The Taming of the Shrew


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Baptista, Gremio, Tranio as Lucentio, Katherina,

Bianca, Lucentio as Cambio, and attendants on



(to Tranio)

Signor Lucentio, this is the 'pointed day

That Katherine 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
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect See Topics: Frequency count
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

To speak the ceremonial rites of marriage!

What says Lucentio to this shame of ours?


No shame but mine. I must forsooth be forced
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count

To give my hand, opposed against my heart,

Unto a mad-brain rudesby, full of spleen,
rudesby (n.) ruffian, piece of insolence, unmannerly fellow
spleen (n.) 5 impulse, caprice, whim

Who wooed in haste and means to wed at leisure.

I told you, I, he was a frantic fool,
frantic (adj.) mad, insane, frenzied, out of one's senses

Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behaviour.

And to be noted for a merry man,
note (v.) 1 observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]

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 wooed.

Now must the world point at poor Katherine,

And say, ‘ Lo, there is mad Petruchio's wife,

If it would please him come and marry her.’


Patience, good Katherine, and Baptista too.

Upon my life, Petruchio means but well,

Whatever fortune stays him from his word.
fortune (n.) 3 chance, fate, [one's ] lot
stay (v.) 10 dissuade, stop, prevent

Though he be blunt, I know him passing wise,
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely

Though he be merry, yet withal he's honest.
honest (adj.) 2 honourable, respectable, upright
merry (adj.) 1 facetious, droll, jocular
withal (adv.) 2 nevertheless, notwithstanding See Topics: withal and -withal


Would Katherine had never seen him though.

Exit weeping, followed by Bianca and the other women


Go, girl, I cannot blame thee now to weep,

For such an injury would vex a saint,

Much more a shrew of thy impatient humour.
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids] See Topics: Frequency count

Enter Biondello


Master, master, news! And such old news as

you never heard of.


Is it new and old too? How may that be?


Why, is it not news to hear of Petruchio's



Is he come?


Why, no, sir.


What then?


He is coming.


When will he be here?


When he stands where I am and sees you



But say, what to thine old news?


Why, Petruchio is coming in a new hat and

an old jerkin; a pair of old breeches thrice turned; a

pair of boots that have been candle-cases, one buckled,
candle-case (n.) container for candles

another laced; an old rusty sword ta'en out of the town

armoury, with a broken hilt, and chapeless; with two
chapeless (adj.) without a sheath

broken points; his horse hipped – with an old mothy
hipped (adj.) with an injured hip, lame
point (n.) 2 (usually plural) tagged lace [especially for attaching hose to the doublet]

saddle and stirrups of no kindred – besides, possessed
kindred (n.) matching character, resemblance [to one another]

with the glanders and like to mose in the chine; troubled
glanders (n.) horse disease affecting the nostrils and jaws
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count
mose in the chine [unclear meaning] be in the final stages of the glanders

with the lampass, infected with the fashions, full of
fashion (n.) 8 (plural) horse disease affecting the nose and mouth [farcy]
lampass (n.) horse disease affecting the mouth

windgalls, sped with spavins, rayed with the yellows,
ray (v.) 1 disfigure, stain, blemish
spavin (n.) swelling of a horse's leg-joint
speed (v.) 4 deal with, bring to an end, defeat
windgall (n.) soft tumour on a horse's leg
yellow (n.) 2 (plural) jaundice [as found in horses]

past cure of the fives, stark spoiled with the staggers,
fives (n.) (plural) horse disease affecting the parotid glands [the strangles]
spoil (v.) 3 devastate, ravage, impoverish
staggers (n.) 1 horse disease marked by a staggering movement

begnawn with the bots, swayed in the back and shoulder-shotten,
begnaw (v.) gnaw away, eat away, chew
bots (n.) stomach worm affecting horses See Topics: Swearing
shoulder-shotten (adj.) with a dislocated shoulder
swayed (adj.) [of horses] strained, with a spinal depression

near-legged before, and with a half-cheeked
before (adv.) 2 in the front
half-cheeked (adj.) [horse-riding] with broken side-rings [cheeks]; or: halfway up the cheeks
near-legged (adj.) knock-kneed

bit and a headstall of sheeps leather, which, being
headstall (n.) part of a horse's bridle that goes over the head

restrained to keep him from stumbling, hath been often
restrain (v.) 2 draw tightly, pull taut

burst and new-repaired with knots; one girth six times

pieced, and a woman's crupper of velure, which hath
crupper (n.) leather saddle-strap on a horse
piece (v.) 3 mend, repair, make whole
velure (n.) velvet

two letters for her name fairly set down in studs, and
fairly (adv.) 2 neatly, elegantly, handsomely, beautifully

here and there pieced with pack-thread.
packthread, pack-thread (n.) twine used for tying up bundles, string


Who comes with him?


