The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

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LORD

Take him up gently, and to bed with him,
And each one to his office when he wakes.

LORD

Carry him gently to bed, and every man be ready at his post when he awakes.
Some servants carry out SLY. Sound trumpets
Several servants carry SLY out. Trumpets sound.
Sirrah, go see what trumpet ’tis that sounds.
Go, lad, and find out what the trumpet’s sounding for.
Exit Servingman
A servant exits.
70Belike some noble gentleman that means,
Traveling some journey, to repose him here.
It’s probably some noble gentleman stopping off in mid-journey, thinking to spend the night here.
Enter SERVANT
A SERVANT enters.
How now! who is it?
Well, who is it?

SERVANT

    An’t please your Honor, players
That offer service to your Lordship.

SERVANT

Sir, it’s a troupe of actors who want to perform for your Lordship.

LORD

Bid them come near.

LORD

Have them come in.
Enter PLAYERS
The PLAYERS(actors) enter.
75Now, fellows, you are welcome.
You are welcome here, my friends.

PLAYERS

We thank your Honor.

PLAYERS

We thank your Honor.

LORD

Do you intend to stay with me tonight?

LORD

Were you thinking of spending the night here?

A PLAYER

So please your Lordship to accept our duty.

A PLAYER

Yes, if that would be all right with your Lordship.

LORD

With all my heart. This fellow I remember
80Since once he played a farmer’s eldest son.
'Twas where you wooed the gentlewoman so well.
I have forgot your name, but sure that part
Was aptly fitted and naturally performed.

LORD

By all means. I remember this fellow—he once played the eldest son of a farmer. It was the play in which you wooed the gentlewoman so successfully. I have forgotten your name, but you were well cast in the role and played it convincingly.