The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 1 Scene 2
No Fear Act 1 Scene 2 Page 6

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GRUMIO

110Here’s no knavery! See, to beguile the old folks, how the young folks lay their heads together!

GRUMIO

Oh, very nice! See how the young folks conspire to fool the old folks!
Enter GREMIO and LUCENTIO disguised as CAMBIO
GREMIO enters with LUCENTIO, disguised as CAMBIO.
Master, master, look about you. Who goes there, ha?
Master, master, look! Who are these people?

HORTENSIO

Peace, Grumio. It is the rival of my love.
Petruchio, stand by a while.

HORTENSIO

Hush, Grumio. It is my rival for Bianca. Petruchio, let’s stand over here awhile.
PETRUCHIO, HORTENSIO, and GRUMIO stand aside
PETRUCHIO, HORTENSIO, and GRUMIO stand off to the side.

GRUMIO

(aside) A proper stripling, and an amorous.

GRUMIO

(to the audience, indicating old GREMIO) Check out this stud! What a heartthrob!

GREMIO

115 (to LUCENTIO) O, very well, I have perused the note.
Hark you, sir: I’ll have them very fairly bound,
All books of love. See that at any hand,
And see you read no other lectures to her.
You understand me. Over and beside
120Signior Baptista’s liberality,
I’ll mend it with a largess. Take your paper too.
And let me have them very well perfum’d
For she is sweeter than perfume itself
To whom they go to. What will you read to her?

GREMIO

(to LUCENTIO) Oh, all right, I’ve reviewed the list of books. But listen: I want them very handsomely bound—only books of love, make sure of that in any case. And see that you give her no other lessons. Do I make myself clear? Over and above what Signior Baptista pays you, I’ll tack on a bonus. Take these notes, too. And make sure they’re pleasantly perfumed. The lady they are meant for is sweeter than perfume itself. What are you planning to read her?

LUCENTIO

125 (as CAMBIO) Whate'er I read to her, I’ll plead for you
As for my patron, stand you so assured,
As firmly as yourself were still in place,
Yea, and perhaps with more successful words
Than you, unless you were a scholar, sir.

LUCENTIO

(speaking as CAMBIO) Whatever I read her, you can be sure that I’ll plead the case for your love as strongly as if you yourself stood there before her—and perhaps even a bit more successfully than you would do, sir, seeing as you’re not a scholar.

GREMIO

130O this learning, what a thing it is!

GREMIO

Oh, what an excellent thing this learning is!