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Act 5, scene 2
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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.

 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.
 Nothing but sit and sit, and eat and eat!
 Padua affords this kindness, son Petruchio.
 Padua affords nothing but what is kind.
15 For both our sakes I would that word were true.
 Now, for my life, Hortensio fears his widow!
 Then never trust me if I be afeard.
 You are very sensible, and yet you miss my sense:
 I mean Hortensio is afeard of you.
20 He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.
 Roundly replied.
KATHERINE  Mistress, how mean you that?
WIDOW Thus I conceive by him.
 Conceives by me? How likes Hortensio that?
25 My widow says, thus she conceives her tale.

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

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 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.
 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.
 O, sir, Lucentio slipped me like his greyhound,
55 Which runs himself and catches for his master.
 A good swift simile, but something currish.
 ’Tis well, sir, that you hunted for yourself.
 ’Tis thought your deer does hold you at a bay.
 O, O, Petruchio! Tranio hits you now.
60 I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio.
 Confess, confess! Hath he not hit you here?
 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.
65 Now, in good sadness, son Petruchio,
 I think thou hast the veriest shrew of all.
 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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 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.
 A hundred, then.
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.
 Son, I’ll be your half Bianca comes.
85 I’ll have no halves. I’ll bear it all myself.
Enter Biondello.

 How now, what news?
BIONDELLO  Sir, my mistress sends you
 That she is busy, and she cannot come.
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.
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?
 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.
 I know her answer.
HORTENSIO 110 She will not.
 The fouler fortune mine, and there an end.

Enter Katherine.

 Now by my holidam, here comes Katherina!
 What is your will, sir, that you send for me?
 Where is your sister, and Hortensio’s wife?
115 They sit conferring by the parlor fire.
 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.
 Here is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder.
120 And so it is. I wonder what it bodes.

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

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 Come, come, you’re mocking. We will have no
 Come on, I say, and first begin with her.
WIDOW 150She shall not.
 I say she shall.—And first begin with her.
 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.
 Why, there’s a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate.
They kiss.
 Well, go thy ways, old lad, for thou shalt ha ’t.
 ’Tis a good hearing when children are toward.
 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.
205 Now, go thy ways, thou hast tamed a curst shrow.
 ’Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tamed so.
They exit.