The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 1 Scene 1

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(aside to LUCENTIO) Well said, master. Mum, and gaze your fill.

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(speaking so that only LUCENTIO can hear) Indeed, master. Let’s keep quiet and watch.

BAPTISTA

75 (to GREMIO and HORTENSIO)
Gentlemen, that I may soon make good
What I have said—Bianca, get you in,
And let it not displease thee, good Bianca,
For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl.

BAPTISTA

(to GREMIO and HORTENSIO) Gentlemen, since I’d like to make good on what I’ve said—Bianca, go inside. And don’t be unhappy, my dear. Whatever happens, you know I’ll never love you less.

KATHERINE

80A pretty peat! It is best
Put finger in the eye, an she knew why.

KATHERINE

What a spoiled little brat. She’d make herself cry now, if she could think of a reason.

BIANCA

Sister, content you in my discontent.—
Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe.
My books and instruments shall be my company,
85On them to look and practice by myself.

BIANCA

Sister, be happy in my unhappiness.—Sir, I will humbly obey you. I’ll take comfort in my books and music, reading and practicing my instruments.

LUCENTIO

Hark, Tranio! Thou may’st hear Minerva speak.

LUCENTIO

HORTENSIO

Signior Baptista, will you be so strange?
Sorry am I that our goodwill effects
Bianca’s grief.

HORTENSIO

Signior Baptista, will you really be this cruel? I regret that our goodwill should cause Bianca unhappiness.

GREMIO

90Why will you mew her up,
Signior Baptista, for this fiend of hell
And make her bear the penance of her tongue?

GREMIO

Why are you locking her away because of this fiend from hell, Signor Baptista? Why does the one daughter have to be punished for the other’s mouth?

BAPTISTA

Gentlemen, content ye. I am resolved.—
Go in, Bianca.

BAPTISTA

Gentlemen, I’ve made my decision. That’s all there is to it. Go inside, Bianca.