The Taming of the Shrew


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Katherina, and Bianca with her hands tied


Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,

To make a bondmaid and a slave of me.
bondmaid (n.) slave girl

That I disdain. But for these other gauds,
gaud (n.) gaudy toy, showy plaything, trinket

Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,

Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat,
petticoat (n.) long skirt See Topics: Clothing
raiment (n.) clothing, clothes, dress

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 tell

Whom thou lov'st best. See thou dissemble not.
dissemble (v.) 2 deceive, disguise the truth, pretend


Believe me, sister, of all men alive

I never yet beheld that special face

Which I could fancy more than any other.
fancy (v.) like, love, admire


Minion, thou liest. Is't not Hortensio?
minion (n.) 2 hussy, jade, minx


If you affect him, sister, here I swear
affect (v.) 2 love, like, be fond of

I'll plead for you myself but you shall have him.


O then, belike, you fancy riches more.
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count
fancy (v.) like, love, admire

You will have Gremio to keep you fair.
fair (adj.) 1 handsome, good-looking, beautiful


Is it for him you do envy me so?
envy, envy at (v.) 1 show malice [towards], hate, regard with ill will

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.


Strikes her

If that be jest, then all the rest was so.

Enter Baptista
dame (n.) 1 woman, girl See Topics: Address forms
insolence (n.) overbearing pride, haughtiness, presumptuous arrogance


Why, how now, dame, whence grows this insolence?

Bianca, stand aside. Poor girl, she weeps.

He unties her hands

Go ply thy needle, meddle not with her.

(to Katherina) For shame, thou hilding of a devilish spirit,

Why dost thou wrong her that did ne'er wrong thee?

When did she cross thee with a bitter word?
cross (v.) 3 afflict, plague, go against


Her silence flouts me, and I'll be revenged.
flout (v.) insult, abuse, mock

She flies after Bianca


What, in my sight? Bianca, get thee in.

Exit Bianca


What, will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see
suffer (v.) 2 put up with, tolerate, do nothing about

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.
occasion (n.) 1 circumstance, opportunity

Exit Katherina


Was ever gentleman thus grieved as I?
grieve (v.) vex, hurt, trouble

But who comes here?

Enter Gremio, with Lucentio, disguised as Cambio, in

the habit of a mean man; Petruchio, with Hortensio,

disguised as Licio; and Tranio, disguised as Lucentio,

with his boy, Biondello, bearing a lute and books


Good morrow, neighbour Baptista.
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count


Good morrow, neighbour Gremio. God save

you, gentlemen.


And you, good sir. Pray have you not a daughter

Called Katherina, fair and virtuous?


I have a daughter, sir, called Katherina.


You are too blunt, go to it orderly.
orderly (adv.) according to the rules, properly, in the prescribed way


You wrong me, Signor Gremio, give me leave.

I am a gentleman of Verona, sir,

That hearing of her beauty and her wit,
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability See Topics: Frequency count

Her affability and bashful modesty,

Her wondrous qualities and mild behaviour,

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.
oft (adv.) often See Topics: Frequency count

And for an entrance to my entertainment
entertainment (n.) 2 pleasant reception, favourable welcome
entrance (n.) 1 admission, right of entering, entrance-fee

I do present you with a man of mine,

(presenting Hortensio)
cunning (adj.) 1 knowledgeable, skilful, clever

Cunning in music and the mathematics,

To instruct her fully in those sciences,
science (n.) 2 area of knowledge, field of learning

Whereof I know she is not ignorant.

Accept of him, or else you do me wrong.

His name is Licio, born in Mantua.


Y'are welcome, sir, and he for your good sake.

But for my daughter Katherine, this I know,

She is not for your turn, the more my grief.
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]


I see you do not mean to part with her,

Or else you like not of my company.


Mistake me not, I speak but as I find.

Whence are you, sir? What may I call your name?


Petruchio is my name, Antonio's son,

A man well known throughout all Italy.


