The Taming of the Shrew
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Dramatis Personae. A Lord. CHRISTOPHER SLY, a tinker.
Hostess, Page, Players, Huntsmen, and Servants. | | | Persons in | the Induction. | | BAPTISTA a rich gentleman of Padua.
VINCENTIO an old gentleman of Pisa. LUCENTIO son to Vincentio, in love with Bianca. PETRUCHIO a gentleman of Verona, a suitor to Katharina.
GREMIO HORTENSIO | | suitors to Bianca. | TRANIO BIONDELLO | | servants to Lucentio. | GRUMIO CURTIS NATHANIEL NIILIP PETER | | | | | | | servants to Petruchio.
| | | | | | A PEDANT KATHARINA the shrew, BIANCA | | daughters to Baptista. | WIDOW Tailor, Haberdasher, and servants attending on BAPTISTA and PETRUCHIO SCENE is set in Padua, and Petruchio's country house. The Contents of the Play.
Katharine was the eldest daughter of Baptista, a rich gentleman of Padua. She was a lady of such a disobedient spirit and fiery temper, that she was known in Padua by the name Katharine the Shrew. It seemed impossible that any gentleman would ever marry this lady, and therefore Baptista, her father, has given refusal to many excellent offers that were made to her gentle sister Bianca, putting off all Bianca's suitors with this excuse, that when the eldest sister will be married, only then they could make their offer’s to young Bianca.
It happened, however, that a gentleman, named Petruchio, came to Padua, purposely to look out for a wife. Being not confused by reputation of Katharine and hearing that she was rich and handsome decided to marry her, and to tame after a wedding. And truly nobody was so suited for this work as Petruchio, whose spirit was as high as Katharine's.
At first Petruchio went to Katharine and applied to Baptista to ask him the hand of his daughter, saying, that having heard of her best full modesty and .Скачать