PETRUCHIO

Petruchio’s speeches and analyses.
The Taming of the Shrew

Petruchio | Act 4, Scene 1 | 124-147

Thus have I politicly begun my reign…

Oxford School | rev. 1992

Source
Arden 3 | Barbara Hodgdon. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2010.

PETRUCHIO
Thus ^ have I politicly ^ begun my reign,             slowly (htsf)
And ’tis my hope ^ to end  ^ successfully.              pause
My falcon now is sharp ^ and passing empty,         slowly
And till she stoop ^ she must not be ^ full-gorged,    slowly (htsf)
For then she never looks upon her lure.                       pause
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             slowly (mono, htsf)
That bate ^ and beat ^ and will not be obedient.               pause
She ate no meat to-day, ^ nor none shall eat.                   slowly (mostly mono)
Last night she slept not, ^ nor to-night she shall not.           slowly (mostly mono), pause
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.             pause
Ay, ^ and amid this hurly ^ I intend
That all is done ^ in reverend care of her.                             pause
And in conclusion, ^ she shall watch all night,
And if she chance to nod ^ I’ll rail and brawl,
And with the clamour ^ keep her still awake.                  pause
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness,
And thus I’ll curb her mad ^ and headstrong humour.      pause
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak; ^ ’tis charity to show.

Exit

PETRUCHIO
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,                                        180
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 obedient.                                          185
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,                                            190
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                                                 195
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 show.                                                     200

Thought Counts
Arden 3 | 2010

Thoughts |TBD

Short: 2
Medium: 4
Long: 2
Total: 10

End-stopped: 10
Mid-line: 0

Periods: 10
Exclamations: 0
Questions: 0
Unfinished: 0

Objective

 

Helena needs the audience to

Notes
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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,                                        180
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 obedient.                                          185
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,                                            190
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                                                 195
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 show.                                                     200

Given Circumstances
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

Thoughts |TBD

Short: 0
Medium: 7
Long: 1
Total: 8

End-stopped: 8
Mid-line: 0

Periods: 8
Exclamations: 0
Questions: 0
Unfinished: 0

Objective

 

Helena needs the audience to

Thoughts
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
1. Thus have I politicly begun my reign,
And ’tis my hope to end successfully.
2. My falcon now is sharp and passing empty,
And till she stoop she must not be full-gorged,                                        180
For then she never looks upon her lure.
3. 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 obedient.                                          185
4. She ate no meat today, nor none shall eat;
Last night she slept not, nor tonight she shall not.
5. 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,                                            190
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets.
6. 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                                                 195
And with the clamour keep her still awake.
7. This is a way to kill a wife with kindness,
And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humour.
8. He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak; ’tis charity to show.                                                     200

Line Analysis
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
Thus have I politicly begun my reign,                                11    (Thusbegunreign)
And ’tis my hope to end successfully.                                 10R
My falcon now is sharp and passing empty,                        11w
And till she stoop she must not be full-gorged,                   10 | 10R (not, full)
For then she never looks upon her lure.                               10R
Another way I have to man my haggard,                              11w
To make her come and know her keeper’s call:                   10R
That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites                     10R
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.                       11w | 12 (obedi’nt)
She eat no meat to-day, nor none shall eat.                         10R
Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not.              11w
As with the meat, some undeservèd fault                             10R | 10 (as)
I’ll find about the making of the bed,                                     10R
And here I’ll fling the pillow, there the bolster,                        11w
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets.                     12   (this)
Ay, and amid this hurly I intend                                               10R | 10 (ay)
That all is done in reverend care of her.                                   10R
And in conclusion, she shall watch all night,                           10R | 10 (she, all)
And if she chance to nod I’ll rail and brawl,                            10R
And with the clamour keep her still awake.                           10R
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness,                               11w (this)
And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humour.              11w
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,                          10 (he)
Now let him speak; ’tis charity to show.                                10R | 10

Exit

Pacing and Tempo
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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,                                        180
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 obedient.                                          185
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,                                            190
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                                                 195
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 show.                                                     200

Alliteration
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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,                                        180
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 obedient.                                          185
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,                                            190
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                                                 195
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 show.                                                     200

Assonance and Rhyme
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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,                                        180
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 obedient.                                          185
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,                                            190
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                                                 195
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 show.                                                     200

Consonance and Onomatopoeia
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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,                                        180
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 obedient.                                          185
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,                                            190
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                                                 195
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 show.                                                     200

Rhetoric
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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,                                        180
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 obedient.                                          185
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,                                            190
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                                                 195
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 show.                                                     200

Before and After
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1990)

PETRUCHIO
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,                                        180
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 obedient.                                          185
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,                                            190
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                                                 195
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 show.                                                     200

