The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 3

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KATHERINE

    I pray you, let it stand.

KATHERINE

Please, leave it here.

PETRUCHIO

45The poorest service is repaid with thanks,
And so shall mine, before you touch the meat.

PETRUCHIO

The smallest service is repaid with thanks. Mine will be, too, before you touch the food.

KATHERINE

I thank you, sir.

KATHERINE

Thank you, sir.

HORTENSIO

Signior Petruchio, fie, you are to blame.
Come, mistress Kate, I’ll bear you company.

HORTENSIO

Shame on you, Petruchio! You are too harsh. Come, mistress Kate, I’ll join you.

PETRUCHIO

50 (aside to HORTENSIO)
Eat it up all, Hortensio, if thou lovest me.—
Much good do it unto thy gentle heart.
Kate, eat apace. And now, my honey love,
Will we return unto thy father’s house
55And revel it as bravely as the best,
With silken coats and caps and golden rings,
With ruffs and cuffs and farthingales and things,
With scarves and fans and double change of brav'ry,
With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knav'ry.
60What, hast thou dined? The tailor stays thy leisure
To deck thy body with his ruffling treasure.

PETRUCHIO

(speaking so that only HORTENSIO can hear) Do me a favor and scarf it all down yourself, Hortensio.—May it do your gentle heart good, Kate. Eat up quickly, my honey lamb, we’re off to your father’s house to join in the revelry, where we’ll dress as well as the best of them, with silk robes and caps and golden rings, collars and cuffs and fancy frocks and things, with scarves and fans and two changes of clothes, amber bracelets, beads, and plenty of gewgaws. All finished? The tailor is waiting to deck you out in ruffled finery.
Enter TAILOR
A TAILOR enters.
Come, tailor, let us see these ornaments.
Lay forth the gown.
Now, tailor, let’s see what you’ve got. Lay out the gown.
Enter HABERDASHER
A HATMAKER enters.
    What news with you, sir?
What can I do for you, sir?

HABERDASHER

Here is the cap your Worship did bespeak.

HATMAKER

Here is the cap your Worship ordered.