SCENE I. Before an alehouse on a heath.Enter Hostess and SLYSLYI'll pheeze you, in faith.Hostess
A pair of stocks, you rogue!SLY
Ye are a baggage: the Slys are no rogues; look inHostess
the chronicles; we came in with Richard Conqueror.
Therefore paucas pallabris; let the world slide: sessa!
You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?SLY
No, not a denier. Go by, Jeronimy: go to thy coldHostess
bed, and warm thee.
I know my remedy; I must go fetch theSLY
ExitThird, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer himLord
by law: I'll not budge an inch, boy: let him come,
Horns winded. Enter a Lord from hunting, with his trainHuntsman, I charge thee, tender well my hounds:First Huntsman
Brach Merriman, the poor cur is emboss'd;
And couple Clowder with the deep--mouth'd brach.
Saw'st thou not, boy, how Silver made it good
At the hedge-corner, in the coldest fault?
I would not lose the dog for twenty pound.
Why, Belman is as good as he, my lord;Lord
He cried upon it at the merest loss
And twice to-day pick'd out the dullest scent:
Trust me, I take him for the better dog.
Thou art a fool: if Echo were as fleet,First Huntsman
I would esteem him worth a dozen such.
But sup them well and look unto them all:
To-morrow I intend to hunt again.
I will, my lord.Lord
What's here? one dead, or drunk? See, doth he breathe?Second Huntsman
He breathes, my lord. Were he not warm'd with ale,Lord
This were a bed but cold to sleep so soundly.
O monstrous beast! how like a swine he lies!First Huntsman
Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thine image!
Sirs, I will practise on this drunken man.
What think you, if he were convey'd to bed,
Wrapp'd in sweet clothes, rings put upon his fingers,
A most delicious banquet by his bed,
And brave attendants near him when he wakes,
Would not the beggar then forget himself?
Believe me, lord, I think he cannot choose.Second Huntsman
It would seem strange unto him when he waked.Lord
Even as a flattering dream or worthless fancy.First Huntsman
Then take him up and manage well the jest:
Carry him gently to my fairest chamber
And hang it round with all my wanton pictures:
Balm his foul head in warm distilled waters
And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet:
Procure me music ready when he wakes,
To make a dulcet and a heavenly sound;
And if he chance to speak, be ready straight
And with a low submissive reverence
Say 'What is it your honour will command?'
Let one attend him with a silver basin
Full of rose-water and bestrew'd with flowers,
Another bear the ewer, the third a diaper,
And say 'Will't please your lordship cool your hands?'
Some one be ready with a costly suit
And ask him what apparel he will wear;
Another tell him of his hounds and horse,
And that his lady mourns at his disease:
Persuade him that he hath been lunatic;
And when he says he is, say that he dreams,
For he is nothing but a mighty lord.
This do and do it kindly, gentle sirs:
It will be pastime passing excellent,
If it be husbanded with modesty.
My lord, I warrant you we will play our part,Lord
As he shall think by our true diligence
He is no less than what we say he is.
Take him up gently and to bed with him;Servant
And each one to his office when he wakes.
Some bear out SLY. A trumpet soundsSirrah, go see what trumpet 'tis that sounds:
Exit ServingmanBelike, some noble gentleman that means,
Travelling some journey, to repose him here.
Re-enter ServingmanHow now! who is it?
An't please your honour, playersLord
That offer service to your lordship.
Bid them come near.Players
Enter PlayersNow, fellows, you are welcome.
We thank your honour.Lord
Do you intend to stay with me tonight?A Player
So please your lordship to accept our duty.Lord
With all my heart. This fellow I remember,A Player
Since once he play'd a farmer's eldest son:
'Twas where you woo'd the gentlewoman so well:
I have forgot your name; but, sure, that part
Was aptly fitted and naturally perform'd.
I think 'twas Soto that your honour means.Lord
'Tis very true: thou didst it excellent.A Player
Well, you are come to me in a happy time;
The rather for I have some sport in hand
Wherein your cunning can assist me much.
There is a lord will hear you play to-night:
But I am doubtful of your modesties;
Lest over-eyeing of his odd behavior,--
For yet his honour never heard a play--
You break into some merry passion
And so offend him; for I tell you, sirs,
If you should smile he grows impatient.
Fear not, my lord: we can contain ourselves,Lord
Were he the veriest antic in the world.
Go, sirrah, take them to the buttery,
And give them friendly welcome every one:
Let them want nothing that my house affords.
Exit one with the PlayersSirrah, go you to Barthol'mew my page,
And see him dress'd in all suits like a lady:
That done, conduct him to the drunkard's chamber;
And call him 'madam,' do him obeisance.
Tell him from me, as he will win my love,
He bear himself with honourable action,
Such as he hath observed in noble ladies
Unto their lords, by them accomplished:
Such duty to the drunkard let him do
With soft low tongue and lowly courtesy,
And say 'What is't your honour will command,
Wherein your lady and your humble wife
May show her duty and make known her love?'
And then with kind embracements, tempting kisses,
And with declining head into his bosom,
Bid him shed tears, as being overjoy'd
To see her noble lord restored to health,
Who for this seven years hath esteem'd him
No better than a poor and loathsome beggar:
And if the boy have not a woman's gift
To rain a shower of commanded tears,
An onion will do well for such a shift,
Which in a napkin being close convey'd
Shall in despite enforce a watery eye.
See this dispatch'd with all the haste thou canst:
Anon I'll give thee more instructions.
Exit a ServingmanI know the boy will well usurp the grace,
Voice, gait and action of a gentlewoman:
I long to hear him call the drunkard husband,
And how my men will stay themselves from laughter
When they do homage to this simple peasant.
I'll in to counsel them; haply my presence
May well abate the over-merry spleen
Which otherwise would grow into extremes.
SCENE II. A bedchamber in the Lord's house.Enter aloft SLY, with Attendants; some with apparel, others with basin and ewer and appurtenances; and LordSLYFor God's sake, a pot of small ale.First Servant
Will't please your lordship drink a cup of sack?Second Servant
Will't please your honour taste of these conserves?Third Servant
What raiment will your honour wear to-day?SLY
I am Christophero Sly; call not me 'honour' norLord
'lordship:' I ne'er drank sack in my life; and if
you give me any conserves, give me conserves of
beef: ne'er ask me what raiment I'll wear; for I
have no more doublets than backs, no more stockings
than legs, nor no more shoes than feet; nay,
sometimes more feet than shoes, or such shoes as my
toes look through the over-leather.
Heaven cease this idle humour in your honour!SLY
O, that a mighty man of such descent,
Of such possessions and so high esteem,
Should be infused with so foul a spirit!
What, would you make me mad? Am not I ChristopherThird Servant
Sly, old Sly's son of Burtonheath, by birth a
pedlar, by education a cardmaker, by transmutation a
bear-herd, and now by present profession a tinker?
Ask Marian Hacket, the fat ale-wife of Wincot, if
she know me not: if she say I am not fourteen pence
on the score for sheer ale, score me up for the
lyingest knave in Christendom. What! I am not
O, this it is that makes your lady mourn!Second Servant
O, this is it that makes your servants droop!Lord
Hence comes it that your kindred shuns your house,First Servant
As beaten hence by your strange lunacy.
O noble lord, bethink thee of thy birth,
Call home thy ancient thoughts from banishment
And banish hence these abject lowly dreams.
Look how thy servants do attend on thee,
Each in his office ready at thy beck.
Wilt thou have music? hark! Apollo plays,
MusicAnd twenty caged nightingales do sing:
Or wilt thou sleep? we'll have thee to a couch
Softer and sweeter than the lustful bed
On purpose trimm'd up for Semiramis.
Say thou wilt walk; we will bestrew the ground:
Or wilt thou ride? thy horses shall be trapp'd,
Their harness studded all with gold and pearl.
Dost thou love hawking? thou hast hawks will soar
Above the morning lark or wilt thou hunt?
Thy hounds shall make the welkin answer them
And fetch shrill echoes from the hollow earth.
Say thou wilt course; thy greyhounds are as swiftSecond Servant
As breathed stags, ay, fleeter than the roe.
Dost thou love pictures? we will fetch thee straightLord
Adonis painted by a running brook,
And Cytherea all in sedges hid,
Which seem to move and wanton with her breath,
Even as the waving sedges play with wind.
We'll show thee Io as she was a maid,Third Servant
And how she was beguiled and surprised,
As lively painted as the deed was done.
Or Daphne roaming through a thorny wood,Lord
Scratching her legs that one shall swear she bleeds,
And at that sight shall sad Apollo weep,
So workmanly the blood and tears are drawn.
Thou art a lord, and nothing but a lord:First Servant
Thou hast a lady far more beautiful
Than any woman in this waning age.
And till the tears that she hath shed for theeSLY
Like envious floods o'er-run her lovely face,
She was the fairest creature in the world;
And yet she is inferior to none.
Am I a lord? and have I such a lady?Second Servant
Or do I dream? or have I dream'd till now?
I do not sleep: I see, I hear, I speak;
I smell sweet savours and I feel soft things:
Upon my life, I am a lord indeed
And not a tinker nor Christophero Sly.
Well, bring our lady hither to our sight;
And once again, a pot o' the smallest ale.
Will't please your mightiness to wash your hands?SLY
O, how we joy to see your wit restored!
O, that once more you knew but what you are!
These fifteen years you have been in a dream;
Or when you waked, so waked as if you slept.
These fifteen years! by my fay, a goodly nap.First Servant
But did I never speak of all that time?
O, yes, my lord, but very idle words:SLY
For though you lay here in this goodly chamber,
Yet would you say ye were beaten out of door;
And rail upon the hostess of the house;
And say you would present her at the leet,
Because she brought stone jugs and no seal'd quarts:
Sometimes you would call out for Cicely Hacket.
Ay, the woman's maid of the house.Third Servant
Why, sir, you know no house nor no such maid,SLY
Nor no such men as you have reckon'd up,
As Stephen Sly and did John Naps of Greece
And Peter Turph and Henry Pimpernell
And twenty more such names and men as these
Which never were nor no man ever saw.
Now Lord be thanked for my good amends!ALL
I thank thee: thou shalt not lose by it.Page
Enter the Page as a lady, with attendantsHow fares my noble lord?SLY
Marry, I fare well for here is cheer enough.Page
Where is my wife?
Here, noble lord: what is thy will with her?SLY
Are you my wife and will not call me husband?Page
My men should call me 'lord:' I am your goodman.
My husband and my lord, my lord and husband;SLY
I am your wife in all obedience.
I know it well. What must I call her?Lord
Al'ce madam, or Joan madam?Lord
'Madam,' and nothing else: so lordsSLY
Madam wife, they say that I have dream'dPage
And slept above some fifteen year or more.
Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me,SLY
Being all this time abandon'd from your bed.
'Tis much. Servants, leave me and her alone.Page
Madam, undress you and come now to bed.
Thrice noble lord, let me entreat of youSLY
To pardon me yet for a night or two,
Or, if not so, until the sun be set:
For your physicians have expressly charged,
In peril to incur your former malady,
That I should yet absent me from your bed:
I hope this reason stands for my excuse.
Ay, it stands so that I may hardlyMessenger
tarry so long. But I would be loath to fall into
my dreams again: I will therefore tarry in
despite of the flesh and the blood.
Enter a MessengerYour honour's players, heating your amendment,SLY
Are come to play a pleasant comedy;
For so your doctors hold it very meet,
Seeing too much sadness hath congeal'd your blood,
And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy:
Therefore they thought it good you hear a play
And frame your mind to mirth and merriment,
Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.
Marry, I will, let them play it. Is not aPage
comondy a Christmas gambold or a tumbling-trick?
No, my good lord; it is more pleasing stuff.SLY
What, household stuff?Page
It is a kind of history.SLY
Well, well see't. Come, madam wife, sit by my side
and let the world slip: we shall ne'er be younger.
SCENE I. Padua. A public place.Enter LUCENTIO and his man TRANIOLUCENTIOTranio, since for the great desire I hadTRANIO
To see fair Padua, nursery of arts,
I am arrived for fruitful Lombardy,
The pleasant garden of great Italy;
And by my father's love and leave am arm'd
With his good will and thy good company,
My trusty servant, well approved in all,
Here let us breathe and haply institute
A course of learning and ingenious studies.
Pisa renown'd for grave citizens
Gave me my being and my father first,
A merchant of great traffic through the world,
Vincetino come of Bentivolii.
Vincetino's son brought up in Florence
It shall become to serve all hopes conceived,
To deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds:
And therefore, Tranio, for the time I study,
Virtue and that part of philosophy
Will I apply that treats of happiness
By virtue specially to be achieved.
Tell me thy mind; for I have Pisa left
And am to Padua come, as he that leaves
A shallow plash to plunge him in the deep
And with satiety seeks to quench his thirst.
Mi perdonato, gentle master mine,LUCENTIO
I am in all affected as yourself;
Glad that you thus continue your resolve
To suck the sweets of sweet philosophy.
Only, good master, while we do admire
This virtue and this moral discipline,
Let's be no stoics nor no stocks, I pray;
Or so devote to Aristotle's cheques
As Ovid be an outcast quite abjured:
Balk logic with acquaintance that you have
And practise rhetoric in your common talk;
Music and poesy use to quicken you;
The mathematics and the metaphysics,
Fall to them as you find your stomach serves you;
No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en:
In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
Gramercies, Tranio, well dost thou advise.TRANIO
If, Biondello, thou wert come ashore,
We could at once put us in readiness,
And take a lodging fit to entertain
Such friends as time in Padua shall beget.
But stay a while: what company is this?
