeak.
PETRUCHIO
line 2039Why, this was molded on a porringer!
line 2040A velvet dish! Fie, fie, ’tis lewd and filthy.
70line 2041Why, ’tis a cockle or a walnut shell,
line 2042A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby’s cap.
line 2043Away with it! Come, let me have a bigger.
KATHERINE
line 2044I’ll have no bigger. This doth fit the time,
line 2045And gentlewomen wear such caps as these.
PETRUCHIO
75line 2046When you are gentle, you shall have one too,
line 2047And not till then.
line 2048HORTENSIOaside That will not be in haste.
KATHERINE
line 2049Why, sir, I trust I may have leave to speak,
line 2050And speak I will. I am no child, no babe.
80line 2051Your betters have endured me say my mind,
line 2052And if you cannot, best you stop your ears.
line 2053My tongue will tell the anger of my heart,
line 2054Or else my heart, concealing it, will break,
line 2055And, rather than it shall, I will be free
85line 2056Even to the uttermost, as I please, in words.
PETRUCHIO
line 2057Why, thou sayst true. It is a paltry cap,
line 2058A custard-coffin, a bauble, a silken pie.
line 2059I love thee well in that thou lik’st it not.
KATHERINE
line 2060Love me, or love me not, I like the cap,
90line 2061And it I will have, or I will have none.

Exit Haberdasher.

PETRUCHIO
line 2062Thy gown? Why, ay. Come, tailor, let us see ’t.
line 2063O mercy God, what masking-stuff is here?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 171 line 2064What’s this? A sleeve? ’Tis like a demi-cannon.
line 2065What, up and down carved like an apple tart?
95line 2066Here’s snip and nip and cut and slish and slash,
line 2067Like to a censer in a barber’s shop.
line 2068Why, what a devil’s name, tailor, call’st thou this?
HORTENSIOaside
line 2069I see she’s like to have neither cap nor gown.
TAILOR
line 2070You bid me make it orderly and well,
100line 2071According to the fashion and the time.
PETRUCHIO
line 2072Marry, and did. But if you be remembered,
line 2073I did not bid you mar it to the time.
line 2074Go, hop me over every kennel home,
line 2075For you shall hop without my custom, sir.
105line 2076I’ll none of it. Hence, make your best of it.
KATHERINE
line 2077I never saw a better-fashioned gown,
line 2078More quaint, more pleasing, nor more
line 2079commendable.
line 2080Belike you mean to make a puppet of me.
PETRUCHIO
110line 2081Why, true, he means to make a puppet of thee.
TAILOR
line 2082She says your Worship means to make a puppet of
line 2083her.
PETRUCHIO
line 2084O monstrous arrogance! Thou liest, thou thread,
line 2085thou thimble,
115line 2086Thou yard, three-quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail!
line 2087Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter cricket, thou!
line 2088Braved in mine own house with a skein of thread?
line 2089Away, thou rag, thou quantity, thou remnant,
line 2090Or I shall so be-mete thee with thy yard
120line 2091As thou shalt think on prating whilst thou liv’st.
line 2092I tell thee, I, that thou hast marred her gown.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 173 TAILOR
line 2093Your Worship is deceived. The gown is made
line 2094Just as my master had direction.
line 2095Grumio gave order how it should be done.
125line 2096GRUMIOI gave him no order. I gave him the stuff.
TAILOR
line 2097But how did you desire it should be made?
line 2098GRUMIOMarry, sir, with needle and thread.
TAILOR
line 2099But did you not request to have it cut?
line 2100GRUMIOThou hast faced many things.
130line 2101TAILORI have.
line 2102GRUMIOFace not me. Thou hast braved many men;
line 2103brave not me. I will neither be faced nor braved. I
line 2104say unto thee, I bid thy master cut out the gown,
line 2105but I did not bid him cut it to pieces. Ergo, thou
135line 2106liest.
line 2107TAILORWhy, here is the note of the fashion to testify.

He shows a paper.

