The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

  Induction Scene 2

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SLY

Now Lord be thanked for my good amends!

SLY

Well, thank God I’m cured!

ALL

Amen.

ALL

Amen.

SLY

I thank thee. Thou shalt not lose by it.

SLY

I thank you all. You won’t regret this.
Enter the PAGE as a lady, with attendants
The PAGE enters, disguised as a noble lady and accompanied by servants.

PAGE

85How fares my noble lord?

PAGE

How is my noble lord?

SLY

    Marry, I fare well,
For here is cheer enough. Where is my wife?

SLY

Not bad, actually. This is all quite pleasant. Where is my wife?

PAGE

Here, noble lord. What is thy will with her?

PAGE

Here, noble lord. What is your wish with regard to her?

SLY

Are you my wife and will not call me “husband”?
My men should call me “lord.” I am your goodman.

SLY

You call yourself my wife, yet you don’t call me “husband”? It’s my men who should call me “lord.” I’m your man, your fellow.

PAGE

90My husband and my lord, my lord and husband,
I am your wife in all obedience.

PAGE

My husband is my lord and my lord is my husband. For I am your all-obedient wife.

SLY

I know it well.—What must I call her?

SLY

Yes, I see.—(to the LORD) What should I call her?

LORD

     “Madam.”

LORD

“Madam.”

SLY

“Alice Madam,” or “Joan Madam”?

SLY

LORD

“Madam,” and nothing else. So lords call ladies.

LORD

Just “madam.” That’s how noblemen address their wives.