Master, some show to welcome us to town.BAPTISTA
Enter BAPTISTA, KATHARINA, BIANCA, GREMIO, and HORTENSIO. LUCENTIO and TRANIO stand byGentlemen, importune me no farther,GREMIO
For how I firmly am resolved you know;
That is, not bestow my youngest daughter
Before I have a husband for the elder:
If either of you both love Katharina,
Because I know you well and love you well,
Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure.
[Aside] To cart her rather: she's too rough for me.KATHARINA
There, There, Hortensio, will you any wife?
I pray you, sir, is it your willHORTENSIO
To make a stale of me amongst these mates?
Mates, maid! how mean you that? no mates for you,KATHARINA
Unless you were of gentler, milder mould.
I'faith, sir, you shall never need to fear:HORTENSIA
I wis it is not half way to her heart;
But if it were, doubt not her care should be
To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool
And paint your face and use you like a fool.
From all such devils, good Lord deliver us!GREMIO
And me too, good Lord!TRANIO
Hush, master! here's some good pastime toward:LUCENTIO
That wench is stark mad or wonderful froward.
But in the other's silence do I seeTRANIO
Maid's mild behavior and sobriety.
Well said, master; mum! and gaze your fill.BAPTISTA
Gentlemen, that I may soon make goodKATHARINA
What I have said, Bianca, get you in:
And let it not displease thee, good Bianca,
For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl.
A pretty peat! it is bestBIANCA
Put finger in the eye, an she knew why.
Sister, content you in my discontent.LUCENTIO
Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe:
My books and instruments shall be my company,
On them to took and practise by myself.
Hark, Tranio! thou may'st hear Minerva speak.HORTENSIO
Signior Baptista, will you be so strange?GREMIO
Sorry am I that our good will effects
Why will you mew her up,BAPTISTA
Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell,
And make her bear the penance of her tongue?
Gentlemen, content ye; I am resolved:KATHARINA
Go in, Bianca:
Exit BIANCAAnd for I know she taketh most delight
In music, instruments and poetry,
Schoolmasters will I keep within my house,
Fit to instruct her youth. If you, Hortensio,
Or Signior Gremio, you, know any such,
Prefer them hither; for to cunning men
I will be very kind, and liberal
To mine own children in good bringing up:
And so farewell. Katharina, you may stay;
For I have more to commune with Bianca.
ExitWhy, and I trust I may go too, may I not? What,GREMIO
shall I be appointed hours; as though, belike, I
knew not what to take and what to leave, ha?
ExitYou may go to the devil's dam: your gifts are soHORTENSIO
good, here's none will hold you. Their love is not
so great, Hortensio, but we may blow our nails
together, and fast it fairly out: our cakes dough on
both sides. Farewell: yet for the love I bear my
sweet Bianca, if I can by any means light on a fit
man to teach her that wherein she delights, I will
wish him to her father.
So will I, Signior Gremio: but a word, I pray.GREMIO
Though the nature of our quarrel yet never brooked
parle, know now, upon advice, it toucheth us both,
that we may yet again have access to our fair
mistress and be happy rivals in Bianco's love, to
labour and effect one thing specially.
What's that, I pray?HORTENSIO
Marry, sir, to get a husband for her sister.GREMIO
A husband! a devil.HORTENSIO
I say, a husband.GREMIO
I say, a devil. Thinkest thou, Hortensio, thoughHORTENSIO
her father be very rich, any man is so very a fool
to be married to hell?
Tush, Gremio, though it pass your patience and mineGREMIO
to endure her loud alarums, why, man, there be good
fellows in the world, an a man could light on them,
would take her with all faults, and money enough.
I cannot tell; but I had as lief take her dowry withHORTENSIO
this condition, to be whipped at the high cross
Faith, as you say, there's small choice in rottenGREMIO
apples. But come; since this bar in law makes us
friends, it shall be so far forth friendly
maintained all by helping Baptista's eldest daughter
to a husband we set his youngest free for a husband,
and then have to't a fresh. Sweet Bianca! Happy man
be his dole! He that runs fastest gets the ring.
How say you, Signior Gremio?
I am agreed; and would I had given him the bestTRANIO
horse in Padua to begin his wooing that would
thoroughly woo her, wed her and bed her and rid the
house of her! Come on.
Exeunt GREMIO and HORTENSIOI pray, sir, tell me, is it possibleLUCENTIO
That love should of a sudden take such hold?
O Tranio, till I found it to be true,TRANIO
I never thought it possible or likely;
But see, while idly I stood looking on,
I found the effect of love in idleness:
And now in plainness do confess to thee,
That art to me as secret and as dear
As Anna to the queen of Carthage was,
Tranio, I burn, I pine, I perish, Tranio,
If I achieve not this young modest girl.
Counsel me, Tranio, for I know thou canst;
Assist me, Tranio, for I know thou wilt.
Master, it is no time to chide you now;LUCENTIO
Affection is not rated from the heart:
If love have touch'd you, nought remains but so,
'Redime te captum quam queas minimo.'
Gramercies, lad, go forward; this contents:TRANIO
The rest will comfort, for thy counsel's sound.
Master, you look'd so longly on the maid,LUCENTIO
Perhaps you mark'd not what's the pith of all.
O yes, I saw sweet beauty in her face,TRANIO
Such as the daughter of Agenor had,
That made great Jove to humble him to her hand.
When with his knees he kiss'd the Cretan strand.
Saw you no more? mark'd you not how her sisterLUCENTIO
Began to scold and raise up such a storm
That mortal ears might hardly endure the din?
Tranio, I saw her coral lips to moveTRANIO
And with her breath she did perfume the air:
Sacred and sweet was all I saw in her.
Nay, then, 'tis time to stir him from his trance.LUCENTIO
I pray, awake, sir: if you love the maid,
Bend thoughts and wits to achieve her. Thus it stands:
Her eldest sister is so curst and shrewd
That till the father rid his hands of her,
Master, your love must live a maid at home;
And therefore has he closely mew'd her up,
Because she will not be annoy'd with suitors.
Ah, Tranio, what a cruel father's he!TRANIO
But art thou not advised, he took some care
To get her cunning schoolmasters to instruct her?
Ay, marry, am I, sir; and now 'tis plotted.LUCENTIO
I have it, Tranio.TRANIO
Master, for my hand,LUCENTIO
Both our inventions meet and jump in one.
Tell me thine first.TRANIO
You will be schoolmasterLUCENTIO
And undertake the teaching of the maid:
That's your device.
It is: may it be done?TRANIO
Not possible; for who shall bear your part,LUCENTIO
And be in Padua here Vincentio's son,
Keep house and ply his book, welcome his friends,
Visit his countrymen and banquet them?
Basta; content thee, for I have it full.TRANIO
We have not yet been seen in any house,
Nor can we lie distinguish'd by our faces
For man or master; then it follows thus;
Thou shalt be master, Tranio, in my stead,
Keep house and port and servants as I should:
I will some other be, some Florentine,
Some Neapolitan, or meaner man of Pisa.
'Tis hatch'd and shall be so: Tranio, at once
Uncase thee; take my colour'd hat and cloak:
When Biondello comes, he waits on thee;
But I will charm him first to keep his tongue.
So had you need.LUCENTIO
In brief, sir, sith it your pleasure is,
And I am tied to be obedient;
For so your father charged me at our parting,
'Be serviceable to my son,' quoth he,
Although I think 'twas in another sense;
I am content to be Lucentio,
Because so well I love Lucentio.
Tranio, be so, because Lucentio loves:BIONDELLO
And let me be a slave, to achieve that maid
Whose sudden sight hath thrall'd my wounded eye.
Here comes the rogue.
Enter BIONDELLOSirrah, where have you been?
Where have I been! Nay, how now! where are you?LUCENTIO
Master, has my fellow Tranio stolen your clothes? Or
you stolen his? or both? pray, what's the news?
Sirrah, come hither: 'tis no time to jest,BIONDELLO
And therefore frame your manners to the time.
Your fellow Tranio here, to save my life,
Puts my apparel and my countenance on,
And I for my escape have put on his;
For in a quarrel since I came ashore
I kill'd a man and fear I was descried:
Wait you on him, I charge you, as becomes,
While I make way from hence to save my life:
You understand me?
I, sir! ne'er a whit.LUCENTIO
And not a jot of Tranio in your mouth:BIONDELLO
Tranio is changed into Lucentio.
The better for him: would I were so too!TRANIO
So could I, faith, boy, to have the next wish after,LUCENTIO
That Lucentio indeed had Baptista's youngest daughter.
But, sirrah, not for my sake, but your master's, I advise
You use your manners discreetly in all kind of companies:
When I am alone, why, then I am Tranio;
But in all places else your master Lucentio.
Tranio, let's go: one thing more rests, thatFirst Servant
thyself execute, to make one among these wooers: if
thou ask me why, sufficeth, my reasons are both good
The presenters above speakMy lord, you nod; you do not mind the play.SLY
Yes, by Saint Anne, do I. A good matter, surely:Page
comes there any more of it?
My lord, 'tis but begun.SLY
'Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam lady:
would 'twere done!
They sit and mark
SCENE II. Padua. Before HORTENSIO'S house.Enter PETRUCHIO and his man GRUMIOPETRUCHIOVerona, for a while I take my leave,GRUMIO
To see my friends in Padua, but of all
My best beloved and approved friend,
Hortensio; and I trow this is his house.
Here, sirrah Grumio; knock, I say.
Knock, sir! whom should I knock? is there man hasPETRUCHIO
rebused your worship?
Villain, I say, knock me here soundly.GRUMIO
Knock you here, sir! why, sir, what am I, sir, thatPETRUCHIO
I should knock you here, sir?
Villain, I say, knock me at this gateGRUMIO
And rap me well, or I'll knock your knave's pate.
My master is grown quarrelsome. I should knockPETRUCHIO
And then I know after who comes by the worst.
Will it not be?GRUMIO
Faith, sirrah, an you'll not knock, I'll ring it;
I'll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it.
He wrings him by the earsHelp, masters, help! my master is mad.PETRUCHIO
Now, knock when I bid you, sirrah villain!HORTENSIO
Enter HORTENSIOHow now! what's the matter? My old friend Grumio!PETRUCHIO
and my good friend Petruchio! How do you all at Verona?
Signior Hortensio, come you to part the fray?HORTENSIO
'Con tutto il cuore, ben trovato,' may I say.
'Alla nostra casa ben venuto, molto honorato signorGRUMIO
mio Petruchio.' Rise, Grumio, rise: we will compound
Nay, 'tis no matter, sir, what he 'leges in Latin.PETRUCHIO
if this be not a lawful case for me to leave his
service, look you, sir, he bid me knock him and rap
him soundly, sir: well, was it fit for a servant to
use his master so, being perhaps, for aught I see,
two and thirty, a pip out? Whom would to God I had
well knock'd at first, Then had not Grumio come by the worst.
A senseless villain! Good Hortensio,GRUMIO
I bade the rascal knock upon your gate
And could not get him for my heart to do it.
Knock at the gate! O heavens! Spake you not thesePETRUCHIO
words plain, 'Sirrah, knock me here, rap me here,
knock me well, and knock me soundly'? And come you
now with, 'knocking at the gate'?
Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise you.HORTENSIO
Petruchio, patience; I am Grumio's pledge:PETRUCHIO
Why, this's a heavy chance 'twixt him and you,
Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grumio.
And tell me now, sweet friend, what happy gale
Blows you to Padua here from old Verona?
Such wind as scatters young men through the world,HORTENSIO
To seek their fortunes farther than at home
Where small experience grows. But in a few,
Signior Hortensio, thus it stands with me:
Antonio, my father, is deceased;
And I have thrust myself into this maze,
Haply to wive and thrive as best I may:
Crowns in my purse I have and goods at home,
And so am come abroad to see the world.
Petruchio, shall I then come roundly to theePETRUCHIO
And wish thee to a shrewd ill-favour'd wife?
Thou'ldst thank me but a little for my counsel:
And yet I'll promise thee she shall be rich
And very rich: but thou'rt too much my friend,
And I'll not wish thee to her.
Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as weGRUMIO
Few words suffice; and therefore, if thou know
One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife,
As wealth is burden of my wooing dance,
Be she as foul as was Florentius' love,
As old as Sibyl and as curst and shrewd
As Socrates' Xanthippe, or a worse,
She moves me not, or not removes, at least,
Affection's edge in me, were she as rough
As are the swelling Adriatic seas:
I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
If wealthily, then happily in Padua.
Nay, look you, sir, he tells you flatly what hisHORTENSIO
mind is: Why give him gold enough and marry him to
a puppet or an aglet-baby; or an old trot with ne'er
a tooth in her head, though she have as many diseases
as two and fifty horses: why, nothing comes amiss,
so money comes withal.
Petruchio, since we are stepp'd thus far in,PETRUCHIO
I will continue that I broach'd in jest.
I can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife
With wealth enough and young and beauteous,
Brought up as best becomes a gentlewoman:
Her only fault, and that is faults enough,
Is that she is intolerable curst
And shrewd and froward, so beyond all measure
That, were my state far worser than it is,
I would not wed her for a mine of gold.
Hortensio, peace! thou know'st not gold's effect:HORTENSIO
Tell me her father's name and 'tis enough;
For I will board her, though she chide as loud
As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack.
Her father is Baptista Minola,PETRUCHIO
An affable and courteous gentleman:
Her name is Katharina Minola,
Renown'd in Padua for her scolding tongue.
I know her father, though I know not her;GRUMIO
And he knew my deceased father well.
I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her;
And therefore let me be thus bold with you
To give you over at this first encounter,
Unless you will accompany me thither.
