The Taming of the Shrew


Act I
Act II
Act IV
Act V
Enter Katherina and Grumio
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed See Topics: Frequency count


No, no, forsooth, I dare not for my life.


The more my wrong, the more his spite appears.
wrong (n.) 2 insult, offence, slight

What, did he marry me to famish me?

Beggars that come unto my father's door

Upon entreaty have a present alms,

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,
meat (n.) 1 food, nourishment

With oath kept waking, and with brawling fed.

And that which spites me more than all these wants,
spite (v.) irritate, mortify, vex

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?
neat (n.) ox, cow, cattle


'Tis passing good, I prithee let me have it.
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely


I fear it is too choleric a meat.
choleric (adj.) 3 giving rise to anger, causing bad temper

How say you to a fat tripe finely broiled?
finely (adv.) nicely, delicately, subtly


I like it well. Good Grumio, fetch it me.


I cannot tell, I fear 'tis choleric.

What say you to a piece of beef and mustard?


A dish that I do love to feed upon.


Ay, but the mustard is too hot a little.


Why then, the beef, and let the mustard rest.
rest, let so much for, think no further of [someone / something]


Nay then, I will not. You shall have the mustard,

Or else you get no beef of Grumio.


Then both, or one, or anything thou wilt.


Why then, the mustard without the beef.


Go, get thee gone, thou false deluding slave,
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious See Topics: Frequency count

She beats him

That 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 meat
amort (adj.) dispirited, spiritless, dejected
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope See Topics: Frequency count
sweeting (n.) 1 sweetheart, darling, dearest See Topics: Address forms


How fares my Kate? What, sweeting, all amort?


Mistress, what cheer?


                         Faith, as cold as can be.


Pluck up thy spirits, look cheerfully upon me.

Here love, thou seest how diligent I am,
diligent (adj.) 1 attentive, heedful, ready to respond

To dress thy meat myself, and bring it thee.
dress (v.) 1 prepare, make ready

He sets the dish down

I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness merits thanks.

What, not a word? Nay, then, thou lov'st it not,

And all my pains is sorted to no proof.
pain (n.) effort, endeavour, exertion, labour
proof (n.) 6 result, outcome, upshot
sort (v.) 6 turn out, fall out, come about

Here, take away this dish.
stand (v.) 2 continue, remain, wait, stay put


                         I pray you, let it stand.


The poorest service is repaid with thanks,

And so shall mine before you touch the meat.


I thank you, sir.


Signor Petruchio, fie, you are to blame.
blame, to to be blamed, blameworthy

Come, Mistress Kate, I'll bear you company.


(aside to Hortensio)

Eat it up all, Hortensio, if thou lovest me.

(to Katherina) Much good do it unto thy gentle heart!

Kate, eat apace. And now, my honey love,
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate See Topics: Frequency count

Will we return unto thy father's house

And revel it as bravely as the best,
bravely (adv.) 3 in fine clothes, splendidly dressed

With silken coats and caps, and golden rings,

With ruffs and cuffs and farthingales and things,

With scarfs and fans and double change of bravery,
bravery (n.) 1 finery, fine clothes, rich dress

With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knavery.
knavery (n.) 3 showy adornment, trumpery, ornamentation

What, hast thou dined? The tailor stays thy leisure,
leisure (n.) opportunity, moment, available time
stay (v.) 1 wait (for), await

To deck thy body with his ruffling treasure.
ruffling (adj.) frilled, lace-adorned; also: embellishing, gay

Enter Tailor

Come, tailor, let us see these ornaments.

Lay forth the gown.

Enter Haberdasher

                         What news with you, sir?


Here is the cap your worship did bespeak.


