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The Taming of the Shrew

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PETRUCHIO
Why, this was molded on a porringer!
A velvet dish! Fie, fie, ’tis lewd and filthy!
Why, ’tis a cockle or a walnut shell,
A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby’s cap.
Away with it! Come, let me have a bigger.
PETRUCHIO
Why, this was modeled on a porridge bowl! It’s a velvet dish! No, definitely not! It’s cheap and nasty! It’s like a cockleshell or a walnut shell, a joke, a prank, a doll’s cap. Take it away. Bring me a bigger one.

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KATHERINE
I’ll have no bigger. This doth fit the time,
And gentlewomen wear such caps as these.
KATHERINE
I won’t have one any bigger. This is the fashion. Gentlewomen are wearing caps like this right now.


PETRUCHIO
When you are gentle, you shall have one too,
And not till then.
PETRUCHIO
When you are gentle, you shall have one, too, and not till then.

HORTENSIO
(aside) That will not be in haste.
HORTENSIO
(to himself) That won’t be anytime soon.

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KATHERINE
Why, sir, I trust I may have leave to speak,
And speak I will. I am no child, no babe.
Your betters have endured me say my mind,
And if you cannot, best you stop your ears.
My tongue will tell the anger of my heart
Or else my heart, concealing it, will break,
And, rather than it shall, I will be free
Even to the uttermost, as I please, in words.
KATHERINE
Sir, I think I have the right to speak, and speak I certainly will. I am not a child or an infant. Better men than you have heard me speak my mind, and if you can’t take it, then you’d better plug your ears. I’ll express my anger or die concealing it. And rather than have that happen, I’ll give myself permission to speak as freely as I like, whatever I may have to say.



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PETRUCHIO
Why, thou say’st true. It is a paltry cap,
A custard-coffin, a bauble, a silken pie.
I love thee well in that thou lik’st it not.
PETRUCHIO
You know, you’re right. It’s a measly little cap, a dessert crust, a plaything, a silk pie. I love you all the more for not liking it.


KATHERINE
Love me or love me not, I like the cap,
And it I will have, or I will have none.
KATHERINE
I don’t care if you love me or not, I like the cap and I’ll have it or I won’t have any.
Exit HABERDASHER
HATMAKER exits.



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PETRUCHIO
Thy gown? Why, ay. Come, tailor, let us see ’t.
O mercy, God! What masking stuff is here?
What’s this? A sleeve? 'Tis like a demi-cannon.
PETRUCHIO
Now, your gown? Yes, yes. Come, tailor, show it to us. Merciful God! What sort of costume do we have here? What do you call this? A sleeve? It’s like a cannon.

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