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The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1 Page 5

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SERVANT

Mistress, your father prays you leave your books
And help to dress your sister’s chamber up.
You know tomorrow is the wedding day.

SERVANT

Mistress, your father requests that you leave your books and come help decorate your sister’s room. You know tomorrow is her wedding day.

BIANCA

Farewell, sweet masters both. I must be gone.

BIANCA

Farewell to both of you, dear teachers. I have to go.

LUCENTIO

80 (as CAMBIO) Faith, mistress, then I have no cause to stay.

LUCENTIO

(as CAMBIO) In that case, mistress, there’s no reason for me to stay.
Exeunt BIANCA, the SERVANT, and LUCENTIO
BIANCA, the SERVANT, and LUCENTIO exit.

HORTENSIO

But I have cause to pry into this pedant.
Methinks he looks as though he were in love.
Yet if thy thoughts, Bianca, be so humble
To cast thy wand'ring eyes on every stale,
85Seize thee that list! If once I find thee ranging,
Hortensio will be quit with thee by changing.

HORTENSIO

But there’s reason for me to look more closely at this schoolmaster. He acts like a man in love. But if Bianca is so vulgar as to stoop for any man she sees, the hell with her. Whoever wants her can have her. The first time I catch her straying, it’s over. End of story.
Exit
He exits.