Taming, Act 4, Scenes 1 and 2
Why does Grumio arrive ahead of Petruchio and Kate?
He has been sent ahead to start a fire and to prepare servants to meet Petruchio in a park.
How was their journey from Padua?
Grumio's account suggests it was a miserable, cold trip with Kate falling down with her horse into mud.
What do Kate and Petruchio eat when they arrive?
Although a large meal is served, Petruchio sends the entire meal back to the kitchen and they eat nothing.
Why does Petruchio reject the mutton?
He claims that it is burnt.
What plan does Petruchio concoct to tame Kate after he rejects their meal?
Petruchio plans to deny Katharina sleep and to harass her until she submits to his will.
Which Ovidian text does Lucentio name to Bianca?
The "Art to Love", more commonly translated as the "Art of Love", is the text.
Why does Tranio swear not to court Bianca?
Ostensibly, Tranio forswears Bianca because Hortensio has proven her to be attached to Cambio. But since this was Tranio's original plan he is presumably happy to stop pretending to court Bianca.
What is the taming school to which Tranio refers?
Tranio merely jokes about Petruchio demonstrating the way to make a wife obey her husband.
Why is origin of the pedant important to Tranio?
The actual origin of the pedant is irrelevant, for Tranio could have used any town in his story to fool the pedant.
Why does the pedant offer to play the part of Vincentio while in Padua?
Tranio invents a story that the pedant will be executed unless he disguises his true identity as a Mantuan.