Taming of the Shrew – Act II, Scene II

Act II, Scene II

Painted by Francis Wheatley, R.A.
Engraved by I. P. Simon

‘Baptista’s house. Petruchio, Katherine, Bianca, &c.’

Pet. 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 my action on the proudest he / That stops my way in Padua. Grumio, / Draw forth they weapon, we’re 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.

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