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The Taming of the Shrew begins with an “induction” in which a nobleman plays a trick on a beggar, Christopher Sly,…

Induction, scene 1

Christopher Sly, a drunken beggar, is driven out of an alehouse by its hostess. A great lord, returning from the…

Induction, scene 2

The newly awakened Sly is offered delicacies and fine clothes. When he demands his usual ale and beef, the lord…

Act 1, scene 1

Lucentio has come with his servant Tranio to Padua to study philosophy. They witness an encounter between Baptista and his…

Act 1, scene 2

Petruchio, with his servant Grumio, has just arrived in Padua. His friend Hortensio suggests that Petruchio woo Katherine. Petruchio enthusiastically…

Act 2, scene 1

Baptista stops Katherine from abusing Bianca and receives a visit from Petruchio, who presents Hortensio (disguised as Litio, a music…

Act 3, scene 1

Under cover of their disguises as schoolmasters, first Lucentio (as Cambio) and then Hortensio (as Litio) try for Bianca’s love….

Act 3, scene 2

Petruchio is late arriving for his wedding, to Katherine’s great embarrassment. When he finally presents himself, he is dressed in…

Act 4, scene 1

At Petruchio’s house in the country, Grumio tells his fellow servant Curtis about the wild journey home to Petruchio’s after…

Act 4, scene 2

In Padua, Hortensio (as Litio) leads Tranio (as Lucentio) to spy on Bianca and Lucentio-Cambio as the couple kiss and…

Act 4, scene 3

At Petruchio’s home, Grumio torments Katherine by promising her food that he fails to bring. Petruchio then serves Katherine himself,…

Act 4, scene 4

In Padua, the Merchant impersonating Vincentio visits Baptista with Tranio, who is still disguised as Lucentio. Baptista accepts the Merchant’s…

Act 4, scene 5

Katherine now gives assent to every word Petruchio says. On their way to her father’s, they meet the true Vincentio,…

Act 5, scene 1

After Bianca has secretly married Lucentio, Petruchio, Katherine, and Lucentio’s father arrive at Lucentio’s lodging. They are rebuffed by the…

Act 5, scene 2

Three couples attend the wedding banquet—Lucentio and Bianca, Petruchio and Katherine, and Hortensio and the Widow. Petruchio is repeatedly teased…

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Scene 1
Enter Katherine and Bianca with her hands tied.

 Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,
 To make a bondmaid and a slave of me.
 That I disdain. But for these other goods—
 Unbind my hands, I’ll pull them off myself,
5 Yea, all my raiment to my petticoat,
 Or what you will command me will I do,
 So well I know my duty to my elders.
 Of all thy suitors here I charge thee tell
 Whom thou lov’st best. See thou dissemble not.
10 Believe me, sister, of all the men alive
 I never yet beheld that special face
 Which I could fancy more than any other.
 Minion, thou liest. Is ’t not Hortensio?
 If you affect him, sister, here I swear
15 I’ll plead for you myself, but you shall have him.
 O, then belike you fancy riches more.
 You will have Gremio to keep you fair.

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 Is it for him you do envy me so?
 Nay, then, you jest, and now I well perceive
20 You have but jested with me all this while.
 I prithee, sister Kate, untie my hands.
Katherine strikes her.
 If that be jest, then all the rest was so.

Enter Baptista.

 Why, how now, dame, whence grows this
25 Bianca, stand aside.—Poor girl, she weeps!
He unties her hands.
 To Bianca. Go ply thy needle; meddle not with her.
 To Katherine. For shame, thou hilding of a devilish
 Why dost thou wrong her that did ne’er wrong
30 thee?
 When did she cross thee with a bitter word?
 Her silence flouts me, and I’ll be revenged!
She flies after Bianca.
 What, in my sight?—Bianca, get thee in.
Bianca exits.
 What, will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see
35 She is your treasure, she must have a husband,
 I must dance barefoot on her wedding day
 And, for your love to her, lead apes in hell.
 Talk not to me. I will go sit and weep
 Till I can find occasion of revenge.She exits.
40 Was ever gentleman thus grieved as I?
 But who comes here?

