The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

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Come, I will bring thee to thy bridal chamber.
Come, I’ll show you your bridal chamber.
Exeunt
They exit.
Enter Servants severally
Servants enter from different parts of the stage.

NATHANIEL

115Peter, didst ever see the like?

NATHANIEL

Peter, did you ever see anything like it?

PETER

He kills her in her own humor.

PETER

He’s giving her a taste of her own medicine.
Enter CURTIS
CURTIS enters.

GRUMIO

Where is he?

GRUMIO

Where is he?

CURTIS

In her chamber,
Making a sermon of continency to her,
120And rails and swears and rates, that she, poor soul,
Knows not which way to stand, to look, to speak,
And sits as one new-risen from a dream.
Away, away, for he is coming hither!

CURTIS

In her room, lecturing her on the virtues of self-control. He rants and rails and swears and she, poor thing, doesn’t know how to stand or look or speak. She sits like a person who’s just woken up from a dream. Look out, he’s coming!
Exeunt
They exit.
Enter PETRUCHIO
PETRUCHIO enters.

PETRUCHIO

Thus have I politicly begun my reign,
125And ’tis my hope to end successfully.
My falcon now is sharp and passing empty,
And, till she stoop, she must not be full-gorged,
For then she never looks upon her lure.
Another way I have to man my haggard,
130To make her come and know her keeper’s call.

PETRUCHIO

Well, I’ve begun my reign with a carefully thought-out plan, and I have every hope of succeeding. My falcon is now hungry and unfed and must not be given enough to eat until she comes to me, for if her hunger is satisfied, she’ll pay no attention to the bait. I have another plan to make my bird come to me and recognize her owner’s call is to keep her from sleeping—