The Taming of the Shrew


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Tranio as Lucentio, and the Pedant, booted, and

dressed like Vincentio


TRANIO

Sir, this is the house – please it you that I call?


PEDANT

Ay, what else? And but I be deceived

Signor Baptista may remember me

Near twenty years ago in Genoa,

Where we were lodgers at the Pegasus.


TRANIO

'Tis well, and hold your own, in any case,

With such austerity as 'longeth to a father.
long (v.) 1 belong, pertain, relate

Enter Biondello
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm See Topics: Frequency count


PEDANT

I warrant you. But sir, here comes your boy.

'Twere good he were schooled.
school (v.) 2 instruct how to act, teach a part to


TRANIO

Fear you not him. Sirrah Biondello,
fear (v.) 2 fear for, worry about, be anxious about

Now do your duty throughly, I advise you.
advise, avise (v.) 2 warn, counsel, caution
throughly (adv.) thoroughly, fully, completely

Imagine 'twere the right Vincentio.


BIONDELLO

Tut, fear not me.


TRANIO

But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista?


BIONDELLO

I told him that your father was at Venice,

And that you looked for him this day in Padua.
look for (v.) 1 expect, hope for, anticipate


TRANIO

Th' art a tall fellow, hold thee that to drink.
tall (adj.) 3 good, fine, capable

Enter Baptista, and Lucentio as Cambio
countenance (n.) 1 demeanour, bearing, manner

Here comes Baptista. Set your countenance, sir.

Signor Baptista, you are happily met.
happily (adv.) 2 opportunely, propitiously, with good fortune

(to the Pedant) Sir, this is the gentleman I told you of.

I pray you stand good father to me now,
stand (v.) 9 act as, be, hold good as

Give me Bianca for my patrimony.
patrimony (n.) estate, inheritance, property


PEDANT

Soft, son!

Sir, by your leave, having come to Padua

To gather in some debts, my son Lucentio

Made me acquainted with a weighty cause
cause (n.) 4 affair, business, subject

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,
stay (v.) 7 detain, confine, keep

I am content, in a good father's care,
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready See Topics: Frequency count

To have him matched; and, if you please to like
match (v.) 1 join in marriage, make a match

No worse than I, upon some agreement

Me shall you find ready and willing

With one consent to have her so bestowed.
bestow (v.) 3 give in marriage, match

For curious I cannot be with you,
curious (adj.) 5 particular, difficult to satisfy, hard to please

Signor Baptista, of whom I hear so well.


BAPTISTA

Sir, pardon me in what I have to say.

Your plainness and your shortness please me well.
shortness (n.) directness, straightforwardness, brevity

Right true it is your son Lucentio here

Doth love my daughter, and she loveth him,

Or both dissemble deeply their affections.
deeply (adv.) 1 profoundly, thoroughly, sincerely
dissemble (v.) 1 disguise, cloak, give a deceptive appearance to

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,
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife
pass (v.) 7 confirm, ratify, affirm

The match is made, and all is done –

Your son shall have my daughter with consent.


TRANIO

I thank you, sir. Where then do you know best

We be affied and such assurance ta'en
affy (v.) 2 engage, betroth, espouse
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee

As shall with either part's agreement stand?


BAPTISTA

Not in my house, Lucentio, for you know

Pitchers have ears, and I have many servants.

Besides, old Gremio is hearkening still,
hearken (v.) 2 be on the lookout, await an opportunity
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually See Topics: Frequency count

And happily we might be interrupted.
happily (adv.) 1 perhaps, by chance, maybe


TRANIO

Then at my lodging, an it like you.

There doth my father lie; and there this night
lie (v.) 1 live, dwell, reside, lodge
like (v.) 1 please, suit See Topics: Politeness

We'll pass the business privately and well.
pass (v.) 8 transact, complete, carry through

Send for your daughter by your servant here.

He winks at Lucentio
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once See Topics: Frequency count
scrivener (n.) professional scribe, clerk, notary

My boy shall fetch the scrivener presently.

The worst is this, that at so slender warning
slender (adj.) slight, trifling, insignificant

You are like to have a thin and slender pittance.
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count
pittance (n.) meal, fare, provision


BAPTISTA

It likes me well. Cambio, hie you home,
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count
like (v.) 1 please, suit See Topics: Politeness

And bid Bianca make her ready straight.
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once See Topics: Frequency count

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.

Exit Lucentio


BIONDELLO

I pray the gods she may, with all my heart.


TRANIO

Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone.
dally (v.) 4 delay, linger, loiter

Exit Biondello

Enter Peter, a Servingman

Signor Baptista, shall I lead the way?

Welcome! One mess is like to be your cheer.
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably See Topics: Frequency count
mess (n.) 4 serving of food, dish

Come sir, we will better it in Pisa.


BAPTISTA

I follow you.

Exeunt

Enter Lucentio and Biondello


BIONDELLO

Cambio.


LUCENTIO

                         What say'st 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,

to expound the meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.


LUCENTIO

I pray thee moralize them.
moralise, moralize (v.) 1 explain, interpret


BIONDELLO

Then thus – Baptista is safe, talking with the
safe (adj.) 5 safely out of the way

deceiving father of a deceitful son.
deceitful (adj.) sham, false, bogus
deceiving (adj.) sham, false, bogus


LUCENTIO

And what of him?


BIONDELLO

His daughter is to be brought by you to the

supper.


LUCENTIO

And then?


BIONDELLO

The old priest at Saint Luke's church is at

your command at all hours.


LUCENTIO

And what of all this?


BIONDELLO

I cannot tell, except they are busied about a

counterfeit assurance. Take you assurance of her, cum
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee
counterfeit (adj.) 1 pretended, feigned, sham
cum... by special licence with the sole right to print See Topics: Latin

privilegio ad imprimendum solum. To th' church! Take

the priest, clerk, and some sufficient honest witnesses.
sufficient (adj.) able, capable, competent

If this be not that you look for, I have no more to say,

but bid Bianca farewell for ever and a day.

He turns to go


LUCENTIO

Hear'st thou, Biondello?


BIONDELLO

I cannot tarry. I knew a wench married in an
wench (n.) girl, lass See Topics: Frequency count

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
appoint (v.) 7 direct, order, instruct

priest be ready to come against you come with your

appendix.
appendix (n.) appendage, accompaniment, hanger-on

Exit


LUCENTIO

I may and will, if she be so contented.
contented (adj.) 1 willing, ready, agreeable

She will be pleased, then wherefore should I doubt?

Hap what hap may, I'll roundly go about her.
hap (v.) happen, take place, come to pass
roundly (adv.) 1 plainly, to the point, straight out

It shall go hard if Cambio go without her.

Exit

 
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