The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 1 Scene 2
No Fear Act 1 Scene 2 Page 7

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GRUMIO

(aside) O this woodcock, what an ass it is!

GRUMIO

(speaking to the audience) Oh, what an asinine thing this moron is!

PETRUCHIO

(aside) Peace, sirrah!

PETRUCHIO

(speaking so that only GRUMIO can hear) Silence, boy!

HORTENSIO

(aside) Grumio, mum! God save you, Signior Gremio.

HORTENSIO

(speaking so that only GRUMIO can hear) Grumio, hush! (to GREMIO, who can’t hear him) God save you, Signior Gremio.

GREMIO

And you are well met, Signior Hortensio.
135Trow you whither I am going? To Baptista Minola.
I promised to enquire carefully
About a schoolmaster for the fair Bianca,
And by good fortune I have lighted well
On this young man, for learning and behavior
140Fit for her turn, well read in poetry
And other books—good ones, I warrant ye.

GREMIO

Good to see you, Signior Hortensio. Do you know where I’m going? To Baptista Minola’s house. I promised to look into schoolmasters for Miss Bianca, and luck has led me to this young man, perfectly suited in learning and fine manners, well read in poetry and other books—all of them good, I assure you.

HORTENSIO

'Tis well. And I have met a gentleman
Hath promised me to help me to another,
A fine musician to instruct our mistress.
145So shall I no whit be behind in duty
To fair Bianca, so beloved of me.

HORTENSIO

That’s great. And I have met a gentleman who promises to help me find a good music tutor to instruct our lady love. I wouldn’t want to fall behind in my devotion to my beloved Bianca.

GREMIO

Beloved of me, and that my deeds shall prove.

GREMIO

My beloved—as my actions will prove.

GRUMIO

(aside) And that his bags shall prove.

GRUMIO

(speaking to the audience) As his moneybags will prove.

HORTENSIO

Gremio, ’tis now no time to vent our love.
150Listen to me, and if you speak me fair,
I’ll tell you news indifferent good for either.

HORTENSIO

Gremio, this is no time to compete over how deeply we love Bianca. Be nice and listen to me a moment, and I’ll give you a piece of news that’s equally good for both of us.