I pray you, sir, let him go while the humour lasts.HORTENSIO
O' my word, an she knew him as well as I do, she
would think scolding would do little good upon him:
she may perhaps call him half a score knaves or so:
why, that's nothing; an he begin once, he'll rail in
his rope-tricks. I'll tell you what sir, an she
stand him but a little, he will throw a figure in
her face and so disfigure her with it that she
shall have no more eyes to see withal than a cat.
You know him not, sir.
Tarry, Petruchio, I must go with thee,GRUMIO
For in Baptista's keep my treasure is:
He hath the jewel of my life in hold,
His youngest daughter, beautiful Binaca,
And her withholds from me and other more,
Suitors to her and rivals in my love,
Supposing it a thing impossible,
For those defects I have before rehearsed,
That ever Katharina will be woo'd;
Therefore this order hath Baptista ta'en,
That none shall have access unto Bianca
Till Katharina the curst have got a husband.
Katharina the curst!HORTENSIO
A title for a maid of all titles the worst.
Now shall my friend Petruchio do me grace,GRUMIO
And offer me disguised in sober robes
To old Baptista as a schoolmaster
Well seen in music, to instruct Bianca;
That so I may, by this device, at least
Have leave and leisure to make love to her
And unsuspected court her by herself.
Here's no knavery! See, to beguile the old folks,HORTENSIO
how the young folks lay their heads together!
Enter GREMIO, and LUCENTIO disguisedMaster, master, look about you: who goes there, ha?
Peace, Grumio! it is the rival of my love.GRUMIO
Petruchio, stand by a while.
A proper stripling and an amorous!GREMIO
O, very well; I have perused the note.LUCENTIO
Hark you, sir: I'll have them very fairly bound:
All books of love, see that at any hand;
And see you read no other lectures to her:
You understand me: over and beside
Signior Baptista's liberality,
I'll mend it with a largess. Take your paper too,
And let me have them very well perfumed
For she is sweeter than perfume itself
To whom they go to. What will you read to her?
Whate'er I read to her, I'll plead for youGREMIO
As for my patron, stand you so assured,
As firmly as yourself were still in place:
Yea, and perhaps with more successful words
Than you, unless you were a scholar, sir.
O this learning, what a thing it is!GRUMIO
O this woodcock, what an ass it is!PETRUCHIO
Grumio, mum! God save you, Signior Gremio.GREMIO
And you are well met, Signior Hortensio.HORTENSIO
Trow you whither I am going? To Baptista Minola.
I promised to inquire carefully
About a schoolmaster for the fair Bianca:
And by good fortune I have lighted well
On this young man, for learning and behavior
Fit for her turn, well read in poetry
And other books, good ones, I warrant ye.
'Tis well; and I have met a gentlemanGREMIO
Hath promised me to help me to another,
A fine musician to instruct our mistress;
So shall I no whit be behind in duty
To fair Bianca, so beloved of me.
Beloved of me; and that my deeds shall prove.GRUMIO
And that his bags shall prove.HORTENSIO
Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our love:GREMIO
Listen to me, and if you speak me fair,
I'll tell you news indifferent good for either.
Here is a gentleman whom by chance I met,
Upon agreement from us to his liking,
Will undertake to woo curst Katharina,
Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please.
So said, so done, is well.PETRUCHIO
Hortensio, have you told him all her faults?
I know she is an irksome brawling scold:GREMIO
If that be all, masters, I hear no harm.
No, say'st me so, friend? What countryman?PETRUCHIO
Born in Verona, old Antonio's son:GREMIO
My father dead, my fortune lives for me;
And I do hope good days and long to see.
O sir, such a life, with such a wife, were strange!PETRUCHIO
But if you have a stomach, to't i' God's name:
You shall have me assisting you in all.
But will you woo this wild-cat?
Will I live?GRUMIO
Will he woo her? ay, or I'll hang her.PETRUCHIO
Why came I hither but to that intent?GRUMIO
Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?
Have I not in my time heard lions roar?
Have I not heard the sea puff'd up with winds
Rage like an angry boar chafed with sweat?
Have I not heard great ordnance in the field,
And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies?
Have I not in a pitched battle heard
Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang?
And do you tell me of a woman's tongue,
That gives not half so great a blow to hear
As will a chestnut in a farmer's fire?
Tush, tush! fear boys with bugs.
For he fears none.GREMIO
This gentleman is happily arrived,
My mind presumes, for his own good and ours.
I promised we would be contributorsGREMIO
And bear his charging of wooing, whatsoe'er.
And so we will, provided that he win her.GRUMIO
I would I were as sure of a good dinner.TRANIO
Enter TRANIO brave, and BIONDELLOGentlemen, God save you. If I may be bold,BIONDELLO
Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way
To the house of Signior Baptista Minola?
He that has the two fair daughters: is't he you mean?TRANIO
Even he, Biondello.GREMIO
Hark you, sir; you mean not her to--TRANIO
Perhaps, him and her, sir: what have you to do?PETRUCHIO
Not her that chides, sir, at any hand, I pray.TRANIO
I love no chiders, sir. Biondello, let's away.LUCENTIO
Well begun, Tranio.HORTENSIO
Sir, a word ere you go;TRANIO
Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea or no?
And if I be, sir, is it any offence?GREMIO
No; if without more words you will get you hence.TRANIO
Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as freeGREMIO
For me as for you?
But so is not she.TRANIO
For what reason, I beseech you?GREMIO
For this reason, if you'll know,HORTENSIO
That she's the choice love of Signior Gremio.
That she's the chosen of Signior Hortensio.TRANIO
Softly, my masters! if you be gentlemen,GREMIO
Do me this right; hear me with patience.
Baptista is a noble gentleman,
To whom my father is not all unknown;
And were his daughter fairer than she is,
She may more suitors have and me for one.
Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers;
Then well one more may fair Bianca have:
And so she shall; Lucentio shall make one,
Though Paris came in hope to speed alone.
What! this gentleman will out-talk us all.LUCENTIO
Sir, give him head: I know he'll prove a jade.PETRUCHIO
Hortensio, to what end are all these words?HORTENSIO
Sir, let me be so bold as ask you,TRANIO
Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter?
No, sir; but hear I do that he hath two,PETRUCHIO
The one as famous for a scolding tongue
As is the other for beauteous modesty.
Sir, sir, the first's for me; let her go by.GREMIO
Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules;PETRUCHIO
And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.
Sir, understand you this of me in sooth:TRANIO
The younges t daughter whom you hearken for
Her father keeps from all access of suitors,
And will not promise her to any man
Until the elder sister first be wed:
The younger then is free and not before.
If it be so, sir, that you are the manHORTENSIO
Must stead us all and me amongst the rest,
And if you break the ice and do this feat,
Achieve the elder, set the younger free
For our access, whose hap shall be to have her
Will not so graceless be to be ingrate.
Sir, you say well and well you do conceive;TRANIO
And since you do profess to be a suitor,
You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman,
To whom we all rest generally beholding.
Sir, I shall not be slack: in sign whereof,GRUMIO BIONDELLO
Please ye we may contrive this afternoon,
And quaff carouses to our mistress' health,
And do as adversaries do in law,
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
O excellent motion! Fellows, let's be gone.HORTENSIO
The motion's good indeed and be it so,
Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto.
SCENE I. Padua. A room in BAPTISTA'S house.Enter KATHARINA and BIANCABIANCAGood sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,KATHARINA
To make a bondmaid and a slave of me;
That I disdain: but for these other gawds,
Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,
Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;
Or what you will command me will I do,
So well I know my duty to my elders.
Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tellBIANCA
Whom thou lovest best: see thou dissemble not.
Believe me, sister, of all the men aliveKATHARINA
I never yet beheld that special face
Which I could fancy more than any other.
Minion, thou liest. Is't not Hortensio?BIANCA
If you affect him, sister, here I swearKATHARINA
I'll plead for you myself, but you shall have
O then, belike, you fancy riches more:BIANCA
You will have Gremio to keep you fair.
Is it for him you do envy me so?KATHARINA
Nay then you jest, and now I well perceive
You have but jested with me all this while:
I prithee, sister Kate, untie my hands.
If that be jest, then all the rest was so.BAPTISTA
Enter BAPTISTAWhy, how now, dame! whence grows this insolence?KATHARINA
Bianca, stand aside. Poor girl! she weeps.
Go ply thy needle; meddle not with her.
For shame, thou helding of a devilish spirit,
Why dost thou wrong her that did ne'er wrong thee?
When did she cross thee with a bitter word?
Her silence flouts me, and I'll be revenged.BAPTISTA
Flies after BIANCAWhat, in my sight? Bianca, get thee in.KATHARINA
Exit BIANCAWhat, will you not suffer me? Nay, now I seeBAPTISTA
She is your treasure, she must have a husband;
I must dance bare-foot on her wedding day
And for your love to her lead apes in hell.
Talk not to me: I will go sit and weep
Till I can find occasion of revenge.
ExitWas ever gentleman thus grieved as I?GREMIO
But who comes here?
Enter GREMIO, LUCENTIO in the habit of a mean man; PETRUCHIO, with HORTENSIO as a musician; and TRANIO, with BIONDELLO bearing a lute and booksGood morrow, neighbour Baptista.BAPTISTA
Good morrow, neighbour Gremio.PETRUCHIO
God save you, gentlemen!
And you, good sir! Pray, have you not a daughterBAPTISTA
Call'd Katharina, fair and virtuous?
I have a daughter, sir, called Katharina.GREMIO
You are too blunt: go to it orderly.PETRUCHIO
You wrong me, Signior Gremio: give me leave.BAPTISTA
I am a gentleman of Verona, sir,
That, hearing of her beauty and her wit,
Her affability and bashful modesty,
Her wondrous qualities and mild behavior,
Am bold to show myself a forward guest
Within your house, to make mine eye the witness
Of that report which I so oft have heard.
And, for an entrance to my entertainment,
I do present you with a man of mine,
Presenting HORTENSIOCunning in music and the mathematics,
To instruct her fully in those sciences,
Whereof I know she is not ignorant:
Accept of him, or else you do me wrong:
His name is Licio, born in Mantua.
You're welcome, sir; and he, for your good sake.PETRUCHIO
But for my daughter Katharina, this I know,
She is not for your turn, the more my grief.
I see you do not mean to part with her,BAPTISTA
Or else you like not of my company.
Mistake me not; I speak but as I find.PETRUCHIO
Whence are you, sir? what may I call your name?
Petruchio is my name; Antonio's son,BAPTISTA
A man well known throughout all Italy.
I know him well: you are welcome for his sake.GREMIO
Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray,PETRUCHIO
Let us, that are poor petitioners, speak too:
Baccare! you are marvellous forward.
O, pardon me, Signior Gremio; I would fain be doing.GREMIO
I doubt it not, sir; but you will curse yourBAPTISTA
wooing. Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am
sure of it. To express the like kindness, myself,
that have been more kindly beholding to you than
any, freely give unto you this young scholar,
Presenting LUCENTIOthat hath been long studying at Rheims; as cunning
in Greek, Latin, and other languages, as the other
in music and mathematics: his name is Cambio; pray,
accept his service.
A thousand thanks, Signior Gremio.TRANIO
Welcome, good Cambio.
To TRANIOBut, gentle sir, methinks you walk like a stranger:
may I be so bold to know the cause of your coming?
Pardon me, sir, the boldness is mine own,BAPTISTA
That, being a stranger in this city here,
Do make myself a suitor to your daughter,
Unto Bianca, fair and virtuous.
Nor is your firm resolve unknown to me,
In the preferment of the eldest sister.
This liberty is all that I request,
That, upon knowledge of my parentage,
I may have welcome 'mongst the rest that woo
And free access and favour as the rest:
And, toward the education of your daughters,
I here bestow a simple instrument,
And this small packet of Greek and Latin books:
If you accept them, then their worth is great.
Lucentio is your name; of whence, I pray?TRANIO
Of Pisa, sir; son to Vincentio.BAPTISTA
A mighty man of Pisa; by reportPETRUCHIO
I know him well: you are very welcome, sir,
Take you the lute, and you the set of books;
You shall go see your pupils presently.
Enter a ServantSirrah, lead these gentlemen
To my daughters; and tell them both,
These are their tutors: bid them use them well.
Exit Servant, with LUCENTIO and HORTENSIO, BIONDELLO followingWe will go walk a little in the orchard,
And then to dinner. You are passing welcome,
And so I pray you all to think yourselves.
Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,BAPTISTA
And every day I cannot come to woo.
You knew my father well, and in him me,
Left solely heir to all his lands and goods,
Which I have better'd rather than decreased:
Then tell me, if I get your daughter's love,
What dowry shall I have with her to wife?
After my death the one half of my lands,PETRUCHIO
And in possession twenty thousand crowns.
And, for that dowry, I'll assure her ofBAPTISTA
Her widowhood, be it that she survive me,
In all my lands and leases whatsoever:
Let specialties be therefore drawn between us,
That covenants may be kept on either hand.
Ay, when the special thing is well obtain'd,PETRUCHIO
That is, her love; for that is all in all.
Why, that is nothing: for I tell you, father,BAPTISTA
I am as peremptory as she proud-minded;
And where two raging fires meet together
They do consume the thing that feeds their fury:
Though little fire grows great with little wind,
Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all:
So I to her and so she yields to me;
For I am rough and woo not like a babe.
Well mayst thou woo, and happy be thy speed!PETRUCHIO
But be thou arm'd for some unhappy words.
Ay, to the proof; as mountains are for winds,BAPTISTA
That shake not, though they blow perpetually.
Re-enter HORTENSIO, with his head brokeHow now, my friend! why dost thou look so pale?HORTENSIO
For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.BAPTISTA
What, will my daughter prove a good musician?HORTENSIO
I think she'll sooner prove a soldierBAPTISTA
Iron may hold with her, but never lutes.
Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?HORTENSIO
Why, no; for she hath broke the lute to me.PETRUCHIO
I did but tell her she mistook her frets,
And bow'd her hand to teach her fingering;
When, with a most impatient devilish spirit,
'Frets, call you these?' quoth she; 'I'll fume
And, with that word, she struck me on the head,
And through the instrument my pate made way;
And there I stood amazed for a while,
As on a pillory, looking through the lute;
While she did call me rascal fiddler
And twangling Jack; with twenty such vile terms,
As had she studied to misuse me so.
Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench;BAPTISTA
I love her ten times more than e'er I did:
O, how I long to have some chat with her!
Well, go with me and be not so discomfited:PETRUCHIO
Proceed in practise with my younger daughter;
She's apt to learn and thankful for good turns.
Signior Petruchio, will you go with us,
Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you?
I pray you do.KATHARINA
Exeunt all but PETRUCHIOI will attend her here,
And woo her with some spirit when she comes.
Say that she rail; why then I'll tell her plain
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale:
Say that she frown, I'll say she looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash'd with dew:
Say she be mute and will not speak a word;
Then I'll commend her volubility,
And say she uttereth piercing eloquence:
If she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks,
As though she bid me stay by her a week:
If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day
When I shall ask the banns and when be married.
But here she comes; and now, Petruchio, speak.
Enter KATHARINAGood morrow, Kate; for that's your name, I hear.
Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing:PETRUCHIO
They call me Katharina that do talk of me.
You lie, in faith; for you are call'd plain Kate,KATHARINA
And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;
Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,
Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.
Moved! in good time: let him that moved you hitherPETRUCHIO
Remove you hence: I knew you at the first
You were a moveable.
Why, what's a moveable?KATHARINA
Thou hast hit it: come, sit on me.KATHARINA
Asses are made to bear, and so are you.PETRUCHIO
Women are made to bear, and so are you.KATHARINA
No such jade as you, if me you mean.PETRUCHIO
Alas! good Kate, I will not burden thee;KATHARINA
For, knowing thee to be but young and light--
Too light for such a swain as you to catch;PETRUCHIO
And yet as heavy as my weight should be.
Should be! should--buzz!KATHARINA
Well ta'en, and like a buzzard.PETRUCHIO
O slow-wing'd turtle! shall a buzzard take thee?KATHARINA
Ay, for a turtle, as he takes a buzzard.PETRUCHIO
Come, come, you wasp; i' faith, you are too angry.KATHARINA
If I be waspish, best beware my sting.PETRUCHIO
My remedy is then, to pluck it out.KATHARINA
Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies,PETRUCHIO
Who knows not where a wasp doesKATHARINA
wear his sting? In his tail.
In his tongue.PETRUCHIO
Yours, if you talk of tails: and so farewell.PETRUCHIO
What, with my tongue in your tail? nay, come again,KATHARINA
Good Kate; I am a gentleman.
That I'll try.PETRUCHIO
She strikes himI swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again.KATHARINA
So may you lose your arms:PETRUCHIO
If you strike me, you are no gentleman;
And if no gentleman, why then no arms.
A herald, Kate? O, put me in thy books!KATHARINA
What is your crest? a coxcomb?PETRUCHIO
A combless cock, so Kate will be my hen.KATHARINA
No cock of mine; you crow too like a craven.PETRUCHIO
Nay, come, Kate, come; you must not look so sour.KATHARINA
It is my fashion, when I see a crab.PETRUCHIO
Why, here's no crab; and therefore look not sour.KATHARINA
There is, there is.PETRUCHIO
Then show it me.KATHARINA
Had I a glass, I would.PETRUCHIO
What, you mean my face?KATHARINA
Well aim'd of such a young one.PETRUCHIO
Now, by Saint George, I am too young for you.KATHARINA
Yet you are wither'd.PETRUCHIO
'Tis with cares.KATHARINA
I care not.PETRUCHIO
Nay, hear you, Kate: in sooth you scape not so.KATHARINA
I chafe you, if I tarry: let me go.PETRUCHIO
No, not a whit: I find you passing gentle.KATHARINA
'Twas told me you were rough and coy and sullen,
And now I find report a very liar;
For thou are pleasant, gamesome, passing courteous,
But slow in speech, yet sweet as spring-time flowers:
Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance,
Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will,
Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk,
But thou with mildness entertain'st thy wooers,
With gentle conference, soft and affable.
Why does the world report that Kate doth limp?
O slanderous world! Kate like the hazel-twig
Is straight and slender and as brown in hue
As hazel nuts and sweeter than the kernels.
O, let me see thee walk: thou dost not halt.
Go, fool, and whom thou keep'st command.PETRUCHIO
Did ever Dian so become a groveKATHARINA
As Kate this chamber with her princely gait?
O, be thou Dian, and let her be Kate;
And then let Kate be chaste and Dian sportful!
Where did you study all this goodly speech?PETRUCHIO
It is extempore, from my mother-wit.KATHARINA
A witty mother! witless else her son.PETRUCHIO
Am I not wise?KATHARINA
Yes; keep you warm.PETRUCHIO
Marry, so I mean, sweet Katharina, in thy bed:BAPTISTA
And therefore, setting all this chat aside,
Thus in plain terms: your father hath consented
That you shall be my wife; your dowry 'greed on;
And, Will you, nill you, I will marry you.
Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn;
For, by this light, whereby I see thy beauty,
Thy beauty, that doth make me like thee well,
Thou must be married to no man but me;
For I am he am born to tame you Kate,
And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate
Conformable as other household Kates.
Here comes your father: never make denial;
I must and will have Katharina to my wife.
Re-enter BAPTISTA, GREMIO, and TRANIONow, Signior Petruchio, how speed you with my daughter?PETRUCHIO
How but well, sir? how but well?BAPTISTA
It were impossible I should speed amiss.
Why, how now, daughter Katharina! in your dumps?KATHARINA
Call you me daughter? now, I promise youPETRUCHIO
You have show'd a tender fatherly regard,
To wish me wed to one half lunatic;
A mad-cup ruffian and a swearing Jack,
That thinks with oaths to face the matter out.
Father, 'tis thus: yourself and all the world,KATHARINA
That talk'd of her, have talk'd amiss of her:
If she be curst, it is for policy,
For she's not froward, but modest as the dove;
She is not hot, but temperate as the morn;
For patience she will prove a second Grissel,
And Roman Lucrece for her chastity:
And to conclude, we have 'greed so well together,
That upon Sunday is the wedding-day.
I'll see thee hang'd on Sunday first.GREMIO
Hark, Petruchio; she says she'll see theeTRANIO
Is this your speeding? nay, then, good night our part!PETRUCHIO
Be patient, gentlemen; I choose her for myself:BAPTISTA
If she and I be pleased, what's that to you?
'Tis bargain'd 'twixt us twain, being alone,
That she shall still be curst in company.
I tell you, 'tis incredible to believe
How much she loves me: O, the kindest Kate!
She hung about my neck; and kiss on kiss
She vied so fast, protesting oath on oath,
That in a twink she won me to her love.
O, you are novices! 'tis a world to see,
How tame, when men and women are alone,
A meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew.
Give me thy hand, Kate: I will unto Venice,
To buy apparel 'gainst the wedding-day.
Provide the feast, father, and bid the guests;
I will be sure my Katharina shall be fine.
I know not what to say: but give me your hands;GREMIO TRANIO
God send you joy, Petruchio! 'tis a match.
Amen, say we: we will be witnesses.PETRUCHIO
Father, and wife, and gentlemen, adieu;GREMIO
I will to Venice; Sunday comes apace:
We will have rings and things and fine array;
And kiss me, Kate, we will be married o'Sunday.
Exeunt PETRUCHIO and KATHARINA severallyWas ever match clapp'd up so suddenly?BAPTISTA
Faith, gentlemen, now I play a merchant's part,TRANIO
And venture madly on a desperate mart.
'Twas a commodity lay fretting by you:BAPTISTA
'Twill bring you gain, or perish on the seas.
The gain I seek is, quiet in the match.GREMIO
No doubt but he hath got a quiet catch.TRANIO
But now, Baptists, to your younger daughter:
Now is the day we long have looked for:
I am your neighbour, and was suitor first.
And I am one that love Bianca moreGREMIO
Than words can witness, or your thoughts can guess.
Youngling, thou canst not love so dear as I.TRANIO
Graybeard, thy love doth freeze.GREMIO
But thine doth fry.TRANIO
Skipper, stand back: 'tis age that nourisheth.
But youth in ladies' eyes that flourisheth.BAPTISTA
Content you, gentlemen: I will compound this strife:GREMIO
'Tis deeds must win the prize; and he of both
That can assure my daughter greatest dower
Shall have my Bianca's love.
Say, Signior Gremio, What can you assure her?
First, as you know, my house within the cityTRANIO
Is richly furnished with plate and gold;
Basins and ewers to lave her dainty hands;
My hangings all of Tyrian tapestry;
In ivory coffers I have stuff'd my crowns;
In cypress chests my arras counterpoints,
Costly apparel, tents, and canopies,
Fine linen, Turkey cushions boss'd with pearl,
Valance of Venice gold in needlework,
Pewter and brass and all things that belong
To house or housekeeping: then, at my farm
I have a hundred milch-kine to the pail,
Sixscore fat oxen standing in my stalls,
And all things answerable to this portion.
Myself am struck in years, I must confess;
And if I die to-morrow, this is hers,
If whilst I live she will be only mine.
That 'only' came well in. Sir, list to me:GREMIO
I am my father's heir and only son:
If I may have your daughter to my wife,
I'll leave her houses three or four as good,
Within rich Pisa walls, as any one
Old Signior Gremio has in Padua;
Besides two thousand ducats by the year
Of fruitful land, all which shall be her jointure.
What, have I pinch'd you, Signior Gremio?
Two thousand ducats by the year of land!TRANIO
My land amounts not to so much in all:
That she shall have; besides an argosy
That now is lying in Marseilles' road.
What, have I choked you with an argosy?
Gremio, 'tis known my father hath no lessGREMIO
Than three great argosies; besides two galliases,
And twelve tight galleys: these I will assure her,
And twice as much, whate'er thou offer'st next.
Nay, I have offer'd all, I have no more;TRANIO
And she can have no more than all I have:
If you like me, she shall have me and mine.
Why, then the maid is mine from all the world,BAPTISTA
By your firm promise: Gremio is out-vied.
I must confess your offer is the best;TRANIO
And, let your father make her the assurance,
She is your own; else, you must pardon me,
if you should die before him, where's her dower?
That's but a cavil: he is old, I young.GREMIO
And may not young men die, as well as old?BAPTISTA
I am thus resolved: on Sunday next you know
My daughter Katharina is to be married:
Now, on the Sunday following, shall Bianca
Be bride to you, if you this assurance;
If not, Signior Gremio:
And so, I take my leave, and thank you both.
Adieu, good neighbour.TRANIO
Exit BAPTISTANow I fear thee not:
Sirrah young gamester, your father were a fool
To give thee all, and in his waning age
Set foot under thy table: tut, a toy!
An old Italian fox is not so kind, my boy.
ExitA vengeance on your crafty wither'd hide!
Yet I have faced it with a card of ten.
'Tis in my head to do my master good:
I see no reason but supposed Lucentio
Must get a father, call'd 'supposed Vincentio;'
And that's a wonder: fathers commonly
Do get their children; but in this case of wooing,
A child shall get a sire, if I fail not of my cunning.
SCENE I. Padua. BAPTISTA'S house.Enter LUCENTIO, HORTENSIO, and BIANCALUCENTIOFiddler, forbear; you grow too forward, sir:HORTENSIO
Have you so soon forgot the entertainment
Her sister Katharina welcomed you withal?
But, wrangling pedant, this isLUCENTIO
The patroness of heavenly harmony:
Then give me leave to have prerogative;
And when in music we have spent an hour,
Your lecture shall have leisure for as much.
Preposterous ass, that never read so farHORTENSIO
To know the cause why music was ordain'd!
Was it not to refresh the mind of man
After his studies or his usual pain?
Then give me leave to read philosophy,
And while I pause, serve in your harmony.
Sirrah, I will not bear these braves of thine.BIANCA
Why, gentlemen, you do me double wrong,HORTENSIO
To strive for that which resteth in my choice:
I am no breeching scholar in the schools;
I'll not be tied to hours nor 'pointed times,
But learn my lessons as I please myself.
And, to cut off all strife, here sit we down:
Take you your instrument, play you the whiles;
His lecture will be done ere you have tuned.
You'll leave his lecture when I am in tune?LUCENTIO
That will be never: tune your instrument.BIANCA
Where left we last?LUCENTIO
'Hic ibat Simois; hic est Sigeia tellus;
Hic steterat Priami regia celsa senis.'
'Hic ibat,' as I told you before, 'Simois,' I amHORTENSIO
Lucentio, 'hic est,' son unto Vincentio of Pisa,
'Sigeia tellus,' disguised thus to get your love;
'Hic steterat,' and that Lucentio that comes
a-wooing, 'Priami,' is my man Tranio, 'regia,'
bearing my port, 'celsa senis,' that we might
beguile the old pantaloon.
Madam, my instrument's in tune.BIANCA
Let's hear. O fie! the treble jars.LUCENTIO
Spit in the hole, man, and tune again.BIANCA
Now let me see if I can construe it: 'Hic ibatHORTENSIO
Simois,' I know you not, 'hic est Sigeia tellus,' I
trust you not; 'Hic steterat Priami,' take heed
he hear us not, 'regia,' presume not, 'celsa senis,'
Madam, 'tis now in tune.LUCENTIO
All but the base.HORTENSIO
The base is right; 'tis the base knave that jars.BIANCA
AsideHow fiery and forward our pedant is!
