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The Taming of the Shrew

Act III, Scene 2

Padua. Before BAPTISTA'S house.
 
[Enter BAPTISTA, GREMIO, TRANIO, KATHERINA, BIANCA, LUCENTIO, and others, attendants]
 
BAPTISTA [To TRANIO]
           ,       ,   2     ,     ,           ,       ,
      Signior | Lucen|tio, this | is the | appoin|ted day
             ,    2    ,       ,    2     ,         ,       o
      That Kath|erine and | Petru|chio should | be mar|ried,   (hex with prev)
           ,         ,     ,            ,       ,
      And yet | we hear | not of | our son-|in-law.
             ,         ,           ,   2    ,        ,
      What will | be said?| What mock|ery will | it be,
           ,          ,     ,                 ,         ,
5     To want | the bride|groom when | the priest | attends
           ,          ,    ,   2    ,          ,        2->
      To speak | the ce|remo|nial rites | of mar||riage?
             ,       ,    ,     2       ,          ,
      What says | Lucen|tio | to this shame | of ours?
 
KATHERINE
           ,           ,        ,         ,           ,
      No shame | but mine:| I must | forsooth | be forced
           ,         ,        ,         ,          ,
      To give | my hand | opposed | against | my heart
       ,  2     T    T     T        ,          ,
10    Unto a | mad-brain rudes|by full | of spleen;
            ,          ,           ,           x      ,
      Who wooed | in haste | and means | to wed at | leisure.
          ,        ,    ,           ,        ,
      I told | you I,| he was | a fran|tic fool,
       ,    2       ,         ,          ,       ,
      Hiding his | bitter | jests in | blunt be|havior:
       ,           ,      ,       ,      ,
      And to | be no|ted for | a mer|ry man,
             ,        ,       2    ,          ,        ,         ->
15    He'll woo | a thou|sand, appoint | the day | of mar||riage,
        ,       ,          ,              ,           ,
      Make | friends, in|vite, and | proclaim | the banns;
           ,       ,         ,           ,          ,
      Yet ne|ver means | to wed | where he | hath wooed.
       ,               ,       ,          ,    ,
      Now must | the world | point at | poor Kath/erine,
           ,     ,              ,       ,    2      ,
      And say,| Lo, there | is mad | Petru|chio's wife,
          ,            ,           ,         ,      ,
20    If it | would please | him come | and mar|ry her.
 
TRANIO
       ,                ,    2    ,        ,      ,
      Patience | good Kath|erine and | Baptis|ta too.
        ,         ,       ,    2    ,           ,
      Upon | my life | Petru|chio means | but well,
          ,      ,         ,           ,          ,
      Whate|ver for|tune stays | him from | his word:
              ,        ,         ,         ,         ,
      Though he | be blunt,| I know | him pas|sing wise;
         ,     2      ,       ,       ,          ,
25    Though he be | merry,| yet wi|thal he's | honest.
 
KATHERINE
              ,     ,         ,       ,           ,
      Would Kath|erine | had ne|ver seen | him though.
 
[Exit weeping, followed by BIANCA and others]
 
BAPTISTA
       ,           ,        ,           ,         ,
      Go girl;| I can|not blame | thee now | to weep;
            ,        ,   3 3       ,       ,      ,
      For such | an in|jury would vex | a ve|ry saint,
             ,        ,       3   3   ,        ,      o
      Much^more | a shrew | of thy impa|tient hu|mor.
 
[Enter BIONDELLO]
 
BIONDELLO
Master, master, news, old news, and such news as you never heard of.
 
BAPTISTA
Is it new and old too? how may that be?
 
BIONDELLO
Why, is it not news, to hear of Petruchio's coming?
 
BAPTISTA
Is he come?
 
BIONDELLO
Why, no, sir.
 
BAPTISTA
What then?
 
BIONDELLO
He is coming.
 
BAPTISTA
When will he be here?
 
BIONDELLO
When he stands where I am and sees you there.
 
TRANIO
But say, what to thine old news?
 
BIONDELLO
Why, Petruchio is coming in a new hat and an old jerkin, a pair of old breeches thrice turned, a pair of boots that have been candle-cases, one buckled, another laced, an old rusty sword tane out of the town-armory, with a broken hilt, and chapeless; with two broken points: his horse hipped with an old mothy saddle and stirrups of no kindred; besides, possessed with the glanders and like to mose in the chine; troubled with the lampass, infected with the fashions, full of wingdalls, sped with spavins, rayed with yellows, past cure of the fives, stark spoiled with the staggers, begnawn with the bots, swayed in the back and shoulder-shotten; near-legged before and with, a half-chequed bit and a head-stall of sheeps leather which, being restrained to keep him from stumbling, hath been often burst and now repaired with knots; one girth six time pieced and a woman's crupper of velure, which hath two letters for her name fairly set down in studs, and here and there pieced with packthread.
 