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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.

GREMIO Good morrow, neighbor Baptista.
BAPTISTA Good morrow, neighbor Gremio.—God
 save you, gentlemen.
45 And you, good sir. Pray, have you not a daughter
 Called Katherina, fair and virtuous?
 I have a daughter, sir, called Katherina.
GREMIO, to Petruchio 
 You are too blunt. Go to it orderly.
 You wrong me, Signior Gremio. Give me leave.—
50 I am a gentleman of Verona, sir,
 That hearing of her beauty and her wit,
 Her affability and bashful modesty,
 Her wondrous qualities and mild behavior,
 Am bold to show myself a forward guest
55 Within your house, to make mine eye the witness
 Of that report which I so oft have heard,
 And, for an entrance to my entertainment,
 I do present you with a man of mine,
Presenting Hortensio, disguised as Litio
 Cunning in music and the mathematics,
60 To instruct her fully in those sciences,
 Whereof I know she is not ignorant.
 Accept of him, or else you do me wrong.
 His name is Litio, born in Mantua.
 You’re welcome, sir, and he for your good sake.

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65 But for my daughter Katherine, this I know,
 She is not for your turn, the more my grief.
 I see you do not mean to part with her,
 Or else you like not of my company.
 Mistake me not. I speak but as I find.
70 Whence are you, sir? What may I call your name?
 Petruchio is my name, Antonio’s son,
 A man well known throughout all Italy.
 I know him well. You are welcome for his sake.
 Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray
75 Let us that are poor petitioners speak too!
 Bacare, you are marvelous forward.
 O, pardon me, Signior Gremio, I would fain be
 I doubt it not, sir. But you will curse your wooing.
80 To Baptista. Neighbor, this is a gift very grateful,
 I am sure of it. To express the like kindness, myself,
 that have been more kindly beholding to you than
 any, freely give unto you this young scholar presenting
 Lucentio, disguised as Cambio 
that hath
85 been long studying at Rheims, as cunning in Greek,
 Latin, and other languages as the other in music and
 mathematics. His name is Cambio. Pray accept his
BAPTISTA A thousand thanks, Signior Gremio.—Welcome,
90 good Cambio. To Tranio as Lucentio. But,
 gentle sir, methinks you walk like a stranger. May I
 be so bold to know the cause of your coming?

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TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Pardon me, sir, the boldness is mine own,
 That being a stranger in this city here
95 Do make myself a suitor to your daughter,
 Unto Bianca, fair and virtuous.
 Nor is your firm resolve unknown to me,
 In the preferment of the eldest sister.
 This liberty is all that I request,
100 That, upon knowledge of my parentage,
 I may have welcome ’mongst the rest that woo
 And free access and favor as the rest.
 And toward the education of your daughters
 I here bestow a simple instrument
105 And this small packet of Greek and Latin books.
Biondello comes forward with the gifts.
 If you accept them, then their worth is great.
 Lucentio is your name. Of whence, I pray?
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Of Pisa, sir, son to Vincentio.
 A mighty man of Pisa. By report
110 I know him well. You are very welcome, sir.
 To Hortensio as Litio. Take you the lute,
 To Lucentio as Cambio. and you the set of books.
 You shall go see your pupils presently.
 Holla, within!

Enter a Servant.

115 Sirrah, lead these gentlemen
 To my daughters, and tell them both
 These are their tutors. Bid them use them well.
Servant exits with Hortensio and Lucentio.
 We will go walk a little in the orchard,
 And then to dinner. You are passing welcome,
120 And so I pray you all to think yourselves.