I know him well. You are welcome for his sake.


Saving your tale, Petruchio, I pray
saving (prep.) 1 with all respect to, without offence to

Let us that are poor petitioners speak too.

Baccare! You are marvellous forward.
baccare, backare (v.) [mock Latin] back, stand back, give place
forward (adj.) 4 insistent, demanding, eager
marvellous (adv.) very, extremely, exceedingly See Topics: Frequency count


O pardon me, Signor Gremio, I would fain be doing.
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly See Topics: Frequency count


I doubt it not, sir, but you will curse your wooing.

(to Baptista) Neighbour, this is a gift very grateful, I am

sure of it. To express the like kindness, myself, that have
express (v.) show, reveal, display
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal See Topics: Frequency count

been more kindly beholding to you than any, freely give
beholding (adj.) beholden, obliged, indebted

unto you this young scholar (presenting Lucentio) that

hath been long studying at Rheims, as cunning in Greek,
cunning (adj.) 1 knowledgeable, skilful, clever

Latin, and other languages, as the other in music and

mathematics. His name is Cambio. Pray accept his



A thousand thanks, Signor Gremio. Welcome,

good Cambio. (To Tranio) But, 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

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.
preferment (n.) advancement, promotion

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.

Biondello steps forward with the lute and the books

If you accept them, then their worth is great.


(opening one of the books)

Lucentio is your name? Of whence, I pray?


Of Pisa, sir, son to Vincentio.


A mighty man of Pisa. By report
mighty (adj.) influential, important, leading

I know him well. You are very welcome, sir.

(to Hortensio) Take you the lute, (to Lucentio) and you the set of books.

You shall go see your pupils presently.
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count

Holla, within!

Enter a Servant

                         Sirrah, lead these gentlemen

To my daughters, and tell them both

These are their tutors. Bid them use them well.

Exit Servant, conducting Hortensio

and Lucentio, followed by Biondello

We will go walk a little in the orchard,

And then to dinner. You are passing welcome,
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely

And so I pray you all to think yourselves.


Signor Baptista, my business asketh haste,
ask (v.) 1 demand, require, call for

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,
solely (adv.) 2 alone, by oneself

Which I have bettered 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,

And in possession twenty thousand crowns.
possession (n.) 1 actual holding, real ownership, immediate possession


And, for that dowry I'll assure her of

Her widowhood – be it that she survive me –
widowhood (n.) estate settled upon a widow, widow's rights

In all my lands and leases whatsoever.

Let specialties be therefore drawn between us,
specialty (n.) 2 sealed contract, special agreement

That covenants may be kept on either hand.
covenant (n.) contract, legal agreement, compact


Ay, when the special thing is well obtained,

That is, her love; for that is all in all.


Why, that is nothing. For I tell you, father,

I am as peremptory as she proud-minded;
peremptory (adj.) 1 determined, resolved, absolutely decided

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.
speed (n.) 3 fate, lot, fortune

But be thou armed for some unhappy words.
unhappy (adj.) 3 objectionable, harsh, bad-tempered


Ay, to the proof, as mountains are for winds,
proof (n.) 1 tested strength, proven power of resistance, impenetrability

That shakes not though they blow perpetually.

Enter Hortensio with his head broke
break (v.) 11 graze, bruise, cut open


How now, my friend, why dost thou look so pale?


For fear, I promise you, if I look pale.


What, will my daughter prove a good musician?


I think she'll sooner prove a soldier.

Iron may hold with her, but never lutes.
hold (v.) 7 stay unbroken, hold out [in a fight]


Why then, thou canst not break her to the lute?
break (v.) 19 train, discipline, mould


Why no, for she hath broke the lute to me.

