What type of language does Petruchio use to describe Katherine during his discussion with Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew?

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Petruchio certainly tries to charm Baptista during his first meeting at the beginning of Act 2, using the overtly flattering language to describe Katherine. Of course, Baptista is not entirely fooled because he knows that Katherine’s negative reputation precedes her, yet he still allows Petruchio to try and convince him to grant marriage to Katherine.

Baptista insists later in the scene that Petruchio must have Katherine’s love, a statement that shows Baptista is not fleeced by Petruchio’s charm. At this, Petruchio drops his false flattery, insisting that he is Katherine’s equal when he says:

"I am as peremptory as she is proud-minded;

And where two raging fires meet together,

They do consume the thing that feeds their fury . . .

For I am rough and woo not like a babe" (2.1.124-130).

This shows that Petruchio understands Katherine’s true reputation,...

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