The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 4

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BIONDELLO

90I cannot tell, except they are busied about a counterfeit assurance. Take you assurance of her cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum. To th' church take the priest, clerk, and some sufficient honest witnesses. If this be not that you look for, I have no more to say, But bid Bianca farewell forever and a day.

BIONDELLO

I don’t know, except they are busy with some phony guarantee. So go and put your stamp on the girl. Go to the church: take the priest, the clerk, and some reasonably honest witnesses. If this isn’t what you’ve been hoping for, I have no more to say except that you ought to say goodbye to Bianca forever.

LUCENTIO

Hear’st thou, Biondello?

LUCENTIO

Listen, Biondello—

BIONDELLO

I cannot tarry. I knew a wench married in an afternoon as she went to the garden for parsley to stuff a rabbit, and so may you, sir. And so adieu, sir. My master hath appointed me to go to Saint Luke’s to bid the priest be ready to come against you come with your appendix.

BIONDELLO

I can’t stay. I knew a girl who was married in an afternoon as she went to the garden for parsley to stuff a rabbit. It could happen to you. Farewell, sir. My master has instructed me to go to Saint Luke’s to tell the priest to be ready in case you should show up with your better half.
Exit
He exits.

LUCENTIO

I may, and will, if she be so contented.
She will be pleased. Then wherefore should I doubt?
Hap what hap may, I’ll roundly go about her.
105It shall go hard if “Cambio” go without her.

LUCENTIO

I may. I will if she likes the idea. She will be pleased. Then why am I worried? Oh well, whatever. I’ll ask her straight out. It will be hard if “Cambio” loses her.
Exit
He exits.