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 Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,
 And every day I cannot come to woo.
 You knew my father well, and in him me,
 Left solely heir to all his lands and goods,
125 Which I have bettered rather than decreased.
 Then tell me, if I get your daughter’s love,
 What dowry shall I have with her to wife?
 After my death, the one half of my lands,
 And, in possession, twenty thousand crowns.
130 And, for that dowry, I’ll assure her of
 Her widowhood, be it that she survive me,
 In all my lands and leases whatsoever.
 Let specialties be therefore drawn between us,
 That covenants may be kept on either hand.
135 Ay, when the special thing is well obtained,
 That is, her love, for that is all in all.
 Why, that is nothing. For I tell you, father,
 I am as peremptory as she proud-minded;
 And where two raging fires meet together,
140 They do consume the thing that feeds their fury.
 Though little fire grows great with little wind,
 Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all.
 So I to her and so she yields to me,
 For I am rough and woo not like a babe.
145 Well mayst thou woo, and happy be thy speed.
 But be thou armed for some unhappy words.
 Ay, to the proof, as mountains are for winds,
 That shakes not, though they blow perpetually.

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Enter Hortensio as Litio with his head broke.

 How now, my friend, why dost thou look so pale?
HORTENSIO, as Litio 
150 For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.
 What, will my daughter prove a good musician?
HORTENSIO, as Litio 
 I think she’ll sooner prove a soldier!
 Iron may hold with her, but never lutes.
 Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?
HORTENSIO, as Litio 
155 Why, no, for she hath broke the lute to me.
 I did but tell her she mistook her frets,
 And bowed her hand to teach her fingering,
 When, with a most impatient devilish spirit,
 “‘Frets’ call you these?” quoth she. “I’ll fume with
160 them!”
 And with that word she struck me on the head,
 And through the instrument my pate made way,
 And there I stood amazèd for a while,
 As on a pillory, looking through the lute,
165 While she did call me “rascal fiddler,”
 And “twangling Jack,” with twenty such vile terms,
 As had she studied to misuse me so.
 Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench.
 I love her ten times more than ere I did.
170 O, how I long to have some chat with her!
BAPTISTA, to Hortensio as Litio 
 Well, go with me, and be not so discomfited.
 Proceed in practice with my younger daughter.
 She’s apt to learn, and thankful for good turns.—
 Signior Petruchio, will you go with us,
175 Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you?

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

Enter Katherine.

190 Good morrow, Kate, for that’s your name, I hear.
 Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing.
 They call me Katherine that do talk of me.
 You lie, in faith, for you are called plain Kate,
 And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst.
195 But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,
 Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate
 (For dainties are all Kates)—and therefore, Kate,
 Take this of me, Kate of my consolation:
 Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,
200 Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded
 (Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs),
 Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.
 “Moved,” in good time! Let him that moved you

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205 Remove you hence. I knew you at the first
 You were a movable.
 Why, what’s a movable?
KATHERINE  A joint stool.
 Thou hast hit it. Come, sit on me.
210 Asses are made to bear, and so are you.
 Women are made to bear, and so are you.
 No such jade as you, if me you mean.
 Alas, good Kate, I will not burden thee,
 For knowing thee to be but young and light—
215 Too light for such a swain as you to catch,
 And yet as heavy as my weight should be.
 “Should be”—should buzz!
KATHERINE  Well ta’en, and like a
220 O slow-winged turtle, shall a buzzard take thee?
 Ay, for a turtle, as he takes a buzzard.
 Come, come, you wasp! I’ faith, you are too angry.
 If I be waspish, best beware my sting.
 My remedy is then to pluck it out.
225 Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies.

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 Who knows not where a wasp does wear his sting?
 In his tail.
KATHERINE In his tongue.
PETRUCHIO Whose tongue?
230 Yours, if you talk of tales, and so farewell.
PETRUCHIO What, with my tongue in your tail?
 Nay, come again, good Kate. I am a gentleman—
KATHERINE That I’ll try.She strikes him.
 I swear I’ll cuff you if you strike again.
KATHERINE 235So may you lose your arms.
 If you strike me, you are no gentleman,
 And if no gentleman, why then no arms.
 A herald, Kate? O, put me in thy books.
KATHERINE What is your crest? A coxcomb?
240 A combless cock, so Kate will be my hen.
 No cock of mine. You crow too like a craven.
 Nay, come, Kate, come. You must not look so sour.
 It is my fashion when I see a crab.
 Why, here’s no crab, and therefore look not sour.
KATHERINE 245There is, there is.
 Then show it me.
KATHERINE  Had I a glass, I would.
PETRUCHIO What, you mean my face?
KATHERINE Well aimed of such a young one.
250 Now, by Saint George, I am too young for you.