I did but tell her she mistook her frets,
fret (n.) 1 ridge for guiding the fingers on the neck of a lute [or similar instrument]

And bowed her hand to teach her fingering,
bow (v.) 1 make to bend, cause to bend

When, with a most impatient devilish spirit,

‘ Frets, call you these?’ quoth she, ‘ I'll fume with them.’
fret (n.) 2 irritation, annoyance, vexation
fume (v.) be in a rage, show anger
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count

And with that word she struck me on the head,

And through the instrument my pate made way,
pate (n.) head, skull See Topics: Frequency count

And there I stood amazed for a while,
amazed (adj.) dumbfounded, stunned, thunderstruck, overwhelmed

As on a pillory, looking through the lute,

While she did call me rascal fiddler

And twangling Jack, with twenty such vile terms,
Jack (n.) 1 Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave
twangling (adj.) twanging, resounding, jingling

As had she studied to misuse me so.


Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench.
lusty (adj.) 2 merry, cheerful, lively
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

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.
discomfit (v.) 2 discourage, disconcert, deject

Proceed in practice with my younger daughter,
practice (n.) 5 occupation, profession, line of work

She's apt to learn and thankful for good turns.
apt (adj.) 1 fit, ready, prepared

Signor Petruchio, will you go with us,

Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you?


I pray you do.

Exeunt all but Petruchio
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count

                         I'll attend her here,

And woo her with some spirit when she comes.

Say that she rail, why then I'll tell her plain
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about] See Topics: Frequency count

She sings as sweetly as a nightingale.

Say that she frown, I'll say she looks as clear
clear (adj.) 3 serene, cheerful, unclouded

As morning roses newly washed with dew.

Say she be mute and will not speak a word,

Then I'll commend her volubility,
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol

And say she uttereth piercing eloquence.
piercing (adj.) 1 moving, touching, poignant

If she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks,
pack (v.) 1 take [oneself] off, be off, depart

As though she bid me stay by her a week.

If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day
crave (v.) 2 need, demand, require
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request See Topics: Frequency count
deny (v.) 2 refuse, decline, scorn

When I shall ask the banns, and when be married.

But here she comes, and now, Petruchio, speak.

Enter Katherina
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count

Good morrow, Kate – for that's your name, I hear.


Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing;
something (adv.) 2 a little, to some extent

They call me Katherine that do talk of me.


You lie, in faith, for you are called plain Kate,

And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst.
bonny (adj.) 2 fine, beautiful, splendid
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross

But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,

Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
super-dainty (adj.) supremely excellent

For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
dainty (n.) 3 delicacy, choice foodstuff

Take this of me, Kate of my consolation –
consolation (n.) comfort, good cheer, contentment

Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,

Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
sound (v.) 3 cry out, declare, proclaim

Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,
deeply (adv.) 2 loudly, sonorously, resoundingly

Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.
move (v.) 1 arouse, affect, stir [by emotion]


Moved, in good time! Let him that moved you hither

Remove you hence. I knew you at the first

You were a movable.


                         Why, what's a movable?


A joint-stool.
joint-stool, join-stool, joined-stool (n.) well-made stool [by a joiner] [also used in phrases of ridicule]


                         Thou hast hit it. Come, sit on me.


Asses are made to bear, and so are you.


Women are made to bear, and so are you.


No such jade as you, if me you mean.
jade (n.) 2 [contemptuous] wretch, worthless individual


Alas, good Kate, I will not burden thee!
burden, burthen (v.) 2 charge, accuse, lay on

For knowing thee to be but young and light –
light (adj.) 2 joyful, merry, light-hearted


Too light for such a swain as you to catch,
swain (n.) 1 [contemptuous] rustic, yokel, fellow

And yet as heavy as my weight should be.


Should be? Should – buzz!
buzz (n.) rumour, whisper, report
buzzard (n.) 1 ignoramus, stupid person; also: inferior kind of hawk
take (v.) 3 make use of, seize on


                         Well ta'en, and like a buzzard.


O slow-winged turtle, shall a buzzard take thee?
turtle (n.) turtle-dove, lover


Ay, for a turtle, as he takes a buzzard.
buzzard (n.) 2 [unclear meaning] night-flying insect; cockchafer


Come, come, you wasp, i'faith, you are too angry.


