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The Taming Of The Shrew: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. For how I firmly am resolved you know:
    That is, not to bestow my youngest daughter
    Before I have a husband for the elder.
    If either of you both love Katherine
    Because I know you well and love you well,
    Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure."
    Batista tells Bianca's suitors when he explains why they cannot court Bianca.
    Act 1, Sc. 1, Lines 48-54
  2. "I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
    If wealthily, then happily in Padua."
    Petruchio stating his reason for coming to Padua, and his reason for not caring that Katherine is a shrew.  It shows that his main intent is to get her money.
    Act 1, Sc. 2, Lines 76-77
  3. " 'Katherine the Curst'
    A title for a maid, of all titles the worst."
    Grumio says when the men were talking about Katherine's reputation.
    Act 1, Sc. 2, Lines 130-131
  4. "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, chafed with sweat?
    Have I not heard great ordnance in the field
    And heaven's arrtilery thunder in the skies?
    Have I not in pitched 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
  5. "Content you, gentlemen. I will compound this strife.
    'Tis deeds must win the prize, and he of both
    That can assure my daughter greatest dower
    Shall have my Bianca's love."
    Baptista tells Tranio (as Lucentio) and Gremio when he tells them that the one who can offer Bianca the most for a dowery will be the one who marries her.
    Act 2, Sc. 1, Lines 361-365
  6. ".as I told you before.I am
    Lucentio.son unto Vincentio of Pisa,
    .diguised thus to get your love.
    .and that "Lucentio" that comes a-wooing,
    .is my man Tranio.bearing my port,
    .that we might beguile the old pantaloon."
    Lucentio when he tells Bianca between phrases of Latin that he is Lucentio and in love with her.
    Act 3, Sc. 1, Lines 33-48
  7. "No shame but mine. I must, forsooth, be forced
    To give my hand, opposed agaisnt my heart
    Unto a mad-brain rudesby, full of spleen
    Who wooed in haste and means to wed at leisure"
    Kate says to her wedding guests when Petruchio is late for their wedding.
    Act 3, Sc. 2, Lines 8-11
  8. "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 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 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
  9. "Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
    And be it moon, or sun, or what you please.
    And if you please to call it a rush candle,
    Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me."
    Katherine on their ride to her father's house showing that she will agree to whatever Petruchio says.
    Act 4, Sc. 5, Lines 14-17
  10. "Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
    Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee,
    And for thy maintence commits his body
    To painful labor both by sea and land,
    To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
    Whilst though liest warm at home, secure and safe,
    And craves no other tribute at thy hands
    But love, fair looks, and true obedience-
    Too little payment for so great a debt.
    Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
    Even such a woman oweth to her husband;
    And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour,
    And not obedient to his honest will,
    What is she but a foul contending rebel
    And graceless traitor to her loving lord?
    I am ashamed that women are so simple
    To offer war where they should kneel for peace,
    Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway
    When they are bound to serve, love, and obey."
    Katherine giving her speech on what she has learned by being tamed by Petruchio.
    Act 5, Sc. 2, 162-180


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