The Taming of the Shrew

TS I.ii.1 
Enter Petruchio and his man Grumio

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.1 
Verona, for a while I take my leave,

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To see my friends in Padua, but of all

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My best beloved and approved friend,

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Hortensio; and I trow this is his house.
trow (v.) 2 think, expect, believe

TS I.ii.5 
Here, sirrah Grumio, knock, I say.

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.6 
Knock, sir? Whom should I knock? Is there any

TS I.ii.7 
man has rebused your worship?
rebuse (v.) malapropism for ‘abuse’

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.8 
Villain, I say, knock me here soundly.
villain (n.) 2 scoundrel, rogue, rascal

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.9 
Knock you here, sir? Why, sir, what am I, sir,

TS I.ii.10 
that I should knock you here, sir?

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.11 
Villain, I say, knock me at this gate,

TS I.ii.12 
And rap me well, or I'll knock your knave's pate.
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue
pate (n.) head, skull

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.13 
My master is grown quarrelsome. I should knock you first,

TS I.ii.14 
And then I know after who comes by the worst.

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.15 
Will it not be?

TS I.ii.16 
Faith, sirrah, an you'll not knock, I'll ring it.

TS I.ii.17 
I'll try how you can sol-fa and sing it.
sol-fa (v.) sing a scale, make a tune
try (v.) 1 prove, ascertain, find out

TS I.ii.18 
He wrings him by the ears

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.18 
Help, masters, help! My master is mad.

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.19 
Now knock when I bid you, sirrah villain.

TS I.ii.20 
Enter Hortensio

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.20 
How now, what's the matter? My old friend

TS I.ii.21 
Grumio and my good friend Petruchio! How do you all

TS I.ii.22 
at Verona?

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.23 
Signor Hortensio, come you to part the fray?

TS I.ii.24 
Con tutto il cuore ben trovato, may I say.

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.25 
Alla nostra casa ben venuto,

TS I.ii.26 
Molto honorato signor mio Petruchio.

TS I.ii.27 
Rise, Grumio, rise. We will compound this quarrel.
compound (v.) 1 agree, settle

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.28 
Nay, 'tis no matter, sir, what he 'leges in Latin. If
'lege (v.) allege

TS I.ii.29 
this be not a lawful cause for me to leave his service,

TS I.ii.30 
look you, sir. He bid me knock him and rap him

TS I.ii.31 
soundly, sir. Well, was it fit for a servant to use his
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage

TS I.ii.32 
master so, being perhaps, for aught I see, two and thirty,
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing

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a pip out?
pip (n.) mark on a playing card [as used in the game of ‘one-and-thirty’]

TS I.ii.34 
Whom would to God I had well knocked at first,

TS I.ii.35 
Then had not Grumio come by the worst.

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.36 
A senseless villain. Good Hortensio,
senseless (adj.) 3 lacking in sense, stupid, foolish

TS I.ii.37 
I bade the rascal knock upon your gate,
bid (v.), past form bade 1 command, order, enjoin, tell

TS I.ii.38 
And could not get him for my heart to do it.
heart, for my for my life

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.39 
Knock at the gate? O heavens! Spake you not

TS I.ii.40 
these words plain, ‘ Sirrah, knock me here, rap me here,

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knock me well, and knock me soundly ’? And come you

TS I.ii.42 
now with ‘ knocking at the gate ’?

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.43 
Sirrah, be gone, or talk not, I advise you.

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.44 
Petruchio, patience, I am Grumio's pledge.
pledge (n.) 2 guarantor, surety

TS I.ii.45 
Why, this's a heavy chance 'twixt him and you,
chance (n.) 1 event, occurrence, situation [especially, bad]
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy

TS I.ii.46 
Your ancient, trusty, pleasant servant Grumio.
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 1 long-established, long-standing
pleasant (adj.) 2 merry, festive, jolly

TS I.ii.47 
And tell me now, sweet friend, what happy gale

TS I.ii.48 
Blows you to Padua here from old Verona?

