The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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Quote the first two lines of the soliloquy from act IV scene I of The Taming of the Shrew and state who is talking.

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This scene begins with Grumio's soliloquy as we are presented with the household of Petruchio and we are given certain information about the newly married couple but from the perspective of their servants, who obvioiusly see a lot of what goes on around the house. In this scene, Grumio relays to Curtis how Petruchio is treating his new wife, and thus the audience gets to hear the latest step in Petruchio's campaign to "tame" the shrew that he has married. However, as the scene opens, Grumio is moaning about his master and his new wife and complaining about how he has been sent to light a fire before them so that they will not be as cold as he is at the moment when they reach the room. Note how he starts his soliloquy:

Fie, fie on all tired jades, on all mad masters, and all foul ways! Was ever man so beaten? Was ever man so rayed? Was ever man so weary? I am sent before to make a fire, and they are coming after to warm them.

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