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The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2 Page 6

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PETRUCHIO

Good sooth, even thus. Therefore, ha' done with words:
90To me she’s married, not unto my clothes.
Could I repair what she will wear in me
As I can change these poor accoutrements,
'Twere well for Kate and better for myself.
But what a fool am I to chat with you,
95When I should bid good morrow to my bride
And seal the title with a lovely kiss!

PETRUCHIO

Yes, just like this. But enough talk. It’s me she’s marrying and not my clothes. Though I expect she’ll wear me out more quickly than I’ll wear out what I’m wearing—which will be good for her and even better for me! But what a fool I am to stand here chatting when I should bid good morning to my bride and seal the bargain with a loving kiss.
Exeunt PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO
PETRUCHIO and GRUMIO exit.

TRANIO

He hath some meaning in his mad attire.
We will persuade him, be it possible,
To put on better ere he go to church.

TRANIO

He must be wearing this crazy outfit for some reason. I’ll try to persuade him to put on something more appropriate before going to the church, if it’s at all possible.

BAPTISTA

100I’ll after him, and see the event of this.

BAPTISTA

I’ll go too and make sure that happens.
Exeunt BAPTISTA, GREMIO, and attendants
BAPTISTA, GREMIO, and attendants exit.

TRANIO

But sir, to love concerneth us to add
Her father’s liking, which to bring to pass,
As I before unparted to your worship,
I am to get a man—whate'er he be
105It skills not much, we’ll fit him to our turn—
And he shall be “Vincentio of Pisa”
And make assurance here in Padua
Of greater sums than I have promisèd.
So shall you quietly enjoy your hope
110And marry sweet Bianca with consent.

TRANIO

But sir, you need to get her father’s consent as well as her love. And to that end, as I explained to your worship, I’m looking for a man—any man, it doesn’t matter; we’ll suit him to our purpose—who can pretend to be your father, Vincentio. And he’ll guarantee the dowry—for even more money than I’ve promised on your behalf. This way, you’ll get your wish and marry sweet Bianca with her father’s consent and with the least possible hassle.