Now, for my life, the knave doth court my love:
Pedascule, I'll watch you better yet.
In time I may believe, yet I mistrust.LUCENTIO
Mistrust it not: for, sure, AEacidesBIANCA
Was Ajax, call'd so from his grandfather.
I must believe my master; else, I promise you,HORTENSIO
I should be arguing still upon that doubt:
But let it rest. Now, Licio, to you:
Good masters, take it not unkindly, pray,
That I have been thus pleasant with you both.
You may go walk, and give me leave a while:LUCENTIO
My lessons make no music in three parts.
Are you so formal, sir? well, I must wait,HORTENSIO
AsideAnd watch withal; for, but I be deceived,
Our fine musician groweth amorous.
Madam, before you touch the instrument,BIANCA
To learn the order of my fingering,
I must begin with rudiments of art;
To teach you gamut in a briefer sort,
More pleasant, pithy and effectual,
Than hath been taught by any of my trade:
And there it is in writing, fairly drawn.
Why, I am past my gamut long ago.HORTENSIO
Yet read the gamut of Hortensio.BIANCA
[Reads] ''Gamut' I am, the ground of all accord,Servant
'A re,' to Plead Hortensio's passion;
'B mi,' Bianca, take him for thy lord,
'C fa ut,' that loves with all affection:
'D sol re,' one clef, two notes have I:
'E la mi,' show pity, or I die.'
Call you this gamut? tut, I like it not:
Old fashions please me best; I am not so nice,
To change true rules for old inventions.
Enter a ServantMistress, your father prays you leave your booksBIANCA
And help to dress your sister's chamber up:
You know to-morrow is the wedding-day.
Farewell, sweet masters both; I must be gone.LUCENTIO
Exeunt BIANCA and ServantFaith, mistress, then I have no cause to stay.HORTENSIO
ExitBut I have cause to pry into this pedant:
Methinks he looks as though he were in love:
Yet if thy thoughts, Bianca, be so humble
To cast thy wandering eyes on every stale,
Seize thee that list: if once I find thee ranging,
Hortensio will be quit with thee by changing.
SCENE II. Padua. Before BAPTISTA'S house.Enter BAPTISTA, GREMIO, TRANIO, KATHARINA, BIANCA, LUCENTIO, and others, attendantsBAPTISTA[To TRANIO] Signior Lucentio, this is theKATHARINA
That Katharina and Petruchio should be married,
And yet we hear not of our son-in-law.
What will be said? what mockery will it be,
To want the bridegroom when the priest attends
To speak the ceremonial rites of marriage!
What says Lucentio to this shame of ours?
No shame but mine: I must, forsooth, be forcedTRANIO
To give my hand opposed against my heart
Unto a mad-brain rudesby full of spleen;
Who woo'd in haste and means to wed at leisure.
I told you, I, he was a frantic fool,
Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behavior:
And, to be noted for a merry man,
He'll woo a thousand, 'point the day of marriage,
Make feasts, invite friends, and proclaim the banns;
Yet never means to wed where he hath woo'd.
Now must the world point at poor Katharina,
And say, 'Lo, there is mad Petruchio's wife,
If it would please him come and marry her!'
Patience, good Katharina, and Baptista too.KATHARINA
Upon my life, Petruchio means but well,
Whatever fortune stays him from his word:
Though he be blunt, I know him passing wise;
Though he be merry, yet withal he's honest.
Would Katharina had never seen him though!BAPTISTA
Exit weeping, followed by BIANCA and othersGo, girl; I cannot blame thee now to weep;BIONDELLO
For such an injury would vex a very saint,
Much more a shrew of thy impatient humour.
Enter BIONDELLOMaster, master! news, old news, and such news asBAPTISTA
you never heard of!
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
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 oldBAPTISTA
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 ta'en 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.
Who comes with him?BIONDELLO
O, sir, his lackey, for all the world caparisonedTRANIO
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't for a feather: a monster, a
very monster in apparel, and not like a Christian
footboy or a gentleman's lackey.
'Tis some odd humour pricks him to this fashion;BAPTISTA
Yet oftentimes he goes but mean-apparell'd.
I am glad he's come, howsoe'er 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
Nay, by Saint Jamy,PETRUCHIO
I hold you a penny,
A horse and a man
Is more than one,
And yet not many.
Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIOCome, where be these gallants? who's at home?BAPTISTA
You are welcome, sir.PETRUCHIO
And yet I come not well.BAPTISTA
And yet you halt not.TRANIO
Not so well apparell'dPETRUCHIO
As I wish you were.
Were it better, I should rush in thus.BAPTISTA
But where is Kate? where is my lovely bride?
How does my father? Gentles, methinks you frown:
And wherefore gaze this goodly company,
As if they saw some wondrous monument,
Some comet or unusual prodigy?
Why, sir, you know this is your wedding-day:TRANIO
First were we sad, fearing you would not come;
Now sadder, that you come so unprovided.
Fie, doff this habit, shame to your estate,
An eye-sore to our solemn festival!
And tells us, what occasion of importPETRUCHIO
Hath all so long detain'd you from your wife,
And sent you hither so unlike yourself?
Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear:TRANIO
Sufficeth I am come to keep my word,
Though in some part enforced to digress;
Which, at more leisure, I will so excuse
As you shall well be satisfied withal.
But where is Kate? I stay too long from her:
The morning wears, 'tis time we were at church.
See not your bride in these unreverent robes:PETRUCHIO
Go to my chamber; Put on clothes of mine.
Not I, believe me: thus I'll visit her.BAPTISTA
But thus, I trust, you will not marry her.PETRUCHIO
Good sooth, even thus; therefore ha' done with words:TRANIO
To me she's married, not unto my clothes:
Could I repair what she will wear in me,
As I can change these poor accoutrements,
'Twere well for Kate and better for myself.
But what a fool am I to chat with you,
When I should bid good morrow to my bride,
And seal the title with a lovely kiss!
Exeunt PETRUCHIO and GRUMIOHe hath some meaning in his mad attire:BAPTISTA
We will persuade him, be it possible,
To put on better ere he go to church.
I'll after him, and see the event of this.TRANIO
Exeunt BAPTISTA, GREMIO, and attendantsBut to her love concerneth us to addLUCENTIO
Her father's liking: which to bring to pass,
As I before unparted to your worship,
I am to get a man,--whate'er he be,
It skills not much. we'll fit him to our turn,--
And he shall be Vincentio of Pisa;
And make assurance here in Padua
Of greater sums than I have promised.
So shall you quietly enjoy your hope,
And marry sweet Bianca with consent.
Were it not that my fellow-school-masterTRANIO
Doth watch Bianca's steps so narrowly,
'Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage;
Which once perform'd, let all the world say no,
I'll keep mine own, despite of all the world.
That by degrees we mean to look into,GREMIO
And watch our vantage in this business:
We'll over-reach the greybeard, Gremio,
The narrow-prying father, Minola,
The quaint musician, amorous Licio;
All for my master's sake, Lucentio.
Re-enter GREMIOSignior Gremio, came you from the church?
As willingly as e'er I came from school.TRANIO
And is the bride and bridegroom coming home?GREMIO
A bridegroom say you? 'tis a groom indeed,TRANIO
A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.
Curster than she? why, 'tis impossible.GREMIO
Why he's a devil, a devil, a very fiend.TRANIO
Why, she's a devil, a devil, the devil's dam.GREMIO
Tut, she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him!TRANIO
I'll tell you, Sir Lucentio: when the priest
Should ask, if Katharina should be his wife,
'Ay, by gogs-wouns,' quoth he; and swore so loud,
That, all-amazed, the priest let fall the book;
And, as he stoop'd again to take it up,
The mad-brain'd bridegroom took him such a cuff
That down fell priest and book and book and priest:
'Now take them up,' quoth he, 'if any list.'
What said the wench when he rose again?GREMIO
Trembled and shook; for why, he stamp'd and swore,PETRUCHIO
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; quaff'd 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 seem'd to ask him sops as he was drinking.
This done, he took the bride about the neck
And kiss'd 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.
Re-enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, BIANCA, BAPTISTA, HORTENSIO, GRUMIO, and TrainGentlemen and friends, I thank you for your pains:BAPTISTA
I know you think to dine with me to-day,
And have prepared great store of wedding cheer;
But so it is, my haste doth call me hence,
And therefore here I mean to take my leave.
Is't possible you will away to-night?PETRUCHIO
I must away to-day, before night come:TRANIO
Make it no wonder; if you knew my business,
You would entreat me rather go than stay.
And, honest company, I thank you all,
That have beheld me give away myself
To this most patient, sweet and virtuous wife:
Dine with my father, drink a health to me;
For I must hence; and farewell to you all.
Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.PETRUCHIO
It may not be.GREMIO
Let me entreat you.PETRUCHIO
It cannot be.KATHARINA
Let me entreat you.PETRUCHIO
I am content.KATHARINA
Are you content to stay?PETRUCHIO
I am content you shall entreat me stay;KATHARINA
But yet not stay, entreat me how you can.
Now, if you love me, stay.PETRUCHIO
Grumio, my horse.GRUMIO
Ay, sir, they be ready: the oats have eaten the horses.KATHARINA
Do what thou canst, I will not go to-day;
No, nor to-morrow, not till I please myself.
The door is open, sir; there lies your way;
You may be jogging whiles your boots are green;
For me, I'll not be gone till I please myself:
'Tis like you'll prove a jolly surly groom,
That take it on you at the first so roundly.
O Kate, content thee; prithee, be not angry.KATHARINA
I will be angry: what hast thou to do?GREMIO
Father, be quiet; he shall stay my leisure.
Ay, marry, sir, now it begins to work.KATARINA
Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner:PETRUCHIO
I see a woman may be made a fool,
If she had not a spirit to resist.
They shall go forward, Kate, at thy command.BAPTISTA
Obey the bride, you that attend on her;
Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
Carouse full measure to her maidenhead,
Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves:
But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret;
I will be master of what is mine own:
She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house,
My household stuff, my field, my barn,
My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing;
And here she stands, touch her whoever dare;
I'll bring mine action on the proudest he
That stops my way in Padua. Grumio,
Draw forth thy weapon, we are beset with thieves;
Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man.
Fear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch
I'll buckler thee against a million.
Exeunt PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and GRUMIONay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones.GREMIO
Went they not quickly, I should die with laughing.TRANIO
Of all mad matches never was the like.LUCENTIO
Mistress, what's your opinion of your sister?BIANCA
That, being mad herself, she's madly mated.GREMIO
I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated.BAPTISTA
Neighbours and friends, though bride andTRANIO
For to supply the places at the table,
You know there wants no junkets at the feast.
Lucentio, you shall supply the bridegroom's place:
And let Bianca take her sister's room.
Shall sweet Bianca practise how to bride it?BAPTISTA
She shall, Lucentio. Come, gentlemen, let's go.
SCENE I. PETRUCHIO'S country house.Enter GRUMIOGRUMIOFie, fie on all tired jades, on all mad masters, andCURTIS
all foul ways! Was ever man so beaten? was ever
man so rayed? was ever man so weary? I am sent
before to make a fire, and they are coming after to
warm them. Now, were not I a little pot and soon
hot, my very lips might freeze to my teeth, my
tongue to the roof of my mouth, my heart in my
belly, ere I should come by a fire to thaw me: but
I, with blowing the fire, shall warm myself; for,
considering the weather, a taller man than I will
take cold. Holla, ho! Curtis.
Enter CURTISWho is that calls so coldly?GRUMIO
A piece of ice: if thou doubt it, thou mayst slideCURTIS
from my shoulder to my heel with no greater a run
but my head and my neck. A fire good Curtis.
Is my master and his wife coming, Grumio?GRUMIO
O, ay, Curtis, ay: and therefore fire, fire; castCURTIS
on no water.
Is she so hot a shrew as she's reported?GRUMIO
She was, good Curtis, before this frost: but, thouCURTIS
knowest, winter tames man, woman and beast; for it
hath tamed my old master and my new mistress and
myself, fellow Curtis.
Away, you three-inch fool! I am no beast.GRUMIO
Am I but three inches? why, thy horn is a foot; andCURTIS
so long am I at the least. But wilt thou make a
fire, or shall I complain on thee to our mistress,
whose hand, she being now at hand, thou shalt soon
feel, to thy cold comfort, for being slow in thy hot office?
I prithee, good Grumio, tell me, how goes the world?GRUMIO
A cold world, Curtis, in every office but thine; andCURTIS
therefore fire: do thy duty, and have thy duty; for
my master and mistress are almost frozen to death.
There's fire ready; and therefore, good Grumio, the news.GRUMIO
Why, 'Jack, boy! ho! boy!' and as much news asCURTIS
Come, you are so full of cony-catching!GRUMIO
Why, therefore fire; for I have caught extreme cold.CURTIS
Where's the cook? is supper ready, the house
trimmed, rushes strewed, cobwebs swept; the
serving-men in their new fustian, their white
stockings, and every officer his wedding-garment on?
Be the jacks fair within, the jills fair without,
the carpets laid, and every thing in order?
All ready; and therefore, I pray thee, news.GRUMIO
First, know, my horse is tired; my master andCURTIS
mistress fallen out.
Out of their saddles into the dirt; and therebyCURTIS
hangs a tale.
