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The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2 Page 2

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KATHERINE

Would Katherine had never seen him, though!

KATHERINE

Maybe, but I wish I’d never laid eyes on him.
Exit weeping, followed by BIANCA and others
She exits weeping, followed by BIANCA and others.

BAPTISTA

Go, girl. I cannot blame thee now to weep,
For such an injury would vex a very saint,
Much more a shrew of thy impatient humor.

BAPTISTA

Go, daughter. I cannot blame you now for weeping. An insult like this would try the patience of a saint, let alone a hot-tempered shrew like you!
Enter BIONDELLO
BIONDELLO enters.

BIONDELLO

30Master, master! News, old news, and such news as you never heard of!

BIONDELLO

Master, master! I have news—old news such as you never heard before!

BAPTISTA

Is it new and old too? How may that be?

BAPTISTA

You say you have news that’s old? How can that be?

BIONDELLO

Why, is it not news to hear of Petruchio’s coming?

BIONDELLO

Well, is it not news that Petruchio’s coming?

BAPTISTA

Is he come?

BAPTISTA

Is he here?

BIONDELLO

35Why, no, sir.

BIONDELLO

Why, no, sir.

BAPTISTA

What then?

BAPTISTA

What then?

BIONDELLO

He is coming.

BIONDELLO

He is coming.

BAPTISTA

When will he be here?

BAPTISTA

When will he be here?

BIONDELLO

When he stands where I am and sees you there.

BIONDELLO

When he stands where I am and sees you there.

TRANIO

40 (as LUCENTIO) But say, what to thine old news?

TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO) So what’s the old news?