line 2108PETRUCHIORead it.
line 2109GRUMIOThe note lies in ’s throat, if he say I said so.
line 2110TAILORreads “Imprimis, a loose-bodied gown—”
140line 2111GRUMIOMaster, if ever I said “loose-bodied gown,”
line 2112sew me in the skirts of it and beat me to death with
line 2113a bottom of brown thread. I said “a gown.”
line 2114PETRUCHIOProceed.
line 2115TAILORreads “With a small-compassed cape—”
145line 2116GRUMIOI confess the cape.
line 2117TAILORreads “With a trunk sleeve—”
line 2118GRUMIOI confess two sleeves.
line 2119TAILORreads “The sleeves curiously cut.”
line 2120PETRUCHIOAy, there’s the villainy.
150line 2121GRUMIOError i’ th’ bill, sir, error i’ th’ bill! I commanded
line 2122the sleeves should be cut out and sewed
line 2123up again, and that I’ll prove upon thee, though thy
line 2124little finger be armed in a thimble.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 175 line 2125TAILORThis is true that I say. An I had thee in place
155line 2126where, thou shouldst know it.
line 2127GRUMIOI am for thee straight. Take thou the bill, give
line 2128me thy mete-yard, and spare not me.
line 2129HORTENSIOGod-a-mercy, Grumio, then he shall have
line 2130no odds.
PETRUCHIO
160line 2131Well, sir, in brief, the gown is not for me.
line 2132GRUMIOYou are i’ th’ right, sir, ’tis for my mistress.
PETRUCHIO
line 2133Go, take it up unto thy master’s use.
line 2134GRUMIOVillain, not for thy life! Take up my mistress’
line 2135gown for thy master’s use!
165line 2136PETRUCHIOWhy, sir, what’s your conceit in that?
line 2137GRUMIOO, sir, the conceit is deeper than you think
line 2138for. Take up my mistress’ gown to his master’s use!
line 2139O, fie, fie, fie!
PETRUCHIOaside to Hortensio
line 2140Hortensio, say thou wilt see the tailor paid.
170line 2141To Tailor. Go, take it hence. Begone, and say no
line 2142more.
HORTENSIOaside to Tailor
line 2143Tailor, I’ll pay thee for thy gown tomorrow.
line 2144Take no unkindness of his hasty words.
line 2145Away, I say. Commend me to thy master.

Tailor exits.

PETRUCHIO
175line 2146Well, come, my Kate, we will unto your father’s,
line 2147Even in these honest mean habiliments.
line 2148Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor,
line 2149For ’tis the mind that makes the body rich,
line 2150And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
180line 2151So honor peereth in the meanest habit.
line 2152What, is the jay more precious than the lark
line 2153Because his feathers are more beautiful?
line 2154Or is the adder better than the eel
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 177 line 2155Because his painted skin contents the eye?
185line 2156O no, good Kate. Neither art thou the worse
line 2157For this poor furniture and mean array.
line 2158If thou account’st it shame, lay it on me,
line 2159And therefore frolic! We will hence forthwith
line 2160To feast and sport us at thy father’s house.
190line 2161To Grumio. Go, call my men, and let us straight to
line 2162him,
line 2163And bring our horses unto Long-lane end.
line 2164There will we mount, and thither walk on foot.
line 2165Let’s see, I think ’tis now some seven o’clock,
195line 2166And well we may come there by dinner time.
KATHERINE
line 2167I dare assure you, sir, ’tis almost two,
line 2168And ’twill be supper time ere you come there.
PETRUCHIO
line 2169It shall be seven ere I go to horse.
line 2170Look what I speak, or do, or think to do,
200line 2171You are still crossing it.—Sirs, let ’t alone.
line 2172I will not go today, and, ere I do,
line 2173It shall be what o’clock I say it is.
HORTENSIOaside
line 2174Why, so, this gallant will command the sun!

They exit.


Scene 4

Enter Tranio as Lucentio, and the Merchant, booted, and dressed like Vincentio.

TRANIOas Lucentio
line 2175Sir, this is the house. Please it you that I call?
MERCHANT
line 2176Ay, what else? And but I be deceived,
line 2177Signior Baptista may remember me,
line 2178Near twenty years ago, in Genoa,
5line 2179Where we were lodgers at the Pegasus.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 179 TRANIOas Lucentio
line 2180’Tis well. And hold your own in any case
line 2181With such austerity as ’longeth to a father.
MERCHANT
line 2182I warrant you.

Enter Biondello.

line 2183But, sir, here comes your boy.
10line 2184’Twere good he were schooled.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 2185Fear you not him.—Sirrah Biondello,
line 2186Now do your duty throughly, I advise you.
line 2187Imagine ’twere the right Vincentio.
line 2188BIONDELLOTut, fear not me.
TRANIOas Lucentio
15line 2189But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista?
BIONDELLO
line 2190I told him that your father was at Venice,
line 2191And that you looked for him this day in Padua.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 2192Thou ’rt a tall fellow. Hold thee that to drink.

He gives him money.

Enter Baptista and Lucentio as Cambio.

line 2193Here comes Baptista. Set your countenance, sir.

Merchant stands bareheaded.

