The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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Explain the metaphor in Petruchio's soliloquy at the end of Act IV, Scene i.   

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You mention certain line numbers in your question, but it would help in future question-asking for you to know that there are different editions of all of Shakespeare's plays, each one edited differently, which means that they probably have different line numberings.  You would be much safer in giving a part of the quote that you would like explicated.  My Arden edition ends the soliloquy at line 195, so your line citation is confusing.

That said, the most famous extended metaphor in this speech comes at lines 177 - 185 (174-182 in the Enotes edition) in my Arden edition and reads as follows:

My falcon now is sharp and passing empty;
And till she stoop she must not be full-gorged,(175)
For then she never looks upon her lure.
Another way I have to man my haggard,
To make her come and know her keeper's call,
That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites
That bate and beat and will not be obedient.

She ate no meat to-day, nor none shall eat;
Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not;

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