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The Taming of the Shrew: The Challenge of Loving Kate
In the Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio recognizes, respects and desires Kate's intelligence and strength of character. He does not want to conquer or truly tame her. He is a very confident man and does not want or need someone to massage his ego. Petruchio seems to me to be a man of sport and challenge and likes to surround himself with witty, challenging people. He desires in a mate precisely what Kate has - fire.

When Petruchio hears that he will get a considerable dowry for marrying Kate, he vows to have her -- and hate her?

Pete's 10 commandements -- A Special Offer For Single Men Only...

“The Ten Most Dangerous Mistakes YOU Probably Make With Women— And What To Do About It...”

Here Are The Top Ten Reasons Why Men Fail With Women—And How To Make Sure YOU Avoid Every One Of These Deadly Common Mistakes...

MISTAKE #1: Being Too Much Of A “Nice Guy”

Have you ever noticed that the really attractive women never seem to be attracted "nice" guys?
Of course you have.
Just like me, I'm sure you've had attractive female friends that always seemed to date "jerks"... but for some reason they were never romantically interested in YOU.
What's going on here?
It's actually very simple...
Women don't base their choices of men on how "nice" a guy is. They choose the men they do because they feel a powerful GUT LEVEL ATTRACTION for them.
And guess what?
Being nice doesn't make a woman FEEL that powerful ATTRACTION.
And being NICE doesn't make a woman CHOOSE you.
I realize that this doesn't make a lot of logical sense, and it's hard to ACCEPT... but GET OVER IT.

Until you accept this FACT and begin to act on it, you'll NEVER have the success with women that you want.

MISTAKE #2: Trying To “Convince Her To Like You”

What do most guys do when they meet a woman that they REALLY like... but she's just notinterested?
Right! They try to "convince" the woman to feel differently.
Well, I have news for you... YOU WILL NEVER CHANGE HOW A WOMAN "FEELS" WHEN IT COMES TO ATTRACTION!
Never, ever, EVER.
You cannot CONVINCE a woman to feel differently about you with "logic and reasoning".
Think about it.
If a woman doesn't "feel it" for you, how in the world do you expect to change that FEELING by being "reasonable" with her?
But we all do it.
When a woman just isn't interested, we beg, plead, chase, and do our best to change her mind.
Bad idea. One that will never work.

MISTAKE #3: Looking To Her For Approval Or Permission

In our desire to please women (which we mistakenly think will make them like us), us guys are always doing things to get a woman's "approval" or "permission".
Another HORRIBLE idea.
Women are NEVER attracted to the types of men who kiss up to them... EVER.
Don't get me wrong here.
You don't have to treat women BADLY for them to like you.
But if you think that treating a woman well means "always getting her approval and permission for things", think again.
You will never succeed by looking for approval. Women actually get ANNOYED at men who seek their approval.
Doubt me? Just ask any attractive woman if Wussy guys who chase her around and want her approval annoy her...

MISTAKE #4: Trying To “Buy” Her Affection With Food And Gifts

How many times have you taken a woman out to a nice dinner, bought her gifts and flowers, and had her REJECT you for someone who didn't treat her even HALF as well as you did?
If you're like me, then you've had it happen a LOT.
Well guess what?
It's only NATURAL when this happens...
That's right, I said NATURAL.
When you do these things, you send a clear message:
"I don't think you'll like me for who I am, so I'm going to try to buy your attention and affection".
Your good intentions usually come across to women as over-compensation for insecurity, and weak attempts at manipulation. That's right, I said that women see this as MANIPULATION.

MISTAKE #5: Sharing “How You Feel” Too Early In The Relationship With Her

Another huge and unfortunate mistake that most men make with women is sharing how they "feel" too early on.
Attractive women are rare.
And they get a LOT of attention from men.
Most men don't realize this, but attractive women are being approached in one way or another ALL THE TIME.
An attractive woman is often approached several times a DAY by men who are interested. This translate into dozens of times per week, and often HUNDREDS of times per month.
And guess what?
Attractive women have usually dated a LOT of men.
That's right. They have EXPERIENCE.
They know what to expect.
And one thing that turns an attractive women off and sends her running away faster than just about anything is a guy who starts saying "You know, I really, REALLY like you" after one or two dates.
This signals to the woman that you're just like all the other guys who fall for her too fast... and can't control themselves.
Don't do it. Lean back. Relax.
There's a much better way...

