The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 4

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TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO)
50I 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?

TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO) Thank you, sir. Where can we draw up the necessary papers and get this settled?

BAPTISTA

Not in my house, Lucentio, for you know
Pitchers have ears, and I have many servants.
55Besides, old Gremio is heark'ning still,
And happily we might be interrupted.

BAPTISTA

Not in my house, Lucentio. My servants might overhear, and old Gremio is still hanging around, so we might be interrupted.

TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO) Then at my lodging, an it like you.
There doth my father lie, and there this night
We’ll pass the business privately and well.
60Send 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.

TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO) Then at my place, if you like. That’s where my father’s staying. We can get everything sorted out in private there tonight. Send your servant for Bianca. Mine shall go and fetch the notary. The only drawback is that, with such short notice, we’ll be able to offer you only modest refreshment.

BAPTISTA

It likes me well.—Cambio, hie you home,
65And bid Bianca make her ready straight.
And, if you will, tell what hath happenèd:
Lucentio’s father is arrived in Padua,
And how she’s like to be Lucentio’s wife.

BAPTISTA

This is all very acceptable.—Cambio, hurry home and tell Bianca to get ready right away and, if you don’t mind, tell her what’s happened: that Lucentio’s father has arrived in Padua, and that she’s likely to become Lucentio’s wife.
Exit LUCENTIO
LUCENTIO exits.

BIONDELLO

I pray the gods she may, with all my heart!

BIONDELLO

I hope with all my heart she will!