BAPTISTA
Who comes with him?
 
BIONDELLO
O, sir, his lackey, for all the world caparisoned like the horse; with a linen stock on one leg and a kersey boot-hose on the other, gartered with a red and blue list; an old hat and 'the humour of forty fancies' pricked in it for a feather: a monster, a very monster in apparel, and not like a Christian footboy or a gentleman's lackey.
 
TRANIO
'Tis some odd humour pricks him to this fashion; Yet oftentimes he goes but mean-apparelled.
 
BAPTISTA
I am glad he's come, howsoere he comes.
 
BIONDELLO
Why, sir, he comes not.
 
BAPTISTA
Didst thou not say he comes?
 
BIONDELLO
Who? that Petruchio came?
 
BAPTISTA
Ay, that Petruchio came.
 
BIONDELLO
No, sir, I say his horse comes, with him on his back.
 
BAPTISTA
Why, that's all one.
 
BIONDELLO
      ___             ,
30    Nay by | Saint Jamy,
          ,           ,
      I hold you | a penny,
          ,           ___
      A horse and | a man
           ,               oo
      Is more | than one,|
           ,         ,     o
      And yet | not ma|ny.
 
[Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO]
 
PETRUCHIO
        ,     ,                 ,           ,          ,
35    Come, where / be these | gallants?| Who's at | home?
 
BAPTISTA
      <-            ,        ,
        You || are wel|come sir.
 
PETRUCHIO
                                     ,        ,          ,
                                And yet | I come | not well.
 
BAPTISTA
           ,          ,
      And yet | you halt | not.
 
TRANIO
                                ,        ,         ,       3->
                               Not | so well | apparel||led
        3    ,          ,
40    As I wish | you were.
 
PETRUCHIO
                               2      x      2         ,     ,
                           Were it better,| I should rush | in thus.
            ,          ,      ,             ,       ,
      But where | is Kate?| Where is | my love|ly bride?
            ,        ,        ,             ,           ,
      How does | my fa|ther? Gen|tles, methinks | you frown:
            ,          ,           ,      ,     ,
      And where|fore gaze | this good|ly com|pany,
          ,         ,          ,         ,     ,
45    As if | they saw | some won|drous mon|ument,
            ,      ,     ,  2    ,     ,
      Some com|et or | unu|sual pro|digy?
 
BAPTISTA
           ,          ,          ,         ,        ,
      Why sir,| you know | this is | your wed|ding day:
        ,              ,      ,             ,           ,
      First were | we sad,| fearing | you would | not come;
           ,        ,          ,        ,     ,     ->
      Now sad|der that | you come | so un|provi||ded.
       ,      ,          ,        ,     2           ,
50    Fie,| doff this | habit,| shame to your | estate,
          ,     ,            ,       ,     ,
      An eye-|sore to | our sol|emn fes|tival.
 
TRANIO
            ,         ,       ,            ,  ,
      And tell | us what | occa|sion of / import
            ,         ,         ,           ,           ,
      Hath all | so long | detained | you from | your wife,
            ,         ,       ,       ,          ,
      And sent | you hi|ther so | unlike | yourself?
 
PETRUCHIO
       ,  2          ,         ,          ,          ,
55    Tedious | it were | to tell,| and harsh | to hear:
          ,      ,        ,         ,         ,
      Suffi|ceth I | am come | to keep | my word,
              ,          ,       ,       ,        ,
      Though in | some part | enfor|ced to | digress;
             ,         ,        ,         ,       ,
      Which at | more lei|sure, I | will so | excuse
          ,            ,        ,      ,        ,
      As you | shall well | be sat|isfied | withal.
            ,          ,        ,          ,          ,
60    But where | is Kate?| I stay | too long | from her:
           ,         ,            ,         ,          ,
      The mor|ning wears,| 'tis time | we were | at church.
 
TRANIO
           ,           ,          ,        ,    2     ,
      See not | your bride | in these | unrev|erent robes:
       ,           ,        ,          ,           ,
      Go to | my cham|ber; Put | on clothes | of mine.
 
PETRUCHIO
          ,        ,           ,          ,      ,
      Not I, | believe | me, thus | I'll vi|sit her.
 
