The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

Act 1 Scene 2

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Enter PETRUCHIO and his man GRUMIO
PETRUCHIO enters with his servant GRUMIO.

PETRUCHIO

Verona, for a while I take my leave,
To see my friends in Padua, but of all
My best belovèd and approvèd friend,
Hortensio. And I trow this is his house.
5Here, sirrah Grumio. Knock, I say.

PETRUCHIO

Farewell, Verona! I’m off to visit my friends in Padua—particularly my best friend Hortensio. And I think this is his house. Here, you there, Grumio. Knock.

GRUMIO

Knock, sir? Whom should I knock? Is there any man has rebused your Worship?

GRUMIO

Knock, sir? Whom should I knock? Has anyone offended your Worship?

PETRUCHIO

Villain, I say, knock me here soundly.

PETRUCHIO

Moron! I’m telling you to make a fist and pound.

GRUMIO

Knock you here, sir? Why, sir, what am I, sir, that I should knock you here, sir?

GRUMIO

Really, sir, I hardly think it would be appropriate for me to

pound

Grumio acts as if Petruchio asked Grumio to hit him.

pound
you.

PETRUCHIO

Villain, I say, knock me at this gate
10And rap me well, or I’ll knock your knave’s pate.

PETRUCHIO

Moron, here we are at the gate. Now put your fists to work, or I’ll put mine to work on your head!

GRUMIO

My master is grown quarrelsome. I should knock you first,
And then I know after who comes by the worst.

GRUMIO

My master is being difficult. If I do as he asks I think I know which one of us will be sorrier—and it’s not going to be him!

PETRUCHIO

Will it not be?
Faith, sirrah, an you’ll not knock, I’ll ring it.
15I’ll try how you can sol, fa, and sing it.

PETRUCHIO

What are you standing there for! If you won’t knock, I’ll ring—and you’ll be singing along in falsetto!
He wrings him by the ears
He grabs him by the ears.

GRUMIO

Help, mistress, help! My master is mad.

GRUMIO

(to the unseen mistress or master of the house) Help, mistress, help! My master has gone mad.