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The Taming of the Shrew
Act 4, scene 3

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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 3
Enter Katherine and Grumio.

GRUMIO 
 No, no, forsooth, I dare not for my life.
KATHERINE 
 The more my wrong, the more his spite appears.
 What, did he marry me to famish me?
 Beggars that come unto my father’s door
5 Upon entreaty have a present alms.
 If not, elsewhere they meet with charity.
 But I, who never knew how to entreat,
 Nor never needed that I should entreat,
 Am starved for meat, giddy for lack of sleep,
10 With oaths kept waking and with brawling fed.
 And that which spites me more than all these wants,
 He does it under name of perfect love,
 As who should say, if I should sleep or eat
 ’Twere deadly sickness or else present death.
15 I prithee, go, and get me some repast,
 I care not what, so it be wholesome food.
GRUMIO What say you to a neat’s foot?

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KATHERINE 
 ’Tis passing good. I prithee let me have it.
GRUMIO 
 I fear it is too choleric a meat.
20 How say you to a fat tripe finely broiled?
KATHERINE 
 I like it well. Good Grumio, fetch it me.
GRUMIO 
 I cannot tell. I fear ’tis choleric.
 What say you to a piece of beef and mustard?
KATHERINE 
 A dish that I do love to feed upon.
GRUMIO 
25 Ay, but the mustard is too hot a little.
KATHERINE 
 Why then, the beef, and let the mustard rest.
GRUMIO 
 Nay then, I will not. You shall have the mustard
 Or else you get no beef of Grumio.
KATHERINE 
 Then both, or one, or any thing thou wilt.
GRUMIO 
30 Why then, the mustard without the beef.
KATHERINE 
 Go, get thee gone, thou false deluding slave,
She beats him.
 That feed’st me with the very name of meat.
 Sorrow on thee, and all the pack of you
 That triumph thus upon my misery.
35 Go, get thee gone, I say.

Enter Petruchio and Hortensio with meat.

PETRUCHIO 
 How fares my Kate? What, sweeting, all amort?
HORTENSIO 
 Mistress, what cheer?
KATHERINE  Faith, as cold as can be.

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PETRUCHIO 
 Pluck up thy spirits. Look cheerfully upon me.
40 Here, love, thou seest how diligent I am,
 To dress thy meat myself and bring it thee.
 I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness merits thanks.
 What, not a word? Nay then, thou lov’st it not,
 And all my pains is sorted to no proof.
45 Here, take away this dish.
KATHERINE I pray you, let it stand.
PETRUCHIO 
 The poorest service is repaid with thanks,
 And so shall mine before you touch the meat.
KATHERINE I thank you, sir.
HORTENSIO 
50 Signior Petruchio, fie, you are to blame.
 Come, Mistress Kate, I’ll bear you company.
PETRUCHIO, aside to Hortensio 
 Eat it up all, Hortensio, if thou lovest me.—
 Much good do it unto thy gentle heart.
 Kate, eat apace.
Katherine and Hortensio prepare to eat.
55 And now, my honey love,
 Will we return unto thy father’s house
 And revel it as bravely as the best,
 With silken coats and caps and golden rings,
 With ruffs and cuffs and farthingales and things,
60 With scarves and fans and double change of brav’ry,
 With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knav’ry.
 What, hast thou dined? The tailor stays thy leisure
 To deck thy body with his ruffling treasure.

Enter Tailor.

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

Enter Haberdasher.

 What news with you, sir?

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HABERDASHER 
 Here is the cap your Worship did bespeak.
PETRUCHIO 
 Why, this was molded on a porringer!
 A velvet dish! Fie, fie, ’tis lewd and filthy.
70 Why, ’tis a cockle or a walnut shell,
 A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby’s cap.
 Away with it! Come, let me have a bigger.
KATHERINE 
 I’ll have no bigger. This doth fit the time,
 And gentlewomen wear such caps as these.
PETRUCHIO 
75 When you are gentle, you shall have one too,
 And not till then.
HORTENSIO, aside  That will not be in haste.
KATHERINE 
 Why, sir, I trust I may have leave to speak,
 And speak I will. I am no child, no babe.
80 Your betters have endured me say my mind,
 And if you cannot, best you stop your ears.
 My tongue will tell the anger of my heart,
 Or else my heart, concealing it, will break,
 And, rather than it shall, I will be free
85 Even to the uttermost, as I please, in words.
PETRUCHIO 
 Why, thou sayst true. It is a paltry cap,
 A custard-coffin, a bauble, a silken pie.
 I love thee well in that thou lik’st it not.
KATHERINE 
 Love me, or love me not, I like the cap,
90 And it I will have, or I will have none.
Exit Haberdasher.
PETRUCHIO 
 Thy gown? Why, ay. Come, tailor, let us see ’t.
 O mercy God, what masking-stuff is here?