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.49 
Such wind as scatters young men through the world

TS I.ii.50 
To seek their fortunes farther than at home,

TS I.ii.51 
Where small experience grows. But in a few,
few, in (a) in few words, in short, in brief

TS I.ii.52 
Signor Hortensio, thus it stands with me:
stand (v.) 1 be, appear

TS I.ii.53 
Antonio, my father, is deceased,

TS I.ii.54 
And I have thrust myself into this maze,
maze (n.) 2 chance wandering about, labyrinthine business

TS I.ii.55 
Haply to wive and thrive as best I may.
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck

TS I.ii.56 
Crowns in my purse I have, and goods at home,

TS I.ii.57 
And so am come abroad to see the world.
abroad (adv.) 3 away from home, out of the house

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.58 
Petruchio, shall I then come roundly to thee
come (v.) 3 speak, talk, express oneself
roundly (adv.) 1 plainly, to the point, straight out

TS I.ii.59 
And wish thee to a shrewd ill-favoured wife?
ill-favoured (adj.) ugly, unattractive, unsightly
shrewd (adj.) 4 shrewish, bad-tempered, difficult
wish (v.) 4 commend, recommend

TS I.ii.60 
Thou'dst thank me but a little for my counsel,

TS I.ii.61 
And yet I'll promise thee she shall be rich,

TS I.ii.62 
And very rich. But th' art too much my friend,

TS I.ii.63 
And I'll not wish thee to her.

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.64 
Signor Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as we

TS I.ii.65 
Few words suffice; and therefore, if thou know

TS I.ii.66 
One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife –

TS I.ii.67 
As wealth is burden of my wooing dance –
burden, burthen (n.) 2 bass accompaniment [in a song]

TS I.ii.68 
Be she as foul as was Florentius' love,
foul (adj.) 1 plain-looking, unattractive, ugly

TS I.ii.69 
As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
shrewd (adj.) 4 shrewish, bad-tempered, difficult

TS I.ii.70 
As Socrates' Xanthippe, or a worse,

TS I.ii.71 
She moves me not, or not removes at least
move (v.) 8 shake one's resolve, alter one's position

TS I.ii.72 
Affection's edge in me, were she as rough
affection (n.) 1 fancy, inclination, desire
edge (n.) 1 ardour, keen desire

TS I.ii.73 
As are the swelling Adriatic seas.

TS I.ii.74 
I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;

TS I.ii.75 
If wealthily, then happily in Padua.

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.76 
Nay, look you, sir, he tells you flatly what his
flatly (adv.) 1 plainly, straight, bluntly

TS I.ii.77 
mind is. Why, give him gold enough and marry him to
mind (n.) 2 intention, purpose, intent

TS I.ii.78 
a puppet or an aglet-baby, or an old trot with ne'er a
aglet-baby (n.) [unclear meaning] small ornamental figure forming the tag of a lace
trot (n.) old woman, hag

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tooth in her head, though she have as many diseases

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as two and fifty horses. Why, nothing comes amiss, so

TS I.ii.81 
money comes withal.

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.82 
Petruchio, since we are stepped thus far in,
step in (v.) move forward, go along

TS I.ii.83 
I will continue that I broached in jest.
broach (v.) 2 raise, introduce into conversation

TS I.ii.84 
I can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife

TS I.ii.85 
With wealth enough, and young and beauteous,

TS I.ii.86 
Brought up as best becomes a gentlewoman.
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to

TS I.ii.87 
Her only fault – and that is faults enough –

TS I.ii.88 
Is that she is intolerable curst,
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
intolerable (adv.) excessively, exceedingly, extremely

TS I.ii.89 
And shrewd and froward so beyond all measure
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
shrewd (adj.) 4 shrewish, bad-tempered, difficult

TS I.ii.90 
That, were my state far worser than it is,
state (n.) 11 estate, property, wealth, means

TS I.ii.91 
I would not wed her for a mine of gold.

