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The Taming of the Shrew

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  • Dramatis Personae.

  • ACT 1
  • Act 2
    • Scene 1. Padua. A room in BAPTISTA'S house.
  • Act 3
  • Act 4
  • Act 5 ____

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  • In the Spotlight

    Quote in Context

    A woman moved is like a fountain troubled,
    Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty;
    And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty
    Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it.
        The Taming of the Shrew (5.2), Katharina

    "Petruchio, as Hazlitt has said, does not show a particle of ill-humour from beginning to end. No one ever was at once so outrageous in his behaviour and yet so entirely free from malice. He knows that to tame his shrew is to make her happy for a whole lifetime. And in her heart Katharina, a revolter against the law of sex, desires to find a tamer worthy of her. When her will has become one with that of her husband, she does not lose her audacity of spirit; it only finds new uses; henceforth with Petruchio by her side she will be in his cause 'Katharina contra mundum.' For a good actress, who can play the part of a storm in petticoats, the Shrew affords gallant opportunities." [Edward Dowden, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Vol. III]