The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

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PETRUCHIO

Go, take it up unto thy master’s use.

PETRUCHIO

Go, take it away and let your master make whatever use of it he can.

GRUMIO

155Villain, not for thy life! Take up my mistress' gown for thy master’s use!

GRUMIO

Certainly not! Take off my mistress' gown for your master’s use!

PETRUCHIO

Why, sir, what’s your conceit in that?

PETRUCHIO

Why, what’s the problem?

GRUMIO

O, sir, the conceit is deeper than you think for. Take up my mistress' gown to his master’s use! O, fie, fie, fie!

GRUMIO

Oh, sir, the problem goes far deeper than you realize. Take up my mistress' gown for his master’s use! Oh, that’s disgusting!

PETRUCHIO

160 (aside) Hortensio, say thou wilt see the tailor paid.
(to TAILOR) Go, take it hence. Begone, and say no more.

PETRUCHIO

(speaking so that only HORTENSIO can hear) Hortensio, tell the tailor you’ll make sure he gets paid. (to TAILOR) Take it away. Off you go. There’s no more to be said.

HORTENSIO

(aside to TAILOR)
Tailor, I’ll pay thee for thy gown tomorrow.
Take no unkindness of his hasty words.
165Away, I say. Commend me to thy master.

HORTENSIO

(speaking so that only TAILOR can hear) Tailor, I’ll pay you for the gown tomorrow. Don’t be offended at his angry words. Go on, then. Regards to your master.
Exit TAILOR
TAILOR exits.

PETRUCHIO

Well, come, my Kate. We will unto your father’s
Even in these honest mean habiliments.
Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor,
For ’tis the mind that makes the body rich,
170And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
So honor peereth in the meanest habit.
What, is the jay more precious than the lark
Because his feathers are more beautiful?
Or is the adder better than the eel
175Because his painted skin contents the eye?

PETRUCHIO

Ah well, my Kate. We’ll go to your father’s house dressed as we are, in simple but honest clothes. Our purses shall be rich, our garments poor. After all, it’s the mind that enriches the body, and just as the sun shines through the darkest clouds, well, that’s how clearly honor peeps through even the humblest style of dress. I mean, is the jay more precious than the lark because his feather is more beautiful? Is the snake better than the eel because the pattern on his back pleases the eye?