Act 4 - Scene 2
Padua. Before BAPTISTA'S house.
Enter BAPTISTA, GREMIO, TRANIO, KATHARINA, BIANCA, LUCENTIO, and others, attendants
[To TRANIO] Signior Lucentio, this is the
That Katharina and Petruchio should be married,
yet we hear not of our son-in-law.
What will be said? what mockery will it be,
To want the bridegroom
when the priest attends
To speak the ceremonial rites of marriage!
What says Lucentio to this shame of
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
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,
it would please him come and marry her!'
Patience, good Katharina, and Baptista too.
Upon my life, Petruchio means but well,
stays him from his word:
Though he be blunt, I know him passing wise;
Though he be merry, yet withal
Would Katharina had never seen him though!
Exit weeping, followed by BIANCA and others
Go, girl; I cannot blame thee now to weep;
For such an injury would vex a very saint,
Much more a shrew
of thy impatient humour.
Master, master! news, old news, and such news as
you never heard of!
Is it new and old too? how may that be?
Why, is it not news, to hear of Petruchio's coming?
Is he come?
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