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 What’s this? A sleeve? ’Tis like a demi-cannon.
 What, up and down carved like an apple tart?
95 Here’s snip and nip and cut and slish and slash,
 Like to a censer in a barber’s shop.
 Why, what a devil’s name, tailor, call’st thou this?
HORTENSIO, aside 
 I see she’s like to have neither cap nor gown.
TAILOR 
 You bid me make it orderly and well,
100 According to the fashion and the time.
PETRUCHIO 
 Marry, and did. But if you be remembered,
 I did not bid you mar it to the time.
 Go, hop me over every kennel home,
 For you shall hop without my custom, sir.
105 I’ll none of it. Hence, make your best of it.
KATHERINE 
 I never saw a better-fashioned gown,
 More quaint, more pleasing, nor more
 commendable.
 Belike you mean to make a puppet of me.
PETRUCHIO 
110 Why, true, he means to make a puppet of thee.
TAILOR 
 She says your Worship means to make a puppet of
 her.
PETRUCHIO 
 O monstrous arrogance! Thou liest, thou thread,
 thou thimble,
115 Thou yard, three-quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail!
 Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter cricket, thou!
 Braved in mine own house with a skein of thread?
 Away, thou rag, thou quantity, thou remnant,
 Or I shall so be-mete thee with thy yard
120 As thou shalt think on prating whilst thou liv’st.
 I tell thee, I, that thou hast marred her gown.

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TAILOR 
 Your Worship is deceived. The gown is made
 Just as my master had direction.
 Grumio gave order how it should be done.
GRUMIO 125I gave him no order. I gave him the stuff.
TAILOR 
 But how did you desire it should be made?
GRUMIO Marry, sir, with needle and thread.
TAILOR 
 But did you not request to have it cut?
GRUMIO Thou hast faced many things.
TAILOR 130I have.
GRUMIO Face not me. Thou hast braved many men;
 brave not me. I will neither be faced nor braved. I
 say unto thee, I bid thy master cut out the gown,
 but I did not bid him cut it to pieces. Ergo, thou
135 liest.
TAILOR Why, here is the note of the fashion to testify.
He shows a paper.
PETRUCHIO Read it.
GRUMIO The note lies in ’s throat, if he say I said so.
TAILOR reads “Imprimis, a loose-bodied gown—”
GRUMIO 140Master, if ever I said “loose-bodied gown,”
 sew me in the skirts of it and beat me to death with
 a bottom of brown thread. I said “a gown.”
PETRUCHIO Proceed.
TAILOR reads “With a small-compassed cape—”
GRUMIO 145I confess the cape.
TAILOR reads “With a trunk sleeve—”
GRUMIO I confess two sleeves.
TAILOR reads “The sleeves curiously cut.”
PETRUCHIO Ay, there’s the villainy.
GRUMIO 150Error i’ th’ bill, sir, error i’ th’ bill! I commanded
 the sleeves should be cut out and sewed
 up again, and that I’ll prove upon thee, though thy
 little finger be armed in a thimble.

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TAILOR This is true that I say. An I had thee in place
155 where, thou shouldst know it.
GRUMIO I am for thee straight. Take thou the bill, give
 me thy mete-yard, and spare not me.
HORTENSIO God-a-mercy, Grumio, then he shall have
 no odds.
PETRUCHIO 
160 Well, sir, in brief, the gown is not for me.
GRUMIO You are i’ th’ right, sir, ’tis for my mistress.
PETRUCHIO 
 Go, take it up unto thy master’s use.
GRUMIO Villain, not for thy life! Take up my mistress’
 gown for thy master’s use!
PETRUCHIO 165Why, sir, what’s your conceit in that?
GRUMIO O, sir, the conceit is deeper than you think
 for. Take up my mistress’ gown to his master’s use!
 O, fie, fie, fie!
PETRUCHIO, aside to Hortensio 
 Hortensio, say thou wilt see the tailor paid.
170 To Tailor. Go, take it hence. Begone, and say no
 more.
HORTENSIO, aside to Tailor 
 Tailor, I’ll pay thee for thy gown tomorrow.
 Take no unkindness of his hasty words.
 Away, I say. Commend me to thy master.
Tailor exits.
PETRUCHIO 
175 Well, come, my Kate, we will unto your father’s,
 Even in these honest mean habiliments.
 Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor,
 For ’tis the mind that makes the body rich,
 And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
180 So honor peereth in the meanest habit.
 What, is the jay more precious than the lark
 Because his feathers are more beautiful?
 Or is the adder better than the eel

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 Because his painted skin contents the eye?
185 O no, good Kate. Neither art thou the worse
 For this poor furniture and mean array.
 If thou account’st it shame, lay it on me,
 And therefore frolic! We will hence forthwith
 To feast and sport us at thy father’s house.
190 To Grumio. Go, call my men, and let us straight to
 him,
 And bring our horses unto Long-lane end.
 There will we mount, and thither walk on foot.
 Let’s see, I think ’tis now some seven o’clock,
195 And well we may come there by dinner time.
KATHERINE 
 I dare assure you, sir, ’tis almost two,
 And ’twill be supper time ere you come there.
PETRUCHIO 
 It shall be seven ere I go to horse.
 Look what I speak, or do, or think to do,
200 You are still crossing it.—Sirs, let ’t alone.
 I will not go today, and, ere I do,
 It shall be what o’clock I say it is.
HORTENSIO, aside 
 Why, so, this gallant will command the sun!
They exit.