Let's ha't, good Grumio.GRUMIO
Lend thine ear.CURTIS
Strikes himThis is to feel a tale, not to hear a tale.GRUMIO
And therefore 'tis called a sensible tale: and thisCURTIS
cuff was but to knock at your ear, and beseech
listening. Now I begin: Imprimis, we came down a
foul hill, my master riding behind my mistress,--
Both of one horse?GRUMIO
What's that to thee?CURTIS
Why, a horse.GRUMIO
Tell thou the tale: but hadst thou not crossed me,CURTIS
thou shouldst have heard how her horse fell and she
under her horse; thou shouldst have heard in how
miry a place, how she was bemoiled, how he left her
with the horse upon her, how he beat me because
her horse stumbled, how she waded through the dirt
to pluck him off me, how he swore, how she prayed,
that never prayed before, how I cried, how the
horses ran away, how her bridle was burst, how I
lost my crupper, with many things of worthy memory,
which now shall die in oblivion and thou return
unexperienced to thy grave.
By this reckoning he is more shrew than she.GRUMIO
Ay; and that thou and the proudest of you all shallCURTIS
find when he comes home. But what talk I of this?
Call forth Nathaniel, Joseph, Nicholas, Philip,
Walter, Sugarsop and the rest: let their heads be
sleekly combed their blue coats brushed and their
garters of an indifferent knit: let them curtsy
with their left legs and not presume to touch a hair
of my master's horse-tail till they kiss their
hands. Are they all ready?
Call them forth.CURTIS
Do you hear, ho? you must meet my master toGRUMIO
countenance my mistress.
Why, she hath a face of her own.CURTIS
Who knows not that?GRUMIO
Thou, it seems, that calls for company toCURTIS
I call them forth to credit her.GRUMIO
Why, she comes to borrow nothing of them.NATHANIEL
Enter four or five Serving-menWelcome home, Grumio!PHILIP
How now, Grumio!JOSEPH
How now, old lad?GRUMIO
Welcome, you;--how now, you;-- what, you;--fellow,NATHANIEL
you;--and thus much for greeting. Now, my spruce
companions, is all ready, and all things neat?
All things is ready. How near is our master?GRUMIO
E'en at hand, alighted by this; and therefore bePETRUCHIO
not--Cock's passion, silence! I hear my master.
Enter PETRUCHIO and KATHARINAWhere be these knaves? What, no man at doorPETRUCHIO
To hold my stirrup nor to take my horse!
Where is Nathaniel, Gregory, Philip?
ALL SERVING-MEN Here, here, sir; here, sir.
Here, sir! here, sir! here, sir! here, sir!GRUMIO
You logger-headed and unpolish'd grooms!
What, no attendance? no regard? no duty?
Where is the foolish knave I sent before?
Here, sir; as foolish as I was before.PETRUCHIO
You peasant swain! you whoreson malt-horse drudge!GRUMIO
Did I not bid thee meet me in the park,
And bring along these rascal knaves with thee?
Nathaniel's coat, sir, was not fully made,PETRUCHIO
And Gabriel's pumps were all unpink'd i' the heel;
There was no link to colour Peter's hat,
And Walter's dagger was not come from sheathing:
There were none fine but Adam, Ralph, and Gregory;
The rest were ragged, old, and beggarly;
Yet, as they are, here are they come to meet you.
Go, rascals, go, and fetch my supper in.KATHARINA
SingingWhere is the life that late I led--
Where are those--Sit down, Kate, and welcome.--
Sound, sound, sound, sound!
Re-enter Servants with supperWhy, when, I say? Nay, good sweet Kate, be merry.
Off with my boots, you rogues! you villains, when?
SingsIt was the friar of orders grey,
As he forth walked on his way:--
Out, you rogue! you pluck my foot awry:
Take that, and mend the plucking off the other.
Strikes himBe merry, Kate. Some water, here; what, ho!
Where's my spaniel Troilus? Sirrah, get you hence,
And bid my cousin Ferdinand come hither:
One, Kate, that you must kiss, and be acquainted with.
Where are my slippers? Shall I have some water?
Enter one with waterCome, Kate, and wash, and welcome heartily.
You whoreson villain! will you let it fall?
Strikes himPatience, I pray you; 'twas a fault unwilling.PETRUCHIO
A whoreson beetle-headed, flap-ear'd knave!First Servant
Come, Kate, sit down; I know you have a stomach.
Will you give thanks, sweet Kate; or else shall I?
What's this? mutton?
Who brought it?PETER
'Tis burnt; and so is all the meat.KATHARINA
What dogs are these! Where is the rascal cook?
How durst you, villains, bring it from the dresser,
And serve it thus to me that love it not?
Theretake it to you, trenchers, cups, and all;
Throws the meat, & c. about the stageYou heedless joltheads and unmanner'd slaves!
What, do you grumble? I'll be with you straight.
I pray you, husband, be not so disquiet:PETRUCHIO
The meat was well, if you were so contented.
I tell thee, Kate, 'twas burnt and dried away;NATHANIEL
And I expressly am forbid to touch it,
For it engenders choler, planteth anger;
And better 'twere that both of us did fast,
Since, of ourselves, ourselves are choleric,
Than feed it with such over-roasted flesh.
Be patient; to-morrow 't shall be mended,
And, for this night, we'll fast for company:
Come, I will bring thee to thy bridal chamber.
Re-enter Servants severallyPeter, didst ever see the like?PETER
He kills her in her own humour.GRUMIO
Re-enter CURTISWhere is he?CURTIS
In her chamber, making a sermon of continency to her;PETRUCHIO
And rails, and swears, and rates, that she, poor soul,
Knows not which way to stand, to look, to speak,
And sits as one new-risen from a dream.
Away, away! for he is coming hither.
Re-enter PETRUCHIOThus have I politicly begun my reign,
And 'tis my hope to end successfully.
My falcon now is sharp and passing empty;
And till she stoop she must not be full-gorged,
For then she never looks upon her lure.
Another way I have to man my haggard,
To make her come and know her keeper's call,
That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, nor none shall eat;
Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not;
As with the meat, some undeserved fault
I'll find about the making of the bed;
And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets:
Ay, and amid this hurly I intend
That all is done in reverend care of her;
And in conclusion she shall watch all night:
And if she chance to nod I'll rail and brawl
And with the clamour keep her still awake.
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness;
And thus I'll curb her mad and headstrong humour.
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak: 'tis charity to show.
SCENE II. Padua. Before BAPTISTA'S house.Enter TRANIO and HORTENSIOTRANIOIs't possible, friend Licio, that Mistress BiancaHORTENSIO
Doth fancy any other but Lucentio?
I tell you, sir, she bears me fair in hand.
Sir, to satisfy you in what I have said,LUCENTIO
Stand by and mark the manner of his teaching.
Enter BIANCA and LUCENTIONow, mistress, profit you in what you read?BIANCA
What, master, read you? first resolve me that.LUCENTIO
I read that I profess, the Art to Love.BIANCA
And may you prove, sir, master of your art!LUCENTIO
While you, sweet dear, prove mistress of my heart!HORTENSIO
Quick proceeders, marry! Now, tell me, I pray,TRANIO
You that durst swear at your mistress Bianca
Loved none in the world so well as Lucentio.
O despiteful love! unconstant womankind!HORTENSIO
I tell thee, Licio, this is wonderful.
Mistake no more: I am not Licio,TRANIO
Nor a musician, as I seem to be;
But one that scorn to live in this disguise,
For such a one as leaves a gentleman,
And makes a god of such a cullion:
Know, sir, that I am call'd Hortensio.
Signior Hortensio, I have often heardHORTENSIO
Of your entire affection to Bianca;
And since mine eyes are witness of her lightness,
I will with you, if you be so contented,
Forswear Bianca and her love for ever.
See, how they kiss and court! Signior Lucentio,TRANIO
Here is my hand, and here I firmly vow
Never to woo her no more, but do forswear her,
As one unworthy all the former favours
That I have fondly flatter'd her withal.
And here I take the unfeigned oath,HORTENSIO
Never to marry with her though she would entreat:
Fie on her! see, how beastly she doth court him!
Would all the world but he had quite forsworn!TRANIO
For me, that I may surely keep mine oath,
I will be married to a wealthy widow,
Ere three days pass, which hath as long loved me
As I have loved this proud disdainful haggard.
And so farewell, Signior Lucentio.
Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks,
Shall win my love: and so I take my leave,
In resolution as I swore before.
ExitMistress Bianca, bless you with such graceBIANCA
As 'longeth to a lover's blessed case!
Nay, I have ta'en you napping, gentle love,
And have forsworn you with Hortensio.
Tranio, you jest: but have you both forsworn me?TRANIO
Mistress, we have.LUCENTIO
Then we are rid of Licio.TRANIO
I' faith, he'll have a lusty widow now,BIANCA
That shall be wood and wedded in a day.
God give him joy!TRANIO
Ay, and he'll tame her.BIANCA
He says so, Tranio.TRANIO
Faith, he is gone unto the taming-school.BIANCA
The taming-school! what, is there such a place?TRANIO
Ay, mistress, and Petruchio is the master;BIONDELLO
That teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long,
To tame a shrew and charm her chattering tongue.
Enter BIONDELLOO master, master, I have watch'd so longTRANIO
That I am dog-weary: but at last I spied
An ancient angel coming down the hill,
Will serve the turn.
What is he, Biondello?BIONDELLO
Master, a mercatante, or a pedant,LUCENTIO
I know not what; but format in apparel,
In gait and countenance surely like a father.
And what of him, Tranio?TRANIO
If he be credulous and trust my tale,Pedant
I'll make him glad to seem Vincentio,
And give assurance to Baptista Minola,
As if he were the right Vincentio
Take in your love, and then let me alone.
Exeunt LUCENTIO and BIANCA
Enter a PedantGod save you, sir!TRANIO
And you, sir! you are welcome.Pedant
Travel you far on, or are you at the farthest?
Sir, at the farthest for a week or two:TRANIO
But then up farther, and as for as Rome;
And so to Tripoli, if God lend me life.
What countryman, I pray?Pedant
Of Mantua, sir? marry, God forbid!Pedant
And come to Padua, careless of your life?
My life, sir! how, I pray? for that goes hard.TRANIO
'Tis death for any one in MantuaPedant
To come to Padua. Know you not the cause?
Your ships are stay'd at Venice, and the duke,
For private quarrel 'twixt your duke and him,
Hath publish'd and proclaim'd it openly:
'Tis, marvel, but that you are but newly come,
You might have heard it else proclaim'd about.
Alas! sir, it is worse for me than so;TRANIO
For I have bills for money by exchange
From Florence and must here deliver them.
Well, sir, to do you courtesy,Pedant
This will I do, and this I will advise you:
First, tell me, have you ever been at Pisa?
Ay, sir, in Pisa have I often been,TRANIO
Pisa renowned for grave citizens.
Among them know you one Vincentio?Pedant
I know him not, but I have heard of him;TRANIO
A merchant of incomparable wealth.
He is my father, sir; and, sooth to say,BIONDELLO
In countenance somewhat doth resemble you.
[Aside] As much as an apple doth an oyster,TRANIO
and all one.
To save your life in this extremity,Pedant
This favour will I do you for his sake;
And think it not the worst of an your fortunes
That you are like to Sir Vincentio.
His name and credit shall you undertake,
And in my house you shall be friendly lodged:
Look that you take upon you as you should;
You understand me, sir: so shall you stay
Till you have done your business in the city:
If this be courtesy, sir, accept of it.
O sir, I do; and will repute you everTRANIO
The patron of my life and liberty.
Then go with me to make the matter good.
This, by the way, I let you understand;
my father is here look'd for every day,
To pass assurance of a dower in marriage
'Twixt me and one Baptista's daughter here:
In all these circumstances I'll instruct you:
Go with me to clothe you as becomes you.
SCENE III. A room in PETRUCHIO'S house.Enter KATHARINA and GRUMIOGRUMIONo, no, forsooth; I dare not for my life.KATHARINA
The more my wrong, the more his spite appears:GRUMIO
What, did he marry me to famish me?
Beggars, that come unto my father's door,
Upon entreaty have a present aims;
If not, elsewhere they meet with charity:
But I, who never knew how to entreat,
Nor never needed that I should entreat,
Am starved for meat, giddy for lack of sleep,
With oath kept waking and with brawling fed:
And that which spites me more than all these wants,
He does it under name of perfect love;
As who should say, if I should sleep or eat,
'Twere deadly sickness or else present death.
I prithee go and get me some repast;
I care not what, so it be wholesome food.
What say you to a neat's foot?KATHARINA
'Tis passing good: I prithee let me have it.GRUMIO
I fear it is too choleric a meat.KATHARINA
How say you to a fat tripe finely broil'd?
I like it well: good Grumio, fetch it me.GRUMIO
I cannot tell; I fear 'tis choleric.KATHARINA
What say you to a piece of beef and mustard?
A dish that I do love to feed upon.GRUMIO
Ay, but the mustard is too hot a little.KATHARINA
Why then, the beef, and let the mustard rest.GRUMIO
Nay then, I will not: you shall have the mustard,KATHARINA
Or else you get no beef of Grumio.
Then both, or one, or any thing thou wilt.GRUMIO
Why then, the mustard without the beef.KATHARINA
Go, get thee gone, thou false deluding slave,PETRUCHIO
Beats himThat feed'st me with the very name of meat:
Sorrow on thee and all the pack of you,
That triumph thus upon my misery!
Go, get thee gone, I say.
Enter PETRUCHIO and HORTENSIO with meatHow fares my Kate? What, sweeting, all amort?HORTENSIO
Mistress, what cheer?KATHARINA
Faith, as cold as can be.PETRUCHIO
Pluck up thy spirits; look cheerfully upon me.KATHARINA
Here love; thou see'st how diligent I am
To dress thy meat myself and bring it thee:
I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness merits thanks.