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.92 
Hortensio, peace. Thou know'st not gold's effect.

TS I.ii.93 
Tell me her father's name and 'tis enough.

TS I.ii.94 
For I will board her though she chide as loud
board (v.) 1 accost, address, approach, tackle

TS I.ii.95 
As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack.
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.96 
Her father is Baptista Minola,

TS I.ii.97 
An affable and courteous gentleman.

TS I.ii.98 
Her name is Katherina Minola,

TS I.ii.99 
Renowned in Padua for her scolding tongue.

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.100 
I know her father, though I know not her,

TS I.ii.101 
And he knew my deceased father well.

TS I.ii.102 
I will not sleep, Hortensio, till I see her,

TS I.ii.103 
And therefore let me be thus bold with you

TS I.ii.104 
To give you over at this first encounter,
give over (v.) 1 desert, leave, abandon

TS I.ii.105 
Unless you will accompany me thither.

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.106 
I pray you, sir, let him go while the humour lasts.
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice

TS I.ii.107 
O' my word, an she knew him as well as I do, she would

TS I.ii.108 
think scolding would do little good upon him. She may

TS I.ii.109 
perhaps call him half a score knaves or so. Why, that's
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue

TS I.ii.110 
nothing; an he begin once, he'll rail in his rope-tricks.
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about]
rope-trick (n.) [unclear meaning] possibly a malapropism of ‘rhetoric’ or ‘rope-rhetoric’ [i.e. bombastic rhetoric]

TS I.ii.111 
I'll tell you what, sir, an she stand him but a little, he
stand (v.) 14 withstand, endure, stand up to

TS I.ii.112 
will throw a figure in her face, and so disfigure her with
figure (n.) 2 figure of speech, device, piece of rhetoric

TS I.ii.113 
it that she shall have no more eyes to see withal than a

TS I.ii.114 
cat. You know him not, sir.

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.115 
Tarry, Petruchio, I must go with thee,
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger

TS I.ii.116 
For in Baptista's keep my treasure is.
keep (n.) keeping, custody, care

TS I.ii.117 
He hath the jewel of my life in hold,
hold (n.) 3 guard, custody, confinement

TS I.ii.118 
His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca,

TS I.ii.119 
And her withholds from me and other more,

TS I.ii.120 
Suitors to her and rivals in my love,

TS I.ii.121 
Supposing it a thing impossible,

TS I.ii.122 
For those defects I have before rehearsed,
rehearse (v.) 1 relate, recount, give an account of

TS I.ii.123 
That ever Katherina will be wooed.

TS I.ii.124 
Therefore this order hath Baptista ta'en,
order (n.) 1 arrangement, disposition, direction

TS I.ii.125 
That none shall have access unto Bianca

TS I.ii.126 
Till Katherine the curst have got a husband.
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.127 
Katherine the curst,

TS I.ii.128 
A title for a maid of all titles the worst.

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.129 
Now shall my friend Petruchio do me grace,
grace (n.) 5 favour, good will

TS I.ii.130 
And offer me disguised in sober robes
sober (adj.) 4 subdued in colour, somber

TS I.ii.131 
To old Baptista as a schoolmaster

TS I.ii.132 
Well seen in music, to instruct Bianca,
seen, well well-versed, with good qualifications

TS I.ii.133 
That so I may by this device at least
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick

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Have leave and leisure to make love to her,

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And unsuspected court her by herself.

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.136 
Here's no knavery! See, to beguile the old folks,
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick
knavery (n.) 1 roguish trick, rouguery, trickery

TS I.ii.137 
how the young folks lay their heads together.

TS I.ii.138.1 
Enter Gremio, and Lucentio disguised as Cambio, a

TS I.ii.138.2 
schoolmaster

TS I.ii.138 
Master, master, look about you. Who goes there, ha?

