Speeches (Lines) for Bianca in "The Taming of the Shrew"

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1 I / 1
  • Sister, content you in my discontent.
    Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscri...
  • Sister, content you in my discontent.
    Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe;
    My books and instruments shall be my company,
    On them to look, and practise by myself.
  • Katherina. A pretty peat! it is best
    Put finger in the eye, an she knew why.

    Bianca. Sister, content you in my discontent.
    Sir, to your pleasure humbly I subscribe;
    My books and instruments shall be my company,
    On them to look, and practise by myself.

2 II / 1
  • Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,
    To make a bondmaid and a slav...
  • Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,
    To make a bondmaid and a slave of me-
    That I disdain; but for these other gawds,
    Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,
    Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;
    Or what you will command me will I do,
    So well I know my duty to my elders.
  • Hortensio. The motion's good indeed, and be it so.
    Petruchio, I shall be your ben venuto. Exeunt

    Bianca. Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,
    To make a bondmaid and a slave of me-
    That I disdain; but for these other gawds,
    Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself,
    Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;
    Or what you will command me will I do,
    So well I know my duty to my elders.

3 II / 1
  • Believe me, sister, of all the men alive
    I never yet beheld that special fac...
  • Believe me, sister, of all the men alive
    I never yet beheld that special face
    Which I could fancy more than any other.
  • Katherina. Of all thy suitors here I charge thee tell
    Whom thou lov'st best. See thou dissemble not.

    Bianca. Believe me, sister, of all the men alive
    I never yet beheld that special face
    Which I could fancy more than any other.

4 II / 1
  • If you affect him, sister, here I swear
    I'll plead for you myself but you sh...
  • If you affect him, sister, here I swear
    I'll plead for you myself but you shall have him.
  • Katherina. Minion, thou liest. Is't not Hortensio?

    Bianca. If you affect him, sister, here I swear
    I'll plead for you myself but you shall have him.

5 II / 1
  • Is it for him you do envy me so?
    Nay, then you jest; and now I well perceive...
  • Is it for him you do envy me so?
    Nay, then you jest; and now I well perceive
    You have but jested with me all this while.
    I prithee, sister Kate, untie my hands.
  • Katherina. O then, belike, you fancy riches more:
    You will have Gremio to keep you fair.

    Bianca. Is it for him you do envy me so?
    Nay, then you jest; and now I well perceive
    You have but jested with me all this while.
    I prithee, sister Kate, untie my hands.

6 III / 1
  • Why, gentlemen, you do me double wrong
    To strive for that which resteth in m...
  • Why, gentlemen, you do me double wrong
    To strive for that which resteth in my choice.
    I am no breeching scholar in the schools,
    I'll not be tied to hours nor 'pointed times,
    But learn my lessons as I please myself.
    And to cut off all strife: here sit we down;
    Take you your instrument, play you the whiles!
    His lecture will be done ere you have tun'd.
  • Hortensio. Sirrah, I will not bear these braves of thine.

    Bianca. Why, gentlemen, you do me double wrong
    To strive for that which resteth in my choice.
    I am no breeching scholar in the schools,
    I'll not be tied to hours nor 'pointed times,
    But learn my lessons as I please myself.
    And to cut off all strife: here sit we down;
    Take you your instrument, play you the whiles!
    His lecture will be done ere you have tun'd.

7 III / 1
  • Where left we last?
  • Where left we last?
  • Lucentio. That will be never- tune your instrument.

    Bianca. Where left we last?

8 III / 1
  • Construe them.
  • Construe them.
  • Lucentio. Here, madam:
    'Hic ibat Simois, hic est Sigeia tellus,
    Hic steterat Priami regia celsa senis.'

    Bianca. Construe them.

9 III / 1
  • Let's hear. O fie! the treble jars.
  • Let's hear. O fie! the treble jars.
  • Hortensio. Madam, my instrument's in tune.

    Bianca. Let's hear. O fie! the treble jars.

10 III / 1
  • Now let me see if I can construe it: 'Hic ibat Simois' I
    know you not- 'hic...
  • Now let me see if I can construe it: 'Hic ibat Simois' I
    know you not- 'hic est Sigeia tellus' I trust you not- 'Hic
    steterat Priami' take heed he hear us not- 'regia' presume not-
    'celsa senis' despair not.
  • Lucentio. Spit in the hole, man, and tune again.

    Bianca. Now let me see if I can construe it: 'Hic ibat Simois' I
    know you not- 'hic est Sigeia tellus' I trust you not- 'Hic
    steterat Priami' take heed he hear us not- 'regia' presume not-
    'celsa senis' despair not.

11 III / 1
  • In time I may believe, yet I mistrust.
  • In time I may believe, yet I mistrust.
  • Hortensio. The bass is right; 'tis the base knave that jars.
    [Aside] How fiery and forward our pedant is!
    Now, for my life, the knave doth court my love.
    Pedascule, I'll watch you better yet.

    Bianca. In time I may believe, yet I mistrust.

12 III / 1
  • I must believe my master; else, I promise you,
    I should be arguing still upo...
  • I must believe my master; else, I promise you,
    I should be arguing still upon that doubt;
    But let it rest. Now, Licio, to you.
    Good master, take it not unkindly, pray,
    That I have been thus pleasant with you both.
  • Lucentio. Mistrust it not- for sure, AEacides
    Was Ajax, call'd so from his grandfather.

    Bianca. I must believe my master; else, I promise you,
    I should be arguing still upon that doubt;
    But let it rest. Now, Licio, to you.
    Good master, take it not unkindly, pray,
    That I have been thus pleasant with you both.

