Quotes

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Quote: “No profit grows where no pleasure is ta’en.
In brief, sir, study what you most like.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 39-40.  Tranio to
Lucentio.  Lucentio has told his servant Tranio that he has come to Padua to “haply begin a course of learning and intellectual studies.” Lucentio’s home town is Pisa. He says he wants to “deck his fortune with his virtuous deeds.” Tranio hears him out, but being skeptical of Lucentio’s academic ambitions says “I am glad that you thus continue your resolve to suck the sweets of sweet philosophy, but” — and then offers this quote.

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Quote: “As you say, there’s small choice in rotten apples.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 136-137.  Hortensio to Gremio.  Speaking of Katherine, Baptista’s older daughter, Gremio says “to take her dowry, I’d be whipped at the cross at town center every morning.” Gremio has an interest in Bianca, Katherine’s younger sister. Hortensio and Gremio are young men; both live in Padua and are good friends. Hortensio also has an interest in Bianca. Hortensio says “by helping Baptista’s eldest daughter to a husband we set his youngest free for a husband.” Baptista, the girls’ father, will not let his younger daughter marry until Katherine is married. Each of these young men accepts the challenge of finding a husband for Katherine. Hortensio offers this quote, suggesting that finding a husband for Katherine will be no easy task. Hortensio goes on to say “He that runs fastest gets the ring. How say you, Signior Gremio?”

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Quote: “I
never thought it possible, but see, while idly I stood looking on, I fell in
love; I found the effect of love-in-idleness; I found that idleness begets
love.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 150-153.  Lucentio to Tranio.  Lucentio and Tranio are making small talk, Lucentio being very happy to be in “fair Padua.” The two of them have just arrived in Padua when Baptista and his two daughters, Katherine and Bianca, and Hortensio and Gremio, Bianca’s two suitors, happen by. Lucentio and Tranio slip off to the side. Lucentio focuses his eyes on Bianca. Paying more attention to the women than the men, Lucentio offers this quote.

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Quote: “If love hath touched you, ransom yourself from capture for as little money as
possible.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 163-164.  Tranio to Lucentio.  As we say, Lucentio has fallen for Bianca, having seen her from the side of the road. Tranio counsels him not to be impulsive, offering this quote. Lucentio says ‘Thanks, lad, thy counsel’s sound.” But Lucentio can’t stop thinking and talking about Bianca, saying “I saw sweet beauty in her face. Sacred and sweet was all I saw in her.” He’s in love.

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Quote: “It’s such a wind that scatters young men through the world to seek fortunes
farther than at home.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 51-52.  Petruchio to Hortensio. 
Independently, Petruchio, another well off young man, arrives in Padua. He greets his long-time friend, Hortensio. Hortensio asks Petruchio “what happy gale blows you to Padua from old Verona?” Petruchio offers this quote and then goes on to say “I have thrust myself into this maze, happily to wive and thrive, as best I may.”

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Quote: “I come to wive wealthily in Padua; if wealthily then happily in Padua.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 76-77.  Petruchio to Hortensio.  Hortensio, as we say, wanting Katherine to find a man, thereby freeing-up Bianca to potential suitors, tells Petruchio that he knows a “shrewd ill-favored” woman who could become his wife, and that “I promise thee she shall be rich, and very rich.” Hortensio then goes on the say “But thou’rt too much my friend and I’ll not wish thee to her.” Petruchio responds with this quote.

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Quote“See, to beguile the old folks, how the young folks lay their heads together.” :

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 139-140.  Grumio to Hortensio and Petruchio.  Grumio is one of Petruchio’s servants. Hortensio and Petruchio have worked out a quid-pro-quo plan where if Hortensio will introduce Petruchio to Katherine, Petruchio will introduce a disguised Hortensio to Baptista as a schoolmaster for Bianca; Bianca having earlier said “my books and instruments shall be my company.” Hortensio believes “this device” will give him the opportunity to be alone with Bianca and to woo her accordingly. Petruchio believes he can make this plan work, knowing that Baptista knew his father, his father having a good reputation in Verona. Overhearing the two men, Grumio says “Here’s to knavery” and offers this quote.

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Quote: “We may toast to our mistress’ health, and do as adversaries do in law, strive
mightily, but eat and drink as friends.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 282-285.  Tranio (as Lucentio) to Hortensio and Gremio. Tranio has now disguised himself as Lucentio. As we say, Hortensio and Gremio are friends and both, again as we say, are Bianca’s suitors. The two of them believe that, once Katherine marries, one of them can win Bianca’s hand. But Lucentio has now entered the competition for Bianca. Tranio is a very smooth; Gremio is less so. With Hortensio and Gremio appearing to be upset, not wanting the outside competition, Tranio offers them this quote. Both men succumb to his persuasiveness. All three agree to help Petruchio win Katherine.

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Quote: “She hung about my neck, and kiss on kiss she repeated so fast, protesting oath
on oath, that in a twinkling of an eye she won me to her love. O, you are
novices!”

Answers: Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 327-330.  Petruchio to Gremio, Tranio (as Lucentio) and Baptista. By this time, Tranio and Lucentio have come up with their own plan, Lucentio having fallen hard, as we say, for Bianca. Since Lucentio is Vincentio’s son, and people know Vincentio’s son is in Padua, Tranio will masquerade as Lucentio. Lucentio, in turn, will masquerade as “a schoolmaster and undertake the teaching of the maid.” Hortensio has by now disguised himself as Litio and has been hired by Baptista as a tutor for Bianca. Tranio (as Lucentio) has told Baptista that he is “Of Pisa, sir, son of Vincentio.” Baptista says “A mighty man of Pisa.” Baptista quickly accepts Tranio’s referral of Lucentio (as Cambio) to be Bianca’s Greek, Latin, music and mathematics teacher. Petruchio and Katherine have been together, alone. Petruchio has endured her withering verbal abuse with aplomb, responding gently to her every insult. When the men entered, Baptista asks “how succeed you with my daughter?” At that point Katherine calls Petruchio “a madcap ruffian.” Petruchio, ignoring her outburst, offers the three men this quote, going on to say “’Tis a world to see how tame, when men and women are alone, a meek wretch can make the curstest shrew. Give me thy hand, Kate.”

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Quote: “I am the one that love Bianca more than words can witness or your thoughts can
guess.”

Answer: Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 354-355.  Tranio (as Lucentio) to Gremio. Petruchio has told them all that he and Katherine plan to be married Sunday. Gremio and Tranio (as Lucentio) immediately turn their focus to Bianca. The first to speak-up is Gremio, who says to Baptista “I am your neighbor and was suitor first.” Tranio (as Lucentio) jumps in with this quote, going on to say to the older Gremio “It’s youth in ladies eyes that flourisheth.” Tranio (as Lucentio) lets Baptista know that he too wants to marry Bianca.