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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Notable Quotes in The Taming of the Shrew

Look in the chronicles; we came in with Richard Conqueror.
— Sly, the drunken tinker, claims that his family is old and honorable. (But there is no "Richard Conqueror" in English history.)

I'll not budge an inch.
— Sly, tossed out of the ale-house, refuses to move.

No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en; / In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
— Afraid that Lucentio is about to bury himself in books, Tranio advises his master to let enjoyment guide his choices.

There's small choice in rotten apples.
— Hortensio agrees with Gremio that being married to Katherine would be as bad as being "whipped at the high cross every morning."

Tranio, I burn, I pine, I perish, Tranio,
If I achieve not this young modest girl!
— Lucentio, experiencing love at the first sight of Bianca, melodramatically declares that he will just waste away if he can't marry her.

Why, nothing comes amiss; so money comes withal.
—Grumio mocks Hortensio's assumption that Petruchio will be willing to marry any woman, no matter how ugly or old, for enough money.

Tush! tush! fear boys with bugs.
— This is Petruchio's answer to a question about Katherine: "But will you woo this wild-cat?" The word "fear" here means "make [someone else] afraid," so that Petruchio is boasting that though you might be able to frighten boys with stories about bogeymen, you can't frighten him with tales about a shrewish woman.

And do as adversaries do in law, / Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
— Tranio, disguised as his master, Lucentio, agrees with Bianca's other suitors that they will give Petruchio a reward if he marries Katherine and so frees Bianca to be married; meanwhile, they will all be like lawyers, who fight each other tooth and nail in the courtroom, but remain drinking buddies.

Who woo'd in haste and means to wed at leisure.
— When Petruchio is very late at their wedding, Katherine bitterly complains to her father that Petruchio is a person who was in a hurry to get engaged, but not in a hurry to marry.

This is a way to kill a wife with kindness; / And thus I'll curb her mad and headstrong humor.
— Petruchio plans to disrupt Kate's life with apparent concern and care.

and thereby hangs a tale.
— Punning, Grumio tells his fellow-servant Curtis that Petruchio and Katherine fell off their horses, and that there's a story that goes with that.

What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful?
— After Katherine does not get the cap and gown she was looking forward to, Petruchio reminds her that outward appearance is not the full story.

My cake is dough; but I'll in among the rest,
Out of hope of all, but my share of the feast.
— After Bianca and Lucentio reveal that they are married, old Gremio realizes that he will never have sweet Bianca, but at least he'll share in the wedding feast.

A woman mov'd is like a fountain troubled,
Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty.
— Katherine, the formerly angry shrew, lectures her sister Bianca and Hortensio's new wife about why a wife should never get angry at her husband: it makes her like a broken fountain --without beauty.

Such duty as the subject owes the prince, / Even such a woman oweth to her husband.
— Katherine, the former shrew, now tells her sister Bianca and Hortensio's new wife that it is only natural for husbands to be lords over their wives, just as princes are lords over their subjects.