"Kill A Wife With Kindness"

Download PDF Print Page Citation Share Link

Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 167

Context: Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, has married the shrewish Katharine and brought her home. Determined to tame her, he acts abusively, cuffs his servants, and complains about everything. Katharine protests that things are not as bad as he makes them out to be. But he continues his abuse. In a soliloquy, he explains how his wife must "come, and know her keeper's call." He then discusses his plans for the taming of Katharine:

Illustration of PDF document

Download The Taming of the Shrew Study Guide

Subscribe Now


PETRUCHIO
. . .
Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not.
As with the meat, some undeserved fault
I'll find about the making of the bed;
And here I'll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
This way the coverlet, another way the sheets.
Ay, and amid this hurly I intend
That all is done in reverent care of her;
And in conclusion, she shall watch all night,
And if she chance to nod, I'll rail and brawl,
And with the clamour keep her still awake.
This is a way to kill a wife with kindness.
. . .

Unlock This Study Guide Now

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-hour free trial
Previous

"He That Is Giddy Thinks The World Turns Round"

Next

"Lead Apes In Hell"

Explore Study Guides