Shakespeare Quotes

I come to wive it wealthily in Padua

Petruchio:
"I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
If wealthily, then happily in Padua"

The Taming of the Shrew (I, ii, 75-76)

Marriage was a business arrangement in the sixteenth century. Young men often married for money, and in those days all the property a wife brought with her into the marriage automatically came under the husband's control. Petruchio has come to Padua to find a rich girl to marry, and he is pointed in the direction of Katharina. His friends warn him that while Katharina is wealthy, she has a scolding tongue and a shrewish way about her. Petruchio just laughs, and demands to meet this Shrew. He claims that he cares for nothing but money, and declares that sweetness of disposition means nothing to him as long as his wife is wealthy. In fact, he says, she has met her match in him, and he seems most interested in her "intolerable curst" disposition.

Themes: marriage, money

Speakers: Petruchio