MISTAKE #6: Not “Getting” How Attraction Works For Women

Women are VERY different from men when it comes to ATTRACTION.
You need to accept this fact, and deal with it.
When a man sees a beautiful, young, sexy woman, he INSTANTLY feels a sexual attraction.
But does the same apply for women?
Do women feel sexual attraction to men based mostly on looks? Or is something else going on?
Well, after studying this topic for over five full years now, I can tell you that women usually have their "attraction mechanisms" triggered by things OTHER than looks.
Have you ever noticed that you see a lot more average and unattractive men with beautiful women than the other way around?
Think about it.
Women are more attracted to certain qualities in men... and they're attracted to the way a man makes them FEEL than they are to looks alone.
If you know how to use your body language and communication correctly, you can make women feel the same kind of powerful sexual attraction to you that YOU feel when you see a hot, sexy young woman.
But it's not an accident. You have to LEARN how to do this.
And ANY guy can learn how...

MISTAKE #7: Thinking That It Takes Money And Looks

One of the most common mistakes that guys make is giving up before they've even gotten started... because they think that attractive women are only interested in men who have looks and money... or guys who are a certain height... or guys who are a certain age.
And sure, there are some women who are only interested in these things.
But MOST women are far more interested in a man's personality than his wallet or his looks.
There are personality traits that attract women like a magnet...
And if you learn what they are and how to use them, YOU can be one of these guys.
YOU DO NOT have to "settle" for a woman just because you aren't rich, tall, or handsome.
Let me say this again: If you know how to use your body language and communication correctly, you can make women feel the same kind of powerful sexual attraction to you that YOU feel when you see a hot, sexy young woman.

MISTAKE #8: Giving Away All Of Your Power To Women
Earlier I mentioned that it's a mistake to look to a woman for approval or permission.
Well, another similar tactic that a lot of guys use is GIVING AWAY THEIR POWER to women.
Said differently, guys try to get women to like them by doing whatever the woman wants.
Another bad idea...
Women are NEVER attracted to men that they can walk all over... Women aren't attracted to Wussies!

MISTAKE #9: Not Knowing EXACTLY What To Do In Each Type Of Situation With Women
Now I'm going to blow your mind...
A woman ALWAYS knows what you're thinking.
Women are approximately TEN TIMES better than men at reading body language. That's ten TIMES.
I know, it might be hard to believe. But for example, if you're out on a date with a woman, and you want to kiss her, she knows it.
And if you don't know exactly what to do and exactly HOW to kiss her, and you just sit there looking at her and getting nervous, she won't help!
And this goes for ALL aspects of women and dating...
Approaching a woman, getting her number, asking her out, kissing her, getting physical... everything.
If you don't know what to do in each situation, you will probably screw it up... and LOSE EVERYTHING.
And you KNOW it.
It is VITALLY important that you know EXACTLY how to go from one step to the next with a woman... from the first meeting, all the way to the bedroom.

MISTAKE #10: Not Getting HELP

This is the biggest mistake of all.

This is the mistake that keeps most men from EVER having the kind of success with women that they truly want.

I know, guys don't like to make themselves look weak or helpless. We don't like to ask for help.

Hey, I've been there myself.

Let me tell you a little about me and how I figured out how to be successful with women...

About five years ago I became fed up with the fact that I didn't know how to approach, meet, and get dates with women that I was attracted to.

It frustrated the hell out of me.

One night I was out with a friend, and I saw a woman I wanted to ask out, but I just couldn't get up the nerve to do it. I can still remember that night... right on the spot I made the decision to do whatever it took to learn how to be successful with women and dating.

Well, after a lot of hard work and trying all kinds of crazy things, I finally figured it all out.

I can now approach just about any woman and get her number almost instantly. I've dated models, I've dated actresses, and I've dated nice, normal, regular girls as well.

It has been a very rewarding experience. I no longer feel that sick, insecure feeling... like I don't know how to meet women... and I might wind up alone.

I know that anytime, anywhere, I can go out and meet attractive women.

I've written a book on the topic, and I've done seminars on both coasts of the United States... and taught tens of thousands of men all around the world.

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Pete isn't a brute, Kate is not a shrew. Do you know difference betwen a mask and a face? Got it?