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 Yet you are withered.
PETRUCHIO  ’Tis with cares.
KATHERINE  I care not.
 Nay, hear you, Kate—in sooth, you ’scape not so.
255 I chafe you if I tarry. Let me go.
 No, not a whit. I find you passing gentle.
 ’Twas told me you were rough, and coy, and sullen,
 And now I find report a very liar.
 For thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing
260 courteous,
 But slow in speech, yet sweet as springtime flowers.
 Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance,
 Nor bite the lip as angry wenches will,
 Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk.
265 But thou with mildness entertain’st thy wooers,
 With gentle conference, soft, and affable.
 Why does the world report that Kate doth limp?
 O sland’rous world! Kate like the hazel twig
 Is straight, and slender, and as brown in hue
270 As hazelnuts, and sweeter than the kernels.
 O, let me see thee walk! Thou dost not halt.
 Go, fool, and whom thou keep’st command.
 Did ever Dian so become a grove
 As Kate this chamber with her princely gait?
275 O, be thou Dian and let her be Kate,
 And then let Kate be chaste and Dian sportful.
 Where did you study all this goodly speech?
 It is extempore, from my mother wit.

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 A witty mother, witless else her son.
PETRUCHIO 280Am I not wise?
KATHERINE Yes, keep you warm.
 Marry, so I mean, sweet Katherine, in thy bed.
 And therefore, setting all this chat aside,
 Thus in plain terms: your father hath consented
285 That you shall be my wife, your dowry ’greed on,
 And, will you, nill you, I will marry you.
 Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn,
 For by this light, whereby I see thy beauty,
 Thy beauty that doth make me like thee well,
290 Thou must be married to no man but me.
 For I am he am born to tame you, Kate,
 And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate
 Conformable as other household Kates.

Enter Baptista, Gremio, and Tranio as Lucentio.

 Here comes your father. Never make denial.
295 I must and will have Katherine to my wife.
 Now, Signior Petruchio, how speed you with my
PETRUCHIO How but well, sir? How but well?
 It were impossible I should speed amiss.
300 Why, how now, daughter Katherine? In your
 Call you me daughter? Now I promise you
 You have showed a tender fatherly regard,
 To wish me wed to one half lunatic,
305 A madcap ruffian and a swearing Jack,
 That thinks with oaths to face the matter out.

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 Father, ’tis thus: yourself and all the world
 That talked of her have talked amiss of her.
 If she be curst, it is for policy,
310 For she’s not froward, but modest as the dove;
 She is not hot, but temperate as the morn.
 For patience she will prove a second Grissel,
 And Roman Lucrece for her chastity.
 And to conclude, we have ’greed so well together
315 That upon Sunday is the wedding day.
 I’ll see thee hanged on Sunday first.
GREMIO Hark, Petruchio, she says she’ll see thee
 hanged first.
TRANIO, as Lucentio Is this your speeding? Nay,
320 then, goodnight our part.
 Be patient, gentlemen. I choose her for myself.
 If she and I be pleased, what’s that to you?
 ’Tis bargained ’twixt us twain, being alone,
 That she shall still be curst in company.
325 I tell you, ’tis incredible to believe
 How much she loves me. O, the kindest Kate!
 She hung about my neck, and kiss on kiss
 She vied so fast, protesting oath on oath,
 That in a twink she won me to her love.
330 O, you are novices! ’Tis a world to see
 How tame, when men and women are alone,
 A meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew.—
 Give me thy hand, Kate. I will unto Venice
 To buy apparel ’gainst the wedding day.—
335 Provide the feast, father, and bid the guests.
 I will be sure my Katherine shall be fine.
 I know not what to say, but give me your hands.
 God send you joy, Petruchio. ’Tis a match.

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GREMIO and TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Amen, say we. We will be witnesses.
340 Father, and wife, and gentlemen, adieu.
 I will to Venice. Sunday comes apace.
 We will have rings, and things, and fine array,
 And kiss me, Kate. We will be married o’ Sunday.
Petruchio and Katherine exit
through different doors.

