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The Taming of the Shrew

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Act IV, Scene 4

Padua. Before BAPTISTA’S house


Enter TRANIO as LUCENTIO, and the PEDANT dressed like VINCENTIO

  • Tranio. Sir, this is the house; please it you that I call?
  • Pedant. Ay, what else? And, but I be deceived,
    Signior Baptista may remember me 2160
    Near twenty years ago in Genoa,
    Where we were lodgers at the Pegasus.
  • Tranio. 'Tis well; and hold your own, in any case,
    With such austerity as longeth to a father.


  • Pedant. I warrant you. But, sir, here comes your boy;
    'Twere good he were school'd.
  • Tranio. Fear you not him. Sirrah Biondello,
    Now do your duty throughly, I advise you.
    Imagine 'twere the right Vincentio. 2170
  • Tranio. But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista?
  • Biondello. I told him that your father was at Venice,
    And that you look'd for him this day in Padua.
  • Tranio. Th'art a tall fellow; hold thee that to drink. 2175
    Here comes Baptista. Set your countenance, sir.
    Signior Baptista, you are happily met.
    [To To the PEDANT] Sir, this is the gentleman I told you of;
    I pray you stand good father to me now; 2180
    Give me Bianca for my patrimony.
  • Pedant. Soft, son!
    Sir, by your leave: having come to Padua
    To gather in some debts, my son Lucentio
    Made me acquainted with a weighty cause 2185
    Of love between your daughter and himself;
    And- for the good report I hear of you,
    And for the love he beareth to your daughter,
    And she to him- to stay him not too long,
    I am content, in a good father's care, 2190
    To have him match'd; and, if you please to like
    No worse than I, upon some agreement
    Me shall you find ready and willing
    With one consent to have her so bestow'd;
    For curious I cannot be with you, 2195
    Signior Baptista, of whom I hear so well.
  • Baptista Minola. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say.
    Your plainness and your shortness please me well.
    Right true it is your son Lucentio here
    Doth love my daughter, and she loveth him, 2200
    Or both dissemble deeply their affections;
    And therefore, if you say no more than this,
    That like a father you will deal with him,
    And pass my daughter a sufficient dower,
    The match is made, and all is done- 2205
    Your son shall have my daughter with consent.
  • Tranio. I thank you, sir. Where then do you know best
    We be affied, and such assurance ta'en
    As shall with either part's agreement stand?
  • Baptista Minola. Not in my house, Lucentio, for you know 2210
    Pitchers have ears, and I have many servants;
    Besides, old Gremio is heark'ning still,
    And happily we might be interrupted.
  • Tranio. Then at my lodging, an it like you.
    There doth my father lie; and there this night 2215
    We'll pass the business privately and well.
    Send for your daughter by your servant here;
    My boy shall fetch the scrivener presently.
    The worst is this, that at so slender warning
    You are like to have a thin and slender pittance. 2220
  • Baptista Minola. It likes me well. Cambio, hie you home,
    And bid Bianca make her ready straight;
    And, if you will, tell what hath happened-
    Lucentio's father is arriv'd in Padua,
    And how she's like to be Lucentio's wife. Exit LUCENTIO 2225
  • Biondello. I pray the gods she may, with all my heart.
  • Tranio. Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone.
    [Exit BIONDELLO]
    Signior Baptista, shall I lead the way?
    Welcome! One mess is like to be your cheer; 2230
    Come, sir; we will better it in Pisa.


  • Lucentio. What say'st thou, Biondello? 2235
  • Biondello. You saw my master wink and laugh upon you?
  • Biondello. Faith, nothing; but has left me here behind to expound
    the meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.
  • Lucentio. I pray thee moralize them. 2240
  • Biondello. Then thus: Baptista is safe, talking with the deceiving
    father of a deceitful son.
  • Biondello. His daughter is to be brought by you to the supper.
  • Biondello. The old priest at Saint Luke's church is at your command
    at all hours.
  • Biondello. I cannot tell, except they are busied about a
    counterfeit assurance. Take your assurance of her, cum privilegio 2250
    ad imprimendum solum; to th' church take the priest, clerk, and
    some sufficient honest witnesses.
    If this be not that you look for, I have more to say,
    But bid Bianca farewell for ever and a day.
  • Biondello. I cannot tarry. I knew a wench married in an afternoon
    as she went to the garden for parsley to stuff a rabbit; and so
    may you, sir; and so adieu, sir. My master hath appointed me to
    go to Saint Luke's to bid the priest be ready to come against you
    come with your appendix. 2260


  • Lucentio. I may and will, if she be so contented.
    She will be pleas'd; then wherefore should I doubt?
    Hap what hap may, I'll roundly go about her;
    It shall go hard if Cambio go without her. Exit 2265