TRANIOas Lucentio
20line 2194Signior Baptista, you are happily met.—
line 2195Sir, this is the gentleman I told you of.
line 2196I pray you stand good father to me now.
line 2197Give me Bianca for my patrimony.
line 2198MERCHANTas Vincentio Soft, son.—
25line 2199Sir, by your leave, having come to Padua
line 2200To gather in some debts, my son Lucentio
line 2201Made me acquainted with a weighty cause
line 2202Of love between your daughter and himself.
Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 181 line 2203And, for the good report I hear of you,
30line 2204And for the love he beareth to your daughter
line 2205And she to him, to stay him not too long,
line 2206I am content, in a good father’s care,
line 2207To have him matched. And if you please to like
line 2208No worse than I, upon some agreement
35line 2209Me shall you find ready and willing
line 2210With one consent to have her so bestowed,
line 2211For curious I cannot be with you,
line 2212Signior Baptista, of whom I hear so well.
BAPTISTA
line 2213Sir, pardon me in what I have to say.
40line 2214Your plainness and your shortness please me well.
line 2215Right true it is your son Lucentio here
line 2216Doth love my daughter, and she loveth him,
line 2217Or both dissemble deeply their affections.
line 2218And therefore, if you say no more than this,
45line 2219That like a father you will deal with him
line 2220And pass my daughter a sufficient dower,
line 2221The match is made, and all is done.
line 2222Your son shall have my daughter with consent.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 2223I thank you, sir. Where then do you know best
50line 2224We be affied and such assurance ta’en
line 2225As shall with either part’s agreement stand?
BAPTISTA
line 2226Not in my house, Lucentio, for you know
line 2227Pitchers have ears, and I have many servants.
line 2228Besides, old Gremio is heark’ning still,
55line 2229And happily we might be interrupted.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 2230Then at my lodging, an it like you.
line 2231There doth my father lie, and there this night
line 2232We’ll pass the business privately and well.
line 2233Send for your daughter by your servant here.

He indicates Lucentio, and winks at him.

Act 4 Scene 4 - Pg 183 60line 2234My boy shall fetch the scrivener presently.
line 2235The worst is this: that at so slender warning
line 2236You are like to have a thin and slender pittance.
BAPTISTA
line 2237It likes me well.—Cambio, hie you home,
line 2238And bid Bianca make her ready straight.
65line 2239And, if you will, tell what hath happenèd:
line 2240Lucentio’s father is arrived in Padua,
line 2241And how she’s like to be Lucentio’s wife.

Lucentio exits.

BIONDELLO
line 2242I pray the gods she may, with all my heart.
TRANIOas Lucentio
line 2243Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone.—
70line 2244Signior Baptista, shall I lead the way?
line 2245Welcome! One mess is like to be your cheer.
line 2246Come, sir, we will better it in Pisa.
line 2247BAPTISTAI follow you.

All but Biondello exit.

Enter Lucentio.

line 2248BIONDELLOCambio.
75line 2249LUCENTIOWhat sayst thou, Biondello?
line 2250BIONDELLOYou saw my master wink and laugh upon
line 2251you?
line 2252LUCENTIOBiondello, what of that?
line 2253BIONDELLOFaith, nothing; but ’has left me here behind
80line 2254to expound the meaning or moral of his signs
line 2255and tokens.
line 2256LUCENTIOI pray thee, moralize them.
line 2257BIONDELLOThen thus: Baptista is safe, talking with
line 2258the deceiving father of a deceitful son.
85line 2259LUCENTIOAnd what of him?
line 2260BIONDELLOHis daughter is to be brought by you to the
line 2261supper.
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 185 line 2262LUCENTIOAnd then?
line 2263BIONDELLOThe old priest at Saint Luke’s Church is at
90line 2264your command at all hours.
line 2265LUCENTIOAnd what of all this?
line 2266BIONDELLOI cannot tell, except they are busied
line 2267about a counterfeit assurance. Take you assurance
line 2268of her cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum. To th’
95line 2269church take the priest, clerk, and some sufficient
line 2270honest witnesses.
line 2271If this be not that you look for, I have no more to
line 2272say,
line 2273But bid Bianca farewell forever and a day.
100line 2274LUCENTIOHear’st thou, Biondello?
line 2275BIONDELLOI cannot tarry. I knew a wench married in
line 2276an afternoon as she went to the garden for parsley
line 2277to stuff a rabbit, and so may you, sir. And so adieu,
line 2278sir. My master hath appointed me to go to Saint
105line 2279Luke’s to bid the priest be ready to come against
line 2280you come with your appendix.He exits.
LUCENTIO
line 2281I may, and will, if she be so contented.
line 2282She will be pleased. Then wherefore should I
line 2283doubt?
110line 2284Hap what hap may, I’ll roundly go about her.
line 2285It shall go hard if “Cambio” go without her.

He exits.


Scene 5

Enter Petruchio, Katherine, Hortensio, and Servants.

PETRUCHIO
line 2286Come on, i’ God’s name, once more toward our
line 2287father’s.
line 2288Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!
KATHERINE
line 2289The moon? The sun! It is not moonlight now.
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 187 PETRUCHIO
5line 2290I say it is the moon that shines so bright.
KATHERINE
line 2291I know it is the sun that shines so bright.
PETRUCHIO
line 2292Now, by my mother’s son, and that’s myself,
line 2293It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
line 2294Or e’er I journey to your father’s house.
10line 2295To Servants. Go on, and fetch our horses back
line 2296again.—
line 2297Evermore crossed and crossed, nothing but crossed!
HORTENSIOto Katherine
line 2298Say as he says, or we shall never go.
KATHERINE
line 2299Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
15line 2300And be it moon, or sun, or what you please.
line 2301And if you please to call it a rush candle,
line 2302Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.
line 2303PETRUCHIOI say it is the moon.
line 2304KATHERINEI know it is the moon.
PETRUCHIO
20line 2305Nay, then you lie. It is the blessèd sun.
KATHERINE
line 2306Then God be blest, it is the blessèd sun.
line 2307But sun it is not, when you say it is not,
line 2308And the moon changes even as your mind.
line 2309What you will have it named, even that it is,
25line 2310And so it shall be so for Katherine.
HORTENSIO
line 2311Petruchio, go thy ways, the field is won.
PETRUCHIO
line 2312Well, forward, forward. Thus the bowl should run,
line 2313And not unluckily against the bias.
line 2314But soft! Company is coming here.

