In The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, scene i, list words Petruchio uses to describe Katharina and explain how it is humorous.

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In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, in Act Two, scene one, Petruchio makes a list of Katharina's charming characteristics. He describes her as having beauty and wit. He recognizes her affability and bashful modesty. He insists that she has "wondrous qualities and mild behavior."

What makes this so humorous, and ironic, is that Katharina is none of these things. Where she may be a beauty, it is only skin-deep. Her wit is sharp, but not to be admired as she uses her tongue like a razor. She is not affable at all, but very hard to get along with, and the words "bashful" and...

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