SCENE I. Padua. Before LUCENTIO'S house.
[Enter on one side BIONDELLO, LUCENTIO, and BIANCA; GREMIO
walking on other side.]
Softly and swiftly, sir, for the priest is ready.
I fly, Biondello; but they may chance to need the at
home, therefore leave us.
Nay, faith, I'll see the church o' your back; and then
come back to my master's as soon as I can.
[Exeunt LUCENTIO, BIANCA, and BIONDELLO.]
I marvel Cambio comes not all this while.
[Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHERINA, VINCENTIO, and ATTENDANTS.]
Sir, here's the door; this is Lucentio's house:
My father's bears more toward the market-place;
Thither must I, and here I leave you, sir.
You shall not choose but drink before you go.
I think I shall command your welcome here,
And by all likelihood some cheer is toward.
They're busy within; you were best knock louder.
[Enter PEDANT above, at a window.]
What's he that knocks as he would beat down the gate?
Is Signior Lucentio within, sir?
He's within, sir, but not to be spoken withal.
What if a man bring him a hundred pound or two to make
Keep your hundred pounds to yourself: he shall need none so
long as I live.
Nay, I told you your son was well beloved in Padua. Do
you hear, sir? To leave frivolous circumstances, I pray you tell
Signior Lucentio that his father is come from Pisa, and is here
at the door to speak with him.
Thou liest: his father is come from Padua, and here looking
out at the window.
Art thou his father?
Ay, sir; so his mother says, if I may believe her.
[To VINCENTIO] Why, how now, gentleman! why, this is flat
knavery to take upon you another man's name.
Lay hands on the villain: I believe 'a means to cozen
somebody in this city under my countenance.
I have seen them in the church together: God send 'em
good shipping! But who is here? Mine old master, Vincentio! Now
we are undone and brought to nothing.
[Seeing BIONDELLO.] Come hither, crack-hemp.
I hope I may choose, sir.
Come hither, you rogue. What, have you forgot me?
Forgot you! No, sir: I could not forget you, for I never
saw you before in all my life.
What, you notorious villain! didst thou never see thy
master's father, Vincentio?
What, my old worshipful old master? Yes, marry, sir; see
where he looks out of the window.
Is't so, indeed?
[He beats BIONDELLO.]
Help, help, help! here's a madman will murder me.
Help, son! help, Signior Baptista!
[Exit from the window.]
Prithee, Kate, let's stand aside and see the end of this
[Re-enter PEDANT below; BAPTISTA, TRANIO, and SERVANTS.]
Sir, what are you that offer to beat my servant?
What am I, sir! nay, what are you, sir? O immortal gods!
O fine villain! A silken doublet, a velvet hose, a scarlet cloak,
and a copatain hat! O, I am undone! I am undone! While I play the
good husband at home, my son and my servant spend all at the
How now! what's the matter?
What, is the man lunatic?
Sir, you seem a sober ancient gentleman by your habit, but
your words show you a madman. Why, sir, what 'cerns it you if I
wear pearl and gold? I thank my good father, I am able to
Thy father! O villain! he is a sailmaker in Bergamo.
You mistake, sir; you mistake, sir. Pray, what do you
think is his name?
His name! As if I knew not his name! I have brought him
up ever since he was three years old, and his name is Tranio.