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The play contains three stories of deception. In the Induction, the drunkard Sly is tricked into believing he is a nobleman because he is dressed and treated as one. Later, in the play-within-a-play, Petruchio pretends to be a male counterpart to the sh rew, beating and berating his servants and yet treating Kate with exaggerated kindness. His object is to give her a taste of her own medicine, while at the same time allowing her to take on the role of a gentlewoman. Deception and disguise are integral parts of the Lucentio-Bianca plot where four characters assume someone else's identity in order to gain access to Bianca. Bianca also pretends to be sweet and submissive, but in reality she shows signs of being self-centered and willful. While students may find the Lucentio-Bianca plot difficult to follow, they should see how the outcomes of the stories differ. Which man, Lucentio or Petruchio, will have the more suitable wife?

Pet. Good morrow, Kate; for that's your name, I hear.
Kath. Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing;
They call me Katharine that do talk of me.
Pet. You lie, in faith; for you are call'd plain Kate,
And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation,
Hearing thy mildness prais'd in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,
Myself am mov'd to woo thee for my wife. (182-194)

Shrew: Pete

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He likes her before they met, because she is a rebel.

She likes him, because P. said openelly that he is after the money only. Of course, he is not. Another trick to get her.

And his maccismo is the show, too.

Their games are good, unlike in Dangerous Liaisons.

The plot is straight (simple, next to "12th Night")

What is the secret of the play?

“Why came I hither but to that intent?
Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?
Have I not in my time heard Lions roar?
Have I not heard the sea, puffed up with winds,
Rage like an angry boar, chafèd with sweat?
Have I not heard great ordnance in the field
And heaven’s arrtilery thunder in the skies?
Have I not in pitchèd battle heard
Loud ‘larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets clang?
And do you tell me of a woman’s tongue,
That gives not half so great a blow to hear
As will a chesnut in a farmer’s fire?”
Petruchio explaining that he is not afraid of Katherine because of all he has seen and heard.
Act 1, Sc. 2, Lines 201-212

He is not brute at all, he plays one!

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“Thus have I politically begun my reign
And ‘tis my hope to end successfully
My falcon now is sharp and passing empty,
And, till she stoop, she must not be full gorged,
For then she never looks upon her lure,
Another way I have to man my haggard,
To make her come and know her keeper’s call
That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites
That bate and beat and will not be obeidient.
She ate no meat today, nor none shall eat.
Last night she slept not, nor tonight she shall not.
As with the meat, some undeservèd fault
I’ll find about the making of the bed,
And here I’ll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets.
Ay, and amid this hurly I intend
That all is done in reverend care of her.
And, in conclusion, she shall watch all night,
And, if she chance to nod, I’ll rail and brawl,
And with the clamor keep her still awake.
This is the way to kill a wife with kindness.
And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humor.
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak; ‘tis charity to shew.”
Petruchio explains to the servants how she intends to tame Katherine.
Act 4, Sc. 2, Lines 188-211

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"The boastful, selfish, mercurial Petruccio is one of the most difficult characters in The Taming of the Shrew: his behavior is extremely difficult to decipher, and our interpretation of the play as a whole changes dramatically depending on how we interpret Petruccio’s actions. If he is nothing more than a vain, uncaring, greedy chauvinist who treats marriage as an act of domination, then the play becomes a dark comedy about the materialism and hunger for power that dictate marriages under the guise of courtly love. If, on the other hand, Petruccio is actually capable of loving Kate and conceives of taming her merely as a means to realize a happy marriage, then the play becomes an examination of the psychology of relationships.
A case can be made for either interpretation, but the truth about Petruccio probably lies somewhere in between: he is unabashedly selfish, materialistic, and determined to be his wife’s lord and master, but he also loves her and realizes on some level that domestic harmony (on his terms, of course) would be better for her than her current life as a shrew in Padua. To this extent, Petruccio goes to alarming lengths to impose his mastery on Kate, keeping her tired and hungry for some time after their marriage, but he also insists on framing this treatment in a language of love, indicating his eagerness for Kate to adapt to her rightful, socially appointed place and his willingness to make their marriage a happy one. Above all, Petruccio is a comic figure, an exaggerated persona who continually makes the audience laugh. And though we laugh with Petruccio as he “tames” Kate, we also laugh at him, as we see him satirize the very gender inequalities that the plot of The Taming of the Shrew ultimately upholds." [sparknotes.com ]
  [Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and HORTENSIO.]