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.139 
Peace, Grumio. It is the rival of my love.

TS I.ii.140 
Petruchio, stand by a while.

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.141 
A proper stripling and an amorous!
proper (adj.) 1 good-looking, handsome, comely

TS I.ii.142 
They stand aside
note (n.) 8 list, record, roll

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.142 
O, very well – I have perused the note.

TS I.ii.143 
Hark you, sir, I'll have them very fairly bound –
fairly (adv.) 2 neatly, elegantly, handsomely, beautifully

TS I.ii.144 
All books of love, see that at any hand –
hand, at / in any in any case, at any rate
see (v.) 2 see to, manage, attend to

TS I.ii.145 
And see you read no other lectures to her.
lecture (n.) 2 classroom lesson

TS I.ii.146 
You understand me. Over and beside

TS I.ii.147 
Signor Baptista's liberality,

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I'll mend it with a largess. Take your paper too.
largess (n.) free gift, generous present
mend (v.) 4 supplement, augment

TS I.ii.149 
And let me have them very well perfumed,

TS I.ii.150 
For she is sweeter than perfume itself

TS I.ii.151 
To whom they go to. What will you read to her?

 

LUCENTIO

TS I.ii.152 
Whate'er I read to her, I'll plead for you

TS I.ii.153 
As for my patron, stand you so assured,
assured (adj.) 1 certain, definite, sure
stand (v.) 9 act as, be, hold good as

TS I.ii.154 
As firmly as yourself were still in place,
place, in present, attending, at hand

TS I.ii.155 
Yea, and perhaps with more successful words

TS I.ii.156 
Than you, unless you were a scholar, sir.

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.157 
O this learning, what a thing it is!

  

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.158 
(aside)
woodcock (n.) type of game bird, thought to be easily tricked or snared; simpleton

TS I.ii.158 
O this woodcock, what an ass it is!

  

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.159 
(aside)

TS I.ii.159 
Peace, sirrah.

  

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.160.1 
(aside)

TS I.ii.160 
Grumio, mum! (Coming forward) God save you, Signor Gremio.
mum (int.) be quiet, shush

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.161 
And you are well met, Signor Hortensio.

TS I.ii.162 
Trow you whither I am going? To Baptista Minola.
trow (v.) 1 know, guess, imagine

TS I.ii.163 
I promised to enquire carefully

TS I.ii.164 
About a schoolmaster for the fair Bianca,

TS I.ii.165 
And by good fortune I have lighted well
light on (v.) come across, meet with, chance upon

TS I.ii.166 
On this young man, for learning and behaviour

TS I.ii.167 
Fit for her turn, well read in poetry
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]

TS I.ii.168 
And other books – good ones, I warrant ye.
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.169 
'Tis well. And I have met a gentleman

TS I.ii.170 
Hath promised me to help me to another,

TS I.ii.171 
A fine musician to instruct our mistress.

TS I.ii.172 
So shall I no whit be behind in duty

TS I.ii.173 
To fair Bianca, so beloved of me.

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.174 
Beloved of me, and that my deeds shall prove.

  

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.175 
(aside)
bag (n.) money-bag, purse

TS I.ii.175 
And that his bags shall prove.

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.176 
Gremio, 'tis now no time to vent our love.
vent (v.) 1 utter, express, air, proclaim

TS I.ii.177 
Listen to me, and if you speak me fair,
fair (adv.) 1 kindly, encouragingly, courteously

TS I.ii.178 
I'll tell you news indifferent good for either.
indifferent (adv.) 2 equally, alike, correspondingly

TS I.ii.179 
Here is a gentleman whom by chance I met,

TS I.ii.180 
Upon agreement from us to his liking,

TS I.ii.181 
Will undertake to woo curst Katherine,
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross

TS I.ii.182 
Yea, and to marry her, if her dowry please.

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.183 
So said, so done, is well.

