The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 4

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TRANIO

70 (as LUCENTIO) Dally not with the gods, but get thee gone.—
Signior Baptista, shall I lead the way?
Welcome! One mess is like to be your cheer.
Come, sir, we will better it in Pisa.

TRANIO

(as LUCENTIO) Forget about your heart and get busy.—Signior Baptista, shall I lead the way? You’ll be welcome, though dinner will probably be only one course. We’ll make it up to you in Pisa.

BAPTISTA

I follow you.

BAPTISTA

I’ll come with you.
Exeunt TRANIO, MERCHANT, and BAPTISTA
TRANIO, MERCHANT and BAPTISTA exit.

BIONDELLO

75Cambio.

BIONDELLO

Cambio.

LUCENTIO

What sayest thou, Biondello?

LUCENTIO

What is it, Biondello?

BIONDELLO

You saw my master wink and laugh upon you?

BIONDELLO

You saw my master wink and laugh at you?

LUCENTIO

Biondello, what of that?

LUCENTIO

What about it?

BIONDELLO

Faith, nothing; but 'has left me here behind to expound the meaning or moral of his signs and tokens.

BIONDELLO

Nothing. It’s just that he left me here behind to interpret his signs and signals.

LUCENTIO

I pray thee, moralize them.

LUCENTIO

Please, educate me.

BIONDELLO

Then thus: Baptista is safe, talking with the deceiving father of a deceitful son.

BIONDELLO

Here’s the deal: we’re safe on the Baptista front. He’s talking with the bogus father about the bogus son.

LUCENTIO

And what of him?

LUCENTIO

And so—?

BIONDELLO

85His daughter is to be brought by you to the supper.

BIONDELLO

You are to bring his daughter to the supper.

LUCENTIO

And then?

LUCENTIO

And then?

BIONDELLO

The old priest at Saint Luke’s Church is at your command at all hours.

BIONDELLO

The old priest at Saint Luke’s Church is at your command at all hours.

LUCENTIO

And what of all this?

LUCENTIO

And what of all this?