O sir, his lackey, for all the world caparisoned
caparisoned (adj.) dressed, decked out, arrayed
lackey (n.) 1 footman, minion, flunky

like the horse; with a linen stock on one leg and a kersey
kersey (n./adj.) coarsely woven plain woollen cloth
stock (n.) 3 stocking See Topics: Clothing

boot-hose on the other, gartered with a red and blue
boot-hose (n.) over-stocking covering the whole of the lower leg

list; an old hat, and the humour of forty fancies pricked
fancy (n.) 7 whim, inclination, caprice
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
list (n.) 6 cloth edging, border material
prick (v.) 1 pin, fix, stick

in't for a feather; a monster, a very monster in apparel,
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress See Topics: Frequency count

and not like a Christian footboy or a gentleman's lackey.
footboy (n.) boy attendant, page-boy, servant on foot [accompanying a rider],


'Tis some odd humour pricks him to this fashion.
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
odd (adj.) 1 eccentric, peculiar, unusual
prick (v.) 2 urge, incite, motivate

Yet oftentimes he goes but mean-apparelled.
mean-apparelled (adj.) humbly dressed, in poor clothes
oftentimes (adv.) often, frequently, on many occasions


I am glad he's come, howsoe'er he comes.


Why, sir, he comes not.


Didst thou not say he comes?


Who? That Petruchio came?


Ay, that Petruchio came.


No, sir. I say his horse comes with him on

his back.


Why, that's all one.


Nay, by Saint Jamy,

I hold you a penny,
hold (v.) 13 wager, offer as a bet

A horse and a man

Is more than one,

And yet not many.

Enter Petruchio and Grumio
gallant (n.) 1 fine gentleman, man of fashion See Topics: Address forms


Come, where be these gallants? Who's at



You are welcome, sir.


And yet I come not well?


And yet you halt not.
halt (v.) limp, proceed lamely


Not so well apparelled as I wish you were.
apparel (v.) 1 clothe, dress up, trick out


Were it not better I should rush in thus?

But where is Kate? Where is my lovely bride?

How does my father? Gentles, methinks you frown.
gentle (n.) 3 (plural) gentlemen
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count

And wherefore gaze this goodly company

As if they saw some wondrous monument,
monument (n.) 2 portent, warning, sign
wondrous (adj.) unbelievable, bizarre, strange

Some comet, or unusual prodigy?
prodigy (n.) 1 omen, portent, sign


Why, sir, you know this is your wedding-day.

First were we sad, fearing you would not come,
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy

Now sadder that you come so unprovided.
unprovided (adj.) 3 unprepared, not properly dressed

Fie, doff this habit, shame to your estate,
doff (v.) throw off, get rid of, do away with
estate (n.) 3 degree of rank, place in life, type of person
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count

An eye-sore to our solemn festival.
solemn (adj.) 1 formal, ceremonious, stately


And tells us what occasion of import
import (n.) importance, significance, consequence
occasion (n.) 4 course of events, state of affairs

Hath all so long detained you from your wife
all (adv.) 3 [intensifying use] quite, so

And sent you hither so unlike yourself?


Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to hear –

Sufficeth I am come to keep my word,
suffice (v.) 2 satisfy, content, be enough [for]

Though in some part enforced to digress,
digress (v.) deviate, diverge, depart

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.
stay (v.) 13 stay away, delay, be absent

The morning wears, 'tis time we were at church.
wear (v.) 2 pass, waste, run out


See not your bride in these unreverent robes,
unreverent (adj.) irreverent, disrespectful, unseemly

Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.


Not I, believe me. Thus I'll visit her.


But thus, I trust, you will not marry her.


Good sooth, even thus. Therefore ha' done with words;

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,
accoutrements, accoustrements (n.) clothes, outfit, attire

'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,
morrow (n.) morning See Topics: Frequency count

And seal the title with a lovely kiss.
lovely (adj.) loving, amorous

Exit with Grumio


He hath some meaning in his mad attire.

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.
event (n.) outcome, issue, consequence

Exit followed by Gremio, Biondello, and attendants


But, sir, to love concerneth us to add

Her father's liking, which to bring to pass,

As I before imparted to your worship,

I am to get a man – whate'er he be

It skills not much, we'll fit him to our turn –
skill (v.) matter, make a difference, be of importance
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]

And he shall be Vincentio of Pisa,

And make assurance here in Padua
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee

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 schoolmaster

Doth watch Bianca's steps so narrowly,
narrowly (adv.) carefully, with close attention
step (n.) 2 action, movement, coming and going

'Twere good methinks to steal our marriage,
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me See Topics: Frequency count
steal (v.) hide furtively, conceal stealthily

Which once performed, let all the world say no,

I'll keep mine own despite of all the world.


That by degrees we mean to look into

And watch our vantage in this business.
vantage (n.) 1 right moment, suitable opportunity
watch (v.) 3 be on the watch for, look out for

We'll overreach the greybeard Gremio,

The narrow-prying father Minola,
narrow-prying (adj.) inquisitive, snooping, meddlesome

The quaint musician, amorous Licio –
quaint (adj.) 2 artful, cunning

All for my master's sake, Lucentio.

Enter Gremio

Signor Gremio, came you from the church?


As willingly as e'er I came from school.


And is the bride and bridegroom coming home?


A bridegroom, say you? 'Tis a groom indeed,
groom (n.) 1 servingman, servant, male attendant
groom (n.) 3 bridegroom

A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.