If I be waspish, best beware my sting.


My remedy is then to pluck it out.


Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies.


Who knows not where a wasp does wear his sting?

In his tail.


                         In his tongue.


                                                         Whose tongue?


Yours, if you talk of tails, and so farewell.
tale (n.) 3 false rumour, story, tittle-tattle

She turns to go
again (adv.) 2 back [to a former position]


What, with my tongue in your tail? Nay, come again.

He takes her in his arms
try (v.) 2 put to the test, test the goodness [of]

Good Kate, I am a gentleman –


                         That I'll try.

She strikes him
again (adv.) 1 in return, back [in response]


I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again.


So may you loose your arms.

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!


What is your crest – a coxcomb?
coxcomb (n.) 2 fool's head, fool, simpleton
crest (n.) 3 heraldic device placed above the shield and helmet in a coat-of-arms


A combless cock, so Kate will be my hen.


No cock of mine, you crow too like a craven.
craven (n.) 1 [cock-fighting] cock that shows no fighting spirit


Nay, come, Kate, come, you must not look so sour.


It is my fashion when I see a crab.
crab (n.) crab-apple, sour apple


Why, here's no crab, and therefore look not sour.


There is, there is.


Then show it me.
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass See Topics: Frequency count


                         Had I a glass, I would.


What, you mean my face?
young (adj.) 1 immature, inexperienced, raw


                         Well aimed of such a young one.


Now, by Saint George, I am too young for you.
young (adj.) 2 in good condition, strong


Yet you are withered.


                         'Tis with cares.


                                                         I care not.


Nay, hear you, Kate –

She struggles
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid See Topics: Frequency count

                         In sooth, you scape not so.


I chafe you, if I tarry. Let me go.
chafe (v.) 2 enrage, irritate, anger
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger


No, not a whit. I find you passing gentle.
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely

'Twas told me you were rough, and coy, and sullen,
coy (adj.) 2 unresponsive, distant, standoffish, disdainful

And now I find report a very liar.

For thou are pleasant, gamesome, passing courteous,
gamesome (adj.) sportive, merry, playful
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely
pleasant (adj.) 2 merry, festive, jolly

But slow in speech, yet sweet as spring-time flowers.
slow (adj.) 3 not readily moved, easy-going

Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance,
askance, askaunce (adv.) 2 with disdain, maliciously, scornfully

Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will,
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk.
cross (adj.) 1 perverse, contrarious, contradictory

But thou with mildness entertain'st thy wooers,
entertain (v.) 2 welcome, receive kindly, treat well, show hospitality to

With gentle conference, soft and affable.
conference (n.) 1 conversation, talk, discourse

He lets her go

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.
halt (v.) limp, proceed lamely


Go, fool, and whom thou keep'st command.
keep (v.) 5 look after, watch over, maintain


Did ever Dian so become a grove
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count

As Kate this chamber with her princely gait?
gait (n.) 1 manner of walking, bearing, movement

O, be thou Dian, and let her be Kate,

And then let Kate be chaste and Dian sportful.
sportful (adj.) 2 playful, frolicsome, wanton


Where did you study all this goodly speech?
study (v.) 3 learn by heart, commit to memory


It is extempore, from my mother-wit.
extempore (adj./adv.) 1 without preparation, improvised, for the occasion
mother-wit natural intelligence


A witty mother, witless else her son.
witless (adj.) stupid, foolish, crazy


Am I not wise?


                         Yes, keep you warm.


Marry, so I mean, sweet Katherine, in thy bed.

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.
nill (v.) will not

Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn,
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]

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.
conformable (adj.) compliant, submissive, tractable
household (adj.) 2 domesticated, house-trained

Enter Baptista, Gremio, and Tranio

Here comes your father. Never make denial;

I must and will have Katherine to my wife.


Now, Signor Petruchio, how speed you with my daughter?
speed (v.) 2 fare, manage, get on


How but well, sir? How but well?

