The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

  Induction Scene 2

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FIRST SERVANT

Say thou wilt course. Thy greyhounds are as swift
As breathed stags, ay, fleeter than the roe.

FIRST SERVANT

If you care to hunt rabbits, your greyhounds are as swift as healthy stags and faster than young deer.

SECOND SERVANT

Dost thou love pictures? We will fetch thee straight
35Adonis painted by a running brook
And Cytherea all in sedges hid,
Which seem to move and wanton with her breath,
Even as the waving sedges play with wind.

SECOND SERVANT

Do you like pictures? We’ll be right back with one of

Adonis

Adonis was a handsome mortal youth loved by Venus, the goddess of love. Cytherea is another name for Venus (in Greek, Aphrodite).

Adonis
stretched out beside a rushing brook, with Venus spying on him, hidden in rushes that seem to move and undulate with her lustful sighs, like grass waving in the wind.

LORD

We’ll show thee Io as she was a maid
40And how she was beguileèd and surprised,
As lively painted as the deed was done.

LORD

There’s one that shows Io as a maid, before she was turned into a cow, in which

Jupiter

Io was a mortal girl whom the goal Zeus (called Jupiter by Romans) raped. Out of jealousy, Zeus wife transformed her into a cow.

Jupiter
tricks and takes her. It’s so realistic, it seems to be happening right before your eyes.

THIRD SERVANT

Or Daphne roaming through a thorny wood,
Scratching her legs that one shall swear she bleeds,
And at that sight shall sad Apollo weep,
45So workmanly the blood and tears are drawn.

THIRD SERVANT

There’s one of

Daphne

Daphne was a nymph whom Apollo loved and changed into a tree as she was trying to escape from him.

Daphne
running through the woods, her legs so scratched by thorns that Apollo himself would weep at the sight. You’ll swear the blood and tears are real.

LORD

Thou art a lord, and nothing but a lord.
Thou hast a lady far more beautiful
Than any woman in this waning age.

LORD

You are nothing less than a lord. You have a noble wife who is much more beautiful than any other woman in this declining age.

FIRST SERVANT

And till the tears that she hath shed for thee
50Like envious floods o'errun her lovely face,
She was the fairest creature in the world—
And yet she is inferior to none.

FIRST SERVANT

Before she began shedding tears all over her lovely face, she was the fairest creature in the world—and even now she has no equal.