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The Taming of the Shrew

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PETRUCHIO
The fouler fortune mine, and there an end.
PETRUCHIO
The worse for me, no doubt about it.
Enter KATHERINE
KATHERINE enters.

BAPTISTA
Now, by my holidam, here comes Katherina!
BAPTISTA
By all that’s holy, here comes Katherina!

KATHERINE
What is your will, sir, that you send for me?
KATHERINE
You sent for me, sir? Is there something you’d like me to do for you?

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PETRUCHIO
Where is your sister, and Hortensio’s wife?
PETRUCHIO
Where are your sister and Hortensio’s wife?

KATHERINE
They sit conferring by the parlor fire.
KATHERINE
They sit chatting by the parlor fire.



PETRUCHIO
Go fetch them hither. If they deny to come,
Swinge me them soundly forth unto their husbands.
Away, I say, and bring them hither straight.
PETRUCHIO
Go bring them here. If they refuse to come, get physical—use a whip if you have to, but get them out here to their husbands. Go on, I said. Bring them here straight away.
Exit KATHERINE
KATHERINE exits.

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LUCENTIO
Here is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder.
LUCENTIO
This is a miracle, if you talk of miracles.

HORTENSIO
And so it is. I wonder what it bodes.
HORTENSIO
It is. I wonder what it means.



PETRUCHIO
Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life,
And awful rule, and right supremacy,
And, to be short, what not that’s sweet and happy?
PETRUCHIO
I’ll tell you what it means. It means peace and love and a quiet life, supremacy based on reverence and profound respect, and—not to go on and on about it—everything that’s sweet and happy.

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BAPTISTA
Now, fair befall thee, good Petruchio!
The wager thou hast won, and I will add
Unto their losses twenty thousand crowns,
Another dowry to another daughter,
For she is changed as she had never been.
BAPTISTA
May good fortune come to you, good Petruchio! You’ve won the wager, and I will add twenty thousand crowns to what they owe you. Another dowry for another wife, for, truly, she is so transformed she’s like a completely new woman.

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