Why, this was moulded on a porringer –
mould (v.) model, shape, fashion
porringer (n.) 1 pudding basin, pot [for puddings, soup, etc]

A velvet dish. Fie, fie, 'tis lewd and filthy!
filthy (adj.) nasty, contemptible, disgusting
lewd (adj.) 1 improper, unseemly

Why, 'tis a cockle or a walnut-shell,
cockle (n.) 2 cockleshell, mussel-shell

A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby's cap.
knack (n.) trifle, knick-knack, ornament
toy (n.) 4 piece of nonsense, foolish affair
trick (n.) 6 bauble, trifle, whim

Away with it! Come, let me have a bigger.


I'll have no bigger. This doth fit the time,
fit (v.) 1 suit, befit, be suitable [for]
time (n.) 2 times, present day, present state of affairs

And gentlewomen wear such caps as these.
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady See Topics: Address forms


When you are gentle, you shall have one too,

And not till then.



                         That will not be in haste.


Why sir, I trust I may have leave to speak,

And speak I will. I am no child, no babe.

Your betters have endured me say my mind,
endure (v.) 1 let, allow, permit

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,

A custard-coffin, a bauble, a silken pie.
bauble (n.) 2 piece of rubbish, worthless trifle
custard-coffin (n.) crust surrounding a custard tart

I love thee well in that thou lik'st it not.


Love me or love me not, I like the cap,

And it I will have, or I will have none.


Thy gown? Why, ay. Come, tailor, let us see't.

Exit Haberdasher

O mercy, God! What masquing stuff is here?
masquing (adj.) elaborate, grotesque, suitable for use in a masque
stuff (n.) 3 rubbish, nonsense

What's this? A sleeve? 'Tis like a demi-cannon.
demi-cannon (n.) type of large gun See Topics: Weapons

What, up and down carved like an apple-tart?
carve (v.) 6 design, make up, shape artistically

Here's snip and nip and cut and slish and slash,
cut (n.) 1 ornamental gap in a dress to show the colour underneath See Topics: Clothing

Like to a censer in a barber's shop.
censer (n.) perfuming vessel with a perforated and ornamented lid

Why, what a devil's name, tailor, call'st thou this?


like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count

I see she's like to have neither cap nor gown.


You bid me make it orderly and well,

According to the fashion and the time.
time (n.) 2 times, present day, present state of affairs


Marry, and did. But if you be remembered,
remember (v.) 2 recollect, recall, call to mind

I did not bid you mar it to the time.
mar (v.) ruin, harm, injure, damage

Go, hop me over every kennel home,
kennel (n.) 1 street drain, gutter

For you shall hop without my custom, sir.

I'll none of it. Hence, make your best of it.


I never saw a better-fashioned gown,

More quaint, more pleasing, nor more commendable.
quaint (adj.) 4 pretty, attractive, lovely

Belike you mean to make a puppet of me.
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems See Topics: Frequency count


Why, true, he means to make a puppet of thee.


She says your worship means to make a puppet of her.


O monstrous arrogance! Thou liest, thou thread, thou thimble,

Thou yard, three-quarters, half-yard, quarter, nail,
nail (n.) 1 [measure of cloth] sixteenth of a yard [c.6 cm]

Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter-cricket thou!
nit (n.) little fellow; shrimp, gnat

Braved in mine own house with a skein of thread?
brave (v.) 1 challenge, defy, confront, provoke

Away, thou rag, thou quantity, thou remnant,
quantity (n.) 1 fragment, little piece, tiny amount
rag (n.) 1 worthless wretch, good-for-nothing creature, beggar

Or I shall so bemete thee with thy yard
bemete, be-mete (v.) measure; also: mete out punishment
yard (n.) 1 yard measure

As thou shalt think on prating whilst thou liv'st.
prating (adj.) prattling, chattering, blathering
think on (v.) think better of, think twice about

I tell thee, I, that thou hast marred her gown.
mar (v.) ruin, harm, injure, damage


Your worship is deceived – the gown is made

Just as my master had direction.

Grumio gave order how it should be done.


I gave him no order, I gave him the stuff.


But how did you desire it should be made?


Marry, sir, with needle and thread.