What, not a word? Nay, then thou lovest it not;
And all my pains is sorted to no proof.
Here, take away this dish.
I pray you, let it stand.PETRUCHIO
The poorest service is repaid with thanks;KATHARINA
And so shall mine, before you touch the meat.
I thank you, sir.HORTENSIO
Signior Petruchio, fie! you are to blame.PETRUCHIO
Come, mistress Kate, I'll bear you company.
[Aside] Eat it up all, Hortensio, if thou lovest me.Haberdasher
Much good do it unto thy gentle heart!
Kate, eat apace: and now, my honey love,
Will we return unto thy father's house
And revel it as bravely as the best,
With silken coats and caps and golden rings,
With ruffs and cuffs and fardingales and things;
With scarfs and fans and double change of bravery,
With amber bracelets, beads and all this knavery.
What, hast thou dined? The tailor stays thy leisure,
To deck thy body with his ruffling treasure.
Enter TailorCome, tailor, let us see these ornaments;
Lay forth the gown.
Enter HaberdasherWhat news with you, sir?
Here is the cap your worship did bespeak.PETRUCHIO
Why, this was moulded on a porringer;KATHARINA
A velvet dish: fie, fie! 'tis lewd and filthy:
Why, 'tis a cockle or a walnut-shell,
A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby's cap:
Away with it! come, let me have a bigger.
I'll have no bigger: this doth fit the time,PETRUCHIO
And gentlewomen wear such caps as these
When you are gentle, you shall have one too,HORTENSIO
And not till then.
[Aside] That will not be in haste.KATHARINA
Why, sir, I trust I may have leave to speak;PETRUCHIO
And speak I will; I am no child, no babe:
Your betters have endured me say my mind,
And if you cannot, best you stop your ears.
My tongue will tell the anger of my heart,
Or else my heart concealing it will break,
And rather than it shall, I will be free
Even to the uttermost, as I please, in words.
Why, thou say'st true; it is a paltry cap,KATHARINA
A custard-coffin, a bauble, a silken pie:
I love thee well, in that thou likest it not.
Love me or love me not, I like the cap;PETRUCHIO
And it I will have, or I will have none.
Exit HaberdasherThy gown? why, ay: come, tailor, let us see't.HORTENSIO
O mercy, God! what masquing stuff is here?
What's this? a sleeve? 'tis like a demi-cannon:
What, up and down, carved like an apple-tart?
Here's snip and nip and cut and slish and slash,
Like to a censer in a barber's shop:
Why, what, i' devil's name, tailor, call'st thou this?
[Aside] I see she's like to have neither cap nor gown.Tailor
You bid me make it orderly and well,PETRUCHIO
According to the fashion and the time.
Marry, and did; but if you be remember'd,KATHARINA
I did not bid you mar it to the time.
Go, hop me over every kennel home,
For you shall hop without my custom, sir:
I'll none of it: hence! make your best of it.
I never saw a better-fashion'd gown,PETRUCHIO
More quaint, more pleasing, nor more commendable:
Belike you mean to make a puppet of me.
Why, true; he means to make a puppet of thee.Tailor
She says your worship means to makePETRUCHIO
a puppet of her.
O monstrous arrogance! Thou liest, thou thread,Tailor
Thou yard, three-quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail!
Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter-cricket thou!
Braved in mine own house with a skein of thread?
Away, thou rag, thou quantity, thou remnant;
Or I shall so be-mete thee with thy yard
As thou shalt think on prating whilst thou livest!
I tell thee, I, that thou hast marr'd her gown.
Your worship is deceived; the gown is madeGRUMIO
Just as my master had direction:
Grumio gave order how it should be done.
I gave him no order; I gave him the stuff.Tailor
But how did you desire it should be made?GRUMIO
Marry, sir, with needle and thread.Tailor
But did you not request to have it cut?GRUMIO
Thou hast faced many things.Tailor
Face not me: thou hast braved many men; brave notTailor
me; I will neither be faced nor braved. I say unto
thee, I bid thy master cut out the gown; but I did
not bid him cut it to pieces: ergo, thou liest.
Why, here is the note of the fashion to testifyPETRUCHIO
The note lies in's throat, if he say I said so.Tailor
[Reads] 'Imprimis, a loose-bodied gown:'GRUMIO
Master, if ever I said loose-bodied gown, sew me inPETRUCHIO
the skirts of it, and beat me to death with a bottom
of brown thread: I said a gown.
[Reads] 'With a small compassed cape:'GRUMIO
I confess the cape.Tailor
[Reads] 'With a trunk sleeve:'GRUMIO
I confess two sleeves.Tailor
[Reads] 'The sleeves curiously cut.'PETRUCHIO
Ay, there's the villany.GRUMIO
Error i' the bill, sir; error i' the bill.Tailor
I commanded the sleeves should be cut out and
sewed up again; and that I'll prove upon thee,
though thy little finger be armed in a thimble.
This is true that I say: an I had theeGRUMIO
in place where, thou shouldst know it.
I am for thee straight: take thou theHORTENSIO
bill, give me thy mete-yard, and spare not me.
God-a-mercy, Grumio! then he shall have no odds.PETRUCHIO
Well, sir, in brief, the gown is not for me.GRUMIO
You are i' the right, sir: 'tis for my mistress.PETRUCHIO
Go, take it up unto thy master's use.GRUMIO
Villain, not for thy life: take up my mistress'PETRUCHIO
gown for thy master's use!
Why, sir, what's your conceit in that?GRUMIO
O, sir, the conceit is deeper than you think for:PETRUCHIO
Take up my mistress' gown to his master's use!
O, fie, fie, fie!
[Aside] Hortensio, say thou wilt see the tailor paid.HORTENSIO
Go take it hence; be gone, and say no more.
Tailor, I'll pay thee for thy gown tomorrow:PETRUCHIO
Take no unkindness of his hasty words:
Away! I say; commend me to thy master.
Exit TailorWell, come, my Kate; we will unto your father'sKATHARINA
Even in these honest mean habiliments:
Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor;
For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich;
And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
So honour peereth in the meanest habit.
What is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his fathers are more beautiful?
Or is the adder better than the eel,
Because his painted skin contents the eye?
O, no, good Kate; neither art thou the worse
For this poor furniture and mean array.
if thou account'st it shame. lay it on me;
And therefore frolic: we will hence forthwith,
To feast and sport us at thy father's house.
Go, call my men, and let us straight to him;
And bring our horses unto Long-lane end;
There will we mount, and thither walk on foot
Let's see; I think 'tis now some seven o'clock,
And well we may come there by dinner-time.
I dare assure you, sir, 'tis almost two;PETRUCHIO
And 'twill be supper-time ere you come there.
It shall be seven ere I go to horse:HORTENSIO
Look, what I speak, or do, or think to do,
You are still crossing it. Sirs, let't alone:
I will not go to-day; and ere I do,
It shall be what o'clock I say it is.
[Aside] Why, so this gallant will command the sun.
SCENE IV. Padua. Before BAPTISTA'S house.Enter TRANIO, and the Pedant dressed like VINCENTIOTRANIOSir, this is the house: please it you that I call?Pedant
Ay, what else? and but I be deceivedTRANIO
Signior Baptista may remember me,
Near twenty years ago, in Genoa,
Where we were lodgers at the Pegasus.
'Tis well; and hold your own, in any case,Pedant
With such austerity as 'longeth to a father.
I warrant you.TRANIO
Enter BIONDELLOBut, sir, here comes your boy;
'Twere good he were school'd.
Fear you not him. Sirrah Biondello,BIONDELLO
Now do your duty throughly, I advise you:
Imagine 'twere the right Vincentio.
Tut, fear not me.TRANIO
But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista?BIONDELLO
I told him that your father was at Venice,TRANIO
And that you look'd for him this day in Padua.
Thou'rt a tall fellow: hold thee that to drink.Pedant
Here comes Baptista: set your countenance, sir.
Enter BAPTISTA and LUCENTIOSignior Baptista, you are happily met.
To the PedantSir, this is the gentleman I told you of:
I pray you stand good father to me now,
Give me Bianca for my patrimony.
Sir, by your leave: having come to Padua
To gather in some debts, my son Lucentio
Made me acquainted with a weighty cause
Of love between your daughter and himself:
And, for the good report I hear of you
And for the love he beareth to your daughter
And she to him, to stay him not too long,
I am content, in a good father's care,
To have him match'd; and if you please to like
No worse than I, upon some agreement
Me shall you find ready and willing
With one consent to have her so bestow'd;
For curious I cannot be with you,
Signior Baptista, of whom I hear so well.
Sir, pardon me in what I have to say:TRANIO
Your plainness and your shortness please me well.
Right true it is, your son Lucentio here
Doth love my daughter and she loveth him,
Or both dissemble deeply their affections:
And therefore, if you say no more than this,
That like a father you will deal with him
And pass my daughter a sufficient dower,
The match is made, and all is done:
Your son shall have my daughter with consent.
I thank you, sir. Where then do you know bestBAPTISTA
We be affied and such assurance ta'en
As shall with either part's agreement stand?
Not in my house, Lucentio; for, you know,TRANIO
Pitchers have ears, and I have many servants:
Besides, old Gremio is hearkening still;
And happily we might be interrupted.
Then at my lodging, an it like you:BAPTISTA
There doth my father lie; and there, this night,
We'll pass the business privately and well.
Send for your daughter by your servant here:
My boy shall fetch the scrivener presently.
The worst is this, that, at so slender warning,
You are like to have a thin and slender pittance.
It likes me well. Biondello, hie you home,BIONDELLO
And bid Bianca make her ready straight;
And, if you will, tell what hath happened,
Lucentio's father is arrived in Padua,
And how she's like to be Lucentio's wife.
I pray the gods she may with all my heart!TRANIO
Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone.BAPTISTA
Exit BIONDELLOSignior Baptista, shall I lead the way?
Welcome! one mess is like to be your cheer:
Come, sir; we will better it in Pisa.
I follow you.BIONDELLO
Exeunt TRANIO, Pedant, and BAPTISTA
What sayest thou, Biondello?BIONDELLO
You saw my master wink and laugh upon you?LUCENTIO
Biondello, what of that?BIONDELLO
Faith, nothing; but has left me here behind, toLUCENTIO
expound the meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.
I pray thee, moralize them.BIONDELLO
Then thus. Baptista is safe, talking with theLUCENTIO
deceiving father of a deceitful son.
And what of him?BIONDELLO
His daughter is to be brought by you to the supper.LUCENTIO
The old priest of Saint Luke's church is at yourLUCENTIO
command at all hours.
And what of all this?BIONDELLO
I cannot tell; expect they are busied about aLUCENTIO
counterfeit assurance: take you assurance of her,
'cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum:' to the
church; take the priest, clerk, and some sufficient
honest witnesses: If this be not that you look for,
I have no more to say, But bid Bianca farewell for
ever and a day.
Hearest thou, Biondello?BIONDELLO
I cannot tarry: I knew a wench married in anLUCENTIO
afternoon as she went to the garden for parsley to
stuff a rabbit; and so may you, sir: and so, adieu,
sir. My master hath appointed me to go to Saint
Luke's, to bid the priest be ready to come against
you come with your appendix.
ExitI may, and will, if she be so contented:
She will be pleased; then wherefore should I doubt?
Hap what hap may, I'll roundly go about her:
It shall go hard if Cambio go without her.
SCENE V. A public road.Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, HORTENSIO, and ServantsPETRUCHIOCome on, i' God's name; once more toward our father's.KATHARINA
Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!
The moon! the sun: it is not moonlight now.PETRUCHIO
I say it is the moon that shines so bright.KATHARINA
I know it is the sun that shines so bright.PETRUCHIO
Now, by my mother's son, and that's myself,HORTENSIO
It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
Or ere I journey to your father's house.
Go on, and fetch our horses back again.
Evermore cross'd and cross'd; nothing but cross'd!
Say as he says, or we shall never go.KATHARINA
Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,PETRUCHIO
And be it moon, or sun, or what you please:
An if you please to call it a rush-candle,
Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.
I say it is the moon.KATHARINA
I know it is the moon.PETRUCHIO
Nay, then you lie: it is the blessed sun.KATHARINA
Then, God be bless'd, it is the blessed sun:HORTENSIO
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;
And so it shall be so for Katharina.
Petruchio, go thy ways; the field is won.PETRUCHIO
Well, forward, forward! thus the bowl should run,HORTENSIO
And not unluckily against the bias.
But, soft! company is coming here.
To VINCENTIOGood morrow, gentle mistress: where away?
Tell me, sweet Kate, and tell me truly too,
Hast thou beheld a fresher gentlewoman?
Such war of white and red within her cheeks!
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.
A' will make the man mad, to make a woman of him.KATHARINA
Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet,PETRUCHIO
Whither away, or where is thy abode?
Happy the parents of so fair a child;
Happier the man, whom favourable stars
Allot thee for his lovely bed-fellow!
Why, how now, Kate! I hope thou art not mad:KATHARINA
This is a man, old, wrinkled, faded, wither'd,
And not a maiden, as thou say'st he is.
Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes,PETRUCHIO
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 knownVINCENTIO
Which way thou travellest: if along with us,
We shall be joyful of thy company.
Fair sir, and you my merry mistress,PETRUCHIO
That with your strange encounter much amazed me,
My name is call'd Vincentio; my dwelling Pisa;
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.PETRUCHIO
Happily we met; the happier for thy son.VINCENTIO
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 grieved: she is of good esteem,
Her dowery 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,
Who will of thy arrival be full joyous.
But is it true? or else is it your pleasure,HORTENSIO
Like pleasant travellers, to break a jest
Upon the company you overtake?
