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Act 4, scene 5
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The Taming of the Shrew
Act 4, scene 5



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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 5
Enter Petruchio, Katherine, Hortensio, and Servants.

 Come on, i’ God’s name, once more toward our
 Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!
 The moon? The sun! It is not moonlight now.

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ACT 4. SC. 5

5 I say it is the moon that shines so bright.
 I know it is the sun that shines so bright.
 Now, by my mother’s son, and that’s myself,
 It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
 Or e’er I journey to your father’s house.
10 To Servants. Go on, and fetch our horses back
 Evermore crossed and crossed, nothing but crossed!
HORTENSIO, to Katherine 
 Say as he says, or we shall never go.
 Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
15 And be it moon, or sun, or what you please.
 And if you please to call it a rush candle,
 Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.
PETRUCHIO I say it is the moon.
KATHERINE I know it is the moon.
20 Nay, then you lie. It is the blessèd sun.
 Then God be blest, it is the blessèd sun.
 But sun it is not, when you say it is not,
 And the moon changes even as your mind.
 What you will have it named, even that it is,
25 And so it shall be so for Katherine.
 Petruchio, go thy ways, the field is won.
 Well, forward, forward. Thus the bowl should run,
 And not unluckily against the bias.
 But soft! Company is coming here.

Enter Vincentio.

The Taming of the Shrew
ACT 4. SC. 5

30 To Vincentio. Good morrow, gentle mistress, where
 Tell me, sweet Kate, and tell me truly, too,
 Hast thou beheld a fresher gentlewoman?
 Such war of white and red within her cheeks!
35 What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty
 As those two eyes become that heavenly face?—
 Fair lovely maid, once more good day to thee.—
 Sweet Kate, embrace her for her beauty’s sake.
 He will make the man mad, to make the woman of
40 him.
 Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet,
 Whither away, or where is thy abode?
 Happy the parents of so fair a child!
 Happier the man whom favorable stars
45 Allots thee for his lovely bedfellow.
 Why, how now, Kate? I hope thou art not mad!
 This is a man—old, wrinkled, faded, withered—
 And not a maiden, as thou sayst he is.
 Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes
50 That have been so bedazzled with the sun
 That everything I look on seemeth green.
 Now I perceive thou art a reverend father.
 Pardon, I pray thee, for my mad mistaking.
 Do, good old grandsire, and withal make known
55 Which way thou travelest. If along with us,
 We shall be joyful of thy company.
 Fair sir, and you, my merry mistress,
 That with your strange encounter much amazed me,
 My name is called Vincentio, my dwelling Pisa,

The Taming of the Shrew
ACT 4. SC. 5

60 And bound I am to Padua, there to visit
 A son of mine which long I have not seen.
 What is his name?
VINCENTIO  Lucentio, gentle sir.
 Happily met, the happier for thy son.
65 And now by law as well as reverend age,
 I may entitle thee my loving father.
 The sister to my wife, this gentlewoman,
 Thy son by this hath married. Wonder not,
 Nor be not grieved. She is of good esteem,
70 Her dowry wealthy, and of worthy birth;
 Beside, so qualified as may beseem
 The spouse of any noble gentleman.
 Let me embrace with old Vincentio,
 And wander we to see thy honest son,
75 Who will of thy arrival be full joyous.
 But is this true, or is it else your pleasure,
 Like pleasant travelers, to break a jest
 Upon the company you overtake?
 I do assure thee, father, so it is.
80 Come, go along and see the truth hereof,
 For our first merriment hath made thee jealous.
All but Hortensio exit.
 Well, Petruchio, this has put me in heart!
 Have to my widow, and if she be froward,
 Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward.
He exits.