But did you not request to have it cut?


Thou hast faced many things.
face (v.) 8 trim with braid, adorn


I have.


Face not me. Thou hast braved many men; brave
brave (v.) 1 challenge, defy, confront, provoke
brave (v.) 2 make splendid, adorn, brighten up
face (v.) 2 confront impudently, defy

not 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.
ergo (adv.) therefore See Topics: Latin


Why, here is the note of the fashion to testify.
note (n.) 9 memorandum


Read it.


The note lies in's throat, if he say I said so.
throat, lie in one's be an outrageous liar


imprimis (adv.) in the first place
loose-bodied (adj.) loose-fitting

Imprimis, a loose-bodied gown.’


Master, if ever I said loose-bodied gown, sew me

in the skirts of it and beat me to death with a bottom of
bottom (n.) 7 bobbin, ball

brown thread. I said a gown.




‘ With a small compassed cape.’
compassed (adj.) curved, rounded, arched


I confess the cape.


‘ With a trunk sleeve.’
trunk (adj.) full, puffed, wide


I confess two sleeves.


‘ The sleeves curiously cut.’
curiously (adv.) 1 skilfully, carefully, proficiently


Ay, there's the villainy.


Error i'th' bill, sir, error i'th' bill! I commanded
bill (n.) 3 note, document, memorandum

the sleeves should be cut out, and sewed up again; and

that I'll prove upon thee, though thy little finger be
prove (v.) 1 test, try out, make trial [of]

armed in a thimble.


This is true that I say; an I had thee in place
place where, in in a suitable place

where, thou shouldst know it.


I am for thee straight. Take thou the bill, give
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

me thy mete-yard, and spare not me.
mete-yard (n.) measuring rod, yard-stick


God-a-mercy, Grumio, then he shall have no

odds (n. plural) 1 superiority, advantage, edge


Well sir, in brief, the gown is not for me.


You are i'th' right, sir, 'tis for my mistress.


Go, take it up unto thy master's use.


Villain, not for thy life! Take up my mistress'

gown for thy master's use!


Why sir, what's your conceit in that?
conceit (n.) 5 notion, idea, thought


O sir, the conceit is deeper than you think for.
think for (v.) imagine, expect, suppose

Take up my mistress' gown to his master's use!

O fie, fie, fie!



Hortensio, say thou wilt see the tailor paid.

(to the Tailor) Go take it hence, be gone, and say no more.



Tailor, I'll pay thee for thy gown tomorrow.

Take no unkindness of his hasty words.
unkindness (n.) 1 offence, ill-will, umbrage

Away, I say, commend me to thy master.
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards See Topics: Frequency count

Exit Tailor


Well, come my Kate, we will unto your father's

Even in these honest mean habiliments.
habiliment, abiliment (n.) (usually plural) clothes, dress, attire, outfit
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor

Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor,
proud (adj.) 5 bulging, swelling

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.
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume See Topics: Frequency count
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor
peer (v.) 1 appear, come into sight

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?
content (v.) 1 please, gratify, delight, satisfy
painted (adj.) 1 colourful, multicoloured

O no, good Kate, neither art thou the worse

For this poor furniture and mean array.
array (n.) 1 attire, clothes, clothing, dress
furniture (n.) 3 outfit, dress, costume
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor

If thou account'st it shame, lay it on me.

And therefore frolic. We will hence forthwith
frolic (v.) be joyful, make merry

To feast and sport us at thy father's house.

(to Grumio) 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,

And 'twill be supper-time ere you come there.


It shall be seven ere I go to horse.

Look what I speak, or do, or think to do,
think (v.) 3 intend, mean, propose

You are still crossing it. Sirs, let 't alone,
cross (v.) 2 contradict, challenge, go against
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

I will not go today, and ere I do,

It shall be what o'clock I say it is.


Why, so this gallant will command the sun.
gallant (n.) 1 fine gentleman, man of fashion See Topics: Address forms


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