I do assure thee, father, so it is.PETRUCHIO
Come, go along, and see the truth hereof;HORTENSIO
For our first merriment hath made thee jealous.
Exeunt all but HORTENSIOWell, Petruchio, this has put me in heart.
Have to my widow! and if she be froward,
Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward.
SCENE I. Padua. Before LUCENTIO'S house.GREMIO discovered. Enter behind BIONDELLO, LUCENTIO, and BIANCABIONDELLOSoftly and swiftly, sir; for the priest is ready.LUCENTIO
I fly, Biondello: but they may chance to need theeBIONDELLO
at home; therefore leave us.
Nay, faith, I'll see the church o' your back; andGREMIO
then come back to my master's as soon as I can.
Exeunt LUCENTIO, BIANCA, and BIONDELLOI marvel Cambio comes not all this while.PETRUCHIO
Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, VINCENTIO, GRUMIO, with AttendantsSir, here's the door, this is Lucentio's house:VINCENTIO
My father's bears more toward the market-place;
Thither must I, and here I leave you, sir.
You shall not choose but drink before you go:GREMIO
I think I shall command your welcome here,
And, by all likelihood, some cheer is toward.
KnocksThey're busy within; you were best knock louder.Pedant
Pedant looks out of the windowWhat's he that knocks as he would beat down the gate?VINCENTIO
Is Signior Lucentio within, sir?Pedant
He's within, sir, but not to be spoken withal.VINCENTIO
What if a man bring him a hundred pound or two, toPedant
make merry withal?
Keep your hundred pounds to yourself: he shallPETRUCHIO
need none, so long as I live.
Nay, I told you your son was well beloved in Padua.Pedant
Do you hear, sir? To leave frivolous circumstances,
I pray you, tell Signior Lucentio that his father is
come from Pisa, and is here at the door to speak with him.
Thou liest: his father is come from Padua and hereVINCENTIO
looking out at the window.
Art thou his father?Pedant
Ay, sir; so his mother says, if I may believe her.PETRUCHIO
[To VINCENTIO] Why, how now, gentleman! why, thisPedant
is flat knavery, to take upon you another man's name.
Lay hands on the villain: I believe a' means toBIONDELLO
cozen somebody in this city under my countenance.
Re-enter BIONDELLOI have seen them in the church together: God sendVINCENTIO
'em good shipping! But who is here? mine old
master Vincentio! now we are undone and brought to nothing.
Come hither, crack-hemp.
Hope I may choose, sir.VINCENTIO
Come hither, you rogue. What, have you forgot me?BIONDELLO
Forgot you! no, sir: I could not forget you, for IVINCENTIO
never saw you before in all my life.
What, you notorious villain, didst thou never seeBIONDELLO
thy master's father, Vincentio?
What, my old worshipful old master? yes, marry, sir:VINCENTIO
see where he looks out of the window.
Is't so, indeed.BIONDELLO
Beats BIONDELLOHelp, help, help! here's a madman will murder me.Pedant
ExitHelp, son! help, Signior Baptista!PETRUCHIO
Exit from abovePrithee, Kate, let's stand aside and see the end ofTRANIO
Re-enter Pedant below; TRANIO, BAPTISTA, and ServantsSir, what are you that offer to beat my servant?VINCENTIO
What am I, sir! nay, what are you, sir? O immortalTRANIO
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
husband at home, my son and my servant spend all at
How now! what's the matter?BAPTISTA
What, is the man lunatic?TRANIO
Sir, you seem a sober ancient gentleman by yourVINCENTIO
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.
Thy father! O villain! he is a sailmaker in Bergamo.BAPTISTA
You mistake, sir, you mistake, sir. Pray, what doVINCENTIO
you think is his name?
His name! as if I knew not his name: I have broughtPedant
him up ever since he was three years old, and his
name is Tranio.
Away, away, mad ass! his name is Lucentio and he isVINCENTIO
mine only son, and heir to the lands of me, Signior Vincentio.
Lucentio! O, he hath murdered his master! Lay holdTRANIO
on him, I charge you, in the duke's name. O, my
son, my son! Tell me, thou villain, where is my son Lucentio?
Call forth an officer.VINCENTIO
Enter one with an OfficerCarry this mad knave to the gaol. Father Baptista,
I charge you see that he be forthcoming.
Carry me to the gaol!GREMIO
Stay, officer: he shall not go to prison.BAPTISTA
Talk not, Signior Gremio: I say he shall go to prison.GREMIO
Take heed, Signior Baptista, lest you bePedant
cony-catched in this business: I dare swear this
is the right Vincentio.
Swear, if thou darest.GREMIO
Nay, I dare not swear it.TRANIO
Then 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 gaol with him!VINCENTIO
Thus strangers may be hailed and abused: OBIONDELLO
Re-enter BIONDELLO, with LUCENTIO and BIANCAO! we are spoiled and--yonder he is: deny him,LUCENTIO
forswear him, or else we are all undone.
[Kneeling] Pardon, sweet father.VINCENTIO
Lives my sweet son?BIANCA
Exeunt BIONDELLO, TRANIO, and Pedant, as fast as may bePardon, dear father.BAPTISTA
How hast thou offended?LUCENTIO
Where is Lucentio?
Right son to the right Vincentio;
That have by marriage made thy daughter mine,
While counterfeit supposes bleared thine eyne.
Here's packing, with a witness to deceive us all!VINCENTIO
Where is that damned villain Tranio,BAPTISTA
That faced and braved me in this matter so?
Why, tell me, is not this my Cambio?BIANCA
Cambio is changed into Lucentio.LUCENTIO
Love wrought these miracles. Bianca's loveVINCENTIO
Made me exchange my state with Tranio,
While he did bear my countenance in the town;
And happily I have arrived at the last
Unto the wished haven of my bliss.
What Tranio did, myself enforced him to;
Then pardon him, sweet father, for my sake.
I'll slit the villain's nose, that would have sentBAPTISTA
me to the gaol.
But do you hear, sir? have you married my daughterVINCENTIO
without asking my good will?
Fear not, Baptista; we will content you, go to: butBAPTISTA
I will in, to be revenged for this villany.
ExitAnd I, to sound the depth of this knavery.LUCENTIO
ExitLook not pale, Bianca; thy father will not frown.GREMIO
Exeunt LUCENTIO and BIANCAMy cake is dough; but I'll in among the rest,KATHARINA
Out of hope of all, but my share of the feast.
ExitHusband, let's follow, to see the end of this ado.PETRUCHIO
First kiss me, Kate, and we will.KATHARINA
What, in the midst of the street?PETRUCHIO
What, art thou ashamed of me?KATHARINA
No, sir, God forbid; but ashamed to kiss.PETRUCHIO
Why, then let's home again. Come, sirrah, let's away.KATHARINA
Nay, I will give thee a kiss: now pray thee, love, stay.PETRUCHIO
Is not this well? Come, my sweet Kate:
Better once than never, for never too late.
SCENE II. Padua. LUCENTIO'S house.Enter BAPTISTA, VINCENTIO, GREMIO, the Pedant, LUCENTIO, BIANCA, PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, HORTENSIO, and Widow, TRANIO, BIONDELLO, and GRUMIO the Serving-men with Tranio bringing in a banquetLUCENTIOAt last, though long, our jarring notes agree:PETRUCHIO
And time it is, when raging war is done,
To smile at scapes and perils overblown.
My fair Bianca, bid my father welcome,
While I with self-same kindness welcome thine.
Brother Petruchio, sister Katharina,
And thou, Hortensio, with thy loving widow,
Feast with the best, and welcome to my house:
My banquet is to close our stomachs up,
After our great good cheer. Pray you, sit down;
For now we sit to chat as well as eat.
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
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:Widow
I mean, Hortensio is afeard of you.
He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.PETRUCHIO
Mistress, how mean you that?Widow
Thus I conceive by him.PETRUCHIO
Conceives by me! How likes Hortensio that?HORTENSIO
My widow says, thus she conceives her tale.PETRUCHIO
Very well mended. Kiss him for that, good widow.KATHARINA
'He that is giddy thinks the world turns round:'Widow
I pray you, tell me what you meant by that.
Your husband, being troubled with a shrew,KATHARINA
Measures my husband's sorrow by his woe:
And now you know my meaning,
A very mean meaning.Widow
Right, I mean you.KATHARINA
And I am mean indeed, respecting you.PETRUCHIO
To 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!BAPTISTA
Drinks to HORTENSIOHow likes Gremio these quick-witted folks?GREMIO
Believe me, sir, they butt together well.BIANCA
Head, and butt! an hasty-witted bodyVINCENTIO
Would say your head and butt were head and horn.
Ay, mistress bride, hath that awaken'd you?BIANCA
Ay, but not frighted me; therefore I'll sleep again.PETRUCHIO
Nay, that you shall not: since you have begun,BIANCA
Have at you for a bitter jest or two!
Am I your bird? I mean to shift my bush;PETRUCHIO
And then pursue me as you draw your bow.
You are welcome all.
Exeunt BIANCA, KATHARINA, and WidowShe hath prevented me. Here, Signior Tranio.TRANIO
This bird you aim'd at, though you hit her not;
Therefore a health to all that shot and miss'd.
O, sir, Lucentio slipp'd me like his greyhound,PETRUCHIO
Which runs himself and catches for his master.
A good swift simile, but something currish.TRANIO
'Tis well, sir, that you hunted for yourself:BAPTISTA
'Tis thought your deer does hold you at a bay.
O ho, Petruchio! Tranio hits you now.LUCENTIO
I thank thee for that gird, good Tranio.HORTENSIO
Confess, confess, hath he not hit you here?PETRUCHIO
A' has a little gall'd me, I confess;BAPTISTA
And, as the jest did glance away from me,
'Tis ten to one it maim'd you two outright.
Now, in good sadness, son Petruchio,PETRUCHIO
I think thou hast the veriest shrew of all.
Well, I say no: and therefore for assuranceHORTENSIO
Let's each one send unto his wife;
And he whose wife is most obedient
To come at first when he doth send for her,
Shall win the wager which we will propose.
Content. What is the wager?LUCENTIO
I'll venture so much of my hawk or hound,
But twenty times so much upon my wife.
A hundred then.HORTENSIO
A match! 'tis done.HORTENSIO
Who shall begin?LUCENTIO
That will I.BIONDELLO
Go, Biondello, bid your mistress come to me.
ExitSon, I'll be your half, Bianca comes.LUCENTIO
I'll have no halves; I'll bear it all myself.BIONDELLO
Re-enter BIONDELLOHow now! what news?
Sir, my mistress sends you wordPETRUCHIO
That she is busy and she cannot come.
How! she is busy and she cannot come!GREMIO
Is that an answer?
Ay, and a kind one too:PETRUCHIO
Pray God, sir, your wife send you not a worse.
I hope better.HORTENSIO
Sirrah Biondello, go and entreat my wifePETRUCHIO
To come to me forthwith.
Exit BIONDELLOO, ho! entreat her!HORTENSIO
Nay, then she must needs come.
I am afraid, sir,BIONDELLO
Do what you can, yours will not be entreated.
Re-enter BIONDELLONow, where's my wife?
She says you have some goodly jest in hand:PETRUCHIO
She will not come: she bids you come to her.
Worse and worse; she will not come! O vile,HORTENSIO
Intolerable, not to be endured!
Sirrah Grumio, go to your mistress;
Say, I command her to come to me.
Exit GRUMIOI know her answer.PETRUCHIO
She will not.PETRUCHIO
The fouler fortune mine, and there an end.BAPTISTA
Now, by my holidame, here comes Katharina!KATHARINA
Re-enter KATARINAWhat is your will, sir, that you send for me?PETRUCHIO
Where is your sister, and Hortensio's wife?KATHARINA
They sit conferring by the parlor fire.PETRUCHIO
Go fetch them hither: if they deny to come.LUCENTIO
Swinge me them soundly forth unto their husbands:
Away, I say, and bring them hither straight.
Exit KATHARINAHere is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder.HORTENSIO
And so it is: I wonder what it bodes.PETRUCHIO
Marry, peace it bodes, and love and quiet life,BAPTISTA
And awful rule and right supremacy;
And, to be short, what not, that's sweet and happy?
Now, fair befal thee, good Petruchio!PETRUCHIO
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 yetWidow
And show more sign of her obedience,
Her new-built virtue and obedience.
See where she comes and brings your froward wives
As prisoners to her womanly persuasion.
Re-enter KATHARINA, with BIANCA and WidowKatharina, that cap of yours becomes you not:
Off with that bauble, throw it under-foot.
Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh,BIANCA
Till I be brought to such a silly pass!
Fie! what a foolish duty call you this?LUCENTIO
I would your duty were as foolish too:BIANCA
The wisdom of your duty, fair Bianca,
Hath cost me an hundred crowns since supper-time.
The more fool you, for laying on my duty.PETRUCHIO
Katharina, I charge thee, tell these headstrong womenWidow
What duty they do owe their lords and husbands.
Come, come, you're mocking: we will have no telling.PETRUCHIO
Come on, I say; and first begin with her.Widow
She shall not.PETRUCHIO
I say she shall: and first begin with her.KATHARINA
Fie, fie! unknit that threatening unkind brow,PETRUCHIO
And dart not scornful glances from those eyes,
To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor:
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;
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
To painful labour 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;
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,
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;
Or seek for rule, supremacy and sway,
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?
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,
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,
My hand is ready; may it do him ease.
Why, there's a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate.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
Come, Kate, we'll to bed.HORTENSIO
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!
Exeunt PETRUCHIO and KATHARINANow, go thy ways; thou hast tamed a curst shrew.LUCENTIO
'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tamed so.
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