It were impossible I should speed amiss.


Why, how now, daughter Katherine? In your dumps?
dump (n.) 3 (plural) low spirits, feeling of melancholy


Call you me daughter? Now I promise you

You have showed a tender fatherly regard

To wish me wed to one half lunatic,

A madcup ruffian and a swearing Jack,
Jack (n.) 1 Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave
madcap (adj.) reckless, impulsive, wildly behaved

That thinks with oaths to face the matter out.
face out (v.) brazen out, carry through shamelessly


Father, 'tis thus – yourself and all the world

That talked of her have talked amiss of her.

If she be curst, it is for policy,
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
policy (n.) 2 stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft

For she's not froward, but modest as the dove.
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
modest (adj.) 1 moderate, reasonable, mild, limited

She is not hot, but temperate as the morn.
hot (adj.) 1 hot-tempered, angry, passionate
morn (n.) morning, dawn See Topics: Frequency count
temperate (adj.) 1 self-restrained, abstemious, gentle-natured

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 hanged on Sunday first.


Hark, Petruchio, she says she'll see thee hanged first.


Is this your speeding? Nay then, good night our part.
speeding (n.) 1 success, good fortune


Be patient, gentlemen, I choose her for myself.

If she and I be pleased, what's that to you?

'Tis bargained 'twixt us twain, being alone,

That she shall still be curst in company.
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

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,
vie (v.) 2 [cards] raise the stakes, add to a total

That in a twink she won me to her love.
twink (n.) twinkling, winking of an eye

O, you are novices! 'Tis a world to see
world, it is a it's a marvel, it's a great thing

How tame, when men and women are alone,

A meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew.
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
meacock (adj.) spiritless, languid, docile

Give me thy hand, Kate, I will unto Venice,

To buy apparel 'gainst the wedding-day.
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count

Provide the feast, father, and bid the guests.

I will be sure my Katherine shall be fine.
fine (adj.) 2 finely clothed, smartly dressed


I know not what to say – but give me your hands.

God send you joy! Petruchio, 'tis a match.


Amen, say we. We will be witnesses.


Father, and wife, and gentlemen, adieu,

I will to Venice – Sunday comes apace.
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate See Topics: Frequency count

We will have rings, and things, and fine array,

And kiss me, Kate, we will be married o' Sunday.

Exeunt Petruchio and Katherina


Was ever match clapped up so suddenly?
clap up (v.) 1 seal, settle hastily, complete suddenly


Faith, gentlemen, now I play a merchant's part,

And venture madly on a desperate mart.
desperate (adj.) 2 risky, dangerous, hazardous
mart (n.) 2 bargaining, buying and selling, trading


'Twas a commodity lay fretting by you,
fret (v.) 1 wear out, eat away, erode

'Twill bring you gain, or perish on the seas.


The gain I seek is quiet in the match.
match (n.) 1 bargain, contract, agreement
quiet (n.) calmness, peace of mind, serenity


No doubt but he hath got a quiet catch.

But now, Baptista, 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 more

Than words can witness or your thoughts can guess.


Youngling, thou canst not love so dear as I.
youngling (n.) 1 stripling, youngster, beginner


Greybeard, thy love doth freeze.


                         But thine doth fry.

Skipper, stand back, 'tis age that nourisheth.
skipper (n.) light-brain, frivolous wretch


But youth in ladies' eyes that flourisheth.


Content you, gentlemen, I will compound this strife.
compound (v.) 1 agree, settle
content (v.) 2 calm [down], settle, relax

'Tis deeds must win the prize, and he of both

That can assure my daughter greatest dower
assure (v.) 1 settle, convey, leave [to]

Shall have my Bianca's love.

Say, Signor Gremio, what can you assure her?
assure (v.) 1 settle, convey, leave [to]


First, as you know, my house within the city

Is richly furnished with plate and gold,
plate (n.) 1 special tableware, household utensils of value

Basins and ewers to lave her dainty hands –
ewer (n.) pitcher containing water for washing hands
lave (v.) wash, bathe, soak

My hangings all of Tyrian tapestry.

