Baptista Minola is the father of Katherine and Bianca. Petruchio is the shrew tamer. Lucentio, the accepted lover of the gentle Bianca, and Grumio, the recalcitrant servitor of Petruchio, who gets his ear pulled more than once for his laggard performance of duty. This Katherine of Shakespeare is a standing sign mark for parents who permit early indulgence by their girls and who are careless of their education. These two defects in Katherine's early training transformed her into a complete scold, and it was only by confronting a superior will that her irritable disposition was controlled and her natural womanliness restored. As for Petruchio, he is one of a class of characters almost peculiar to Shakespeare. He is of the same family as Mercutio and Benedick, all forceful, vigorous, outspoken, manly men. Who could have imagined (and, still less, who could have possessed the hardihood and deviltry to carry out) the plan of attending his wedding ceremonies in such a garb, except a ...
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