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The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare

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Act III, scenes ii–iii

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Act III, scenes ii–iii

Act III, scenes ii–iii

Act III, scenes ii–iii

Act III, scenes ii–iii

Act III, scenes ii–iii

To me she’s married, not unto my clothes.
Could I repair what she will wear in me
As I can change these poor accoutrements,
‘Twere well for Kate and better for myself.
         (III.ii.110113)

Here, he is not materialistic but idealistic, not condescending to Kate but self-deprecating—a contrast to the sentiments he expresses in Kate’s presence. Petruchio’s true feelings might lie somewhere in between these two extremes. He is certainly not willing to treat Kate as an equal, but he also may not be as misogynistic as he appears.

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