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The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2
No Fear Act 3 Scene 2 Page 9

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Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHERINE, BIANCA, BAPTISTA, HORTENSIO, GRUMIO, and train
PETRUCHIO and KATHERINE enter, with BIANCA, BAPTISTA, HORTENSIO, GRUMIO, and members of the wedding procession.

PETRUCHIO

Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for you
I know you think to dine with me today
And have prepared great store of wedding cheer,
160But so it is, my haste doth call me hence,
And therefore here I mean to take my leave.

PETRUCHIO

Gentlemen and friends, thanks for bothering to come. I know you expected me to stay to dinner and have prepared a celebratory feast, but as it happens I’m called away. So let me say goodbye.

BAPTISTA

Is ’t possible you will away tonight?

BAPTISTA

You’re not thinking of leaving tonight, surely?

PETRUCHIO

I must away today, before night come.
Make it no wonder. If you knew my business,
165You would entreat me rather go than stay.
And, honest company, I thank you all,
That have beheld me give away myself
To this most patient, sweet and virtuous wife.
Dine with my father, drink a health to me,
170For I must hence, and farewell to you all.

PETRUCHIO

Not tonight—today. If you knew the reason, you’d understand and would urge me to go rather than stay. Good friends, I thank you all for coming to see me wed this patient, sweet, virtuous wife. Dine with my father and drink a health to me. I have to leave. Goodbye to you all.

TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO) Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.

TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO) Please, stay till after dinner.

PETRUCHIO

It may not be.

PETRUCHIO

Can’t do it.

GREMIO

   Let me entreat you.

GREMIO

As a favor to me?

PETRUCHIO

It cannot be.

PETRUCHIO

Nope.

KATHERINE

   Let me entreat you.

KATHERINE

As a favor to me?

PETRUCHIO

I am content.

PETRUCHIO

I’m delighted.

KATHERINE

175Are you content to stay?

KATHERINE

Delighted to stay?