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Signior Petruchio, will you go with us;

Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you?
Pet. I pray you do; I will attend her here,

[Exeunt Baptista, Gremio, Tranio, and

And woo her with some spirit when she comes.
Say, that she rail; Why, then I'll tell her plain,
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale:

Say, that she frown; I'll say, she looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash'd with dew:
Say, she be mute, and will not speak a word;
Then I'll commend her volubility,
And say-she uttereth piercing eloquence:
If she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks,
As though she bid me stay by her a week;
If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day
When I shall ask the banns, and when be married :-
But here she comes; and now, Petruchio, speak,


Good-morrow, Kate; for that's your name, I hear. Kath. Well have you heard, but something hard

of hearing;

They call me-Katharine, that do talk of me.

Pet. You lie, in faith; for you are call'd plain


And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,

Kate, of Kate Hall, my super dainty Kate,

For dainties are all cates: and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;—
Hearing thy mildness prais'd in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
(Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,)

Myself am mov'd to woo thee for my wife.

Kath. Mov'd! in good time: let him that mov'd

you hither,

Remove you hence: I knew you at the first,

You were a moveable.


Why, what's a moveable?

Kath. A joint-stool 3.


Thou hast hit it: come, sit on me. Kath. Asses are made to bear, and so are you. Pet. Women are made to bear, and so are you. Kath. No such jade, sir, as you, if me you mean. Pet. Alas, good Kate! I will not burden thee: For, knowing thee to be but young and light,— Kath. Too light for such a swain as you to catch; And yet as heavy as my weight should be.

Pet. Should be? should buz.


Well ta'en, and like a buzzard.

Pet. O, slow-wing'd turtle! shall a buzzard take


Kath. Ay, for a turtle! as he takes a buzzard 32.
Pet. Come, come, you wasp; i'faith, you are too


Kath. If I be waspish, best beware my sting.

Pet. My remedy is then, to pluck it out.

Kath. Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies.

Pet. Who knows not where a wasp doth wear his sting;

In his tail.



In his tongue.

Whose tongue?

Kath. Yours, if you talk of tails; and so farewell. Pet. What, with my tongue in your tail? nay, come again,

Good Kate; I am a gentleman.


That I'll try.

[Striking him.

Pet. I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again.
Kath. So may you lose your arms:

If you strike me, you are no gentleman;
And if no gentleman, why, then no arms.

Pet. A herald, Kate? O, put me in thy books.
Kath. What is your crest? a coxcomb?

Pet. A combless cock, so Kate will be my hen.
Kath. No cock of mine, you crow too like a


Pet. Nay, come, Kate, come; you must not look

So sour.

Kath. It is my fashion, when I see a crab.

Pet. Why, here's no crab; and therefore look not

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Pet. Now, by saint George, I am too young for

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Pet. Nay, hear you, Kate: in sooth, you 'scape

not so.

Kath. I chafe you, if I tarry; let me go.

Pet. No, not a whit; I find you passing gentle. 'Twas told me, you were rough, and coy, and sullen. And now I find report a very liar;

For thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing courteous;
But slow in speech, yet sweet as spring-time flowers:
Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance,
Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will;

Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk;
But thou with mildness entertain'st thy wooers,
With gentle conference, soft and affable.
Why does the world report, that Kate doth limp?
O slanderous world! Kate, like the hazle-twig,
Is straight, and slender; and as brown in hue
As hazle nuts, and sweeter than the kernels.

O, let me see thee walk: thou dost not halt.

Kath. Go, fool, and whom thou keep'st command. Pet. Did ever Dian so become a grove,

As Kate this chamber with her princely gait?

O, be thou Dian, and let her be Kate;

And then let Kate be chaste, and Dian sportful!

Kath. Where did you study all this goodly speech? Pet. It is extempore, from my mother-wit.

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Kath. A witty mother! witless else her son.
Pet. Am I not wise?


Yes; keep you warm 33.

Pet. Marry, so I mean, sweet Katharine, in thy


And therefore, setting all this chat aside,

Thus in plain terms:-Your father hath consented
That you shall be my wife; your dowry agreed on;
And, will you, nill you, I will marry you.
Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn;

For by this light, whereby I see thy beauty,

(Thy beauty, that doth make me like thee well,)
Thou must be married to no man but me:
For I am he am born to tame you, Kate;
And bring you from a wild Cat to a Kate
Conformable, as other household Kates.
Here comes your father; never make denial,
I must and will have Katharine to my wife.

Bap. Now,

Signior Petruchio: How speed you with

My daughter?


How but well, sir? how but well?

It were impossible, I should speed amiss.

Bap. Why, how now, daughter Katharine? in

your dumps?

Kath. Call you me, daughter? now, I promise


You have show'd a tender fatherly regard,

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