Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0422. Wednesday, 11 May 1994.
Date: Tuesday, 10 May 94 17:54:15 EDT
Perhaps someone out there can help me. A couple of years ago I saw a version
of SHREW directed by Tina Packer at Lennox and I was struck by the ending of
the play. Throughout the play, until the final scene, the repartee between
Petruchio and Kate was "comic" and lively. However, the "submission" scene
at the end was so stark as to be out of joint with the precceding Acts.
Rather than write this off to directorial innovation I thought it would be
interesting to look at the final scene with Kate and compare it to the rest
of the play and with other "shrews" in the canon. I have isolated the
speeches of Adriana (ERRORS) and Beatrice (MUCH) and I am in the process of
doing frequency counts and word analysis. I plan to compare the speeches of
Kate in the first 4 acts of SHREW with her speeches in the final scene. In
addition, I would like to compare her early speeches with those of Adriana
and Beatrice and then compare the final scene with each.
Why would anyone want to do this? My general thrust is to see if we may have
any reason to suggest that Shakespeare DID NOT WRITE the final scene of the
play as we have it. If the "final" Sly resolution is missing could not the
final Kate scene have been missing as well and have been supplied by another
What I would like to know is if I am covering ground already covered
adequately by others. Should I shelve this project and read another mystery?
Any suggestions would be welcome.