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Act 3, scene 2
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Act 3, scene 2



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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 2
Enter Baptista, Gremio, Tranio as Lucentio, Katherine,
Bianca, Lucentio as Cambio, and others, Attendants.

BAPTISTA, to Tranio 
 Signior Lucentio, this is the ’pointed day

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 That Katherine and Petruchio should be married,
 And yet we hear not of our son-in-law.
 What will be said? What mockery will it be,
5 To want the bridegroom when the priest attends
 To speak the ceremonial rites of marriage?
 What says Lucentio to this shame of ours?
 No shame but mine. I must, forsooth, be forced
 To give my hand, opposed against my heart,
10 Unto a mad-brain rudesby, full of spleen,
 Who wooed in haste and means to wed at leisure.
 I told you, I, he was a frantic fool,
 Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behavior,
 And, to be noted for a merry man,
15 He’ll woo a thousand, ’point the day of marriage,
 Make friends, invite, and proclaim the banns,
 Yet never means to wed where he hath wooed.
 Now must the world point at poor Katherine
 And say “Lo, there is mad Petruchio’s wife,
20 If it would please him come and marry her.”
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Patience, good Katherine, and Baptista too.
 Upon my life, Petruchio means but well,
 Whatever fortune stays him from his word.
 Though he be blunt, I know him passing wise;
25 Though he be merry, yet withal he’s honest.
 Would Katherine had never seen him, though!
She exits weeping.
 Go, girl. I cannot blame thee now to weep,
 For such an injury would vex a very saint,
 Much more a shrew of thy impatient humor.

Enter Biondello.

BIONDELLO 30Master, master, news! And such old
 news as you never heard of!

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 Is it new and old too? How may that be?
BIONDELLO Why, is it not news to hear of Petruchio’s
BAPTISTA 35Is he come?
BIONDELLO Why, no, sir.
 What then?
BIONDELLO  He is coming.
BAPTISTA  When will he be here?
40 When he stands where I am, and sees you there.
TRANIO, as Lucentio But say, what to thine old news?
BIONDELLO Why, Petruchio is coming in a new hat and
 an old jerkin, a pair of old breeches thrice turned,
 a pair of boots that have been candle-cases, one
45 buckled, another laced; an old rusty sword ta’en
 out of the town armory, with a broken hilt, and
 chapeless; with two broken points; his horse
 hipped, with an old mothy saddle and stirrups of no
 kindred, besides possessed with the glanders and
50 like to mose in the chine, troubled with the lampass,
 infected with the fashions, full of windgalls,
 sped with spavins, rayed with the yellows, past cure
 of the fives, stark spoiled with the staggers, begnawn
 with the bots, swayed in the back and shoulder-shotten,
55 near-legged before, and with a half-checked
 bit and a headstall of sheep’s leather,
 which, being restrained to keep him from stumbling,
 hath been often burst, and now repaired with
 knots; one girth six times pieced, and a woman’s
60 crupper of velour, which hath two letters for her
 name fairly set down in studs, and here and there
 pieced with packthread.
BAPTISTA Who comes with him?

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BIONDELLO Oh, sir, his lackey, for all the world caparisoned
65 like the horse: with a linen stock on one leg
 and a kersey boot-hose on the other, gartered with
 a red and blue list; an old hat, and the humor of
 forty fancies pricked in ’t for a feather. A monster,
 a very monster in apparel, and not like a Christian
70 footboy or a gentleman’s lackey.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 ’Tis some odd humor pricks him to this fashion,
 Yet oftentimes he goes but mean-appareled.
 I am glad he’s come, howsoe’er he comes.
BIONDELLO Why, sir, he comes not.
BAPTISTA 75Didst thou not say he comes?
BIONDELLO Who? That Petruchio came?
BAPTISTA Ay, that Petruchio came!
BIONDELLO No, sir, I say his horse comes with him on
 his back.
BAPTISTA 80Why, that’s all one.
 Nay, by Saint Jamy.
 I hold you a penny,
 A horse and a man
 Is more than one,
85 And yet not many.

Enter Petruchio and Grumio.

 Come, where be these gallants? Who’s at home?
BAPTISTA You are welcome, sir.
PETRUCHIO And yet I come not well.
BAPTISTA And yet you halt not.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 90Not so well appareled as I wish
 you were.
 Were it better I should rush in thus—

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 But where is Kate? Where is my lovely bride?
 How does my father? Gentles, methinks you frown.
95 And wherefore gaze this goodly company
 As if they saw some wondrous monument,
 Some comet or unusual prodigy?
 Why, sir, you know this is your wedding day.
 First were we sad, fearing you would not come,
100 Now sadder that you come so unprovided.
 Fie, doff this habit, shame to your estate,
 An eyesore to our solemn festival.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 And tell us what occasion of import
 Hath all so long detained you from your wife
105 And sent you hither so unlike yourself.
 Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear.
 Sufficeth I am come to keep my word,
 Though in some part enforcèd to digress,
 Which at more leisure I will so excuse
110 As you shall well be satisfied with all.
 But where is Kate? I stay too long from her.
 The morning wears. ’Tis time we were at church.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 See not your bride in these unreverent robes.
 Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.
115 Not I, believe me. Thus I’ll visit her.
 But thus, I trust, you will not marry her.
 Good sooth, even thus. Therefore, ha’ done with
 To me she’s married, not unto my clothes.
120 Could I repair what she will wear in me,
 As I can change these poor accoutrements,