Enter Vincentio.

Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 189 30line 2315To Vincentio. Good morrow, gentle mistress, where
line 2316away?—
line 2317Tell me, sweet Kate, and tell me truly, too,
line 2318Hast thou beheld a fresher gentlewoman?
line 2319Such war of white and red within her cheeks!
35line 2320What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty
line 2321As those two eyes become that heavenly face?—
line 2322Fair lovely maid, once more good day to thee.—
line 2323Sweet Kate, embrace her for her beauty’s sake.
HORTENSIOaside
line 2324He will make the man mad, to make the woman of
40line 2325him.
KATHERINE
line 2326Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet,
line 2327Whither away, or where is thy abode?
line 2328Happy the parents of so fair a child!
line 2329Happier the man whom favorable stars
45line 2330Allots thee for his lovely bedfellow.
PETRUCHIO
line 2331Why, how now, Kate? I hope thou art not mad!
line 2332This is a man—old, wrinkled, faded, withered—
line 2333And not a maiden, as thou sayst he is.
KATHERINE
line 2334Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes
50line 2335That have been so bedazzled with the sun
line 2336That everything I look on seemeth green.
line 2337Now I perceive thou art a reverend father.
line 2338Pardon, I pray thee, for my mad mistaking.
PETRUCHIO
line 2339Do, good old grandsire, and withal make known
55line 2340Which way thou travelest. If along with us,
line 2341We shall be joyful of thy company.
VINCENTIO
line 2342Fair sir, and you, my merry mistress,
line 2343That with your strange encounter much amazed me,
line 2344My name is called Vincentio, my dwelling Pisa,
Act 4 Scene 5 - Pg 191 60line 2345And bound I am to Padua, there to visit
line 2346A son of mine which long I have not seen.
PETRUCHIO
line 2347What is his name?
line 2348VINCENTIOLucentio, gentle sir.
PETRUCHIO
line 2349Happily met, the happier for thy son.
65line 2350And now by law as well as reverend age,
line 2351I may entitle thee my loving father.
line 2352The sister to my wife, this gentlewoman,
line 2353Thy son by this hath married. Wonder not,
line 2354Nor be not grieved. She is of good esteem,
70line 2355Her dowry wealthy, and of worthy birth;
line 2356Beside, so qualified as may beseem
line 2357The spouse of any noble gentleman.
line 2358Let me embrace with old Vincentio,
line 2359And wander we to see thy honest son,
75line 2360Who will of thy arrival be full joyous.
VINCENTIO
line 2361But is this true, or is it else your pleasure,
line 2362Like pleasant travelers, to break a jest
line 2363Upon the company you overtake?
HORTENSIO
line 2364I do assure thee, father, so it is.
PETRUCHIO
80line 2365Come, go along and see the truth hereof,
line 2366For our first merriment hath made thee jealous.

All but Hortensio exit.

HORTENSIO
line 2367Well, Petruchio, this has put me in heart!
line 2368Have to my widow, and if she be froward,
line 2369Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward.

He exits.


ACT 5


Scene 1

Enter Biondello, Lucentio as himself, and Bianca. Gremio is out before and stands to the side.

line 2370BIONDELLOSoftly and swiftly, sir, for the priest is
line 2371ready.
line 2372LUCENTIOI fly, Biondello. But they may chance to
line 2373need thee at home. Therefore leave us.

Lucentio exits with Bianca.

5line 2374BIONDELLONay, faith, I’ll see the church a’ your back,
line 2375and then come back to my master’s as soon as I
line 2376can.He exits.
line 2377GREMIOI marvel Cambio comes not all this while.

Enter Petruchio, Katherine, Vincentio, Grumio, with Attendants.

PETRUCHIO
line 2378Sir, here’s the door. This is Lucentio’s house.
10line 2379My father’s bears more toward the marketplace.
line 2380Thither must I, and here I leave you, sir.
VINCENTIO
line 2381You shall not choose but drink before you go.
line 2382I think I shall command your welcome here,
line 2383And by all likelihood some cheer is toward.

He knocks.

Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 197 GREMIOcoming forward
15line 2384They’re busy within. You were best knock louder.