TS I.ii.184 
Hortensio, have you told him all her faults?

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.185 
I know she is an irksome brawling scold.
scold (n.) abusive woman, quarreller

TS I.ii.186 
If that be all, masters, I hear no harm.

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.187 
No, say'st me so, friend? What countryman?

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.188 
Born in Verona, old Antonio's son.

TS I.ii.189 
My father dead, my fortune lives for me,

TS I.ii.190 
And I do hope good days and long to see.

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.191 
O sir, such a life with such a wife were strange.

TS I.ii.192 
But if you have a stomach, to't a God's name –
stomach (n.) 2 wish, inclination, desire

TS I.ii.193 
You shall have me assisting you in all.

TS I.ii.194.1 
But will you woo this wildcat?

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.194.2 
                         Will I live?

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.195 
Will he woo her? Ay, or I'll hang her.

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.196 
Why came I hither but to that intent?
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim

TS I.ii.197 
Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?

TS I.ii.198 
Have I not in my time heard lions roar?

TS I.ii.199 
Have I not heard the sea, puffed up with winds,

TS I.ii.200 
Rage like an angry boar chafed with sweat?
chafe (v.) 2 enrage, irritate, anger

TS I.ii.201 
Have I not heard great ordnance in the field,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat
ordnance, ordinance (n.) cannon, artillery

TS I.ii.202 
And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies?

TS I.ii.203 
Have I not in a pitched battle heard

TS I.ii.204 
Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang?
alarm, alarum, 'larm, 'larum (n.) 3 disturbance, turbulence, trouble, loud noise

TS I.ii.205 
And do you tell me of a woman's tongue,

TS I.ii.206 
That gives not half so great a blow to hear

TS I.ii.207 
As will a chestnut in a farmer's fire?

TS I.ii.208.1 
Tush, tush, fear boys with bugs!
bug (n.) 1 bogey, bugbear, imaginary terror
fear (v.) 1 frighten, scare, terrify, daunt

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.208.2 
                         For he fears none.

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.209 
Hortensio, hark.

TS I.ii.210 
This gentleman is happily arrived,
happily (adv.) 2 opportunely, propitiously, with good fortune

TS I.ii.211 
My mind presumes, for his own good and yours.

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.212 
I promised we would be contributors

TS I.ii.213 
And bear his charge of wooing, whatsoe'er.
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.214 
And so we will – provided that he win her.

 

GRUMIO

TS I.ii.215 
I would I were as sure of a good dinner.

TS I.ii.216.1 
Enter Tranio, bravely dressed as Lucentio, and

TS I.ii.216.2 
Biondello

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.216 
Gentlemen, God save you. If I may be bold,
bravely (adv.) 3 in fine clothes, splendidly dressed

TS I.ii.217 
Tell me, I beseech you, which is the readiest way
ready (adj.) 2 easy, quick, convenient

TS I.ii.218 
To the house of Signor Baptista Minola?

 

BIONDELLO

TS I.ii.219 
He that has the two fair daughters – is't he

TS I.ii.220 
you mean?

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.221 
Even he, Biondello.

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.222 
Hark you, sir, you mean not her too?

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.223 
Perhaps him and her, sir. What have you to do?

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.224 
Not her that chides, sir, at any hand, I pray.
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove
hand, at / in any in any case, at any rate

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.225 
I love no chiders, sir. Biondello, let's away.
chider (n.) quarreller, abusive person

  

LUCENTIO

TS I.ii.226 
(aside)

TS I.ii.226.1 
Well begun, Tranio.

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.226.2 
                         Sir, a word ere you go.

TS I.ii.227 
Are you a suitor to the maid you talk of, yea or no?

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.228 
And if I be, sir, is it any offence?

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.229 
No, if without more words you will get you hence.

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.230 
Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free

TS I.ii.231.1 
For me as for you?

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.231.2 
                         But so is not she.

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.232.1 
For what reason, I beseech you?