13 III / 1
  • Why, I am past my gamut long ago.
  • Why, I am past my gamut long ago.
  • Hortensio. Madam, before you touch the instrument
    To learn the order of my fingering,
    I must begin with rudiments of art,
    To teach you gamut in a briefer sort,
    More pleasant, pithy, and effectual,
    Than hath been taught by any of my trade;
    And there it is in writing fairly drawn.

    Bianca. Why, I am past my gamut long ago.

14 III / 1
  • [Reads]
    '"Gamut" I am, the ground of all accord-
    "A re" to ple...
  • [Reads]
    '"Gamut" I am, the ground of all accord-
    "A re" to plead Hortensio's passion-
    "B mi" Bianca, take him for thy lord-
    "C fa ut" that loves with all affection-
    "D sol re" one clef, two notes have I-
    "E la mi" show pity or I die.'
    Call you this gamut? Tut, I like it not!
    Old fashions please me best; I am not so nice
    To change true rules for odd inventions.
  • Hortensio. Yet read the gamut of Hortensio.

    Bianca. [Reads]
    '"Gamut" I am, the ground of all accord-
    "A re" to plead Hortensio's passion-
    "B mi" Bianca, take him for thy lord-
    "C fa ut" that loves with all affection-
    "D sol re" one clef, two notes have I-
    "E la mi" show pity or I die.'
    Call you this gamut? Tut, I like it not!
    Old fashions please me best; I am not so nice
    To change true rules for odd inventions.

15 III / 1
  • Farewell, sweet masters, both; I must be gone.
  • Farewell, sweet masters, both; I must be gone.
  • Servant. Mistress, your father prays you leave your books
    And help to dress your sister's chamber up.
    You know to-morrow is the wedding-day.

    Bianca. Farewell, sweet masters, both; I must be gone.

16 III / 2
  • That, being mad herself, she's madly mated.
  • That, being mad herself, she's madly mated.
  • Lucentio. Mistress, what's your opinion of your sister?

    Bianca. That, being mad herself, she's madly mated.

17 IV / 2
  • What, master, read you, First resolve me that.
  • What, master, read you, First resolve me that.
  • Lucentio. Now, mistress, profit you in what you read?

    Bianca. What, master, read you, First resolve me that.

18 IV / 2
  • And may you prove, sir, master of your art!
  • And may you prove, sir, master of your art!
  • Lucentio. I read that I profess, 'The Art to Love.'

    Bianca. And may you prove, sir, master of your art!

19 IV / 2
  • Tranio, you jest; but have you both forsworn me?
  • Tranio, you jest; but have you both forsworn me?
  • Tranio. Mistress Bianca, bless you with such grace
    As 'longeth to a lover's blessed case!
    Nay, I have ta'en you napping, gentle love,
    And have forsworn you with Hortensio.

    Bianca. Tranio, you jest; but have you both forsworn me?

20 IV / 2
  • God give him joy!
  • God give him joy!
  • Tranio. I' faith, he'll have a lusty widow now,
    That shall be woo'd and wedded in a day.

    Bianca. God give him joy!

21 IV / 2
  • He says so, Tranio.
  • He says so, Tranio.
  • Tranio. Ay, and he'll tame her.

    Bianca. He says so, Tranio.

22 IV / 2
  • The taming-school! What, is there such a place?
  • The taming-school! What, is there such a place?
  • Tranio. Faith, he is gone unto the taming-school.

    Bianca. The taming-school! What, is there such a place?

23 V / 1
  • Pardon, dear father.
  • Pardon, dear father.
  • Vincentio. Lives my sweet son?

    Bianca. Pardon, dear father.

24 V / 1
  • Cambio is chang'd into Lucentio.
  • Cambio is chang'd into Lucentio.
  • Baptista Minola. Why, tell me, is not this my Cambio?

    Bianca. Cambio is chang'd into Lucentio.

25 V / 2
  • Head and butt! An hasty-witted body
    Would say your head and butt were head a...
  • Head and butt! An hasty-witted body
    Would say your head and butt were head and horn.
  • Gremio. Believe me, sir, they butt together well.

    Bianca. Head and butt! An hasty-witted body
    Would say your head and butt were head and horn.

26 V / 2
  • Ay, but not frighted me; therefore I'll sleep again.
  • Ay, but not frighted me; therefore I'll sleep again.
  • Vincentio. Ay, mistress bride, hath that awakened you?

    Bianca. Ay, but not frighted me; therefore I'll sleep again.

27 V / 2
  • Am I your bird? I mean to shift my bush,
    And then pursue me as you draw your...
  • Am I your bird? I mean to shift my bush,
    And then pursue me as you draw your bow.
    You are welcome all.
  • Petruchio. Nay, that you shall not; since you have begun,
    Have at you for a bitter jest or two.

    Bianca. Am I your bird? I mean to shift my bush,
    And then pursue me as you draw your bow.
    You are welcome all.

28 V / 2
  • Fie! what a foolish duty call you this?
  • Fie! what a foolish duty call you this?
  • Widow. Lord, let me never have a cause to sigh
    Till I be brought to such a silly pass!

    Bianca. Fie! what a foolish duty call you this?

29 V / 2
  • The more fool you for laying on my duty.
  • The more fool you for laying on my duty.
  • Lucentio. I would your duty were as foolish too;
    The wisdom of your duty, fair Bianca,
    Hath cost me a hundred crowns since supper-time!

    Bianca. The more fool you for laying on my duty.

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