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Act 5, scene 1
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The Taming of the Shrew
Act 5, 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 Biondello, Lucentio as himself, and Bianca.
Gremio is out before and stands to the side.

BIONDELLO Softly and swiftly, sir, for the priest is
LUCENTIO I fly, Biondello. But they may chance to
 need thee at home. Therefore leave us.
Lucentio exits with Bianca.
BIONDELLO 5Nay, faith, I’ll see the church a’ your back,
 and then come back to my master’s as soon as I
 can.He exits.
GREMIO I marvel Cambio comes not all this while.

Enter Petruchio, Katherine, Vincentio, Grumio, with

 Sir, here’s the door. This is Lucentio’s house.
10 My father’s bears more toward the marketplace.
 Thither must I, and here I leave you, sir.
 You shall not choose but drink before you go.
 I think I shall command your welcome here,
 And by all likelihood some cheer is toward.
He knocks.

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GREMIO, coming forward 
15 They’re busy within. You were best knock louder.
Merchant looks out of the window.
MERCHANT, as Vincentio What’s he that knocks as
 he would beat down the gate?
VINCENTIO Is Signior Lucentio within, sir?
MERCHANT, as Vincentio He’s within, sir, but not to
20 be spoken withal.
VINCENTIO What if a man bring him a hundred pound
 or two to make merry withal?
MERCHANT, as Vincentio Keep your hundred
 pounds to yourself. He shall need none so long as I
25 live.
PETRUCHIO, to Vincentio Nay, I told you your son was
 well beloved in Padua.—Do you hear, sir? To leave
 frivolous circumstances, I pray you tell Signior
 Lucentio that his father is come from Pisa and is
30 here at the door to speak with him.
MERCHANT, as Vincentio Thou liest. His father is
 come from Padua and here looking out at the
VINCENTIO Art thou his father?
MERCHANT, as Vincentio 35Ay, sir, so his mother says,
 if I may believe her.
PETRUCHIO, to Vincentio Why, how now, gentleman!
 Why, this is flat knavery, to take upon you another
 man’s name.
MERCHANT, as Vincentio 40Lay hands on the villain. I
 believe he means to cosen somebody in this city
 under my countenance.

Enter Biondello.

BIONDELLO, aside I have seen them in the church
 together. God send ’em good shipping! But who is
45 here? Mine old master Vincentio! Now we are
 undone and brought to nothing.

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VINCENTIO, to Biondello Come hither, crack-hemp.
BIONDELLO I hope I may choose, sir.
VINCENTIO Come hither, you rogue! What, have you
50 forgot me?
BIONDELLO Forgot you? No, sir. I could not forget you,
 for I never saw you before in all my life.
VINCENTIO What, you notorious villain, didst thou
 never see thy master’s father, Vincentio?
BIONDELLO 55What, my old worshipful old master? Yes,
 marry, sir. See where he looks out of the window.
VINCENTIO Is ’t so indeed?He beats Biondello.
BIONDELLO Help, help, help! Here’s a madman will
 murder me.Biondello exits.
MERCHANT, as Vincentio 60Help, son! Help, Signior
 Baptista!He exits from window.
PETRUCHIO Prithee, Kate, let’s stand aside and see the
 end of this controversy.They move aside.

Enter Merchant with Servants, and Baptista and
Tranio disguised as Lucentio.

TRANIO, as Lucentio Sir, what are you that offer to
65 beat my servant?
VINCENTIO What am I, sir? Nay, what are you, sir! O
 immortal gods! O fine villain! A silken doublet, a
 velvet hose, a scarlet cloak, and a copatain hat! O, I
 am undone, I am undone! While I play the good
70 husband at home, my son and my servant spend all
 at the university.
TRANIO, as Lucentio How now, what’s the matter?
BAPTISTA What, is the man lunatic?
TRANIO, as Lucentio Sir, you seem a sober ancient
75 gentleman by your habit, but your words show you
 a madman. Why, sir, what ’cerns it you if I wear
 pearl and gold? I thank my good father, I am able
 to maintain it.

