Taken from the Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew
SCENE II.— The same. Before BAPTISTA’s
Enter PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO,
Pet. Come, where be these gallants? who’s at
Bap. you are welcome, sir.
Pet. And yet I come not well.
Bap. And yet you halt not.
Tra. Not so well apparell’d
As I wish you were.
Pet. Were it better, I should rush in thus.
But where is Kate? where is my lovely bridge?
How does my father?—Gentles, methinks you
And wherefore gaze this goodly company,
As if they saw some wondrous monument,
Some comet or unusual prodigy?
Bap. Why, sir, you know this is your wed-
First were we sad, fearing you would not come;
Now sadder, that you come so unprovided.
Fie, doff this habit, shame to your estate,
An eye-sore to our solemn festival!
Tra. And tell us, what occasion of import
Hath all so long detain’d you from your wife,
And sent you hither so unlike yourself?
Pet. Tedious it were to tell, and harsh to
Sufficeth, I am come to keep my word,
Though in some part enforced to digress;
Which, at more leisure, I will so ecuse
As you shall well be satisfied withal.
But where is Kate? I stay too long from her:
The morning wears, ’tis time we were at
Tra. See not your bride in these unreverent
Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.
Pet. Not I, believe me: thus I’ll visit her.
Bap. But thus, I trust, you will not marry
Pet. 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,
‘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,
And seal the title with a lovely kiss!
[Exeunt PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO.
Tra. He hath some meaning in his mad at-
We will persuade him, be it possible,
To put on better ere he go to church.
Bap. I’ll after him, and see the event of this.
[Exeunt BAP., GREM., and BION.
Tra. But, sir, to her love concerneth us to
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,—
And he shall be Vincentio of Pisa;
And make assurance, here in Padua,
Of greater sums than I have promised.
So shall you quietly enjoy your hope,
And marry sweet Bianca with consent.
Luc. Were it not that my fellow-schoolmas-
Doth watch Bianca’s steps so narrowly,
‘Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage;
Which once perform’d, let all the world say no,
I’ll keep mine own, despite of all the world.
Tra. That by degrees we mean to look into,
And watch our vantage in this business:
We’ll over-reach the graybeard, Gremio,
The narrow-prying father, Minola;
The quaint musician, amorous Licio;
All for my master’s sake Lucentio.
(On 9/03/14 – Join me for the continuation of “The Taming of the Shrew”,
We will continue with ACT III. SCENE II.— The same. Before BAPTISTA’s House.)