• Enter TRANIO as LUCENTIO MERCHANT booted and dressed like VINCENTIO

    TRANIO

    (as LUCENTIO) Sir, this is the house. Please it you that I call?

    MERCHANT

    Ay, what else? and but I be deceived,
    Signior Baptista may remember me,
    Near twenty years ago, in Genoa,
    5Where we were lodgers at the Pegasus.

    TRANIO

    (as LUCENTIO) 'Tis well; and hold your own, in any case,
    With such austerity as 'longeth to a father.

    MERCHANT

    I warrant you.
    Enter BIONDELLO
       But, sir, here comes your boy.
    'Twere good he were schooled.

    TRANIO

    10 (as LUCENTIO) Fear you not him.—Sirrah Biondello,
    Now do your duty throughly, I advise you.
    Imagine ’twere the right Vincentio.

    BIONDELLO

    Tut, fear not me.

    TRANIO

    (as LUCENTIO) But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista?

    BIONDELLO

    15I told him that your father was at Venice,
    And that you looked for him this day in Padua.
  • TRANIO enters, disguised as LUCENTIO with the MERCHANT dressed like VINCENTIO

    TRANIO

    (as LUCENTIO) Sir, this is the house. Would you like me to ring?

    MERCHANT

    Yes, certainly. Unless I am mistaken, Signior Baptista may remember me from the Pegasus in Genoa, where we both stayed twenty years ago.

    TRANIO

    (as LUCENTIO) Fine, fine. Just play your part and act as serious as a father should.

    MERCHANT

    Of course I will.
    BIONDELLO enters.
    But, sir, here comes your servant. Better fill him in.

    TRANIO

    (as LUCENTIO) Don’t worry about him.—You there, Biondello, now act your part convincingly. Behave as though this were the real Vincentio.

    BIONDELLO

    Don’t worry about me.

    TRANIO

    (as LUCENTIO) And did you take the message to Baptista?

    BIONDELLO

    I told him that your father was in Venice, and that you expected him to arrive in Padua today.