The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 3

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TAILOR

Your Worship is deceived. The gown is made
Just as my master had direction.
Grumio gave order how it should be done.

TAILOR

It’s not true. The gown was made just as my master was directed. Grumio gave the order for how it should be done.

GRUMIO

I gave him no order. I gave him the stuff.

GRUMIO

I gave him no order. I gave him the material.

TAILOR

120But how did you desire it should be made?

TAILOR

But how did you want it made?

GRUMIO

Marry, sir, with needle and thread.

GRUMIO

With a needle and thread.

TAILOR

But did you not request to have it cut?

TAILOR

But didn’t you expect us to cut the cloth?

GRUMIO

Thou hast faced many things.

GRUMIO

You’ve

faced

To face means to decorate with trim.

faced
many things, haven’t you?

TAILOR

I have.

TAILOR

I have.

GRUMIO

125Face not me. Thou hast braved many men; brave not me. I will neither be faced nor braved. I say unto thee, I bid thy master cutout the gown, but I did not bid him cut it to pieces. Ergo, thou liest.

GRUMIO

Well, don’t face off with me. You have bested many things, well don’t try and best me. I will not be faced or bested. I tell you I requested that your master cut out the gown, but I didn’t ask him to cut it all to pieces. Therefore, it follows you’re a liar.

TAILOR

Why, here is the note of the fashion to testify.

TAILOR

Why, here is the order to prove it.
Holds up a paper
He holds up a piece of paper.

PETRUCHIO

130Read it.

PETRUCHIO

Read it.

GRUMIO

The note lies in ’s throat, if he say I said so.

GRUMIO

The note is a big fat liar if it says I said so.

TAILOR

(reads)Imprimis, a loose-bodied gown—”

TAILOR

(reading) “Item one, a loose-bodied gown—”