          PETRUCHIO.
Come on, o' God's name; once more toward our father's.            4/5/1
Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!

          KATHARINA.
The moon! the sun: it is not moonlight now.

          PETRUCHIO.
I say it is the moon that shines so bright.

          KATHARINA.
I know it is the sun that shines so bright.

          PETRUCHIO.
Now, by my mother's son, and that's myself,
It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
Or e'er I journey to your father's house.-
Go one, and fetch our horses back again.-
Evermore cross'd and cross'd; nothing but cross'd!               4/5/10
 
          HORTENSIO [aside to KATHARINA].
Say as he says, or we shall never go.

          KATHARINA.
Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
And be it moon, or sun, or what you please:
An if you please to call it a rush-candle,
Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.

          PETRUCHIO.
I say it is the moon.

          KATHARINA.
                       I know it is the moon.

          PETRUCHIO.
Nay, then, you lie: it is the blessed sun.

          KATHARINA.
Then, God be bless'd, it is the blessed sun:-
But sun it is not, when you say it is not;
And the moon changes, even as your mind.                         4/5/20
What you will have it named, even that it is;
And so it shall be still for Katharine.

          HORTENSIO [aside].
Petruchio, go thy ways; the field is won.

          PETRUCHIO.
Well, forward, forward! thus the bowl should run,
And not unluckily against the bias.-
But, soft! what company is coming here?
          [Enter VINCENTIO.]
[to VINCENTIO]  Good morrow, gentle mistress: where away?-
Tell me, sweet Kate, and tell me truly too,
Hast thou beheld a fresher gentlewoman?
Such war of white and red within her cheeks!                     4/5/30
What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty,
As those two eyes become that heavenly face?-
Fair lovely maid, once more good day to thee.-
Sweet Kate, embrace her for her beauty's sake.

          HORTENSIO [aside].
A' will make the man mad, to make a woman of him.

          KATHARINA.
Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet,
Whither away; or where is thy abode?
Happy the parents of so fair a child;
Happier the man whom favourable stars
Allot thee for his lovely bedfellow!                             4/5/40

          PETRUCHIO.
Why, how now, Kate! I hope thou art not mad:
This is a man, old, wrinkled, faded, wither'd;
And not a maiden, as thou say'st he is,

          KATHARINA.
Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes,
That have been so bedazzled with the sun,
That every thing I look on seemeth green:
Now I perceive thou art a reverend father;
Pardon, I pray thee, for my mad mistaking.

          PETRUCHIO.
Do, good old grandsire; and withal make known
Which way thou travellest; if along with us,                     4/5/50
We shall be joyful of thy company.

          VINCENTIO.
Fair sir, and you my merry mistress,
That with your strange encounter much amazed me,
My name is call'd Vincentio; my dwelling Pisa;
And bound I am to Padua; there to visit
A son of mine, which long I have not seen.

          PETRUCHIO.
What is his name?

          VINCENTIO.
                  Lucentio, gentle sir.

          PETRUCHIO.
Happily met; the happier for thy son.
And now by law, as well as reverend age,
I may entitle thee my loving father:                             4/5/60
The sister to my wife, this gentlewoman,
Thy son by this hath married. Wonder not,
Nor be not grieved: she is of good esteem,
Her dowry wealthy, and of worthy birth;
Beside, so qualified as may beseem
The spouse of any noble gentleman.
Let me embrace with old Vincentio:
And wander we to see thy honest son,
Who will of thy arrival be full joyous.

          VINCENTIO.
But is this true? or is it else your pleasure,                   4/5/70
Like pleasant travellers, to break a jest
Upon the company you overtake?

          HORTENSIO.
I do assure thee, father, so it is.

          PETRUCHIO.
Come, go along, and see the truth hereof;
For our first merriment hath made thee jealous.     [Exeunt 
  PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and VINCENTIO.]
Next: kate
        PETRUCHIO.

