The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

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PETRUCHIO

Where be these knaves? What, no man at door
50To hold my stirrup nor to take my horse!
Where is Nathaniel, Gregory, Philip?

PETRUCHIO

Where are those bastards? Where is the boy who’s supposed to help me get off my horse and take him to the stable? Where is Nathaniel? Where’s Gregory? Where’s Philip?

ALL SERVINGMEN

Here, here, sir! Here, sir!

ALL SERVANTS

Here, here, sir! Here, sir!

PETRUCHIO

“Here, sir! Here, sir! Here, sir! Here, sir!”
You loggerheaded and unpolished grooms!
55What, no attendance? No regard? No duty?
Where is the foolish knave I sent before?

PETRUCHIO

“Here, sir! Here, sir! Here, sir! Here, sir!” You stupid, unpolished dolts! I get no service, no respect, no attention! Where is the fool I sent on ahead?

GRUMIO

Here, sir, as foolish as I was before.

GRUMIO

Here, sir, as foolish as ever.

PETRUCHIO

You peasant swain! You whoreson malt-horse drudge!
Did I not bid thee meet me in the park
60And bring along these rascal knaves with thee?

PETRUCHIO

You unwashed farmworker! You bastard workhorse drudge! Didn’t I tell you to meet me outside and bring these morons with you?

GRUMIO

Nathaniel’s coat, sir, was not fully made,
And Gabriel’s pumps were all unpinked i' th' heel.
There was no link to color Peter’s hat,
And Walter’s dagger was not come from sheathing.
65There were none fine but Adam, Rafe, and Gregory.
The rest were ragged, old, and beggarly.
Yet, as they are, here are they come to meet you.

GRUMIO

Nathaniel’s coat was being fixed, sir. And one of Gabriel’s shoes had a broken heel. And Peter couldn’t find a matching hat. And Walter couldn’t get his dagger out of its sheath. Only Adam, Rafe, and Gregory were ready. The rest were just a mess—but such as they are, sir, they’re here to welcome you.

PETRUCHIO

Go, rascals, go, and fetch my supper in.

PETRUCHIO

Go, blockheads, go, and bring my supper to me.
Exeunt Servants
The servants exit.
Singing
70 Where is the life that late I led—
Where are those—Sit down, Kate, and welcome.—
Soud, soud, soud, soud!
(singing) Where is the life I led until recently? Where are those—Sit down, Kate, make yourself at home.—Come on, come on, come on, come on.
Enter Servants with supper
Servants enter with supper.