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