BAPTISTA
            ,        ,           ,         ,      ,
65    But thus | I trust | you will | not mar|ry her.
 
PETRUCHIO
             ,       2    ,      ,                ,           ,
      Good sooth,| even thus;| therefore | have done | with words:
          ,          ,         ,       ,         ,
      To me | she's mar|ried, not | unto | my clothes:
            ,       ,          ,           ,        ,
      Could I | repair | what she | will wear | in me,
         ,          ,             ,       ,       ,
      As I | can change | these poor | accou|trements,
               ,          ,         ,       ,        ,
70    'Twere well | for Kate | and bet|ter for | myself.
            ,        ,       ,        ,          ,
      But what | a fool | am I | to chat | with you,
           ,           ,          ,       ,        ,
      When I | should bid | good mor|row to | my bride?
            ,         ,       ,        ,       ,
      And seal | the ti|tle with | a love|ly kiss.
 
[Exeunt PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO]
 
TRANIO
           ,          ,        ,        ,        ,
      He hath | some mea|ning in | his mad | attire:
           ,         ,          ,       ,      ,
75    We will | persuade | him be | it pos|sible,
          ,        ,       ,        ,         ,
      To put | on bet|ter ere | he go | to church.
 
BAPTISTA
            ,      ,         ,       2   ,         ,
      I'll af|ter him,| and see | the event | of this.
 
[Exeunt BAPTISTA, GREMIO, and attendants]
 
TRANIO
           ,         ,        ,        ,       ,
      But to | her love | concer|neth us | to add
           ,         ,         ,          ,          ,
      Her fa|ther's li|king: which | to bring | to pass,
       ,  2     ,      ,        ,         ,
80    As I be|fore un|parted | to your | worship,
         ,       ,       ,         ,        ,
      I am | to get | a man | whatere | he be,
            ,           ,           ,         ,         ,
      It skills | not much,| we'll fit | him to | our turn,
       ,    2         ,      ,    ,       ,
      And he shall | be Vin|centi|o of | Pisa;
            ,       ,         ,        ,   ,
      And make | assu|rance here | in Pa|dua
           ,        ,         ,          ,    ,
85    Of grea|ter sums | than I | have prom|ised.
           ,          ,     ,      ,           ,
      So shall | you qui|etly | enjoy | your hope,
           ,       ,        ,      ,         ,
      And mar|ry sweet | Bian|ca with | consent.
 
LUCENTIO
        ,        ,             ,         ,    ,
      Were it | not that | my fel|low school|master
             ,        ,        ,         ,      ,
      Doth watch | Bian|ca's steps | so nar|rowly,
               ,         ,          ,          ,         o
90    'Twere good | methinks | to steal | our mar|riage;
              ,        ,        ,       2      ,          ,
      Which once | perfor|med, let | all the world | say no,
             ,          ,        ,         ,          ,
      I'll keep | mine^own,| despite | of all | the world.
 
TRANIO
        ,           ,          ,         ,       ,
      That by | degrees | we mean | to look | into,
            ,          ,        ,         ,         o
      And watch | our van|tage in | this bus|iness:
            ,       ,           ,         ,    ,
95    We'll o|ver-reach | the grey|beard Gre|mio,
           ,       ,       ,        ,    ,
      The nar|row-pry|ing fa|ther, Mi|nola,
             ,        ,       ,   2     ,   ,
      The quaint | musi|cian, a|morous Li|cio;
       ,            ,          ,       ,    ,
      All for | my mas|ter's sake | Lucen|tio.
        ,        ,         ,          ,           ,
      Signior | Gremi|o, came | you from | the church?
 
[Re-enter GREMIO]
 
GREMIO
          ,       ,       ,        ,            ,
100   As wil|lingly | as ere | I came | from school.
 
TRANIO
           ,         ,           ,          ,        ,
      And is | the bride | and bride|groom com|ing home?
 
GREMIO
          ,          ,           ,        ,         ,
      A bride|groom say | you? 'tis | a groom | indeed,
          ,          ,           ,          ,            ,
      A grum|bling groom,| and that | the girl | shall find.
 
TRANIO
       ,              ,          ,       ,     ,
      Curster | than she,| why 'tis | impos|sible.
 
GREMIO
            ,        x         x        ,      ,
105   Why he's | a devil,| a devil,| a ve|ry fiend.
 
TRANIO
            ,         x         x          ,        ,
      Why she's | a devil,| a devil,| the de|vil's dam.
 