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VINCENTIO Thy father! O villain, he is a sailmaker in
80 Bergamo.
BAPTISTA You mistake, sir, you mistake, sir! Pray, what
 do you think is his name?
VINCENTIO His name? As if I knew not his name! I have
 brought him up ever since he was three years old,
85 and his name is Tranio.
MERCHANT, as Vincentio Away, away, mad ass! His
 name is Lucentio and he is mine only son, and heir
 to the lands of me, Signior Vincentio.
VINCENTIO Lucentio? O, he hath murdered his master!
90 Lay hold on him, I charge you in the Duke’s name.
 O, my son, my son! Tell me, thou villain, where is
 my son Lucentio?
TRANIO, as Lucentio Call forth an officer.

Enter an Officer.

 Carry this mad knave to the jail.—Father Baptista, I
95 charge you see that he be forthcoming.
VINCENTIO Carry me to the jail?
GREMIO Stay, officer. He shall not go to prison.
BAPTISTA Talk not, Signior Gremio. I say he shall go to
GREMIO 100Take heed, Signior Baptista, lest you be cony-catched
 in this business. I dare swear this is the
 right Vincentio.
MERCHANT, as Vincentio Swear, if thou dar’st.
GREMIO Nay, I dare not swear it.
TRANIO, as Lucentio 105Then thou wert best say that I
 am not Lucentio.
GREMIO Yes, I know thee to be Signior Lucentio.
BAPTISTA Away with the dotard, to the jail with him.
VINCENTIO Thus strangers may be haled and abused.—
110 O monstrous villain!

Enter Biondello, Lucentio and Bianca.

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BIONDELLO O, we are spoiled, and yonder he is! Deny
 him, forswear him, or else we are all undone.
Biondello, Tranio, and Merchant
exit as fast as may be.

 Pardon, sweet father.Lucentio and Bianca kneel.
VINCENTIO  Lives my sweet son?
115 Pardon, dear father.
BAPTISTA  How hast thou offended?
 Where is Lucentio?
LUCENTIO  Here’s Lucentio,
 Right son to the right Vincentio,
120 That have by marriage made thy daughter mine
 While counterfeit supposes bleared thine eyne.
 Here’s packing, with a witness, to deceive us all!
 Where is that damnèd villain, Tranio,
 That faced and braved me in this matter so?
125 Why, tell me, is not this my Cambio?
 Cambio is changed into Lucentio.
 Love wrought these miracles. Bianca’s love
 Made me exchange my state with Tranio,
 While he did bear my countenance in the town,
130 And happily I have arrivèd at the last
 Unto the wishèd haven of my bliss.
 What Tranio did, myself enforced him to.
 Then pardon him, sweet father, for my sake.
VINCENTIO I’ll slit the villain’s nose that would have
135 sent me to the jail!
BAPTISTA But do you hear, sir, have you married my
 daughter without asking my goodwill?

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VINCENTIO Fear not, Baptista, we will content you. Go
 to! But I will in to be revenged for this villainy.
He exits.
BAPTISTA 140And I to sound the depth of this knavery.
He exits.
LUCENTIO Look not pale, Bianca. Thy father will not
 frown.They exit.
 My cake is dough, but I’ll in among the rest,
 Out of hope of all but my share of the feast.
He exits.
KATHERINE 145Husband, let’s follow to see the end of
 this ado.
PETRUCHIO First kiss me, Kate, and we will.
KATHERINE What, in the midst of the street?
PETRUCHIO What, art thou ashamed of me?
KATHERINE 150No, sir, God forbid, but ashamed to kiss.
 Why, then, let’s home again. To Grumio. Come,
 sirrah, let’s away.
 Nay, I will give thee a kiss.She kisses him.
 Now pray thee, love, stay.
155 Is not this well? Come, my sweet Kate.
 Better once than never, for never too late.
They exit.