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Taming of the Shrew
The "Shrew" is Katherina Minola, the eldest daughter of Baptista Minola, a merchant in Padua. Her temper is extremely volatile and no man can control her. She ties her sister to a chair in one scene, and in another attacks a music tutor with his own instrument. Her younger sister, Bianca Minola, is docile, beautiful, and much sought after by the noble men of the town. Baptista has sworn not to allow his younger daughter to marry before Katherina is wed. Bianca has several suitors, and two of them agree that they will work together to marry off Katherina so that they will be free to compete for Bianca. One suitor, Gremio, is old and grey, and the other, Hortensio, is feisty and young.
The plot becomes considerably more complex when two strangers, Petruchio and Lucentio, arrive in town. Lucentio, the son of the wealthy merchant Vincentio of Pisa, falls in love with Bianca, while Petruchio seems interested only in money.
When Baptista mentions that Bianca needs a tutor, both suitors compete to find one for her in order to curry Baptista's favour. Gremio comes across Lucentio, who pretends to be a man of letters in order to woo Bianca. Hortensio disguises himself as a musician and convinces Petruchio to present him to Baptista as a music tutor. Thus, Lucentio and Hortensio, pretending to be teachers, woo Bianca behind her father's back.
Meanwhile, Petruchio is told by the suitors about the large dowry that would come with marrying Katherina. He attempts to woo the violent Katherina, calling her "Kate", quickly settles on the dowry, marries her and takes her home against her will. Once there, he begins his "taming" of his new wife - he keeps her from sleeping, invents reasons why she cannot eat, and buys her beautiful clothes only to rip them up. When Kate, profoundly shaken by her experiences, is told that they are to return to Padua for Bianca's wedding, she is only too happy to comply. By the time they arrive, Kate's taming is complete and she no longer resists Petruchio. She demonstrates her complete subordination to his will by agreeing that she will regard the moon as the sun, or the sun as the moon, if he demands her to do so.
AQ 223 = CINDY SHEEHAN = ARE YOU BIANCA
AQ 84 = BIANCA = FREIA
AQ 168 = KATHERINA = NERTHUS
AQ 100 = CINDY = FREYA
Freia can refer to: An alternative name for the Norse goddess Freya (the most direct mythological descendant from Nerthus); An alternative name for the Norse god Freyr; The Norwegian chocolate brand Freia; & Asteroid 76 Freia.
Bianca :: Italian form of BLANCHE. Shakespeare uses characters named Bianca in 'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'Othello'.
Blanche :: Means "white, fair" in French. Blanche is mentioned in the following topics: blank check, carte blanche.
carte blanche :: Unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion; unconditional authority; [French : carte, ticket + blanche, blank].
blank check :: 1. A signed check with no amount to be paid filled in; 2. Total freedom of action; carte blanche. Unrestricted authority, a free hand ... Literally this term signifies a bank check that is signed by the drawer but does not indicate the amount of money, which is filled in by the person to whom it is given. The metaphor of the "blank check" is thus often used in politics to describe legislation that is open-ended or vague, and could be easily subjected to abuse. For example, in the US the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution has been called a "blank check," for it gave the President the power to "to take all necessary measures" to prevent "aggression" in Southeast Asia. These powers were then used to escalate the Vietnam War. Many in the Congress protested, but were helpless to do so, for the Tonkin resolution's terms were too subjective to enforce.
AQ 108 = BLANCHE = DELUGE = VALIS
AQ 160 = BLANK CHECK = BLOODBATH = DOJINDAGO = HYACINTH = TSUNAMI
AQ 200 = CARTE BLANCHE = GAME OF CHESS = I, NEUROBOT = JANE AUSTEN
Jane Austen wrote Northanger Abbey.
Northanger Abbey exposes the difference between reality and fantasy and questions who can be trusted as a true companion and who might actually be a shallow, false friend. It is considered to be the most light-hearted of her novels.