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The Taming of the Shrew
Act 5, 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, Vincentio, Gremio, the Merchant,
Lucentio, and Bianca; Hortensio and the Widow,
Petruchio and Katherine; Tranio, Biondello, and
Grumio, with Servingmen bringing in a banquet.


LUCENTIO 
 At last, though long, our jarring notes agree,

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 And time it is when raging war is done
 To smile at ’scapes and perils overblown.
 My fair Bianca, bid my father welcome,
5 While I with selfsame kindness welcome thine.
 Brother Petruchio, sister Katherina,
 And thou, Hortensio, with thy loving widow,
 Feast with the best, and welcome to my house.
 My banquet is to close our stomachs up
10 After our great good cheer. Pray you, sit down,
 For now we sit to chat as well as eat.They sit.
PETRUCHIO 
 Nothing but sit and sit, and eat and eat!
BAPTISTA 
 Padua affords this kindness, son Petruchio.
PETRUCHIO 
 Padua affords nothing but what is kind.
HORTENSIO 
15 For both our sakes I would that word were true.
PETRUCHIO 
 Now, for my life, Hortensio fears his widow!
WIDOW 
 Then never trust me if I be afeard.
PETRUCHIO 
 You are very sensible, and yet you miss my sense:
 I mean Hortensio is afeard of you.
WIDOW 
20 He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.
PETRUCHIO 
 Roundly replied.
KATHERINE  Mistress, how mean you that?
WIDOW Thus I conceive by him.
PETRUCHIO 
 Conceives by me? How likes Hortensio that?
HORTENSIO 
25 My widow says, thus she conceives her tale.

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PETRUCHIO 
 Very well mended. Kiss him for that, good widow.
KATHERINE 
 “He that is giddy thinks the world turns round”—
 I pray you tell me what you meant by that.
WIDOW 
 Your husband being troubled with a shrew
30 Measures my husband’s sorrow by his woe.
 And now you know my meaning.
KATHERINE 
 A very mean meaning.
WIDOW  Right, I mean you.
KATHERINE 
 And I am mean indeed, respecting you.
PETRUCHIO 35To her, Kate!
HORTENSIO To her, widow!
PETRUCHIO 
 A hundred marks, my Kate does put her down.
HORTENSIO That’s my office.
PETRUCHIO 
 Spoke like an officer! Ha’ to thee, lad.
He drinks to Hortensio.
BAPTISTA 
40 How likes Gremio these quick-witted folks?
GREMIO 
 Believe me, sir, they butt together well.
BIANCA 
 Head and butt! An hasty-witted body
 Would say your head and butt were head and horn.
VINCENTIO 
 Ay, mistress bride, hath that awakened you?
BIANCA 
45 Ay, but not frighted me. Therefore I’ll sleep again.
PETRUCHIO 
 Nay, that you shall not. Since you have begun,
 Have at you for a bitter jest or two.

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BIANCA 
 Am I your bird? I mean to shift my bush,
 And then pursue me as you draw your bow.—
50 You are welcome all.Bianca, Katherine, and the Widow exit.
PETRUCHIO 
 She hath prevented me. Here, Signior Tranio,
 This bird you aimed at, though you hit her not.—
 Therefore a health to all that shot and missed.
TRANIO 
 O, sir, Lucentio slipped me like his greyhound,
55 Which runs himself and catches for his master.
PETRUCHIO 
 A good swift simile, but something currish.
TRANIO 
 ’Tis well, sir, that you hunted for yourself.
 ’Tis thought your deer does hold you at a bay.
BAPTISTA 
 O, O, Petruchio! Tranio hits you now.
LUCENTIO 
60 I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio.
HORTENSIO 
 Confess, confess! Hath he not hit you here?
PETRUCHIO 
 He has a little galled me, I confess.
 And as the jest did glance away from me,
 ’Tis ten to one it maimed you two outright.
BAPTISTA 
65 Now, in good sadness, son Petruchio,
 I think thou hast the veriest shrew of all.
PETRUCHIO 
 Well, I say no. And therefore, for assurance,
 Let’s each one send unto his wife,
 And he whose wife is most obedient
70 To come at first when he doth send for her
 Shall win the wager which we will propose.

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HORTENSIO 
 Content, what’s the wager?
LUCENTIO  Twenty crowns.
PETRUCHIO Twenty crowns?
75 I’ll venture so much of my hawk or hound,
 But twenty times so much upon my wife.
LUCENTIO 
 A hundred, then.
HORTENSIO  Content.
PETRUCHIO  A match! ’Tis done.
HORTENSIO 80Who shall begin?
LUCENTIO That will I.
 Go, Biondello, bid your mistress come to me.
BIONDELLO I go.He exits.
BAPTISTA 
 Son, I’ll be your half Bianca comes.
LUCENTIO 
85 I’ll have no halves. I’ll bear it all myself.
Enter Biondello.

