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Petruchio Timeline and Summary

  • 1.2.1: Petruchio arrives in Padua with his servant Grumio and announces that he is there to visit his friend Hortensio. He orders his servant to knock on his friend's front gate and then twists Grumio's ears when he doesn't comply.
  • 1.2.5: Petruchio is happy to see his buddy Hortensio and explains why he's beating up on his servant before announcing that he is looking for a rich wife to add to the inheritance left to him by his father. When Hortensio jokes that he knows a rich shrew, Petruchio jumps at the chance to woo Kate.
  • 1.2.14: On the way to Kate's house, Petruchio brags to every guy he meets about what a manly man he is and how he's not afraid to marry a railing, scolding woman. When he meets Bianca's suitors, he agrees to let them reimburse him for the cost of wooing Kate. (If Kate gets married, then Bianca is free to marry, too.)
  • 1.2: Off-stage, Petruchio grabs a snack and pounds some beers with his new friends.
  • 2.1.1: Petruchio arrives with the fellas at Baptista's house, where he presents a disguised Hortensio as a tutor for Baptista's daughters.
  • 2.1.6: Petruchio lays out his proposal to Baptista, who agrees to the plan if Petruchio can get Kate on board.
  • 2.1.11: When he meets Kate, the two engage in a verbal battle of wits. Petruchio contradicts everything Kate says, turns her words into dirty jokes, and then announces that he plans to marry Kate with or without her consent. He will also tame her.
  • 2.1.39: When Baptista enters the room, Petruchio lies and says that Kate is psyched about getting married, but they have agreed that she should pretend to hate him in public.
  • 2.1.40: Petruchio leaves for Verona and says he'll be back on Sunday to marry Kate.
  • 3.2.1: Biondello tells us that Petruchio makes a spectacle of himself when he rides in to Padua on a tired old horse and is dressed in a wild and inappropriate get-up.
  • 3.2.1: Petruchio arrives at Baptista's house in the crazy costume, as described by Biondello, and acts like a crude ruffian. He refuses to change clothes, delivers a speech about how Kate is marrying him, not his clothes, and then runs off to search for Kate.
  • 3.2.1: After the wedding ceremony occurs off-stage, Gremio tells us that Petruchio caused a scene during the wedding ceremony by hitting the priest, making out with Kate, and chugging a few bottles of wine.
  • 3.2.8: Petruchio enters the room and says he and Kate won't be staying for the reception – they're off to his country house for their honeymoon. When Kate and her dad object, Petruchio says that Kate is his property and must do what he says. He draws his sword and pretends he's being attacked by thieves before running off with Kate.
  • 4.1.1: At Petruchio's house, Grumio arrives and tells us that Petruchio beat him on the way home from Padua and didn't help Kate when she fell from her horse and landed in the mud. Petruchio swore and acted like a "shrew" the entire way home.
  • 4.1.1: Petruchio enters his house with Kate and immediately lays into his servants. He claims that dinner has been burnt and refuses to let Kate eat. He sends her to bed without a meal.
  • 4.1.8: Petruchio tells us that his behavior is all part of his plan to tame Kate. He compared her to a hawk that needs to be broken in and says he won't let her eat, sleep, or have a moment's peace until she bends to his will.
  • 4.3.1: We hear from Kate that Petruchio has been starving her and refusing to let her sleep while pretending that he does it for her own good.
  • 4.3.1: Petruchio brings Kate a dish of meat and then finds an excuse not to give it to her. He tells Hortensio to eat it all so Kate can't get any.
  • 4.3.5: When a tailor and a hat maker arrive with the clothes Kate and Petruchio are supposed to wear to Bianca's wedding, Petruchio finds fault with everything and forces Kate to wear old rags.
  • 4.3.17: He throws a tantrum when Kate corrects him about the time and how long it will take to reach Padua.
  • 4.5.1: On the road to Padua, Petruchio "breaks" Kate. He pretends that the sun is the moon and demands that Kate go along with what he says. Then, when they encounter an old man, Petruchio pretends that the old man is young girl, which Kate also goes along with.
  • 4.5.8: Petruchio learns that the old man is Lucentio's father, Vincentio, so he agrees to take him to his son's house in Padua.
  • 4.5.15: When they arrive, Petruchio watches the chaos unfold as Vincentio confronts a man pretending to be him. Petruchio believes Vincentio is an imposter until Lucentio arrives and clears things up.
  • 4.4.16: Petruchio demands a kiss from Kate and threatens to take her home unless she submits. When she does, they enter Lucentio's house for the wedding banquet.
  • 5.2.1: Petruchio sits with Kate and the wedding party and enjoys some laughs. He trades insults with his friends, teases Bianca, and encourages Kate to argue with the Widow.
  • 5.2.15: When the wives wander off to entertain themselves, Petruchio bets the guys that he has the most obedient wife of the group.
  • 5.2.23: He calls for Kate and gloats when she comes. He demands that she take off her ugly hat and orders her to yell at the other wives for not obeying their husbands.
  • 5.2.29: Petruchio is pleased as punch when Kate delivers a lengthy speech and calls him her king. He looks at Kate and says, "Let's find a bedroom." Before he runs off to sleep with his wife, he brags about how he's the ultimate shrew-tamer.

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