Merchant looks out of the window.

line 2385MERCHANTas Vincentio What’s he that knocks as
line 2386he would beat down the gate?
line 2387VINCENTIOIs Signior Lucentio within, sir?
line 2388MERCHANTas Vincentio He’s within, sir, but not to
20line 2389be spoken withal.
line 2390VINCENTIOWhat if a man bring him a hundred pound
line 2391or two to make merry withal?
line 2392MERCHANTas Vincentio Keep your hundred
line 2393pounds to yourself. He shall need none so long as I
25line 2394live.
line 2395PETRUCHIOto Vincentio Nay, I told you your son was
line 2396well beloved in Padua.—Do you hear, sir? To leave
line 2397frivolous circumstances, I pray you tell Signior
line 2398Lucentio that his father is come from Pisa and is
30line 2399here at the door to speak with him.
line 2400MERCHANTas Vincentio Thou liest. His father is
line 2401come from Padua and here looking out at the
line 2402window.
line 2403VINCENTIOArt thou his father?
35line 2404MERCHANTas Vincentio Ay, sir, so his mother says,
line 2405if I may believe her.
line 2406PETRUCHIOto Vincentio Why, how now, gentleman!
line 2407Why, this is flat knavery, to take upon you another
line 2408man’s name.
40line 2409MERCHANTas Vincentio Lay hands on the villain. I
line 2410believe he means to cosen somebody in this city
line 2411under my countenance.

Enter Biondello.

line 2412BIONDELLOaside I have seen them in the church
line 2413together. God send ’em good shipping! But who is
45line 2414here? Mine old master Vincentio! Now we are
line 2415undone and brought to nothing.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 199 line 2416VINCENTIOto Biondello Come hither, crack-hemp.
line 2417BIONDELLOI hope I may choose, sir.
line 2418VINCENTIOCome hither, you rogue! What, have you
50line 2419forgot me?
line 2420BIONDELLOForgot you? No, sir. I could not forget you,
line 2421for I never saw you before in all my life.
line 2422VINCENTIOWhat, you notorious villain, didst thou
line 2423never see thy master’s father, Vincentio?
55line 2424BIONDELLOWhat, my old worshipful old master? Yes,
line 2425marry, sir. See where he looks out of the window.
line 2426VINCENTIOIs ’t so indeed?He beats Biondello.
line 2427BIONDELLOHelp, help, help! Here’s a madman will
line 2428murder me.Biondello exits.
60line 2429MERCHANTas Vincentio Help, son! Help, Signior
line 2430Baptista!He exits from window.
line 2431PETRUCHIOPrithee, Kate, let’s stand aside and see the
line 2432end of this controversy.They move aside.

Enter Merchant with Servants, and Baptista and Tranio disguised as Lucentio.

line 2433TRANIOas Lucentio Sir, what are you that offer to
65line 2434beat my servant?
line 2435VINCENTIOWhat am I, sir? Nay, what are you, sir! O
line 2436immortal gods! O fine villain! A silken doublet, a
line 2437velvet hose, a scarlet cloak, and a copatain hat! O, I
line 2438am undone, I am undone! While I play the good
70line 2439husband at home, my son and my servant spend all
line 2440at the university.
line 2441TRANIOas Lucentio How now, what’s the matter?
line 2442BAPTISTAWhat, is the man lunatic?
line 2443TRANIOas Lucentio Sir, you seem a sober ancient
75line 2444gentleman by your habit, but your words show you
line 2445a madman. Why, sir, what ’cerns it you if I wear
line 2446pearl and gold? I thank my good father, I am able
line 2447to maintain it.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 201 line 2448VINCENTIOThy father! O villain, he is a sailmaker in
80line 2449Bergamo.
line 2450BAPTISTAYou mistake, sir, you mistake, sir! Pray, what
line 2451do you think is his name?
line 2452VINCENTIOHis name? As if I knew not his name! I have
line 2453brought him up ever since he was three years old,
85line 2454and his name is Tranio.
line 2455MERCHANTas Vincentio Away, away, mad ass! His
line 2456name is Lucentio and he is mine only son, and heir
line 2457to the lands of me, Signior Vincentio.
line 2458VINCENTIOLucentio? O, he hath murdered his master!
90line 2459Lay hold on him, I charge you in the Duke’s name.
line 2460O, my son, my son! Tell me, thou villain, where is
line 2461my son Lucentio?
line 2462TRANIOas Lucentio Call forth an officer.

Enter an Officer.

line 2463Carry this mad knave to the jail.—Father Baptista, I
95line 2464charge you see that he be forthcoming.
line 2465VINCENTIOCarry me to the jail?
line 2466GREMIOStay, officer. He shall not go to prison.
line 2467BAPTISTATalk not, Signior Gremio. I say he shall go to
line 2468prison.
100line 2469GREMIOTake heed, Signior Baptista, lest you be cony-catched
line 2470in this business. I dare swear this is the
line 2471right Vincentio.
line 2472MERCHANTas Vincentio Swear, if thou dar’st.
line 2473GREMIONay, I dare not swear it.
105line 2474TRANIOas Lucentio Then thou wert best say that I
line 2475am not Lucentio.
line 2476GREMIOYes, I know thee to be Signior Lucentio.
line 2477BAPTISTAAway with the dotard, to the jail with him.
line 2478VINCENTIOThus strangers may be haled and abused.—
110line 2479O monstrous villain!

