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The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2 Page 7

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LUCENTIO

Were it not that my fellow schoolmaster
Doth watch Bianca’s steps so narrowly,
'Twere good, methinks, to steal our marriage,
Which, once performed, let all the world say no,
115I’ll keep mine own despite of all the world.

LUCENTIO

If my fellow schoolmaster weren’t keeping such a close watch on her, I’d think about eloping. Then it wouldn’t matter what anyone said—I’d keep what’s mine, whatever the rest of the world said.

TRANIO

That by degrees we mean to look into
And watch our vantage in this business.
We’ll overreach the graybeard, Gremio,
The narrow-prying father, Minola,
120The quaint musician, amorous Litio,
All for my master’s sake, Lucentio.

TRANIO

Don’t worry, I’m looking into that too. I’m on top of the situation—monitoring it very closely. We’ll outwit them all—that old geezer, Gremio; the suspicious father, Minola; the prim musician lover, Litio—all for the sake of my master, Lucentio.
Enter GREMIO
GREMIO enters.
Signior Gremio, came you from the church?
Signior Gremio, are you coming from the church?

GREMIO

As willingly as e'er I came from school.

GREMIO

As eagerly as I ever came from school.

TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO) And is the bride and bridegroom coming home?

TRANIO

(speaking as LUCENTIO) And will the bride and bridegroom be here soon?

GREMIO

125A bridegroom, say you? 'Tis a groom indeed,
A grumbling groom, and that the girl shall find.

GREMIO

Bridegroom? This guy is more like the groom who cleans the stable—a grumbling groom at that, as the poor girl is discovering.

TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO) Curster than she? Why, ’tis impossible.

TRANIO

(speaking as LUCENTIO) You mean he’s worse than she is? That’s not possible!

GREMIO

Why, he’s a devil, a devil, a very fiend.

GREMIO

No, he’s a devil—a devil, I tell you! An utter fiend.

TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO) Why, she’s a devil, a devil, the devil’s dam.

TRANIO

(speaking as LUCENTIO) No, she’s a devil—a devil, I tell you. The devil’s grandmother.