The Taming of the Shrew – Charm her with some tail wags

Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare

Kate (the “Shrew”) is a mean girl who nobody likes or believes will get married, but Petruchio likes a challenge. He describes how he will woo Kate by saying she is the opposite of how she acts.

Baptista Minola
Signior Petruchio, will you go with us,
Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you?
 
Petruchio
I pray you do.
[Exeunt all but PETRUCHIO]
I’ll attend her here,
And woo her with some spirit when she comes.
Say that she rail; why, then I’ll tell her plain
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale.
Say that she frown; I’ll say she looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash’d with dew.
Say she be mute, and will not speak a word;
Then I’ll commend her volubility,
And say she uttereth piercing eloquence.
If she do bid me pack, I’ll give her thanks,
As though she bid me stay by her a week;
If she deny to wed, I’ll crave the day
When I shall ask the banns, and when be married.
But here she comes—and now, Petruchio, speak.
[Enter Katherine]
Good morrow, Kate—for that’s your name, I hear.

Dogspeare

Kate isn’t the biggest fan of dogs. Pet-Ruffio still knows he can get her to feed him and play with him by doing all the things she tells him not to.

 
Owner
Furry Pet-Ruffio, will you come with us,
Or shall I send my daughter Kate to you?

Pet-Ruffio
I beg you do.
[Exeunt all but PET-RUFFIO]
I’ll sit for her here,
And charm her with some tail wags when she comes.
Say that she blink; why, then I’ll bark until
She gives as freely as a charity.
Say she “quiet!”; I’ll pounce on her as quick
As keen lions whose dinner is past due.
Say she “get down!”, and will not give one treat;
Then I’ll lick between her toes so she laughs,
And I will look with utter piercing cuteness
If she do bid me stay, I’ll run around,
As though she bid me play fetch for a week;
If she deny to share, I’ll nudge her hand
So she shall drop some hams, and I’ll be stuffed.
But here she comes–and now, Pet-Ruffio, speak.
[Enter Kate]
Bark, Woof, Woof Kate–it’s time for lunch, I hear.

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