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The Taming of the Shrew
Act 4, 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 Tranio as Lucentio and Hortensio as Litio.

TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Is ’t possible, friend Litio, that mistress Bianca
 Doth fancy any other but Lucentio?
 I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand.
HORTENSIO, as Litio 
 Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said,
5 Stand by, and mark the manner of his teaching.
They stand aside.

Enter Bianca and Lucentio as Cambio.

LUCENTIO, as Cambio 
 Now mistress, profit you in what you read?
BIANCA 
 What, master, read you? First resolve me that.
LUCENTIO, as Cambio 
 I read that I profess, The Art to Love.
BIANCA 
 And may you prove, sir, master of your art.
LUCENTIO, as Cambio 
10 While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my heart.
They move aside and kiss and talk.
HORTENSIO, as Litio 
 Quick proceeders, marry! Now tell me, I pray,

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 You that durst swear that your mistress Bianca
 Loved none in the world so well as Lucentio.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 O despiteful love, unconstant womankind!
15 I tell thee, Litio, this is wonderful!
HORTENSIO 
 Mistake no more. I am not Litio,
 Nor a musician as I seem to be,
 But one that scorn to live in this disguise
 For such a one as leaves a gentleman
20 And makes a god of such a cullion.
 Know, sir, that I am called Hortensio.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Signior Hortensio, I have often heard
 Of your entire affection to Bianca,
 And since mine eyes are witness of her lightness,
25 I will with you, if you be so contented,
 Forswear Bianca and her love forever.
HORTENSIO 
 See how they kiss and court! Signior Lucentio,
 Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow
 Never to woo her more, but do forswear her
30 As one unworthy all the former favors
 That I have fondly flattered her withal.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 And here I take the like unfeignèd oath,
 Never to marry with her, though she would entreat.
 Fie on her, see how beastly she doth court him!
HORTENSIO 
35 Would all the world but he had quite forsworn!
 For me, that I may surely keep mine oath,
 I will be married to a wealthy widow
 Ere three days pass, which hath as long loved me
 As I have loved this proud disdainful haggard.
40 And so farewell, Signior Lucentio.
 Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks,

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 Shall win my love, and so I take my leave,
 In resolution as I swore before.
Hortensio exits;
Bianca and Lucentio come forward.
TRANIO 
 Mistress Bianca, bless you with such grace
45 As ’longeth to a lover’s blessèd case!
 Nay, I have ta’en you napping, gentle love,
 And have forsworn you with Hortensio.
BIANCA 
 Tranio, you jest. But have you both forsworn me?
TRANIO 
 Mistress, we have.
LUCENTIO 50 Then we are rid of Litio.
TRANIO 
 I’ faith, he’ll have a lusty widow now
 That shall be wooed and wedded in a day.
BIANCA God give him joy.
TRANIO 
 Ay, and he’ll tame her.
BIANCA 55 He says so, Tranio?
TRANIO 
 Faith, he is gone unto the taming school.
BIANCA 
 The taming school? What, is there such a place?
TRANIO 
 Ay, mistress, and Petruchio is the master,
 That teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long
60 To tame a shrew and charm her chattering tongue.

Enter Biondello.

BIONDELLO 
 O master, master, I have watched so long
 That I am dog-weary, but at last I spied
 An ancient angel coming down the hill
 Will serve the turn.

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TRANIO 65 What is he, Biondello?
BIONDELLO 
 Master, a marcantant, or a pedant,
 I know not what, but formal in apparel,
 In gait and countenance surely like a father.
LUCENTIO And what of him, Tranio?
TRANIO 
70 If he be credulous, and trust my tale,
 I’ll make him glad to seem Vincentio
 And give assurance to Baptista Minola
 As if he were the right Vincentio.
 Take in your love, and then let me alone.
Lucentio and Bianca exit.

Enter a Merchant.

MERCHANT 
75 God save you, sir.
TRANIO, as Lucentio  And you, sir. You are welcome.
 Travel you far on, or are you at the farthest?
MERCHANT 
 Sir, at the farthest for a week or two,
 But then up farther, and as far as Rome,
80 And so to Tripoli, if God lend me life.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 What countryman, I pray?
MERCHANT  Of Mantua.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Of Mantua, sir? Marry, God forbid!
 And come to Padua, careless of your life?
MERCHANT 
85 My life, sir? How, I pray? For that goes hard.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 ’Tis death for anyone in Mantua
 To come to Padua. Know you not the cause?
 Your ships are stayed at Venice, and the Duke,
 For private quarrel ’twixt your duke and him,

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90 Hath published and proclaimed it openly.
 ’Tis marvel, but that you are but newly come,
 You might have heard it else proclaimed about.
MERCHANT 
 Alas, sir, it is worse for me than so,
 For I have bills for money by exchange
95 From Florence, and must here deliver them.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Well, sir, to do you courtesy,
 This will I do, and this I will advise you.
 First tell me, have you ever been at Pisa?
MERCHANT 
 Ay, sir, in Pisa have I often been,
100 Pisa renownèd for grave citizens.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 Among them know you one Vincentio?
MERCHANT 
 I know him not, but I have heard of him:
 A merchant of incomparable wealth.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 He is my father, sir, and sooth to say,
105 In count’nance somewhat doth resemble you.
BIONDELLO, aside As much as an apple doth an
 oyster, and all one.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
 To save your life in this extremity,
 This favor will I do you for his sake
110 (And think it not the worst of all your fortunes
 That you are like to Sir Vincentio):
 His name and credit shall you undertake,
 And in my house you shall be friendly lodged.
 Look that you take upon you as you should.
115 You understand me, sir. So shall you stay
 Till you have done your business in the city.
 If this be court’sy, sir, accept of it.

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MERCHANT 
 O sir, I do, and will repute you ever
 The patron of my life and liberty.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 
120 Then go with me, to make the matter good.
 This, by the way, I let you understand:
 My father is here looked for every day
 To pass assurance of a dower in marriage
 ’Twixt me and one Baptista’s daughter here.
125 In all these circumstances I’ll instruct you.
 Go with me to clothe you as becomes you.
They exit.