The Taming of the Shrew: Act IV, Scene iii – First Folio


The Taming of the Shrew.         Act 4, Scene 3.            Katerina

(This text is featured in our interview with Susan Heyward)

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1980: The more my wrong, the more his spite appears.
1981:  What, did he marrie me to famish me?
1982:  Beggers that come vnto my fathers doore,
1983: Vpon intreatie haue a present almes,
1984: If not, elsewhere they meete with charitie:
1985:  But I, who neuer knew how to intreat,
1986:  Nor neuer needed that I should intreate,
1987:  Am staru’d for meate, giddie for lacke of sleepe:
1988:  With oathes kept waking, and with brawling fed,
1989:  And that which spights me more then all these wants,
1990:  He does it vnder name of perfect loue:
1991:  As who should say. if I should sleepe or eate
1992:  ‘Twere deadly sicknesse, or else present death.
1993:  I prethee go, aud get me some repast,
1994:  I care not what, so it be holsome foode.

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