GREMIO
       ,               ,        ,        ,        ,
      Tut, she's | a lamb,| a dove,| a fool | to him:
             ,         ,       ,   2     ,           ,
      I'll tell | you Sir | Lucen|tio: when | the priest
              ,         ,     ,            ,         ,
      Should ask | if Kath|erine | should be | his wife,
       ,          ,    ,                      ,          ,
110   Aye, by | Gogs Wouns,/ quoth he;| and swore | so loud,
            ,       ,            ,           ,          ,
      That all | amazed | the priest | let fall | the book;
       ,             ,         ,         ,        ,
      And as | he stooped | again | to take | it up,
           ,      T      T    T       ,            2    ,
      The mad-|brained bridegroom | took him | such a cuff
             ,            ,           ,          ,           ,
      That down | fell priest | and book | and book | and priest:
            ,          ,          ,      ,      ,
115   Now take | them up,| quoth he,| if a|ny list.
 
TRANIO
             ,          ,       ,         ,     __
      What said | the wench | when he | rose a|gain?
 
GREMIO
Trembled and shook; for why, he stamped and swore, as if the vicar meant to cozen him. But after many ceremonies done, he calls for wine: A health quoth he, as if he had been aboard, carousing to his mates after a storm; quaffed off the muscadel and threw the sops all in the sexton's face; having no other reason but that his beard grew thin and hungerly and seemed to ask him sops as he was drinking. This done, he took the bride about the neck and kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack that at the parting all the church did echo: and I seeing this came thence for very shame; and after me, I know, the rout is coming. Such a mad marriage never was before: hark, hark, I hear the minstrels play.
 
[Music. Re-enter PETRUCHIO, KATHERINA, BIANCA, BAPTISTA, HORTENSIO, GRUMIO, and Train]
 
PETRUCHIO
       ,   2             ,          ,          ,           ,
      Gentlemen | and friends,| I thank | you for | your pains:
          ,          ,          ,          ,      ,
      I know | you think | to dine | with me | today,
            ,         ,       T     T    .  T         ,
      And have | prepared | great store of wed|ding cheer;
           ,       ,        ,            ,         ,
120   But so | it is,| my haste | doth call | me hence,
            ,          ,        ,         ,         ,
      And there|fore here | I mean | to take | my leave.
 
BAPTISTA
        2    ,     ,          ,       ,       ,
      Is it pos|sible | you will | away | tonight?
 
PETRUCHIO
          ,       ,      ,        ,            ,
      I must | away | today | before | night^come:
        ,    2      ,        ,         ,        ,
      Make it no | wonder;| if you | knew my | business,
            ,         ,         ,       ,          ,
125   You would | entreat | me ra|ther go | than stay.
           ,       ,     ,       ,          ,
      And hon|est com|pany,| I thank | you all,
             ,        ,         ,      ,        ,
      That have | beheld | me give | away | myself
                  ,   ,          ,          ,    2     ,
      To this / most pa|tient, sweet,| and vir|tuous wife:
        ,             ,         ,          ,         ,
      Dine with | my fa|ther, drink | a health | to me;
          ,          ,           ,    ,            ,
130   For I | must hence;| and fare|well to | you all.
 
TRANIO
       ,    2     ,           ,          ,       ,
      Let us en|treat you | stay till | after | dinner.
 
PETRUCHIO
          ,         ,
      It may | not be.
 
GREMIO
                           ,       ,         o
                      Let me | entreat | you.
 
PETRUCHIO
          ,       ,
      It can|not be.
 
KATHERINE
                          ,        ,        o
135                  Let me | entreat | you.
 
PETRUCHIO
         ,        ,
      I am | content.
 
KATHERINE
                      ,             ,         ,
                     Are you | content | to stay?
 
PETRUCHIO
      ,           ,          ,         ,          ,
      I am | content | you shall | entreat | me stay;
           ,          ,        ,         ,         ,
      But yet | not stay,| entreat | me how | you can.
 
KATHERINE
           ,         ,         ,
140   Now if | you love | me stay.
 
PETRUCHIO
                                   ,  2         ,
                                  Grumio,| my horse.
 
GRUMIO
Aye sir, they be ready: the oats have eaten the horses.
 
KATHERINE
       ,
      Nay then,    ????
       ,               ,               ,   ,      ,
      Do what | thou canst,| I will / not go | today;
       ,           ,        ,        2     ,         ,
      No, nor | tomor|row, not | till I please | myself.
            ,       ,      ,            ,          ,
      The door | is o|pen sir;| there lies | your way;
           ,        ,          ,            ,           ,
145   You may | be jog|ging whiles | your boots | are green;
           ,         ,         ,        2     ,         ,
      For me,| I'll not | be gone | till I please | myself:
             ,             ,        ,      ,       ,
      'Tis like | you'll prove | a jol|ly sur|ly groom,
               x      ,        ,         ,          ,
      That take it | on you | at the | first so | roundly.
 