 How now, what news?
BIONDELLO  Sir, my mistress sends you
 word
 That she is busy, and she cannot come.
PETRUCHIO 
90 How? “She’s busy, and she cannot come”?
 Is that an answer?
GREMIO  Ay, and a kind one, too.
 Pray God, sir, your wife send you not a worse.
PETRUCHIO I hope better.
HORTENSIO 
95 Sirrah Biondello, go and entreat my wife
 To come to me forthwith.Biondello exits.
PETRUCHIO  O ho, entreat her!
 Nay, then, she must needs come.

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HORTENSIO  I am afraid, sir,
100 Do what you can, yours will not be entreated.

Enter Biondello.

 Now, where’s my wife?
BIONDELLO 
 She says you have some goodly jest in hand.
 She will not come. She bids you come to her.
PETRUCHIO Worse and worse. She will not come!
105 O vile, intolerable, not to be endured!—
 Sirrah Grumio, go to your mistress,
 Say I command her come to me.Grumio exits.
HORTENSIO 
 I know her answer.
PETRUCHIO  What?
HORTENSIO 110 She will not.
PETRUCHIO 
 The fouler fortune mine, and there an end.

Enter Katherine.

BAPTISTA 
 Now by my holidam, here comes Katherina!
KATHERINE 
 What is your will, sir, that you send for me?
PETRUCHIO 
 Where is your sister, and Hortensio’s wife?
KATHERINE 
115 They sit conferring by the parlor fire.
PETRUCHIO 
 Go fetch them hither. If they deny to come,
 Swinge me them soundly forth unto their husbands.
 Away, I say, and bring them hither straight.
Katherine exits.
LUCENTIO 
 Here is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder.
HORTENSIO 
120 And so it is. I wonder what it bodes.

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PETRUCHIO 
 Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life,
 An awful rule, and right supremacy,
 And, to be short, what not that’s sweet and happy.
BAPTISTA 
 Now fair befall thee, good Petruchio!
125 The wager thou hast won, and I will add
 Unto their losses twenty thousand crowns,
 Another dowry to another daughter,
 For she is changed as she had never been.
PETRUCHIO 
 Nay, I will win my wager better yet,
130 And show more sign of her obedience,
 Her new-built virtue and obedience.

Enter Katherine, Bianca, and Widow.

 See where she comes, and brings your froward
 wives
 As prisoners to her womanly persuasion.—
135 Katherine, that cap of yours becomes you not.
 Off with that bauble, throw it underfoot.
She obeys.
WIDOW 
 Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh
 Till I be brought to such a silly pass.
BIANCA 
 Fie, what a foolish duty call you this?
LUCENTIO 
140 I would your duty were as foolish too.
 The wisdom of your duty, fair Bianca,
 Hath cost me a hundred crowns since suppertime.
BIANCA 
 The more fool you for laying on my duty.
PETRUCHIO 
 Katherine, I charge thee tell these headstrong
145 women
 What duty they do owe their lords and husbands.

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WIDOW 
 Come, come, you’re mocking. We will have no
 telling.
PETRUCHIO 
 Come on, I say, and first begin with her.
WIDOW 150She shall not.
PETRUCHIO 
 I say she shall.—And first begin with her.
KATHERINE 
 Fie, fie! Unknit that threat’ning unkind brow,
 And dart not scornful glances from those eyes
 To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor.
155 It blots thy beauty as frosts do bite the meads,
 Confounds thy fame as whirlwinds shake fair buds,
 And in no sense is meet or amiable.
 A woman moved is like a fountain troubled,
 Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty,
160 And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty
 Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it.
 Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
 Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee,
 And for thy maintenance commits his body
165 To painful labor both by sea and land,
 To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
 Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe,
 And craves no other tribute at thy hands
 But love, fair looks, and true obedience—
170 Too little payment for so great a debt.
 Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
 Even such a woman oweth to her husband;
 And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour,
 And not obedient to his honest will,
175 What is she but a foul contending rebel
 And graceless traitor to her loving lord?
 I am ashamed that women are so simple
 To offer war where they should kneel for peace,

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 Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway
180 When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.
 Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth,
 Unapt to toil and trouble in the world,
 But that our soft conditions and our hearts
 Should well agree with our external parts?
185 Come, come, you froward and unable worms!
 My mind hath been as big as one of yours,
 My heart as great, my reason haply more,
 To bandy word for word and frown for frown;
 But now I see our lances are but straws,
190 Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,
 That seeming to be most which we indeed least are.
 Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot,
 And place your hands below your husband’s foot;
 In token of which duty, if he please,
195 My hand is ready, may it do him ease.
PETRUCHIO 
 Why, there’s a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate.
They kiss.
LUCENTIO 
 Well, go thy ways, old lad, for thou shalt ha ’t.
VINCENTIO 
 ’Tis a good hearing when children are toward.
LUCENTIO 
 But a harsh hearing when women are froward.
PETRUCHIO 200Come, Kate, we’ll to bed.
 We three are married, but you two are sped.
 To Lucentio. ’Twas I won the wager, though you
 hit the white,
 And being a winner, God give you good night.
Petruchio and Katherine exit.
HORTENSIO 
205 Now, go thy ways, thou hast tamed a curst shrow.
LUCENTIO 
 ’Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tamed so.
They exit.