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Act 4, scene 5
Katherine now gives assent to every word Petruchio says. On their way to her father’s, they meet the true Vincentio, who is going to Padua to visit his son. They travel together to Padua.Enter Petruchio, Katherine, Hortensio, ⌜and Servants.⌝
2286 Come on, i’ God’s name, once more toward our
2288 Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!
2289 The moon? The sun! It is not moonlight now.
2290 5 I say it is the moon that shines so bright.
2291 I know it is the sun that shines so bright.
2292 Now, by my mother’s son, and that’s myself,
2293 It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
2294 Or e’er I journey to your father’s house.
2295 10 ⌜To Servants.⌝ Go on, and fetch our horses back
2297 Evermore crossed and crossed, nothing but crossed!
HORTENSIO, ⌜to Katherine⌝
2298 Say as he says, or we shall never go.
2299 Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
2300 15 And be it moon, or sun, or what you please.
2301 And if you please to call it a rush candle,
2302 Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.
PETRUCHIO 2303 I say it is the moon.
KATHERINE 2304 I know it is the moon.
2305 20 Nay, then you lie. It is the blessèd sun.
2306 Then God be blest, it ⌜is⌝ the blessèd sun.
2307 But sun it is not, when you say it is not,
2308 And the moon changes even as your mind.
2309 What you will have it named, even that it is,
2310 25 And so it shall be so for Katherine.
2311 Petruchio, go thy ways, the field is won.
2312 Well, forward, forward. Thus the bowl should run,
2313 And not unluckily against the bias.
2314 But soft! Company is coming here.
p. 1892315 30 ⌜To Vincentio.⌝ Good morrow, gentle mistress, where
2317 Tell me, sweet Kate, and tell me truly, too,
2318 Hast thou beheld a fresher gentlewoman?
2319 Such war of white and red within her cheeks!
2320 35 What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty
2321 As those two eyes become that heavenly face?—
2322 Fair lovely maid, once more good day to thee.—
2323 Sweet Kate, embrace her for her beauty’s sake.
2324 He will make the man mad, to make the woman of
2325 40 him.
2326 Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet,
2327 Whither away, or ⌜where⌝ is thy abode?
2328 Happy the parents of so fair a child!
2329 Happier the man whom favorable stars
2330 45 ⌜Allots⌝ thee for his lovely bedfellow.
2331 Why, how now, Kate? I hope thou art not mad!
2332 This is a man—old, wrinkled, faded, withered—
2333 And not a maiden, as thou sayst he is.
2334 Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes
2335 50 That have been so bedazzled with the sun
2336 That everything I look on seemeth green.
2337 Now I perceive thou art a reverend father.
2338 Pardon, I pray thee, for my mad mistaking.
2339 Do, good old grandsire, and withal make known
2340 55 Which way thou travelest. If along with us,
2341 We shall be joyful of thy company.
2342 Fair sir, and you, my merry mistress,
2343 That with your strange encounter much amazed me,
2344 My name is called Vincentio, my dwelling Pisa,
p. 1912345 60 And bound I am to Padua, there to visit
2346 A son of mine which long I have not seen.
2347 What is his name?
VINCENTIO 2348 Lucentio, gentle sir.
2349 Happily met, the happier for thy son.
2350 65 And now by law as well as reverend age,
2351 I may entitle thee my loving father.
2352 The sister to my wife, this gentlewoman,
2353 Thy son by this hath married. Wonder not,
2354 Nor be not grieved. She is of good esteem,
2355 70 Her dowry wealthy, and of worthy birth;
2356 Beside, so qualified as may beseem
2357 The spouse of any noble gentleman.
2358 Let me embrace with old Vincentio,
2359 And wander we to see thy honest son,
2360 75 Who will of thy arrival be full joyous.
2361 But is this true, or is it else your pleasure,
2362 Like pleasant travelers, to break a jest
2363 Upon the company you overtake?
2364 I do assure thee, father, so it is.
2365 80 Come, go along and see the truth hereof,
2366 For our first merriment hath made thee jealous.
⌜All but Hortensio⌝ exit.
2367 Well, Petruchio, this has put me in heart!
2368 Have to my widow, and if she ⌜be⌝ froward,
2369 Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward.