The Taming of the Shrew

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 4 Scene 5

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70Let me embrace with old Vincentio,
And wander we to see thy honest son,
Who will of thy arrival be full joyous.
Let me embrace the father of Lucentio, and then we’ll journey on to see your son, who will rejoice at your arrival.

VINCENTIO

But is this true, or is it else your pleasure,
Like pleasant travelers, to break a jest
75Upon the company you overtake?

VINCENTIO

Is all this true? Or is this your way of livening up your travels—playing jokes on people you meet on the way?

HORTENSIO

I do assure thee, father, so it is.

HORTENSIO

I assure you, sir, it’s true.

PETRUCHIO

Come, go along and see the truth hereof,
For our first merriment hath made thee jealous.

PETRUCHIO

Look, come along with us and see the truth for yourself. Our earlier joke has made you understandably suspicious.
Exeunt all but HORTENSIO
Everyone but HORTENSIO exits.

HORTENSIO

Well, Petruchio, this has put me in heart.
80Have to my widow, and if she be froward,
Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward.

HORTENSIO

Well, Petruchio, all this is very encouraging. I’ll visit my widow now, and if she proves difficult to manage, I’ll know how to make myself impossible.
Exit
He exits.