I pray you do; I will attend her here,- 
And woo her with some spirit when she comes.
Say that she rail; why, then, I'll tell her plain,
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale:
Say that she frown; I'll say, she looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash'd with dew:                         2/1/170
Say she be mute and will not speak a word;
Then I'll commend her volubility,
And say she uttereth piercing eloquence:
If she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks,
As though she bid me stay by her a week:
If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day
When I shall ask the banns, and when be married.-

Thus have I politicly begun my reign,
And 'tis my hope to end successfully.
My falcon now is sharp, and passing empty;
And, till she stoop, she must not be full-gorged,
For then she never looks upon her lure.
Another way I have to man my haggard,
To make her come, and know her keeper's call,
That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites                  4/1/170
That bate, and beat, and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat today, nor none shall eat;
Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not;
As with the meat, some undeserved fault
I'll find about the making of the bed;
And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets:-
Ay, and amid this hurly, I intend
That all is done in reverent care of her;
And, in conclusion, she shall watch all night:                  4/1/180
And, if she chance to nod, I'll rail and brawl,
And with the clamour keep her still awake.
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness;
And thus I'll curb her mad and headstrong humour.-
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak: 'tis charity to shew.     [Exit.]
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PETRUCHIO 

Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for your pains:
I know you think to dine with me to-day,
And have prepared great store of wedding cheer;
But so it is, my haste doth call me hence,
And therefore here I mean to take my leave.

BAPTISTA 

Is't possible you will away to-night?

PETRUCHIO 

I must away to-day, before night come:
Make it no wonder; if you knew my business,
You would entreat me rather go than stay.
And, honest company, I thank you all,
That have beheld me give away myself
To this most patient, sweet and virtuous wife:
Dine with my father, drink a health to me;
For I must hence; and farewell to you all.

TRANIO 

Let us entreat you stay till after dinner.

PETRUCHIO 

It may not be.

GREMIO 

Let me entreat you.

PETRUCHIO 

It cannot be.

KATHARINA 

Let me entreat you.

PETRUCHIO 

I am content.

KATHARINA 

Are you content to stay?

PETRUCHIO 

I am content you shall entreat me stay;
But yet not stay, entreat me how you can.

KATHARINA 

Now, if you love me, stay.

PETRUCHIO 

Grumio, my horse.

GRUMIO 

Ay, sir, they be ready: the oats have eaten the horses.

KATHARINA 

Nay, then,
Do what thou canst, I will not go to-day;
No, nor to-morrow, not till I please myself.
The door is open, sir; there lies your way;
You may be jogging whiles your boots are green;
For me, I'll not be gone till I please myself:
'Tis like you'll prove a jolly surly groom,
That take it on you at the first so roundly.

PETRUCHIO 

O Kate, content thee; prithee, be not angry.

KATHARINA 

I will be angry: what hast thou to do?
Father, be quiet; he shall stay my leisure.

GREMIO 

Ay, marry, sir, now it begins to work.

KATARINA 

Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner:
I see a woman may be made a fool,
If she had not a spirit to resist.

PETRUCHIO 

They shall go forward, Kate, at thy command.
Obey the bride, you that attend on her;
Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
Carouse full measure to her maidenhead,
Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves:
But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret;
I will be master of what is mine own:
She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house,
My household stuff, my field, my barn,
My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing;
And here she stands, touch her whoever dare;
I'll bring mine action on the proudest he
That stops my way in Padua. Grumio,
Draw forth thy weapon, we are beset with thieves;
Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man.
Fear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch
thee, Kate:
I'll buckler thee against a million.
Exeunt PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, and GRUMIO

