Quote 4

Then God be blessed, it is the blessed sun,
But sun it is not when you say it is not,
And the moon changes even as your mind.
What you will have it named, even that it is,
And so it shall be still for Katherine.
          (IV.vi.1923)

Katherine makes this contrite speech after Petruchio orders her to say that the sun is really the moon. Tired, hungry, and weary of their conflicts, Katherine at last relents and declares that, for all she cares, Petruchio might as well define reality for her from this point forward. In terms of Kate’s consciousness, even celestial events and objects submit to Petruchio’s will. With this, Petruchio’s victory over Katherine becomes inevitable: after this, she can resist his authority only halfheartedly, and her taming is nearly complete.