The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

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LUCENTIO

Tranio, let’s go. One thing more rests, that thyself execute, to make one among these wooers. If thou ask me why, sufficeth my reasons are both good and weighty.

LUCENTIO

Tranio, let’s go. One last thing, and this is up to you. You’ll have to woo Bianca like the rest. Don’t ask why. Just trust me—I know what I’m doing.
Exeunt
They exit.
The presenters above speak
The presenters up in the balcony speak.

FIRST SERVANT

My lord, you nod. You do not mind the play.

FIRST SERVANT

(to SLY) My lord, you’re falling asleep. You’re not paying attention to the play.

SLY

205Yes, by Saint Anne, do I. A good matter, surely. Comes there any more of it?

SLY

No, no. I am. Really. Very impressive. Is there any more, or is that it?

PAGE

My lord, ’tis but begun.

PAGE

(speaking as SLY's wife) My lord, we’ve only just got started.

SLY

'Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam lady. Would
’twere done.

SLY

And what an excellent piece of work it is, too, madam lady! I wish it were over.
They sit and mark
They sit and watch.