Enter Biondello, Lucentio and Bianca.

Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 203 line 2480BIONDELLOO, we are spoiled, and yonder he is! Deny
line 2481him, forswear him, or else we are all undone.

Biondello, Tranio, and Merchant exit as fast as may be.

LUCENTIO
line 2482Pardon, sweet father.Lucentio and Bianca kneel.
line 2483VINCENTIOLives my sweet son?
BIANCA
115line 2484Pardon, dear father.
line 2485BAPTISTAHow hast thou offended?
line 2486Where is Lucentio?
line 2487LUCENTIOHere’s Lucentio,
line 2488Right son to the right Vincentio,
120line 2489That have by marriage made thy daughter mine
line 2490While counterfeit supposes bleared thine eyne.
GREMIO
line 2491Here’s packing, with a witness, to deceive us all!
VINCENTIO
line 2492Where is that damnèd villain, Tranio,
line 2493That faced and braved me in this matter so?
BAPTISTA
125line 2494Why, tell me, is not this my Cambio?
BIANCA
line 2495Cambio is changed into Lucentio.
LUCENTIO
line 2496Love wrought these miracles. Bianca’s love
line 2497Made me exchange my state with Tranio,
line 2498While he did bear my countenance in the town,
130line 2499And happily I have arrivèd at the last
line 2500Unto the wishèd haven of my bliss.
line 2501What Tranio did, myself enforced him to.
line 2502Then pardon him, sweet father, for my sake.
line 2503VINCENTIOI’ll slit the villain’s nose that would have
135line 2504sent me to the jail!
line 2505BAPTISTABut do you hear, sir, have you married my
line 2506daughter without asking my goodwill?
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 205 line 2507VINCENTIOFear not, Baptista, we will content you. Go
line 2508to! But I will in to be revenged for this villainy.

He exits.

140line 2509BAPTISTAAnd I to sound the depth of this knavery.

He exits.

line 2510LUCENTIOLook not pale, Bianca. Thy father will not
line 2511frown.They exit.
GREMIO
line 2512My cake is dough, but I’ll in among the rest,
line 2513Out of hope of all but my share of the feast.

He exits.

145line 2514KATHERINEHusband, let’s follow to see the end of
line 2515this ado.
line 2516PETRUCHIOFirst kiss me, Kate, and we will.
line 2517KATHERINEWhat, in the midst of the street?
line 2518PETRUCHIOWhat, art thou ashamed of me?
150line 2519KATHERINENo, sir, God forbid, but ashamed to kiss.
PETRUCHIO
line 2520Why, then, let’s home again. To Grumio. Come,
line 2521sirrah, let’s away.
KATHERINE
line 2522Nay, I will give thee a kiss.She kisses him.
line 2523Now pray thee, love, stay.
PETRUCHIO
155line 2524Is not this well? Come, my sweet Kate.
line 2525Better once than never, for never too late.

They exit.


Scene 2

Enter Baptista, Vincentio, Gremio, the Merchant, Lucentio, and Bianca; Hortensio and the Widow, Petruchio and Katherine; Tranio, Biondello, and Grumio, with Servingmen bringing in a banquet.

LUCENTIO
line 2526At last, though long, our jarring notes agree,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 207 line 2527And time it is when raging war is done
line 2528To smile at ’scapes and perils overblown.
line 2529My fair Bianca, bid my father welcome,
5line 2530While I with selfsame kindness welcome thine.
line 2531Brother Petruchio, sister Katherina,
line 2532And thou, Hortensio, with thy loving widow,
line 2533Feast with the best, and welcome to my house.
line 2534My banquet is to close our stomachs up
10line 2535After our great good cheer. Pray you, sit down,
line 2536For now we sit to chat as well as eat.They sit.
PETRUCHIO
line 2537Nothing but sit and sit, and eat and eat!
BAPTISTA
line 2538Padua affords this kindness, son Petruchio.
PETRUCHIO
line 2539Padua affords nothing but what is kind.
HORTENSIO
15line 2540For both our sakes I would that word were true.
PETRUCHIO
line 2541Now, for my life, Hortensio fears his widow!
WIDOW
line 2542Then never trust me if I be afeard.
PETRUCHIO
line 2543You are very sensible, and yet you miss my sense:
line 2544I mean Hortensio is afeard of you.
WIDOW
20line 2545He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.
PETRUCHIO
line 2546Roundly replied.
line 2547KATHERINEMistress, how mean you that?
line 2548WIDOWThus I conceive by him.
PETRUCHIO
line 2549Conceives by me? How likes Hortensio that?
HORTENSIO
25line 2550My widow says, thus she conceives her tale.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 209 PETRUCHIO
line 2551Very well mended. Kiss him for that, good widow.
KATHERINE
line 2552“He that is giddy thinks the world turns round”—
line 2553I pray you tell me what you meant by that.
WIDOW
line 2554Your husband being troubled with a shrew
30line 2555Measures my husband’s sorrow by his woe.
line 2556And now you know my meaning.
KATHERINE
line 2557A very mean meaning.
line 2558WIDOWRight, I mean you.
KATHERINE
line 2559And I am mean indeed, respecting you.
35line 2560PETRUCHIOTo her, Kate!
line 2561HORTENSIOTo her, widow!
PETRUCHIO
line 2562A hundred marks, my Kate does put her down.
line 2563HORTENSIOThat’s my office.
PETRUCHIO
line 2564Spoke like an officer! Ha’ to thee, lad.