Curster than she? Why, 'tis impossible.
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross


Why he's a devil, a devil, a very fiend.


Why, she's a devil, a devil, the devil's dam.
dam (n.) mother See Topics: Family


Tut, she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him.
fool (n.) 1 [term of endearment or pity] dear, darling, innocent creature

I'll tell you, Sir Lucentio – when the priest

Should ask if Katherine should be his wife,

‘ Ay, by gogs-wouns,’ quoth he, and swore so loud
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count

That all-amazed the priest let fall the book,
all-amazed (adj.) completely dumbfounded

And, as he stooped again to take it up,

The mad-brained bridegroom took him such a cuff
take (v.) 1 strike, hit, catch

That down fell priest and book, and book and priest.

‘ Now take them up,’ quoth he, ‘ if any list.’
list (v.) 4 care, choose, desire


What said the wench when he rose up again?
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count


Trembled and shook. For why, he stamped and swore
for why, forwhy (adv.) 2 for which reason, because of this

As if the vicar meant to cozen him.
cozen (v.) cheat, dupe, trick, deceive

But after many ceremonies done

He calls for wine. ‘ A health!’ quoth he, as if
quoth (v.) said See Topics: Frequency count

He had been aboard, carousing to his mates
carouse (v.) drink at length, imbibe long draughts

After a storm; quaffed off the muscadel,
muscadel (n.) type of strong sweet wine
quaff off (v.) drain a cup in a long draught

And threw the sops all in the sexton's face,
sop (n.) piece of bread or cake steeped in liquid [before being eaten]

Having no other reason

But that his beard grew thin and hungerly
hungerly (adj.) sparse, meagre

And seemed to ask him sops as he was drinking.

This done, he took the bride about the neck,

And kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack

That at the parting all the church did echo.

And I seeing this came thence for very shame,

And after me, I know, the rout is coming.
rout (n.) 1 band, company, crowd

Such a mad marriage never was before.

Hark, hark! I hear the minstrels play.

Music plays

Enter Petruchio, Katherina, Bianca, Baptista, Hortensio,

Grumio, and attendants


Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for your pains.

I know you think to dine with me today,
think (v.) 4 expect, anticipate, look

And have prepared great store of wedding cheer,
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink
store (n.) 1 abundance, plenty, surplus, quantity

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?


I must away today, before night come.

Make it no wonder. If you knew my business,
wonder (n.) 3 surprise, astonishment, amazement

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.


It may not be.


                         Let me entreat you.


It cannot be.


                         Let me entreat you.


I am content.
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count


                         Are you content to stay?


I am content you shall entreat me stay –

But yet not stay, entreat me how you can.


Now if you love me stay.


                         Grumio, my horse.


Ay, sir, they be ready – the oats have eaten the



Nay then,

Do what thou canst, I will not go today.

No, nor tomorrow – not till I please myself.

The door is open, sir, there lies your way,

You may be jogging whiles your boots are green.
green (adj.) 1 fresh, recent, new
jog (v.) move on, go off, be away

For me, I'll not be gone till I please myself.

'Tis like you'll prove a jolly surly groom
jolly (adj.) 2 [intensifier] very, extremely; or: arrogant, overbearing
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

That take it on you at the first so roundly.
first (n.) 1 beginning, outset, start
roundly (adv.) 1 plainly, to the point, straight out
take on (v.) 1 behave, act; or: rage, rant


O Kate, content thee, prithee be not angry.


I will be angry – what hast thou to do?

Father, be quiet – he shall stay my leisure.
leisure (n.) opportunity, moment, available time
stay (v.) 1 wait (for), await


Ay marry, sir, now it begins to work.


Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner.

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.

Obey the bride, you that attend on her.
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]

Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
domineer (v.) feast riotously, raise the roof

Carouse full measure to her maidenhead,
carouse (v.) drink at length, imbibe long draughts
maidenhead (n.) 1 virginity
measure (n.) 5 [of drink] vessel-full, tot

Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves.

But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.

He seizes her, as though to protect her from the rest of

the company, to whom he speaks

Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret,
big (adv.) 1 threateningly, violently, menacingly

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
action (n.) 4 law-suit, legal proceeding, litigation
he (n.) man, person

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 thee, Kate.
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

I'll buckler thee against a million.
buckler (v.) 2 shield, protect, defend

Exeunt Petruchio, Katherina, and Grumio


Nay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones.


Went they not quickly, I should die with laughing.


Of all mad matches never was the like.
like, the the same


Mistress, what's your opinion of your sister?


That being mad herself, she's madly mated.


I warrant him, Petruchio is Kated.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


Neighbours and friends, though bride and bridegroom wants
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without See Topics: Frequency count

For to supply the places at the table,

You know there wants no junkets at the feast.
junket (n.) delicacy, sweetmeat, confection

Lucentio, you shall supply the bridegroom's place,

And let Bianca take her sister's room.
room (n.) 2 place, seat


Shall sweet Bianca practise how to bride it?
bride (v.) 2 play the bride


She shall, Lucentio. Come, gentlemen, let's go.


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