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The Taming of the Shrew: Act IV, Scene 4

The Taming of the Shrew
Act IV, Scene 4

Padua. Before Baptista’s house.

  1. Enter Tranio as Lucentio, and the Pedant dress’d like
  2. Vincentio, booted and bare-headed.

Tranio

1
  1. Sir, this is the house, please it you that I call?

Pedant

2 - 5
  1. Ay, what else? And but I be deceived,
  2. Signior Baptista may remember me
  3. Near twenty years ago in Genoa,
  4. Where we were lodgers at the Pegasus.

Tranio

6 - 7
  1. ’Tis well, and hold your own in any case
  2. With such austerity as ’longeth to a father.
  1. Enter Biondello.

Pedant

8 - 9
  1. I warrant you. But, sir, here comes your boy;
  2. ’Twere good he were school’d.

Tranio

10 - 12
  1. Fear you not him. Sirrah Biondello,
  2. Now do your duty throughly, I advise you.
  3. Imagine ’twere the right Vincentio.

Biondello

13
  1. Tut, fear not me.

Tranio

14
  1. But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista?

Biondello

15 - 16
  1. I told him that your father was at Venice,
  2. And that you look’d for him this day in Padua.

Tranio

17 - 22
  1. Th’ art a tall fellow; hold thee that to drink.
  2. Here comes Baptista; set your countenance, sir.
  3. Enter Baptista and Lucentio as Cambio.
  4. Signior Baptista, you are happily met.
  5. To the Pedant.
  6. Sir, this is the gentleman I told you of.
  7. I pray you stand good father to me now,
  8. Give me Bianca for my patrimony.

Pedant

23 - 37
  1. Soft, son!
  2. Sir, by your leave, having come to Padua
  3. To gather in some debts, my son Lucentio
  4. Made me acquainted with a weighty cause
  5. Of love between your daughter and himself;
  6. And for the good report I hear of you,
  7. And for the love he beareth to your daughter,
  8. And she to him, to stay him not too long,
  9. I am content, in a good father’s care,
  10. To have him match’d; and if you please to like
  11. No worse than I, upon some agreement
  12. Me shall you find ready and willing
  13. With one consent to have her so bestowed;
  14. For curious I cannot be with you,
  15. Signior Baptista, of whom I hear so well.

Baptista

38 - 47
  1. Sir, pardon me in what I have to say
  2. Your plainness and your shortness please me well.
  3. Right true it is, your son Lucentio here
  4. Doth love my daughter, and she loveth him,
  5. Or both dissemble deeply their affections;
  6. And therefore if you say no more than this,
  7. That like a father you will deal with him,
  8. And pass my daughter a sufficient dower,
  9. The match is made, and all is done:
  10. Your son shall have my daughter with consent.

Tranio

48 - 50
  1. I thank you, sir. Where then do you know best
  2. We be affied and such assurance ta’en
  3. As shall with either part’s agreement stand?

Baptista

51 - 54
  1. Not in my house, Lucentio, for you know
  2. Pitchers have ears, and I have many servants;
  3. Besides, old Gremio is heark’ning still,
  4. And happily we might be interrupted.

Tranio

55 - 61
  1. Then at my lodging, and it like you.
  2. There doth my father lie; and there this night
  3. We’ll pass the business privately and well.
  4. Send for your daughter by your servant here;
  5. My boy shall fetch the scrivener presently.
  6. The worst is this, that at so slender warning,
  7. You are like to have a thin and slender pittance.

Baptista

62 - 66
  1. It likes me well. Cambio, hie you home,
  2. And bid Bianca make her ready straight;
  3. And if you will, tell what hath happened:
  4. Lucentio’s father is arriv’d in Padua,
  5. And how she’s like to be Lucentio’s wife.
  1. Exit Lucentio.

Biondello

67
  1. I pray the gods she may with all my heart!

Tranio

68 - 71
  1. Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone.
  2. Exit Biondello.
  3. Enter Peter, a servant, who whispers to Tranio.
  4. Signior Baptista, shall I lead the way?
  5. Welcome! One mess is like to be your cheer.
  6. Come, sir, we will better it in Pisa.

Baptista

72
  1. I follow you.
  1. Exeunt.
  1. Enter Lucentio as Cambio and Biondello.

Biondello

73
  1. Cambio!

Lucentio

74
  1. What say’st thou, Biondello?

Biondello

75
  1. You saw my master wink and laugh upon you?

Lucentio

76
  1. Biondello, what of that?

Biondello

77 - 78
  1. Faith, nothing; but h’as left me here behind to expound the
  2. meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.

Lucentio

79
  1. I pray thee moralize them.

Biondello

80 - 81
  1. Then thus: Baptista is safe, talking with the deceiving
  2. father of a deceitful son.

Lucentio

82
  1. And what of him?

Biondello

83
  1. His daughter is to be brought by you to the supper.

Lucentio

84
  1. And then?

Biondello

85 - 86
  1. The old priest of Saint Luke’s church is at your command at
  2. all hours.

Lucentio

87
  1. And what of all this?

Biondello

88 - 93
  1. I cannot tell, except they are busied about a counterfeit
  2. assurance. Take you assurance of her, cum privilegio ad
  3. imprimendum solum; to th’ church take the priest, clerk, and
  4. some sufficient honest witnesses.
  5. If this be not that you look for, I have no more to say,
  6. But bid Bianca farewell forever and a day.

Lucentio

94
  1. Hear’st thou, Biondello?

Biondello

95 - 99
  1. I cannot tarry. I knew a wench married in an afternoon as
  2. she went to the garden for parsley to stuff a rabbit, and so
  3. may you, sir. And so adieu, sir; my master hath appointed me
  4. to go to Saint Luke’s to bid the priest be ready to come
  5. against you come with your appendix.
  1. Exit.

Lucentio

100 - 103
  1. I may and will, if she be so contented.
  2. She will be pleas’d, then wherefore should I doubt?
  3. Hap what hap may, I’ll roundly go about her;
  4. It shall go hard if Cambio go without her.
  1. Exit.
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