Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare: Summary Act 4
Relationship Status married to Katherina, whom he sees as a shrew who must be tamed. A manipulative and conniving suitor, Petruchio uses reverse. Their relationship is played out on the global stage, dominated by political manoeuvring . Petruchio and Katherine – The Taming of the Shrew. The answer depends on the definition of "success," but we would probably say that Katherina has the most successful marriage. Both she and Petruchio are.
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Having discovered that the Pedant is from Mantua, Tranio feigns disbelief. Tranio says that the Dukes of Mantua and Padua are currently at odds on account of which any Mantuan found in Padua and vice and versa is condemned to die.
To complete the illusion, Tranio tells the Pedant to speak favorably of a dower that has been promised to Baptista Minola. Grateful that his life is being thus saved, the Pedant agrees to play his role to a T.
Katherine is thus in a state of exasperation when Petruchio, who is accompanied by Hortensio, enters the scene bearing food.
Petruchio claims that the said articles of clothing are unfit for a gentlewomen to wear even though Katherine argues otherwise. Consequently, arguing that he will have his way one way or the other, Petruchio decides to delay their departure time, compelling Hortensio to marvel at Petruchio who would have you believe that he could command the sun to do his bidding.
SCENE 4 Though the Pedant, who is disguised as Vincentio, warns Tranio that Baptista may recognize the Pedant as they had once met 20 years ago in Genoa, Tranio assures the Pedant that as long as the Pedant sticks to the script, his disguise will preserve the deception.
Presently, they encounter Baptista, who is accompanied by Lucentio, prompting Tranio to introduce Baptista to his father. Without skipping a beat, the Pedant plays his role to a T: Pleased, Baptista gives his consent to have his daughter married to Lucentio, but objects to having the ceremony at his house, on account of his gossip mongering servants, not to mention Gremio who is still very much interested in his daughter and who may interrupt the wedding.
Tranio suggests his own quarters in Padua. Baptist agrees and commissions Lucentio to go fetch Bianca.
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Alone with Biondello, Lucentio entertains some doubts about getting married through deception, but realizes that he will never be content unless he weds Bianca.
Consequently, Katherine concedes that whatever Peturchio claims is reality is indeed reality. By and by, while traveling, they meet a reverent, old man whom Petruchio addresses as a young maid and whom Petruchio encourages Katherine to compliment as such. And it's kept her a single virgin for the whole of her 38 years.
Her sister, Biancacouldn't be more different. A glamorous, jet-setting model, she has men falling at her feet. When she rejects her agent, Harry Kavanaghfor sexy Italian lad Lucentio, he's left heartbroken.
He even begs her to marry him - to which she replies that she'll only get married when her sister does.
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She means never, but Harry's desparate enough to cling onto any hope, no matter how tiny. So when his impulsive, eccentric, cash-strapped friend Petruchio arrives unexpectedly and declares his intention to marry someone rich, it looks like the answer to his prayers. Told about Kate, Petruchio insists on meeting her, despite being told she's agressive, ugly and rude.Longer Version of Kate Meets Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, ACT, 1976
When he actually sees her, storming out of a party thrown by her sister, he decides he has to have her. This time, Kate turns down his proposal of marriage.
Over the next few weeks his relentless wooing - plus the revelation that he's an Earl - win her round. Petruchio has a shock for Kate at the wedding, turning up in high heels, makeup and miniskirt. Through force of will he pushes through the ceremony, then immediately drags Kate away for their honeymoon, ignoring the reception.
The only thing he does stop to do is phone Harry, who is stricken as Bianca still won't marry him, and invite him to come along.