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          PETRUCHIO.
Good morrow, Kate; for that's your name, I hear.
          KATHARINA.
Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing:             2/1/180
They call me Katharine that do talk of me.
          PETRUCHIO.
You lie, in faith; for you are call'd plain Kate,
And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst;
But, Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,
Kate of Kate-Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all cates,- and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;-
Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,-                          2/1/190
Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.
          KATHARINA.
Moved! in good time: let him that moved you hither
Remove you hence: I knew you at the first,
You were a moveable.
          PETRUCHIO.
                      Why, what's a moveable?
          KATHARINA.
A joint-stool.
          PETRUCHIO.
               Thou hast hit it: come, sit on me.
          KATHARINA.
Asses are made to bear, and so are you.
          PETRUCHIO.
Women are made to bear, and so are you.
          KATHARINA.
No such jade as you, if me you mean.
          PETRUCHIO.
Alas, good Kate! I will not burthen thee!
For, knowing thee to be but young and light-                    2/1/200
          KATHARINA.
Too light for such a swain as you to catch;
And yet as heavy as my weight should be.
          PETRUCHIO.
Should be! should- buzz!
          KATHARINA.
                         Well ta'en, and like a buzzard.
          PETRUCHIO.
O slow-wing'd turtle! shall a buzzard take thee?
          KATHARINA.
Ay, for a turtle,- as he takes a buzzard.
          PETRUCHIO.
Come, come, you wasp; i'faith, you are too angry.
          KATHARINA.
If I be waspish, best beware my sting.
          PETRUCHIO.
My remedy is then, to pluck it out.
          KATHARINA.
Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies.
          PETRUCHIO.
Who knows not where a wasp does wear his sting?                 2/1/210
In his tail.
          KATHARINA.
             In his tongue.
          PETRUCHIO.
                             Whose tongue?
          KATHARINA.
Yours, if you talk of tails: and so farewell.
          PETRUCHIO.
What, with my tongue in your tail? nay, come again,
Good Kate; I am a gentleman.
          KATHARINA.
                        That I'll try.    [She strikes him.]
          PETRUCHIO.
I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again.
          KATHARINA.
So may you lose your arms:
If you strike me, you are no gentleman;
And if no gentleman, why, then no arms.
          PETRUCHIO.
A herald, Kate? O, put me in thy books!
          KATHARINA.
What is your crest? a coxcomb?                                  2/1/220
          PETRUCHIO.
A combless cock, so Kate will be my hen.
          KATHARINA.
No cock of mine; you crow too like a craven.
          PETRUCHIO.
Nay, come, Kate, come; you must not look so sour.
          KATHARINA.
It is my fashion when I see a crab.
          PETRUCHIO.
Why, here's no crab; and therefore look not sour.
          KATHARINA.
There is, there is.
          PETRUCHIO.
Then show it me.
          KATHARINA.
                  Had I a glass, I would.
          PETRUCHIO.
What, you mean my face?
          KATHARINA.
                         Well aim'd of such a young one.
          PETRUCHIO.
Now, by Saint George, I am too young for you.
          KATHARINA.
Yet you are wither'd.                                           2/1/230
          PETRUCHIO.
                      'Tis with cares.
          KATHARINA.
                                        I care not.
          PETRUCHIO.
Nay, hear you, Kate: in sooth, you scape not so.
          KATHARINA.
I chafe you, if I tarry: let me go.
          PETRUCHIO.
No, not a whit: I find you passing gentle.
'Twas told me you were rough, and coy, and sullen,
And now I find report a very liar;
For thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing courteous;
But slow in speech, yet sweet as spring-time flowers:
Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance,
Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will;
Nor hast thou pleasure to be cross in talk;                     2/1/240
But thou with mildness entertain'st thy wooers,
With gentle conference, soft and affable.
Why does the world report that Kate doth limp?
O slanderous world! Kate, like the hazel-twig,
Is straight and slender; and as brown in hue
As hazel-nuts, and sweeter than the kernels.
O, let me see thee walk: thou dost not halt.
          KATHARINA.
Go, fool, and whom thou keep'st command.
          PETRUCHIO.
Did ever Dian so become a grove,
As Kate this chamber with her princely gait?                    2/1/250
O, be thou Dian, and let her be Kate;
And then let Kate be chaste, and Dian sportful!
          KATHARINA.
Where did you study all this goodly speech?
          PETRUCHIO.
It is extempore, from my mother-wit.
          KATHARINA.
A witty mother! witless else her son.
          PETRUCHIO.
Am I not wise?
          KATHARINA.
                Yes; keep you warm.
          PETRUCHIO.
Marry, so I mean, sweet Katharine, in thy bed:
And therefore, setting all this chat aside,
Thus in plain terms:- your father hath consented
That you shall be my wife; your dowry 'greed on;                2/1/260
And, will you, nill you, I will marry you.
Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn;
For, by this light, whereby I see thy beauty,-
Thy beauty, that doth make me like thee well,-
Thou must be married to no man but me;
For I am he am born to tame you, Kate,
And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate
Conformable, as other household Kates.
Here comes your father: never make denial;
I must and will have Katharine to my wife.                      2/1/270
               
          [Enter BAPTISTA, GREMIO, and TRANIO.]
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