The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

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GRUMIO

35Why, she hath a face of her own.

GRUMIO

She already has a face.

CURTIS

Who knows not that?

CURTIS

Yeah, so?

GRUMIO

Thou, it seems, that calls for company to countenance her.

GRUMIO

You just said they had to face her.

CURTIS

I call them forth to credit her.

CURTIS

I meant they had to give her credit.

GRUMIO

Why, she comes to borrow nothing of them.

GRUMIO

She’s not going to borrow money from them.
Enter four or five Servingmen
Four or five servants enter.

NATHANIEL

40Welcome home, Grumio.

NATHANIEL

Welcome home, Grumio.

PHILIP

How now, Grumio?

PHILIP

What’s up, Grumio?

JOSEPH

What, Grumio!

JOSEPH

Hey, Grumio!

NICHOLAS

Fellow Grumio!

NICHOLAS

My man Grumio!

NATHANIEL

How now, old lad?

NATHANIEL

So what’s the story, old boy?

GRUMIO

45Welcome, you!—How now, you?—What, you!—Fellow, you!—And thus much for greeting. Now, my spruce companions, is all ready, and all things neat?

GRUMIO

Welcome yourself!—What’s up with you?—Hey to you!—So much for greetings. Now, my well-dressed friends, is everything ready and in order?

NATHANIEL

All things is ready. How near is our master?

NATHANIEL

Everything’s ready. How soon will the master be here?

GRUMIO

E'en at hand, alighted by this. And therefore be not—
Cock’s passion, silence! I hear my master.

GRUMIO

Any minute. Probably here already. So be careful, and don’t—God! Quiet, I hear him coming.
Enter PETRUCHIO and KATHERINE
PETRUCHIO and KATHERINE enter.