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The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2 Page 5

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PETRUCHIO

Were it better I should rush in thus—
65But where is Kate? Where is my love?
How does my father? Gentles, methinks you frown.
And wherefore gaze this goodly company
As if they saw some wondrous monument,
Some comet or unusual prodigy?

PETRUCHIO

Isn’t it better this way? But where is Kate? Where is my lovely bride? (to BAPTISTA) How is my father-in-law? Gentlemen, you seem displeased. What’s everyone staring at? You look as if you’d seen something unusual—a comet or something.

BAPTISTA

70Why, sir, you know this is your wedding day.
First were we sad, fearing you would not come,
Now sadder that you come so unprovided.
Fie, doff this habit, shame to your estate,
An eyesore to our solemn festival.

BAPTISTA

Why, sir, you know this is your wedding day. First we were sad because we were afraid you wouldn’t come. Now we’re even sadder to see that you’ve come so unprepared. For heaven’s sake, take off that get-up. It’s a disgrace to a man of your social position and an insult to this solemn ceremony.

TRANIO

75And tell us what occasion of import
Hath all so long detained you from your wife
And sent you hither so unlike yourself.

TRANIO

And tell us what extraordinary occurrence made you so late for your wedding and drove you to present yourself in an outfit that’s so—not typical of you.

PETRUCHIO

Tedious it were to tell and harsh to hear.
Sufficeth I am come to keep my word,
80Though in some part enforcèd to digress,
Which, at more leisure, I will so excuse
As you shall well be satisfied withal.
But where is Kate? I stay too long from her.
The morning wears. 'Tis time we were at church.

PETRUCHIO

It’s a long story—and tough to listen to. It’s enough that I’m here according to my promise, though I will have to deviate from it to some extent—for reasons which, when I explain them later, you’ll understand completely. But where is Kate? We’re wasting time here. It’s getting late and time we were in church.

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85See not your bride in these unreverent robes.
Go to my chamber, put on clothes of mine.

TRANIO

Don’t greet your bride in these disgraceful clothes. Go to my room and put on something of mine.

PETRUCHIO

Not I, believe me. Thus I’ll visit her.

PETRUCHIO

Not me. I’ll see her like this.

BAPTISTA

But thus, I trust, you will not marry her.

BAPTISTA

But surely you’re not planning to marry her in what you’re wearing!