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The Taming of the Shrew
Act 3, scene 1

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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 Lucentio as Cambio, Hortensio as Litio, and
Bianca.


LUCENTIO, as Cambio 
 Fiddler, forbear. You grow too forward, sir.
 Have you so soon forgot the entertainment
 Her sister Katherine welcomed you withal?
HORTENSIO, as Litio But, wrangling pedant, this is
5 The patroness of heavenly harmony.
 Then give me leave to have prerogative,
 And when in music we have spent an hour,
 Your lecture shall have leisure for as much.
LUCENTIO, as Cambio 
 Preposterous ass, that never read so far
10 To know the cause why music was ordained.
 Was it not to refresh the mind of man
 After his studies or his usual pain?
 Then give me leave to read philosophy,
 And, while I pause, serve in your harmony.
HORTENSIO, as Litio 
15 Sirrah, I will not bear these braves of thine.
BIANCA 
 Why, gentlemen, you do me double wrong
 To strive for that which resteth in my choice.
 I am no breeching scholar in the schools.
 I’ll not be tied to hours, nor ’pointed times,

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20 But learn my lessons as I please myself.
 And, to cut off all strife, here sit we down.
 To Hortensio. Take you your instrument, play you
 the whiles;
 His lecture will be done ere you have tuned.
HORTENSIO, as Litio 
25 You’ll leave his lecture when I am in tune?
LUCENTIO, aside 
 That will be never. To Hortensio. Tune your
 instrument.Hortensio steps aside to tune his lute.
BIANCA Where left we last?
LUCENTIO, as Cambio Here, madam:
Showing her a book.
30 Hic ibat Simois, hic est Sigeia tellus,
 Hic steterat Priami regia celsa senis.

BIANCA Conster them.
LUCENTIO Hic ibat, as I told you before, Simois, I am
 Lucentio, hic est, son unto Vincentio of Pisa,
35 Sigeia tellus, disguised thus to get your love, Hic
 steterat
, and that “Lucentio” that comes a-wooing,
 Priami, is my man Tranio, regia, bearing my port,
 celsa senis, that we might beguile the old pantaloon.
HORTENSIO, as Litio Madam, my instrument’s in
40 tune.
BIANCA Let’s hear. He plays. Oh fie, the treble jars!
LUCENTIO, as Cambio Spit in the hole, man, and tune
 again.Hortensio tunes his lute again.
BIANCA Now let me see if I can conster it. Hic ibat
45 Simois
, I know you not; hic est Sigeia tellus, I trust
 you not; Hic steterat Priami, take heed he hear us
 not; regia, presume not; celsa senis, despair not.
HORTENSIO, as Litio 
 Madam, ’tis now in tune.He plays again.
LUCENTIO, as Cambio  All but the bass.
HORTENSIO, as Litio 
50 The bass is right. ’Tis the base knave that jars.

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 Aside. How fiery and forward our pedant is.
 Now for my life the knave doth court my love!
 Pedascule, I’ll watch you better yet.
BIANCA, to Lucentio 
 In time I may believe, yet I mistrust.
LUCENTIO 
55 Mistrust it not, for sure Aeacides
 Was Ajax, called so from his grandfather.
BIANCA 
 I must believe my master; else, I promise you,
 I should be arguing still upon that doubt.
 But let it rest.—Now, Litio, to you.
60 Good master, take it not unkindly, pray,
 That I have been thus pleasant with you both.
HORTENSIO, as Litio, to Lucentio 
 You may go walk, and give me leave awhile.
 My lessons make no music in three parts.
LUCENTIO, as Cambio 
 Are you so formal, sir? Well, I must wait
65 Aside. And watch withal, for, but I be deceived,
 Our fine musician groweth amorous.
He steps aside.
HORTENSIO, as Litio 
 Madam, before you touch the instrument,
 To learn the order of my fingering
 I must begin with rudiments of art,
70 To teach you gamut in a briefer sort,
 More pleasant, pithy, and effectual
 Than hath been taught by any of my trade.
 And there it is in writing fairly drawn.
BIANCA 
 Why, I am past my gamut long ago.
HORTENSIO 
75 Yet read the gamut of Hortensio.
Giving her a paper.

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BIANCA reads 
 “Gamut I am, the ground of all accord:
 A re, to plead Hortensio’s passion;
 B mi, Bianca, take him for thy lord,
 C fa ut, that loves with all affection;
80 D sol re, one clef, two notes have I;
 E la mi, show pity or I die.”
 Call you this “gamut”? Tut, I like it not.
 Old fashions please me best. I am not so nice
 To change true rules for odd inventions.

Enter a Servant.

SERVANT 
85 Mistress, your father prays you leave your books
 And help to dress your sister’s chamber up.
 You know tomorrow is the wedding day.
BIANCA 
 Farewell, sweet masters both. I must be gone.
LUCENTIO 
 Faith, mistress, then I have no cause to stay.
Bianca, the Servant, and Lucentio exit.
HORTENSIO 
90 But I have cause to pry into this pedant.
 Methinks he looks as though he were in love.
 Yet if thy thoughts, Bianca, be so humble
 To cast thy wand’ring eyes on every stale,
 Seize thee that list! If once I find thee ranging,
95 Hortensio will be quit with thee by changing.
He exits.