He drinks to Hortensio.

BAPTISTA
40line 2565How likes Gremio these quick-witted folks?
GREMIO
line 2566Believe me, sir, they butt together well.
BIANCA
line 2567Head and butt! An hasty-witted body
line 2568Would say your head and butt were head and horn.
VINCENTIO
line 2569Ay, mistress bride, hath that awakened you?
BIANCA
45line 2570Ay, but not frighted me. Therefore I’ll sleep again.
PETRUCHIO
line 2571Nay, that you shall not. Since you have begun,
line 2572Have at you for a bitter jest or two.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 211 BIANCA
line 2573Am I your bird? I mean to shift my bush,
line 2574And then pursue me as you draw your bow.—
50line 2575You are welcome all.Bianca, Katherine, and the Widow exit.
PETRUCHIO
line 2576She hath prevented me. Here, Signior Tranio,
line 2577This bird you aimed at, though you hit her not.—
line 2578Therefore a health to all that shot and missed.
TRANIO
line 2579O, sir, Lucentio slipped me like his greyhound,
55line 2580Which runs himself and catches for his master.
PETRUCHIO
line 2581A good swift simile, but something currish.
TRANIO
line 2582’Tis well, sir, that you hunted for yourself.
line 2583’Tis thought your deer does hold you at a bay.
BAPTISTA
line 2584O, O, Petruchio! Tranio hits you now.
LUCENTIO
60line 2585I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio.
HORTENSIO
line 2586Confess, confess! Hath he not hit you here?
PETRUCHIO
line 2587He has a little galled me, I confess.
line 2588And as the jest did glance away from me,
line 2589’Tis ten to one it maimed you two outright.
BAPTISTA
65line 2590Now, in good sadness, son Petruchio,
line 2591I think thou hast the veriest shrew of all.
PETRUCHIO
line 2592Well, I say no. And therefore, for assurance,
line 2593Let’s each one send unto his wife,
line 2594And he whose wife is most obedient
70line 2595To come at first when he doth send for her
line 2596Shall win the wager which we will propose.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 213 HORTENSIO
line 2597Content, what’s the wager?
line 2598LUCENTIOTwenty crowns.
line 2599PETRUCHIOTwenty crowns?
75line 2600I’ll venture so much of my hawk or hound,
line 2601But twenty times so much upon my wife.
LUCENTIO
line 2602A hundred, then.
line 2603HORTENSIOContent.
line 2604PETRUCHIOA match! ’Tis done.
80line 2605HORTENSIOWho shall begin?
line 2606LUCENTIOThat will I.
line 2607Go, Biondello, bid your mistress come to me.
line 2608BIONDELLOI go.He exits.
BAPTISTA
line 2609Son, I’ll be your half Bianca comes.
LUCENTIO
85line 2610I’ll have no halves. I’ll bear it all myself.

Enter Biondello.

line 2611How now, what news?
line 2612BIONDELLOSir, my mistress sends you
line 2613word
line 2614That she is busy, and she cannot come.
PETRUCHIO
90line 2615How? “She’s busy, and she cannot come”?
line 2616Is that an answer?
line 2617GREMIOAy, and a kind one, too.
line 2618Pray God, sir, your wife send you not a worse.
line 2619PETRUCHIOI hope better.
HORTENSIO
95line 2620Sirrah Biondello, go and entreat my wife
line 2621To come to me forthwith.Biondello exits.
line 2622PETRUCHIOO ho, entreat her!
line 2623Nay, then, she must needs come.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 215 line 2624HORTENSIOI am afraid, sir,
100line 2625Do what you can, yours will not be entreated.

Enter Biondello.

line 2626Now, where’s my wife?
BIONDELLO
line 2627She says you have some goodly jest in hand.
line 2628She will not come. She bids you come to her.
line 2629PETRUCHIOWorse and worse. She will not come!
105line 2630O vile, intolerable, not to be endured!—
line 2631Sirrah Grumio, go to your mistress,
line 2632Say I command her come to me.Grumio exits.
HORTENSIO
line 2633I know her answer.
line 2634PETRUCHIOWhat?
110line 2635HORTENSIOShe will not.
PETRUCHIO
line 2636The fouler fortune mine, and there an end.