Definitions
Arden | 1979

PETRUCHIO
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,                                        180
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 obedient.                                          185
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,                                            190
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                                                 195
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 show.                                                     200

Translation
Arden | 1979

PETRUCHIO
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,                                        180
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 obedient.                                          185
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,                                            190
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                                                 195
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 show.                                                     200

Petruchio | Act 4, Scene 1 | 124-147

Thus have I politicly begun my reign…

Oxford School | rev. 1992

Source
Oxford School | Gill, Roma. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
Thus ^ have I politicly ^ begun my reign,             slowly (htsf)
And ’tis my hope ^ to end  ^ successfully.              pause
My falcon now is sharp ^ and passing empty,         slowly
And till she stoop ^ she must not be ^ full-gorged,    slowly (htsf)
For then she never looks upon her lure.                       pause
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             slowly (mono, htsf)
That bate ^ and beat ^ and will not be obedient.               pause
She ate no meat to-day, ^ nor none shall eat.                   slowly (mostly mono)
Last night she slept not, ^ nor to-night she shall not.           slowly (mostly mono), pause
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.             pause
Ay, ^ and amid this hurly ^ I intend
That all is done ^ in reverend care of her.                             pause
And in conclusion, ^ she shall watch all night,
And if she chance to nod ^ I’ll rail and brawl,
And with the clamour ^ keep her still awake.                  pause
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness,
And thus I’ll curb her mad ^ and headstrong humour.      pause
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak; ^ ’tis charity to show.

Exit

Thought Counts
Oxford School | 1992

Thoughts |TBD

Short: 2
Medium: 4
Long: 2
Total: 10

End-stopped: 10
Mid-line: 0

Periods: 10
Exclamations: 0
Questions: 0
Unfinished: 0

Objective

 

Helena needs the audience to

Notes
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, 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 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 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 show.

Exit

Given Circumstances
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

Thoughts |TBD

Short: 3
Medium: 4
Long: 2
Total: 9

End-stopped: 8
Mid-line: 1

Periods: 7
Exclamations: 1
Questions: 1
Unfinished: 0

Objective

 

Helena needs the audience to

Thoughts
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
1. Thus have I politicly begun my reign,
And ’tis my hope to end successfully.
2. 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.
3. 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 obedient.
4. She eat no meat to-day, nor none shall eat.
5. Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not.
6. 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.
7. Ay, and amid this hurly I intend
That all is done in reverend care of her.
8. And in conclusion, she shall watch all night,
And if she chance to nod I’ll rail and brawl,
And with the clamour keep her still awake.
9. This is a way to kill a wife with kindness,
And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humour.
10. He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
Now let him speak; ’tis charity to show.

Exit

Line Analysis
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
Thus have I politicly begun my reign,                                11    (Thusbegunreign)
And ’tis my hope to end successfully.                                 10R
My falcon now is sharp and passing empty,                        11w
And till she stoop she must not be full-gorged,                   10 | 10R (not, full)
For then she never looks upon her lure.                               10R
Another way I have to man my haggard,                              11w
To make her come and know her keeper’s call:                   10R
That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites                     10R
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.                       11w | 12 (obedi’nt)
She eat no meat to-day, nor none shall eat.                         10R
Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not.              11w
As with the meat, some undeservèd fault                             10R | 10 (as)
I’ll find about the making of the bed,                                     10R
And here I’ll fling the pillow, there the bolster,                        11w
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets.                     12   (this)
Ay, and amid this hurly I intend                                               10R | 10 (ay)
That all is done in reverend care of her.                                   10R
And in conclusion, she shall watch all night,                           10R | 10 (she, all)
And if she chance to nod I’ll rail and brawl,                            10R
And with the clamour keep her still awake.                           10R
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness,                               11w (this)
And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humour.              11w
He that knows better how to tame a shrew,                          10 (he)
Now let him speak; ’tis charity to show.                                10R | 10

Exit

Pacing and Tempo
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, 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 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 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 show.

Exit

Alliteration
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, 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 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 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 show.

Exit

Assonance and Rhyme
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, 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 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 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 show.

Exit

Consonance and Onomatopoeia
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, 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 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 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 show.

Exit

Rhetoric
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1992)

PETRUCHIO
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
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, 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 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 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 show.

Exit

Before and After
Oxford School | 1990 (rev. 1990)

PETRUCHIO
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
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, 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 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 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 show.

Exit

Definitions
Arden | 1979

PETRUCHIO
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
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, 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 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 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 show.

Exit

Translation
Arden | 1979

PETRUCHIO
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
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.
She eat no meat to-day, 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 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 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 show.

Exit

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