The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

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GRUMIO

Ay, but the mustard is too hot a little.

GRUMIO

Yes, but the mustard is probably too hot.

KATHERINE

25Why then, the beef, and let the mustard rest.

KATHERINE

Well then, the beef without the mustard.

GRUMIO

Nay then, I will not. You shall have the mustard
Or else you get no beef of Grumio.

GRUMIO

Absolutely not. You’ll take the mustard or you’ll get no beef from Grumio.

KATHERINE

Then both, or one, or anything thou wilt.

KATHERINE

Then both, or one, or anything you like.

GRUMIO

Why then, the mustard without the beef.

GRUMIO

How about the mustard without the beef.

KATHERINE

30Go, get thee gone, thou false deluding slave,
Beats him
That feed’st me with the very name of meat.
Sorrow on thee and all the pack of you
That triumph thus upon my misery.
35Go, get thee gone, I say.

KATHERINE

Get out of here, you measly, lying wretch. (she beats him.) You feed me with only the names of foods. To hell with you and the whole pack of you who triumph at my misery. Go on, I said get out of here.
Enter PETRUCHIO and HORTENSIO with meat
PETRUCHIO and HORTENSIO enter with a dish of meat.

PETRUCHIO

How fares my Kate? What, sweeting, all amort?

PETRUCHIO

How is my Kate? Feeling blue, darling?

HORTENSIO

Mistress, what cheer?

HORTENSIO

Mistress, how are you?

KATHERINE

    Faith, as cold as can be.

KATHERINE

Believe me, I’ve been better.

PETRUCHIO

Pluck up thy spirits. Look cheerfully upon me.
Here love, thou seest how diligent I am,
40To dress thy meat myself and bring it thee.
I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness merits thanks.
What, not a word? Nay, then thou lov’st it not
And all my pains is sorted to no proof.
Here, take away this dish.

PETRUCHIO

Cheer up. Give us a smile. Look, love, see how devoted I am? I’ve prepared a meal for you myself, and here it is. I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness deserves thanks. What, not a word? I guess you don’t want it. Ah well, all my trouble was for nothing. Here, take away the dish.