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.232.2 
                         For this reason, if you'll know,

TS I.ii.233 
That she's the choice love of Signor Gremio.
choice (adj.) 1 chosen, specially worthy, excellent

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.234 
That she's the chosen of Signor Hortensio.

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.235 
Softly, my masters! If you be gentlemen,
softly (adv.) slowly, gently

TS I.ii.236 
Do me this right – hear me with patience.

TS I.ii.237 
Baptista is a noble gentleman,

TS I.ii.238 
To whom my father is not all unknown,

TS I.ii.239 
And were his daughter fairer than she is,

TS I.ii.240 
She may more suitors have and me for one.

TS I.ii.241 
Fair Leda's daughter had a thousand wooers,

TS I.ii.242 
Then well one more may fair Bianca have.

TS I.ii.243 
And so she shall. Lucentio shall make one,

TS I.ii.244 
Though Paris came, in hope to speed alone.
speed (v.) 1 meet with success, prosper, flourish

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.245 
What, this gentleman will out-talk us all!

 

LUCENTIO

TS I.ii.246 
Sir, give him head, I know he'll prove a jade.
head (n.) 2 power, strength, scope
jade (n.) 1 worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.247 
Hortensio, to what end are all these words?

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.248 
Sir, let me be so bold as ask you,

TS I.ii.249 
Did you yet ever see Baptista's daughter?

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.250 
No, sir, but hear I do that he hath two;

TS I.ii.251 
The one as famous for a scolding tongue

TS I.ii.252 
As is the other for beauteous modesty.

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.253 
Sir, sir, the first's for me, let her go by.

 

GREMIO

TS I.ii.254 
Yea, leave that labour to great Hercules,

TS I.ii.255 
And let it be more than Alcides' twelve.

 

PETRUCHIO

TS I.ii.256 
Sir, understand you this of me in sooth,
sooth (n.) 1 truth

TS I.ii.257 
The youngest daughter whom you hearken for
hearken for (v.) 2 desire, be attracted to

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Her father keeps from all access of suitors,

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And will not promise her to any man

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Until the elder sister first be wed.

TS I.ii.261 
The younger then is free, and not before.

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.262 
If it be so, sir, that you are the man

TS I.ii.263 
Must stead us all – and me amongst the rest –
stead (v.) help, assist, benefit

TS I.ii.264 
And if you break the ice and do this feat,

TS I.ii.265 
Achieve the elder, set the younger free

TS I.ii.266 
For our access – whose hap shall be to have her
hap (n.) 1 fortune, lot, fate

TS I.ii.267 
Will not so graceless be to be ingrate.
ingrate (adj.) ungrateful, unthankful, unappreciative

 

HORTENSIO

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Sir, you say well, and well you do conceive.
conceive (v.) 1 understand, comprehend, follow

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And since you do profess to be a suitor,

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You must, as we do, gratify this gentleman,
gratify (v.) 1 reward, repay, show gratitude for

TS I.ii.271 
To whom we all rest generally beholding.
beholding (adj.) beholden, obliged, indebted

 

TRANIO

TS I.ii.272 
Sir, I shall not be slack. In sign whereof,
slack (adj.) less attentive, remiss, lax

TS I.ii.273 
Please ye we may contrive this afternoon,
contrive (v.) 2 pass the time, spend, while away

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And quaff carouses to our mistress' health,
carouse (n.) toast, long draught, cup filled to the brim to be downed in one go
quaff (v.) drink down, take a long draught of

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And do as adversaries do in law,

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Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.

 

GRUMIO and BIONDELLO

TS I.ii.277 
O excellent motion! Fellows, let's be gone.
motion (n.) 6 proposal, proposition, suggestion, offer

 

HORTENSIO

TS I.ii.278 
The motion's good indeed, and be it so.

TS I.ii.279 
Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto.
ben venuto (n.) warm welcome

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Exeunt

 
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