Taming of the Shrew
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In the opening scene of this play a poor drunk worker falls victim to a mischievous trick, setting the tone of transformation that is essential to this comedy. In Padua, the wealthy Baptista lives a comfortable life with his two daughters, Bianca and Katherine. The youngest girl, Bianca, is surrounded by suitors, but Baptista has decided that she may not marry before her older sister. Bianca’s most persistent admirer decides to woo her in disguise while his friend Petruchio tries to gain Katherine’s love. But this turns out to be easier said than done. Indeed, there appears to be a reason why Katherine is still single: she is outspoken, quarrelsome, and not at all timid. Petruchio decides to give Katherine a dose of her own medicine in an effort to “tame” the shrew in her. What follows are hilarious scenes that amount to both a battle of wits and a battle of the sexes. As Bianca proves to be less docile than her father thought, and as Katherine slowly warms up to Petruchio, we are left wondering just how much people can change—and if such transformations are permanent, or merely superficial.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
SCENE I. Before an alehouse on a heath.
[Enter HOSTESS and SLY.]
I'll pheeze you, in faith.
A pair of stocks, you rogue!
pallabris; let the world slide. Sessa!
You will not pay for the glasses you have burst?
and warm thee.
I know my ...
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