The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 3

page Act 4 Scene 3 Page 7

Original Text

Modern Text

GRUMIO

Master, if ever I said “loose-bodied gown,” sew me in the skirts of it, and beat me to death with a bottom of brown thread. I said “a gown.”

GRUMIO

Master, if ever I said “

loose-bodied gown

Grumio acts if “loose-bodied” meant intended for a loose woman

loose-bodied gown
,” sew me into the skirts of it and beat me to death with a bobbin of brown thread. I said “a gown.”

PETRUCHIO

Proceed.

PETRUCHIO

Go on.

TAILOR

(reads) “With a small-compassed cape—”

TAILOR

(he reads) “With a half-circle cape—”

GRUMIO

I confess the cape.

GRUMIO

I admit the cape.

TAILOR

(reads) “With a trunk sleeve—”

TAILOR

(he reads) “With a wide sleeve—”

GRUMIO

140I confess two sleeves.

GRUMIO

I admit two sleeves.

TAILOR

(reads) “The sleeves curiously cut.”

TAILOR

(he reads) “The sleeves carefully cut.”

PETRUCHIO

Ay, there’s the villany.

PETRUCHIO

Ah, there’s the problem.

GRUMIO

Error i' the bill, sir, error i' the bill! I commanded the sleeves should be cut out and sewed up again, and that I’ll prove upon thee, though thy little finger be armed in a thimble.

GRUMIO

Error in the bill, sir, error in the bill! I ordered that the sleeves be cut out and sewed up again, and I’ll prove it in combat even if your little finger is armed with your thimble.

TAILOR

This is true that I say: an I had thee in place where, thou shouldst know it.

TAILOR

What I say is true. And if this were a fitting place, I’d prove it.

GRUMIO

I am for thee straight. Take thou the bill, give me thy mete- yard, and spare not me.

GRUMIO

I am ready for you. You take the bill and I’ll take your yardstick. Do your worst!

HORTENSIO

God-a-mercy, Grumio! Then he shall have no odds.

HORTENSIO

God have mercy, Grumio! He won’t have a chance.

PETRUCHIO

Well, sir, in brief, the gown is not for me.

PETRUCHIO

Well, sir, the gown is not for me.

GRUMIO

You are i' the right, sir, ’tis for my mistress.

GRUMIO

You are right, it’s for my mistress.