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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.
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.
Ace your assignments with our guide to The Taming of the Shrew!