In ivory coffers I have stuffed my crowns,

In cypress chests my arras counterpoints,
arras (adj.) made of Arras tapestry fabric
counterpoint (n.) counterpane, quilted bed-covering

Costly apparel, tents, and canopies,
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count
canopy (n.) 2 covering above a bed
tent (n.) 2 fabric hung over and around a bed

Fine linen, Turkey cushions bossed with pearl,
bossed (adj.) ornamented, studded

Valance of Venice gold in needlework,
valance (n.) drapery making up the border of a bed canopy

Pewter and brass, and all things that belongs

To house or housekeeping. Then at my farm

I have a hundred milch-kine to the pail,
milch-kine (n.) dairy-milk cows

Six score fat oxen standing in my stalls,

And all things answerable to this portion.
answerable (adj.) corresponding, commensurate, proportionate
portion (n.) 1 dowry, marriage gift, settlement

Myself am struck in years, I must confess,
struck (adj.) 1 marked, provided, beset

And if I die tomorrow this is hers,

If whilst I live she will be only mine.
only (adv.) 3 alone, solely, exclusively


That ‘ only ’ came well in. Sir, list to me.
list (v.) 2 listen

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 Signor Gremio has in Padua,

Besides two thousand ducats by the year

Of fruitful land, all which shall be her jointure.
jointure (n.) marriage settlement, part of a husband's estate due to his widow

What, have I pinched you, Signor Gremio?
pinch (v.) 5 cause trouble, bring into difficulties


Two thousand ducats by the year of land!

(aside) My land amounts not to so much in all.

(to them) That she shall have, besides an argosy

That now is lying in Marseilles road.
road (n.) 1 harbour, anchorage, roadstead

What, have I choked you with an argosy?
choke (v.) 2 silence, quieten, still


Gremio, 'tis known my father hath no less

Than three great argosies, besides two galliasses
galliass (n.) heavily built warship using sails and oars [larger than a galley]

And twelve tight galleys. These I will assure her,
assure (v.) 1 settle, convey, leave [to]
tight (adj.) 1 water-tight, seaworthy, shipshape

And twice as much whate'er thou off'rest next.


Nay, I have offered all, I have no more,

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

By your firm promise. Gremio is out-vied.
out-vie (v.) outbid, outdo, better


I must confess your offer is the best,

And let your father make her the assurance,
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee

She is your own. Else, you must pardon me,

If you should die before him, where's her dower?
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife


That's but a cavil. He is old, I young.
cavil (n.) quibble, hair-splitting objection


And may not young men die as well as old?


Well, gentlemen,

I am thus resolved. On Sunday next you know

My daughter Katherine is to be married.

Now, on the Sunday following shall Bianca

Be bride to you, if you this assurance;

If not, to Signor Gremio.

And so I take my leave, and thank you both.


Adieu, good neighbour.

Exit Baptista

                         Now I fear thee not.

Sirrah, young gamester, your father were a fool
gamester (n.) 1 gambler, adventurer

To give thee all, and in his waning age

Set foot under thy table. Tut, a toy!
toy (n.) 4 piece of nonsense, foolish affair

An old Italian fox is not so kind, my boy.



A vengeance on your crafty withered hide!

Yet I have faced it with a card of ten.
face (v.) 7 brazen out, carry through shamelessly

'Tis in my head to do my master good.

I see no reason but supposed Lucentio
supposed (adj.) 1 pretended, false, counterfeit

Must get a father, called supposed Vincentio.

And that's a wonder. Fathers commonly
wonder (n.) 4 miracle, prodigy, marvel

Do get their children; but in this case of wooing
get (v.) 1 beget, conceive, breed

A child shall get a sire, if I fail not of my cunning.
cunning (n.) 3 deviousness, deceit, craftiness, artfulness


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