In Act 3, Scene 2 of The Taming of the Shrew would Kate have seemed a dutiful daughter and bride to a contemporary audience?
Well, Kate's attitude in this scene is deeply confusing. She's previously said that she'd rather be hanged than marry with Petruchio. Yet at the start of this scene, she openly bemoans the fact that Petruchio hasn't turned up:
No shame but mine: I must, forsooth, be forced
To give my hand opposed against my heart
Unto a mad-brain rudesby full of spleen;
Who woo'd in haste and means to wed at leisure.
I told you, I, he was a frantic fool...
This would probably have shocked...
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