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 ’Twere well for Kate and better for myself.
 But what a fool am I to chat with you
 When I should bid good morrow to my bride
125 And seal the title with a lovely kiss!
Petruchio exits, with Grumio.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 He hath some meaning in his mad attire.
 We will persuade him, be it possible,
 To put on better ere he go to church.
 I’ll after him, and see the event of this.
All except Tranio and Lucentio exit.
130 But, sir, to love concerneth us to add
 Her father’s liking, which to bring to pass,
 As I before imparted to your Worship,
 I am to get a man (whate’er he be
 It skills not much, we’ll fit him to our turn),
135 And he shall be “Vincentio of Pisa,”
 And make assurance here in Padua
 Of greater sums than I have promisèd.
 So shall you quietly enjoy your hope
 And marry sweet Bianca with consent.
140 Were it not that my fellow schoolmaster
 Doth watch Bianca’s steps so narrowly,
 ’Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage,
 Which, once performed, let all the world say no,
 I’ll keep mine own despite of all the world.
145 That by degrees we mean to look into,
 And watch our vantage in this business.
 We’ll overreach the graybeard, Gremio,
 The narrow prying father, Minola,
 The quaint musician, amorous Litio,
150 All for my master’s sake, Lucentio.

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Enter Gremio.

TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Signior Gremio, came you from the church?
 As willingly as e’er I came from school.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 And is the bride and bridegroom coming home?
 A bridegroom, say you? ’Tis a groom indeed,
155 A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Curster than she? Why, ’tis impossible.
 Why, he’s a devil, a devil, a very fiend.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Why, she’s a devil, a devil, the devil’s dam.
 Tut, she’s a lamb, a dove, a fool to him.
160 I’ll tell you, Sir Lucentio: when the priest
 Should ask if Katherine should be his wife,
 “Ay, by gog’s wouns!” quoth he, and swore so loud
 That, all amazed, the priest let fall the book,
 And as he stooped again to take it up,
165 This mad-brained bridegroom took him such a cuff
 That down fell priest and book, and book and priest.
 “Now, take them up,” quoth he, “if any list.”
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 What said the wench when he rose again?
 Trembled and shook, for why he stamped and swore
170 As if the vicar meant to cozen him.
 But after many ceremonies done,
 He calls for wine. “A health!” quoth he, as if
 He had been aboard, carousing to his mates
 After a storm; quaffed off the muscatel

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175 And threw the sops all in the sexton’s face,
 Having no other reason
 But that his beard grew thin and hungerly,
 And seemed to ask him sops as he was drinking.
 This done, he took the bride about the neck
180 And kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack
 That at the parting all the church did echo.
 And I, seeing this, came thence for very shame,
 And after me I know the rout is coming.
 Such a mad marriage never was before!Music plays.
185 Hark, hark, I hear the minstrels play.

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

 Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for your pains.
 I know you think to dine with me today
 And have prepared great store of wedding cheer,
 But so it is, my haste doth call me hence,
190 And therefore here I mean to take my leave.
 Is ’t possible you will away tonight?
 I must away today, before night come.
 Make it no wonder. If you knew my business,
 You would entreat me rather go than stay.
195 And, honest company, I thank you all,
 That have beheld me give away myself
 To this most patient, sweet, and virtuous wife.
 Dine with my father, drink a health to me,
 For I must hence, and farewell to you all.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
200 Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.
PETRUCHIO It may not be.
GREMIO Let me entreat you.
PETRUCHIO It cannot be.

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KATHERINE Let me entreat you.
205 I am content.
KATHERINE  Are you content to stay?
 I am content you shall entreat me stay,
 But yet not stay, entreat me how you can.
 Now, if you love me, stay.
PETRUCHIO 210 Grumio, my horse.
GRUMIO Ay, sir, they be ready; the oats have eaten the
KATHERINE Nay, then,
 Do what thou canst, I will not go today,
215 No, nor tomorrow, not till I please myself.
 The door is open, sir. There lies your way.
 You may be jogging whiles your boots are green.
 For me, I’ll not be gone till I please myself.
 ’Tis like you’ll prove a jolly surly groom,
220 That take it on you at the first so roundly.
 O Kate, content thee. Prithee, be not angry.
 I will be angry. What hast thou to do?—
 Father, be quiet. He shall stay my leisure.
 Ay, marry, sir, now it begins to work.
225 Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner.
 I see a woman may be made a fool
 If she had not a spirit to resist.
 They shall go forward, Kate, at thy command.—
 Obey the bride, you that attend on her.
230 Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
 Carouse full measure to her maidenhead,

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 Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves.
 But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
 Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret;
235 I will be master of what is mine own.
 She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house,
 My household stuff, my field, my barn,
 My horse, my ox, my ass, my anything.
 And here she stands, touch her whoever dare.
240 I’ll bring mine action on the proudest he
 That stops my way in Padua.—Grumio,
 Draw forth thy weapon. We are beset with thieves.
 Rescue thy mistress if thou be a man!—
 Fear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch thee,
245 Kate.
 I’ll buckler thee against a million.
Petruchio and Katherine exit, with Grumio.
 Nay, let them go. A couple of quiet ones!
 Went they not quickly, I should die with laughing.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Of all mad matches never was the like.
LUCENTIO, as Cambio 
250 Mistress, what’s your opinion of your sister?
 That being mad herself, she’s madly mated.
 I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated.
 Neighbors and friends, though bride and
 bridegroom wants
255 For to supply the places at the table,
 You know there wants no junkets at the feast.
 To Tranio. Lucentio, you shall supply the
 bridegroom’s place,
 And let Bianca take her sister’s room.

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TRANIO, as Lucentio 
260 Shall sweet Bianca practice how to bride it?
BAPTISTA, to Tranio 
 She shall, Lucentio. Come, gentlemen, let’s go.
They exit.