PETRUCHIO
          ,         ,           ,        ,        ,     2->
      O Kate | content | thee, pri|thee be | not an||gry.
 
KATHERINE
          ,        ,        ,           ,        ,
150   I will | be an|gry: what | hast thou | to do?
       ,     2      ,       ,           ,        ,
      Father, be | quiet,| he shall | stay my | leisure.
 
GREMIO
           ,      ,     ,           ,         ,
      Aye mar|ry sir,| now it | begins | to work.
 
KATHERINE
       ,   2       ,         ,        ,        ,
      Gentlemen,| forward | to the | bridal | dinner:
         ,       ,      ,         ,        ,
      I see | a wo|man may | be made | a fool,
          ,         ,       ,       ,       ,
155   If she | had not | a spi|rit to | resist.
 
PETRUCHIO
             ,         ,         ,        ,         ,
      They shall | go for|ward Kate | at thy | command.
        ,          ,      ,             ,        ,
      Obey | the bride | you that | attend | on her.
       ,            ,      ,           ,     ,
      Go to | the feast,| revel | and dom|ineer,
          ,       ,    ,                ,       ,
      Carouse | full mea/sure to | her mai|denhead,
          ,         ,       ,        ,           ,
160   Be mad | and mer|ry, or | go hang | yourselves:
           ,        ,       ,          ,          ,
      But for | my bon|ny Kate,| she must | with me:
            ,         ,          ,           ,           ,
      Nay look | not big,| nor stamp,| nor stare,| nor fret;
          ,        ,       ,         ,         ,
      I will | be mas|ter of | what is | mine^own:
       ,            ,          ,         ,      2     ,
      She is | my goods,| my chat|tels, she | is my house,
           ,    __     ___         ,          ,
165   My house|hold | stuff,| my field,| my barn,
           ,         ,       ,       ,     ,
      My horse,| my ox,| my ass,| my a|nything;
            ,           ,       ,            ,       ,
      And here | she stands,| touch her | whoe|ver dare;
             ,           ,       ,         ,        ,
      I'll bring | mine ac|tion on | the prou|dest he
             ,         ,        ,   ,    , 2
      That stops | my way | in Pa|dua.| Grumio,
             ,          ,        ,      2   ,            ,
170   Draw forth | thy wea|pon, we | are beset | with thieves;
       ,            ,         ,         ,      ,
      Rescue | thy mis|tress if | thou be | a man.
             ,            ,            ,           ,             ,
      Fear* not,| sweet wench,| they shall | not touch | thee Kate:
             ,        ,        ,        ,        o
      I'll buck|ler thee | against | a mil|lion.
 
[Exeunt PETRUCHIO, KATHERINA, and GRUMIO]
 
BAPTISTA
       ,               ,      ,     2    ,       ,
      Nay, let | them go,| a cou|ple of qui|et ones.
 
GREMIO
             ,          ,       ,           ,           ,        ->
175   Went they | not quick|ly, I | should die | with laugh||ing.
 
TRANIO
            ,   ,     ,         ,   2            ,
      Of / all mad | matches | never was | the like.
 
LUCENTIO
       ,            ,       2   ,        ,         ,
      Mistress,| what's your o|pinion | of your | sister?
 
BIANCA
            ,      ,         ,           ,      ,     o
      That be|ing mad | herself,| she's mad|ly ma|ted.
 
GREMIO
         ,        ,       ,     ,       ,     o
      I war|rant him | Petru|chio | is Ka|ted.   (hex with prev)
 
BAPTISTA
        ,       2       ,               ,           ,           ,
180   Neigh|bors and friends,| though bride | and bride|groom wants
       ,    2     ,         ,        ,        ,
      For to sup|ply the | places | at the | table,
            ,            ,         ,        ,         ,
      You know | there wants | no jun|kets at | the feast.
         ,   2    ,         2    ,          ,             ,
      Lucen|tio, you | shall supply | the bride|groom's place:
           ,       ,      ,         ,          ,
      And let | Bian|ca take | her sis|ter's room.
 
TRANIO
              ,        ,      ,        ,            x
185   Shall sweet | Bian|ca prac|tise how | to bride it?
 
BAPTISTA
            ,        ,   2     ,     ,    2            ,
      She shall | Lucen|tio. Come,| gentlemen,| let's go.
 
[Exeunt]

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