Enter Katherine.

BAPTISTA
line 2637Now by my holidam, here comes Katherina!
KATHERINE
line 2638What is your will, sir, that you send for me?
PETRUCHIO
line 2639Where is your sister, and Hortensio’s wife?
KATHERINE
115line 2640They sit conferring by the parlor fire.
PETRUCHIO
line 2641Go fetch them hither. If they deny to come,
line 2642Swinge me them soundly forth unto their husbands.
line 2643Away, I say, and bring them hither straight.

Katherine exits.

LUCENTIO
line 2644Here is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder.
HORTENSIO
120line 2645And so it is. I wonder what it bodes.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 217 PETRUCHIO
line 2646Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life,
line 2647An awful rule, and right supremacy,
line 2648And, to be short, what not that’s sweet and happy.
BAPTISTA
line 2649Now fair befall thee, good Petruchio!
125line 2650The wager thou hast won, and I will add
line 2651Unto their losses twenty thousand crowns,
line 2652Another dowry to another daughter,
line 2653For she is changed as she had never been.
PETRUCHIO
line 2654Nay, I will win my wager better yet,
130line 2655And show more sign of her obedience,
line 2656Her new-built virtue and obedience.

Enter Katherine, Bianca, and Widow.

line 2657See where she comes, and brings your froward
line 2658wives
line 2659As prisoners to her womanly persuasion.—
135line 2660Katherine, that cap of yours becomes you not.
line 2661Off with that bauble, throw it underfoot.

She obeys.

WIDOW
line 2662Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh
line 2663Till I be brought to such a silly pass.
BIANCA
line 2664Fie, what a foolish duty call you this?
LUCENTIO
140line 2665I would your duty were as foolish too.
line 2666The wisdom of your duty, fair Bianca,
line 2667Hath cost me a hundred crowns since suppertime.
BIANCA
line 2668The more fool you for laying on my duty.
PETRUCHIO
line 2669Katherine, I charge thee tell these headstrong
145line 2670women
line 2671What duty they do owe their lords and husbands.
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 219 WIDOW
line 2672Come, come, you’re mocking. We will have no
line 2673telling.
PETRUCHIO
line 2674Come on, I say, and first begin with her.
150line 2675WIDOWShe shall not.
PETRUCHIO
line 2676I say she shall.—And first begin with her.
KATHERINE
line 2677Fie, fie! Unknit that threat’ning unkind brow,
line 2678And dart not scornful glances from those eyes
line 2679To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor.
155line 2680It blots thy beauty as frosts do bite the meads,
line 2681Confounds thy fame as whirlwinds shake fair buds,
line 2682And in no sense is meet or amiable.
line 2683A woman moved is like a fountain troubled,
line 2684Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty,
160line 2685And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty
line 2686Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it.
line 2687Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
line 2688Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee,
line 2689And for thy maintenance commits his body
165line 2690To painful labor both by sea and land,
line 2691To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
line 2692Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe,
line 2693And craves no other tribute at thy hands
line 2694But love, fair looks, and true obedience—
170line 2695Too little payment for so great a debt.
line 2696Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
line 2697Even such a woman oweth to her husband;
line 2698And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour,
line 2699And not obedient to his honest will,
175line 2700What is she but a foul contending rebel
line 2701And graceless traitor to her loving lord?
line 2702I am ashamed that women are so simple
line 2703To offer war where they should kneel for peace,
Act 5 Scene 2 - Pg 221 line 2704Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway
180line 2705When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.
line 2706Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth,
line 2707Unapt to toil and trouble in the world,
line 2708But that our soft conditions and our hearts
line 2709Should well agree with our external parts?
185line 2710Come, come, you froward and unable worms!
line 2711My mind hath been as big as one of yours,
line 2712My heart as great, my reason haply more,
line 2713To bandy word for word and frown for frown;
line 2714But now I see our lances are but straws,
190line 2715Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,
line 2716That seeming to be most which we indeed least are.
line 2717Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot,
line 2718And place your hands below your husband’s foot;
line 2719In token of which duty, if he please,
195line 2720My hand is ready, may it do him ease.
PETRUCHIO
line 2721Why, there’s a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate.

They kiss.

LUCENTIO
line 2722Well, go thy ways, old lad, for thou shalt ha ’t.
VINCENTIO
line 2723’Tis a good hearing when children are toward.
LUCENTIO
line 2724But a harsh hearing when women are froward.
200line 2725PETRUCHIOCome, Kate, we’ll to bed.
line 2726We three are married, but you two are sped.
line 2727To Lucentio. ’Twas I won the wager, though you
line 2728hit the white,
line 2729And being a winner, God give you good night.

Petruchio and Katherine exit.

HORTENSIO
205line 2730Now, go thy ways, thou hast tamed a curst shrow.
LUCENTIO
line 2731’Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tamed so.

They exit.


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