The Taming of the Shrew | Act 2 Scene 1 | Royal Shakespeare Company

The Taming of the Shrew | Act 2 Scene 1 | Royal Shakespeare Company


Good morrow, Kate; for that’s your name, I hear. Well have you heard, but something hard of hearing: They call me Katharine that do talk of me. 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 praised in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded, Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,
Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife. Say she be mute and will not speak a word; Moved! in good time: let him that moved you hither Remove you hence:
I knew you at the first You were a moveable. Why, what’s a moveable? A join’d-stool. Thou hast hit it: come, sit on me. Asses are made to bear, and so are you. Women are made to bear, and so are you. No such jade as you, if me you mean. Alas! good Kate, I will not burden thee;
For, knowing thee to be but young and light– Too light for such a swain as you to catch;
And yet as heavy as my weight should be. Should be! should–buzz! Well ta’en, and like a buzzard. O slow-wing’d turtle! shall a buzzard take
thee? Ay, for a turtle, as he takes a buzzard. Come, come, you wasp; i’ faith, you are too angry. If I be waspish, you best beware my sting. My remedy is then, to pluck it out. Ay, if the fool could find it where it lies, Who knows not where a wasp does
wear his sting? In his tail. In his tongue. Whose tongue? Yours, if you talk of tails: and so farewell. What, with my tongue in your tail? Nay, come again, Good Kate; I am a gentleman. That I’ll try. I swear I’ll cuff you, if you strike again. So may you lose your arms:
If you strike me, you are no gentleman; And if no gentleman, why then no arms.

30 thoughts on “The Taming of the Shrew | Act 2 Scene 1 | Royal Shakespeare Company

  1. Taming of a shrew would be funny, but difficult. And I don't think you could teach them many tricks, cause their brains are very small!

  2. me too! saw the video of Tennant's Hamlet and adored it. being not in UK, I would their every production were captured live. Love RSC's modern touch.

  3. Why couldn't she be prettier im sorry but the male is always attractive the women not so much. I probably only seen three kates who where as beautiful and they were spiteful

  4. i have to confess.. this play really makes mee well.. horny? there is just too much sexual tension between petruchio and katarina..

  5. Were they in the same room? I get the idea they spoke from the same script, yet not to each other.

    Edit: Popping in again … I just have to ask … what was the point of this scene? Petruchio seems utterly uninterested in marrying Kate and is just running through it all like rote .. yet, I was under the impression Petrucchio needs the money? It seems like we have two fantastic actors who were told to act a scene with complete disregard for the context, leading to brilliant individual work that just doesn't match.
    It's like we have the Magnum scene from Dirty Harry, but the director says "MAKE IT A ROMANCE!"

    Actor: You're the boss. Just don't expect anyone to like it.

  6. At the end, when it gets much more serious all of a sudden…..I got a "I'm giving you one chance to take that back' vibe from him, and she's actually starting to sound scared….

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