 Was ever match clapped up so suddenly?
345 Faith, gentlemen, now I play a merchant’s part
 And venture madly on a desperate mart.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 ’Twas a commodity lay fretting by you.
 ’Twill bring you gain, or perish on the seas.
 The gain I seek, is quiet in the match.
350 No doubt but he hath got a quiet catch.
 But now, Baptista, to your younger daughter.
 Now is the day we long have lookèd for.
 I am your neighbor and was suitor first.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 And I am one that love Bianca more
355 Than words can witness or your thoughts can guess.
 Youngling, thou canst not love so dear as I.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Graybeard, thy love doth freeze.
GREMIO  But thine doth fry!
 Skipper, stand back. ’Tis age that nourisheth.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
360 But youth in ladies’ eyes that flourisheth.

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 Content you, gentlemen. I will compound this strife.
 ’Tis deeds must win the prize, and he of both
 That can assure my daughter greatest dower
 Shall have my Bianca’s love.
365 Say, Signior Gremio, what can you assure her?
 First, as you know, my house within the city
 Is richly furnishèd with plate and gold,
 Basins and ewers to lave her dainty hands;
 My hangings all of Tyrian tapestry;
370 In ivory coffers I have stuffed my crowns,
 In cypress chests my arras counterpoints,
 Costly apparel, tents, and canopies,
 Fine linen, Turkey cushions bossed with pearl,
 Valance of Venice gold in needlework,
375 Pewter and brass, and all things that belongs
 To house or housekeeping. Then, at my farm
 I have a hundred milch-kine to the pail,
 Six score fat oxen standing in my stalls,
 And all things answerable to this portion.
380 Myself am struck in years, I must confess,
 And if I die tomorrow this is hers,
 If whilst I live she will be only mine.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 That “only” came well in. To Baptista. Sir, list to
385 I am my father’s heir and only son.
 If I may have your daughter to my wife,
 I’ll leave her houses three or four as good,
 Within rich Pisa walls, as any one
 Old Signior Gremio has in Padua,
390 Besides two thousand ducats by the year
 Of fruitful land, all which shall be her jointure.—
 What, have I pinched you, Signior Gremio?

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 Two thousand ducats by the year of land?
 Aside. My land amounts not to so much in all.—
395 That she shall have, besides an argosy
 That now is lying in Marcellus’ road.
 To Tranio. What, have I choked you with an argosy?
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Gremio, ’tis known my father hath no less
 Than three great argosies, besides two galliasses
400 And twelve tight galleys. These I will assure her,
 And twice as much whate’er thou off’rest next.
 Nay, I have offered all. I have no more,
 And she can have no more than all I have.
 To Baptista. If you like me, she shall have me and
405 mine.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Why, then, the maid is mine from all the world,
 By your firm promise. Gremio is outvied.
 I must confess your offer is the best,
 And, let your father make her the assurance,
410 She is your own; else, you must pardon me.
 If you should die before him, where’s her dower?
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 That’s but a cavil. He is old, I young.
 And may not young men die as well as old?
 Well, gentlemen, I am thus resolved:
415 On Sunday next, you know
 My daughter Katherine is to be married.
 To Tranio as Lucentio. Now, on the Sunday
 following, shall Bianca
 Be bride to you, if you make this assurance.
420 If not, to Signior Gremio.
 And so I take my leave, and thank you both.

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 Adieu, good neighbor.Baptista exits.
 Now I fear thee not.
 Sirrah young gamester, your father were a fool
425 To give thee all and in his waning age
 Set foot under thy table. Tut, a toy!
 An old Italian fox is not so kind, my boy.
Gremio exits.
 A vengeance on your crafty withered hide!—
 Yet I have faced it with a card of ten.
430 ’Tis in my head to do my master good.
 I see no reason but supposed Lucentio
 Must get a father, called “supposed Vincentio”—
 And that’s a wonder. Fathers commonly
 Do get their children. But in this case of wooing,
435 A child shall get a sire, if I fail not of my cunning.
He exits.