• Enter KATHERINE and BIANCA, her hands bound

    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 goods—
    Unbind my hands, I’ll pull them off myself,
    5Yea, all my raiment to my petticoat,
    Or what you will command me will I do,
    So well I know my duty to my elders.

    KATHERINE

    Of all thy suitors here I charge thee tell
    Whom thou lovest best. See thou dissemble not.

    BIANCA

    10Believe me, sister, of all the men alive
    I never yet beheld that special face
    Which I could fancy more than any other.

    KATHERINE

    Minion, thou liest. Is ’t not Hortensio?

    BIANCA

    If you affect him, sister, here I swear
    15I’ll plead for you myself, but you shall have him.

    KATHERINE

    Oh, 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
    20You have but jested with me all this while.
    I prithee, sister Kate, untie my hands.
    KATHERINE strikes her
  • KATHERINE and BIANCA enter. BIANCA'S hands are tied.

    BIANCA

    Dear sister, it’s unfair to me—and unfair to yourself—to turn me into a slave. That I won’t stand for. But if you want my things—untie my hands and I’ll give them to you myself, everything, even down to my slip. Or anything else you order me to do. I know I should obey my elders.

    KATHERINE

    What I want is for you to tell me which of your suitors you like best. And don’t lie.

    BIANCA

    I swear, dear sister, I have not yet encountered that special face I might prefer to any other.

    KATHERINE

    You lying brat. It’s Hortensio, isn’t it?

    BIANCA

    If you want him, dear sister, he’s yours. I swear I’ll woo him for you myself.

    KATHERINE

    Oh, I see. You’re more interested in money. You’ll live in luxury with Gremio.

    BIANCA

    Is it because of him that you envy me? You must be kidding! And now I see that you’ve been joking all the while. Please, Kate, untie my hands.
    KATHERINE strikes her.