The Taming of the Shrew


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Petruchio, Katherina, Hortensio and Servants


PETRUCHIO

Come on, a God's name, once more toward our father's.

Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!


KATHERINA

The moon? The sun! It is not moonlight now.


PETRUCHIO

I say it is the moon that shines so bright.


KATHERINA

I know it is the sun that shines so bright.


PETRUCHIO

Now by my mother's son, and that's myself,

It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
list (v.) 1 wish, like, please

Or e'er I journey to your father's house.

(to the Servants) Go on and fetch our horses back again.

Evermore crossed and crossed, nothing but crossed!
cross (v.) 2 contradict, challenge, go against


HORTENSIO

Say as he says, or we shall never go.


KATHERINA

Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,

And be it moon, or sun, or what you please.

And if you please to call it a rush-candle,
rush-candle (n.) candle made of a rush dipped in tallow-wax [giving poor light]

Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.


PETRUCHIO

I say it is the moon.


KATHERINA

                         I know it is the moon.


PETRUCHIO

Nay, then you lie. It is the blessed sun.


KATHERINA

Then, God be blessed, it is the blessed sun.

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 Katherine.


HORTENSIO

(aside)
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
ways, go thy / your 2 carry on, go ahead

Petruchio, go thy ways, the field is won.


PETRUCHIO

Well, forward, forward! Thus the bowl should run,

And not unluckily against the bias.
bias (n.) 1 [weighting in a bowl causing it to run obliquely] inclination, tendency, leaning

But, soft, company is coming here.

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

(to Vincentio) Good morrow, gentle mistress, where away?

Tell me, sweet Kate, and tell me truly too,

Hast thou beheld a fresher gentlewoman?
fresh (adj.) 1 young, lovely, blooming
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady See Topics: Address forms

Such war of white and red within her cheeks!

What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty
spangle (v.) adorn brightly, add glitter to

As those two eyes become that heavenly face?
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify See Topics: Frequency count

Fair lovely maid, once more good day to thee.

Sweet Kate, embrace her for her beauty's sake.


HORTENSIO

(aside)

A' will make the man mad, to make

the woman of him.


KATHERINA

Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet,

Whither away, or where is thy abode?
abode (n.) 3 dwelling-place, lodging, residence

Happy the parents of so fair a child,

Happier the man whom favourable stars

Allots thee for his lovely bedfellow.


PETRUCHIO

Why, how now, Kate, I hope thou art not mad!

This is a man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered,

And not a maiden, as thou say'st he is.


KATHERINA

Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes,

That have been so bedazzled with the sun
bedazzle (v.) confuse by dazzling

That everything I look on seemeth green.
green (adj.) 1 fresh, recent, new

Now I perceive thou art a reverend father.
father (n.) 1 old man, venerable sir See Topics: Address forms
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected

Pardon, I pray thee, for my mad mistaking.


PETRUCHIO

Do, good old grandsire, and withal make known
grandsire (n.) 2 old man, aged person

Which way thou travellest – if along with us,

We shall be joyful of thy company.


VINCENTIO

Fair sir, and you my merry mistress,

That with your strange encounter much amazed me,
amaze (v.) 1 confuse, perplex, bewilder
encounter (n.) 2 accosting, address, approach

My name is called Vincentio, my dwelling Pisa,

And bound I am to Padua, there to visit

A son of mine, which long I have not seen.


PETRUCHIO

What is his name?


VINCENTIO

                         Lucentio, gentle sir.


PETRUCHIO

Happily met – the happier for thy son.

And now by law, as well as reverend age,
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected

I may entitle thee my loving father.

The sister to my wife, this gentlewoman,

Thy son by this hath married. Wonder not,

Nor be not grieved – she is of good esteem,
esteem (n.) 2 reputation, regard, respectability

Her dowry wealthy, and of worthy birth,

Beside, so qualified as may beseem
beseem (v.) befit, be fitting [for], be seemly [for]
qualified (adj.) 1 endowed with good qualities, accomplished

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.


VINCENTIO

But is this true, or is it else your pleasure,

Like pleasant travellers, to break a jest
break up (v.) 3 [of jokes] crack, make
jest, break a play a practical joke
pleasant (adj.) 1 facetious, joking, droll

Upon the company you overtake?


HORTENSIO

I do assure thee, father, so it is.


PETRUCHIO

Come, go along and see the truth hereof,

For our first merriment hath made thee jealous.
jealous (adj.) 1 suspicious, mistrustful, wary, watchful

Exeunt all but Hortensio


HORTENSIO

Well, Petruchio, this has put me in heart.
heart (n.) 1 courage, spirit, valour

Have to my widow! And if she be froward,
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
have to I'll move forward to, I'll go onwards to

Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward.
untoward (adj.) 1 stubborn, difficult, perverse

Exit

 
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