- KATHARINA: No shame but mine: I must, forsooth, be forced
- To give my hand opposed against my heart
- Unto a mad-brain rudesby full of spleen; 
- Who woo'd in haste and means to wed at leisure.
- I told you, I, he was a frantic fool,
- Hiding his bitter jests in blunt behavior:
- And, to be noted for a merry man,
- He'll woo a thousand, 'point the day of marriage, 
- Make feasts, invite friends, and proclaim the banns;
- Yet never means to wed where he hath woo'd.
- Now must the world point at poor Katharina,
- And say, 'Lo, there is mad Petruchio's wife,
- If it would please him come and marry her!' 
- TRANIO: Patience, good Katharina, and Baptista too.
- Upon my life, Petruchio means but well,
- Whatever fortune stays him from his word:
- Though he be blunt, I know him passing wise;
- Though he be merry, yet withal he's honest. 
- KATHARINA: Would Katharina had never seen him though!
- [Exit weeping, followed by BIANCA and others]
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