The role has attracted notable performers. Gentlemen, forward to the bridal dinner. Petruchio: A hundred crowns, my Kate will lay her flat! And first begin with her. I'll none of it; hence! My banquet is to close our stomachs up After our great good cheer. She hung about my neck and kiss on kiss, she vied so fast, protesting oath on oath, that in a twink she won me to her love.
A combless cock, so Kate will be my hen. Have I not heard great ordnance in the field And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies? Gentlemen and friends, I thank you for your pains. But if you have a stomach, to't a God's name; You shall have me assisting you in all. Why, this was moulded on a porringer; A velvet dish. Ay, for a turtle, as he takes a buzzard.
Come on, and kiss me, Kate. A silken doublet, a velvet hose, a scarlet cloak, and a copatain hat! Nay, then, Do what thou canst, I will not go to-day; No, nor to-morrow, not till I please myself. No, sir, but hear I do that he hath two: The one as famous for a scolding tongue As is the other for beauteous modesty. Away, I say; commend me to thy master. Say that she frown, I'll say she looks as clear As morning roses newly washed with dew. His program to 'tame the shrew' succeeds, and Katherine comes to love her new husband.
Nay, come, Kate, come; you must not look so sour. If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day When I shall ask the banns, and when be married. Hortensio, have you told him all her faults?. Obey the bride, you that attend on her; Go to the feast, revel and domineer, Carouse full measure to her maidenhead; Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves. When you are gentle, you shall have one too, And not till then.
He complains about everything and keeps Katherine awake at night with his mad ramblings. Petruchio: My remedy then is to pluck it out! O, I am undone, I am undone! I'll be with you straight. I tell thee, I, that thou hast marr'd her gown. Why, sir, I trust I may have leave to speak; And speak I will. Katherine knows that it is two o'clock and attempts to correct him. Sly, tossed out of the ale-house, refuses to move. Rather, it sounds like a man who is following the common, traditional pattern for the time: making the best alliance he can for himself, elevating his status as much as possible through marriage.
So said, so done, is well. My falcon now is sharp and passing empty. Little does he know, but Petruchio will exhibit more strange behavior before the taming of the shrew is complete. Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret; I will be master of what is mine own- She is my goods, my chattels, she is my house, My household stuff, my field, my barn, My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing, And here she stands; touch her whoever dare; I'll bring mine action on the proudest he That stops my way in Padua. I know her father, though I know not her; And he knew my deceased father well. Well, bring our lady hither to our sight And once again a pot o' th' smallest ale.
If money were his only goal, surely he wouldn't bother trying to help Kate to a different perspective. Fair sir, and you my merry mistress, That with your strange encounter much amaz'd me, My name is call'd Vincentio, my dwelling Pisa, And bound I am to Padua, there to visit A son of mine, which long I have not seen. Petruchio realizes that Katherine is both beautiful and intelligent. Petruchio: Who knows not where a wasp doth wear his sting? Well, sir, in brief, the gown is not for me. Although in many ways Petruchio is like his wife, admittedly he doesn't undergo the same sort of maturation and development as she does after all, his tyranny is clearly a fiction, a parody created to help Kate see the senselessness of her behavior. If we accept that Petruchio does indeed want to marry solely for financial gain, then another line of questioning arises: If all he wants is money, once he has Katherine's hand and dowry , why then does he try to help her and himself to a better life? Grumio: For he fears none.
Wonder not, Nor be not grieved- she is of good esteem, Her dowry wealthy, and of worthy birth; Beside, so qualified as may beseem The spouse of any noble gentleman. Why, what a devil's name, tailor, call'st thou this? Mistake me not; I speak but as I find. During his first encounter with Kate, he matches her fierce temper and manages to convince her father that she passionately loves him but only pretends to hate him in public. Have I not in my time heard lions roar? If I be waspish, best beware my sting. Nay, come again, Good Kate; I am a gentleman. Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man.
Swinge me them soundly forth unto their husbands. The Widow: I am not afeard. I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; If wealthily, then happily in Padua. What may I call your name? Nay, then she must needs come. Sir, understand you this of me, in sooth: The youngest daughter, whom you hearken for, Her father keeps from all access of suitors, And will not promise her to any man Until the elder sister first be wed.
I know she is an irksome brawling scold; If that be all, masters, I hear no harm. Evermore cross'd and cross'd; nothing but cross'd! Well mayst thou woo, and happy be thy speed But be thou arm'd for some unhappy words. Why, that is nothing; for I tell you, father, I am as peremptory as she proud-minded; And where two raging fires meet together, They do consume the thing that feeds their fury. O this woodcock, what an ass it is! This play, which deals with the difficult relationship between Petruchio and Katherine, who is Baptista Minola's beautiful, but ill-tempered daughter. Have I not heard great ordnance in the field, And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies? Spoke like an officer- ha' to thee, lad. He sees beyond the superficial unlike Lucentio who falls in love with Bianca based on what he has observed and aptly recognizes that her behavior is a masquerade, a tough exterior intended to cover her inner desire to be loved and valued.